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Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

Madison 56ers bring soccer to the Isthmus

The Madison 56ers soccer club plays in the National Premier Soccer League, the highest amateur level of soccer in the country. Numerous future MLS and national team players have spent time in the league and competed for or against Madison.

Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13:

MPD preps for Badgers win; Mounted unit to help

MPD preps for Badgers win; Mounted unit to help

Madison police are putting a safety plan in place ahead of Saturday's Final Four game.

Last week thousands of students rushed State Street to celebrate the Badgers' 64-63 overtime win against Arizona.

There were 50 officers on hand, but they didn't make any arrests, and there weren't any injuries.

This Saturday, in addition to city, Capitol and University of Wisconsin officers and mounted patrol will be on hand.

Officials also plan to set up a command center and use surveillance cameras to keep everyone safe.

"I think if we take a look at this team and the character of this team, I don't think there are any of us Badgers fans that are going to disrespect them or embarrass them. I don't think Badgers fans want to embarrass this university, this city or state," Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Campus unions to close for winter break

The University of Wisconsin Union announced Memorial Union and Union South will be for the school's winter break.

The facilities will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. It will reopen Jan. 6 for the start of spring semester.

According to a release there is one exception. Union South, located on the corner of Dayton St. and Randall Ave., will be open Jan. 1 so students can watch college football bowl games from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will showcase the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Capitol One bowl play the South Carolina Gamecocks, the release said.