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Oregon-Fitchburg rail line gets reactivated

Freight trains will begin operating this month on the rail line that runs through Fitchburg. It will be the first time since 1997 that a freight hauler has used the line.

The Common Council on Sept. 23 approved a temporary licensing agreement with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad so the company can begin using the rail line this fall.

The line is being activated so that Lycon Inc., which last year built a Ready Mix Concrete plant in Oregon’s Alpine Business Park, can get deliveries of aggregate via rail as opposed to large over-the-road trucks... Read More

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Council votes down electronic McKee billboard

City of Fitchburg Common Council members affirmed a decision to not allow an electronic billboard on McKee Road. The Fitchburg Star said alders unanimously denied an appeal by the company requesting the installation... Read More

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

Portion of Capital City Trail closed last week reopens

The portion of the Capital City Trail that was temporarily closed has been reopened, according to a release.

The Capital City Trail was closed last week to replace a waterway culvert to Longford Terrace in the city of Fitchburg, officials said. The culvert replacement project was successfully completed.

?We appreciate trail users? patience while we completed this important project,? Dane County Parks Director Darren Marsh said in the release. ?The new, larger culverts will be a huge improvement and should eliminate future closures due to flooding and washouts at this location.?

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Customers of Fitchburg Dairy Queen among those hacked

Dairy Queen is the latest company to get hit by a security breach saying that payment card data has been impacted at nearly 400 of its restaurants around the country.

The ice cream stand operator said malware called Backoff is to blame, and that it accessed systems through a "third-party vendor's compromised account credentials." The company also said the malware has been "contained."

The hacked systems contained customer names, payment card numbers and expiration dates, according to the company.

On Thursday, Dairy Queen published an online list of the 395 restaurants where payment card data was affected, including the Dairy Queen on Fish Hatchery Road in Fitchburg. Orange Julius locations were also affected. Click on the list here. The company has about 4,500 outlets.

2 attempt to elude officers in separate drug incidents

Two Madison men were arrested this week on drug charges after attempting to elude officers, Dane County officials said.

On Monday, officers initiated a traffic stop involving Antarius J. Sanders, 22, of Madison, and noticed a strong smell of marijuana, according to a release. Sanders fled on foot, but officers caught up to him and he was taken into custody.

Police said Sanders had crack cocaine on him and 6.7 grams of cocaine base, $2,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia in his hotel room at the Super 8 on Hayes Road.

Sanders was arrested on tentative charges of possession of cocaine base with intent to deliver and resisting arrest, and on a probation hold.

On Tuesday, police conducted a consented search on Columbus Lane in Madison, resulting in the arrest of Stephan C. Marton, 23, of Madison, according to a release. Marton had previously led investigators on a high-speed pursuit when he fled a traffic stop.

Portion of Capital City Trail closes Monday

A portion of the Capital City Trail will be temporarily closed starting Monday, according to a release.

The closure is to replace a waterway culvert east of Longford Terrace in the city of Fitchburg, officials said.

?The project is anticipated to take approximately two weeks to complete, however with the uncertainty of weather conditions it may take longer,? Dane County storm water engineer John Reimer said in the release.

The trail will be closed in the city of Fitchburg from the intersection of Fish Hatchery and McKee roads to the west end of the Longford Terrace underpass tunnel, according to the release. West bound bicyclists will use the side path on the north side of McKee Road, and then travel northwest on the road via Yarmouth Greenway and Longford Terrace to the west ramp at the Longford Terrace underpass tunnel.