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Walk for Wishes 2014 photos

The Madison Walk for Wishes event was held at McKee Farms Park on Sunday, Sept. 14. More than 500 people signed up to run, walk or wheel for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions... Read More

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City names public works director

The City of Fitchburg named a new Director of Public Works/City Engineer... Read More

Neighborhood, church unite after double homicide

Neighborhood, church unite after double homicide

No community is immune to tragedy.

The City of Fitchburg was reminded of that Friday, Aug. 22, when former Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Steele, 39, allegedly shot and killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

The Steeles had lived in Fitchburg for more than a decade, and as a preschool teacher at The Church at Christ Memorial for six years, Ashlee Steele had made connections to hundreds of families through both her work and in the Highlands of Seminole neighborhood, where they resided... Read More

Taste of Fitchburg photos

The second annual Taste of Fitchburg was held at McKee Farms Park on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event benefited 4-C, a local non-profit early childhood organization. Menu items from various local eateries were featured, as well as live music, crafts and martial arts demonstrations... Read More

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Co-workers, community honor life of Ashlee Steele

Friends of Ashlee Steele gathered Saturday to honor the mother of two in a memorial, three weeks after Ashlee and her sister Kacee Tollefsbol were shot and killed in Steele's Fitchburg home.

"She lived her life with passion and she was forgiving and caring," said co-worker Elsa Gumm.

Co-workers and community members are hoping Ashlee Steele's character of forgiveness is a legacy others will learn from in the midst of tragedy.

"We never really know what someone is experiencing in their personal life even if we think we know them well. So I think that if we can forgive and pray for one another and turn to Jesus's love in the way we interact with people. That's the best way to move forward," Gumm said.

The church of Christ Memorial on Raritan Road held the Saturday memorial service, the same place where Ashlee spent her time teaching preschool.

Local business to raise money for Ashlee Steele Fund

Local business to raise money for Ashlee Steele Fund

Gymfinity Children’s Activity Center will host an open gym with all proceeds benefiting the Ashlee Steele Fund, according to a release.

Gym owners J. and Stephanie Orkowski said they want to recognize Ashlee, who was a devoted team parent and volunteer while supporting her daughter’s love of gymnastics.

Ashlee and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, were shot and killed in Ashlee’s Fitchburg home Aug. 22.

The open gym will be held Sept. 27, and the Gymfinity Boosters will also host a bake sale to raise additional funds.

The Great Dane Pun and Brewing Company has offered to match all donations up to $2,000, according to the release.

State’s report cards show Verona exceeds expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Verona School District exceeds expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.