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City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Soglin says he was threatened politically if he spoke out on 911 problems

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was threatened politically by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi over his statements on problems at the Dane County 911 Center.

Soglin said his campaign manager received two phone calls from Parisi's Chief of Staff Josh Wescott about the mayor's criticism of the 911 Center. Madison fire and police officials have been the most outspoken about slow answer times of 911 emergency calls and slow dispatch times getting their crews out the door.

"What's been real curious is over the last year, there have been two telephone calls made to my campaign manager on this subject," Soglin said. "Telephone calls which were clearly designed to indicate that I was going to have political problems for having raised these issues. One of the things that came out of this was a reminder of how popular the county executive was, and it was not a good idea for me to challenge somebody authoritatively who was that popular."

Goats return to Lake View Elementary School

To help with their goal of keeping the school environmentally friendly, Lake View Elementary School welcomed some new friends to eat the invasive plants growing on school grounds.

Monday and Tuesday, 48 goats will be eating the weedy plants in the forest behind the school. The plants include buckthorn, honeysuckle and garlic mustard.

Lake View is the first elementary school in Dane County to take a natural approach to get rid of the plants.

Faculty members enjoy the process because it doesn?t harm their greenery and gives the kids the opportunity to learn about sustainability and their new hooved friends.

?We don?t use pesticides. We don?t want to do anything like that. Manpower is often difficult to get and it?s quite a huge space,? Lake View Elementary School Principal Kristi Kloos said. ?So the goal was to try to do something that was both kid friendly and environmentally friendly.?

Fire strikes home in Maple Bluff

Maple Bluff firefighters were called out early Monday morning to battle a blaze at a home in the village.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home on Bayside Drive about 3:15 a.m. Monday.

According to the fire department, a police officer arrived first on the scene and reported flames and smoke coming from the rear of the home.

Officials said crews arrived on the scene and put out the fire within minutes of the call.

The home was being renovated and no one was at home at the time of the fire, according to the fire department.

The blaze caused $30,000 in damage and is still under investigation.

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Madison's legacy restaurants are here to stay

By Dan Curd

They stand the test of time. Their roots are deep in the community?often family-run from one generation to the next. They always respect tradition but aren't afraid to embrace change. Sometimes they're as much about their location as their current occupant. Inevitably, they're where we take out-of-towners for a real taste of the town. According to the National Restaurant Association, about sixty percent of all restaurants never see their third anniversary. Yet some manage to survive economic downturns and cutthroat competition to thrive and prosper. Their secrets to success are reliable food, personable service and genuine atmosphere. Dining fads come and go, but fortunately, the legacy restaurant is here to stay.

Near east side gas station robbed at gunpoint

A gas station on Commercial Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The robber displayed a handgun and took cash from the till of Deon?s BP at 2301 Commercial Ave. around 11 a.m., police said. The robber fled on foot.

A police K-9 tracked the robber to the area of Demetral Field, but no one was found, according to the release.

The robber is described as a black man 25-30 years old with a medium build and clean-shaven. He was wearing tan pants, a black sweatshirt with ?Wisconsin? across the front in red letters, a dark-colored shirt and a Milwaukee Brewers baseball hat.

Men attacked during street confrontation

Two 18-year-old Madison men were attacked by a man who said he had been called a derogatory name.

One of the victims told Madison police he was walking with a friend on South Randall Avenue at Mound Street on Saturday afternoon when they were attacked. The victims chased the attacker and held him until police arrived.

One of the men suffered a broken tooth and another was pushed to the ground, police said.

Caleb J. Percevecz, 26, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery and disorderly conduct. He needed stitches to his hand. He told police he had been drinking beer and shots prior to the attack.