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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.

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle, a bike sharing program, has opened a new location in a retail shopping center on Madison’s near west side.

The new location inside Hilldale Mall is the first B-cycle location in a shopping center.

Madison has 34 B-cycle stations and 350 bikes people can rent, use and return. The majority of the stations are located downtown.

Brothers don't let wheelchair stop them from competing together as triathletes

Brothers don't let wheelchair stop them from competing together as triathletes

A pair of unique competitors is in Madison this weekend to run, bike and swim in the annual Ironman Wisconsin triathlon.

Brothers Kyle and Brent Pease have traveled to Wisconsin from Atlanta to take on the Ironman and inspire the disabled community. .

To raise funds for the Kyle Pease Foundation, which supports people with disabilities participating in sports, the Pease brothers compete in the triathlon as an assisted-athlete team.

Kyle Pease suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. But despite that limitation, the brothers have competed in multiple athletic races throughout the nation, which will include the Ironman Wisconsin after this Sunday.

Kyle Pease said the message of the foundation is to help others and emphasize an individual's unique talents.