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German principal visits elementary school

As part of an exchange program between Wisconsin and a province of Germany called Hessen, a German principal visited Sugar Creek Elementary School this week, according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

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Veterans to eat free at supermarket eatery on Veterans Day

An area supermarket said it is offering a free breakfast for veterans next month. 

In a post online, Fitchburg Hy-Vee said from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. on Nov. 11, veterans and their spouses will receive a free breakfast at Market Grille in honor of Veterans Day. 

The Fitchburg Hy-Vee is at 2920 Fitchrona Road. 

Visit Hy-Vee online for more information.

Planning group OKs Stoner Prairie proposal

One of two new Fitchburg neighborhood plans was approved Oct. 9. The North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood 

Voting on a second plan for a Northeast Neighborhood was moved to the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission's Nov. 13 meeting due to time, according to a Fitchburg Star report. ... Read More

MPD investigates shots fired outside party

No one was injured in a shooting outside a party just off Verona Road just after midnight Sunday, Madison police said.

Madison police were dispatched to a residence in the 4700 block of Crescent Road around 12:30 a.m. for reports of shots fired, according to a release.

A large number of people were attending a party at 4706 Crescent Road when unknown persons began exchanging gunfire outside the home, police said.

Officers found a number of empty casings, but did not find anyone injured, according to the release.

While assisting with the call, Fitchburg police stopped a vehicle nearby that had bullet holes in it, officials said. When police attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Teachers hope new $400K classrooms help Project Lead the Way grow

A pair of new Verona Area High School classrooms were renovated over the summer for about $400,000 will be used by the school's Project Lead the Way program, which allows students to be hands-on and self-driven.

PLTW is a national program with different strands that focus on STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and a curriculum the school pays a fee for that allows students to go at their own pace. 

At VAHS, teachers began both the biomedical and engineering strands three years ago, and they have expanded beyond the introductory courses they had at the beginning, according to a Fitchburg Star report. ... Read More

Fitchburg apartment fire damage estimated at $500K

Damage to a Fitchburg apartment building was estimated at $500,000 after a fire early Saturday, fire officials said.

The Fitchburg Fire Department said it responded to a report of a structure fire at 4395 Crescent Road at 2:26 a.m. Police had been first on the scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from an balcony.

Firefighters found that flames had extended into the attic and burned through the building's roof.

Four of the eight residential units in the condo building sustained extensive fire damage, according to the report. The fire was stopped at a firewall in the middle of the building.

Officials said there were no injuries reported. One cat was rescued and is in the care of its owner, firefighters said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the displaced residents, Fitchburg said.

The city of Fitchburg Fire Investigation Team is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31