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Officials: Snowmobile trails won?t open earlier than Dec. 1

Dane County officials said Monday that even though there is snow on the ground, the snowmobile trails will not open before Dec. 1.

Once trails are ready for use, the trail opening policy requires a minimum of six inches of snow for the trail base along with an extended time below freezing temperatures, according to a release.

More than 500 miles of snowmobile trails are a winter destination in Dane County, and the county works closely with the Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs to groom and maintain the trail system, officials said.

Other winter recreational opportunities in Dane County include skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and winter hiking.

Dane County and the city of Madison provide over 30 miles of maintained and groomed cross country ski trails, according to the release. A Ski Trail Permit is required to use the designated trails.

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Fire truck parade ends with Santa lighting community holiday tree

The 99th annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in Sun Prairie will feature a fire truck parade and horse drawn wagon rides, according to a release.

The festivities start at 5:15 p.m. on Friday with cookies and hot apple cider provided by the Sun Prairie Historical Museum, organizers said. Performances by Fusion Dance Studio, the Sun Prairie Community Band and the Sun Prairie Chorus will be on the main stage in front of the Sun Prairie Museum.

The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department’s Holiday Lights Fire Truck Parade starts at 5:45 p.m. and goes down Main Street. The parade ends with Santa lighting the community holiday tree.

Free horse drawn wagon rides will also be available Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rides leave from the front of the historical museum.

Police release 911 clip in Sun Prairie robbery

The Sun Prairie Police Department has released a sound clip from a 911 call police believe came from the man who robbed a Sun Prairie gas station earlier this month.

Police are requesting that anyone with information on this individual's location come forward.


The robbery happened on Nov. 10 at Kelley's Mobil Mart on Davidson Drive. Police said a man entered the gas station at 10:51 p.m. and gave a note to a worker asking for cash. The robber fled with $50 in cash and cigarettes.

Police said investigators believe the man called 911 with a false report of a stabbing in a different area of the city before the robbery.

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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Man accused of using teen to deliver heroin

A man accused of using a minor to transport drugs between Chicago and Madison was bound over for trial Wednesday.

Milton Warren, 41, of Madison, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Janesville police said they planted a GPS tracker on the van Warren was using after hearing from an informant who had transported heroin for Warren.

Warren was arrested on Interstate 90/39 in Janesville during the same time police said they confiscated 321 grams of heroin from the backpack of a 17-year-old from Sun Prairie.

The teen was riding a Van Galder bus that stopped in Janesville on its trip from Chicago to Madison. He is charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

The informant said Warren would go to Chicago, buy the heroin and give it to a man who would carry it on the bus from Chicago to Madison. Warren would pick it up, according to police testimony.

Sun Prairie employee on leave during investigation

A Sun Prairie employee is on administrative leave during an investigation involving the city and the state Justice Department.

A statement from the city says the DOJ?s Division of Criminal Investigation was asked in September to lead a public integrity investigation in Sun Prairie.

Mayor Jonathan Freund confirmed to News 3 the employee who is the subject of the investigation is in the information technology department. He said the city was able to maintain services to residents.

Freund said in a release that the city started working with a highly specialized computer vendor several weeks ago to ensure any impact to the citizens of Sun Prairie would be minimized.

"I am happy to report that we were able to maintain critical communication and IT infrastructure throughout this situation for our public safety and dispatch services, which was our highest priority," Freund said in the release.

Guyant to form quarry, Highway 19 groups

District 4 Alder Al Guyant announced plans this week to organize two neighborhood groups to improve traffic safety along Highway 19 west and to influence decisions regarding the proposed quarry along Highway C... Read More