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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.

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

A public input meeting has been scheduled by the city of Madison Parks Division to discuss potential improvements at James Madison Park.

City staff will present information, answer questions and seek input from neighbors on proposed improvements, according to a release.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Verex Plaza, Level B Conference Room, at 150 E. Gilman St.

Anyone who has questions or comments but is unable to attend the meeting can contact Mike Sturm, City Parks landscape architect at 608-261-4281 or msturm@cityofmadison.com.

VIDEO: UW coach Bo Ryan jumps around like the rest of us

VIDEO:  UW coach Bo Ryan jumps around like the rest of us

Apparently, University of Wisconsin-Madison basketball coach Bo Ryan doesn't mind having a little fun. The head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers men's basketball team was spotted jumping around with basketball players in the stands during homecoming.

The video was originally uploaded to YouTube by user David Stlukaand immediately started going viral. Even the basketball team's twitter account shared it, using the hashtag #MakeBoPay.

VIDEO: Bo Ryan jumps around

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Pick Six: Badger hockey goalie Alex Rigsby

Pick Six: Badger hockey goalie Alex Rigsby

The Badger women's hockey team, off to a 2-0 start, are at Minnesota this weekend.

Goalie Alex Rigsby was named WCHA defensive player of the week. And she's the subject of News 3's Pick Six, a series in which we get to know prominent local athletes a little better.