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The promise of prairie pellets

Amid fields of corn and soybean near Evansville, Wis., Mark Doudlah grows nearly 1,000 acres of native prairie plants. He harvests the seedpods and isolates the seeds from about 125 species. A few years ago, he also began pelleting and burning the chaff. >More
 Health care expenses: Your money or your life

In 2005, while taking a winter vacation in Florida with her fiancé, Bonnie Barklow noticed a lump in her left breast. Upon her return home in March, the lump was biopsied, and she was diagnosed with localized breast cancer. The tumor was treated with Taxol, a chemotherapy drug. The tumor went into remission, and Barklow continued to take her yearly winter trips to Florida. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison residents get say on budget

So apparently, less than a dozen people showed up at Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's first public hearing on the budget last week. That could be either because the meeting wasn't well publicized (it wasn't even included on the city's weekly meeting list) or because it's hard to testify about a budget you haven't seen yet. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Money matters

As reported by WISC last week, only 15 people attended Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's first public hearing for the 2009 city budget. Mayor Dave has called this year's budget one of the most difficult in recent memory, due to high fuel costs and other economic realities, and he's actively seeking input from the public in preparing it. >More
 Madison's China connection on the eve of the Beijing Olympics

As a child, Stella Wong couldn't go outside and play. It was the 1950s, and the communist government of China had assumed control in her village of Tai San in Guangdong Province. "In the middle of the night, they would make you kneel and tell you what to do," recalls Wong, who lived with her grandmother after her parents and brother fled the country. >More
 Madison's Business Forum seeks to honor young professional

The Business Forum, an organization made up of women professionals in the Madison area, is now accepting nominations for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. The award will honor "emerging community leaders whose professional and personal achievements make them ideal role models for young women." The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 15. >More
 On the Agenda: A full plate for Madison's city council

The council considers amendments to the ordinance allowing Madison residents to keep chickens. Among the proposed changes: up to eight chickens per lot for two-family residences. You still can't keep roosters or slaughter chickens at your home, however, so don't get too excited. The council will also accept the new Economic Development Plan, which recommends the city update its zoning codes, add more "state-of-the-art facilities" for businesses, and be proactive about keeping employers in the city. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Where in the hell is Silicon Prairie Parkway?

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz attends a groundbreaking (hard hats, shiney shovels, dusty wingtips) ceremony for Full Compass on this "street" Monday at noon. But how do you even get there? >More
 Let the renters beware

Michael Licker says that back in Boston, where he's from, people do it all the time: They make arrangements to sublease an apartment directly from the tenant. That's what he and his buddy did in late May, when they inked a deal to sublet an apartment in Madison, where they have a summer law school internship. >More
 Hero or villain? Hainstock's crime generates buzz online

Eric Hainstock's role in the death of his high school principal in September 2006 quickly became a topic of online discussion, especially as word spread of the abuse and bullying he reportedly suffered at home and at school. >More
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