Madison Wisconsin News, Madison Weather and Wisconsin Sports Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:15:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Madison Wisconsin News, Madison Weather and Wisconsin Sports Madison Wisconsin News, Madison Weather and Wisconsin Sports Wisconsin Assembly forbids requiring virus vaccination proof Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:15:40 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit businesses, colleges and universities, governments and anyone else in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The measure banning so-called vaccine passports must also pass the Senate and be signed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers before becoming law.

Evers has signaled that he will veto the bill. The Assembly passed it on a 60-37 vote with all Republicans and Democratic Rep. Rep. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez voting for it.

Doctors are already warning Americans: This year’s flu season could get bad Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:12:44 +0000

MADISON, Wis.– Masking. Distancing. Handwashing. Could the secret to a nearly non-existent flu season really be that simple?

Doctors believe so, and they have the numbers to prove it. Last year, there were only 16 documented cases of the flu in all of Wisconsin. Nationally, the CDC says cases were their lowest in 15 years, down by 85%.

However, as people start to ditch their masks, this year’s numbers are already starting to rise. And local doctors warn: it’s only June.

“Most of these viruses are spread by droplets, so that’s why masks work,” explained SSM Health’s Dr. David Ottenbaker. “It’s a lesson learned. We’re always trying to define ‘the new normal.’ This could be part of it: wearing masks in certain situations.”

Ottenbaker clarifies he’s not suggesting people revert to wearing masks all the time, but rather, in places like a crowded elevator or an airplane, even if masks are eventually no longer required.

Still, like COVID, doctors say the best way to prevent getting or spreading the flu is to get vaccinated. Flu season usually picks up in October in Wisconsin, although southern states are already reporting cases of the virus.

Right now, doctors are unsure how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ this year’s flu season will be. Although people are less likely to wear masks than last year, they remain less likely to travel internationally, too, and that’s often how the virus spreads.

“We’re worried, though,” said Ottenbaker, in response to what this fall could bring. “We’re probably going to be in an environment where COVID won’t be completely gone.”

Hot weather Thursday to be followed by strong/severe t-storm chances Thursday night – Gary Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:10:21 +0000

An Alert Day remains in the forecast for later Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Scattered thunderstorms are likely; some thunderstorms may become severe with high winds, hail, and heavy rainfall.

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Mostly clear skies this evening will become partly cloudy overnight and it won’t be as cool. Temperatures will fall to the upper 60s by late evening; overnight low temperatures will be in the upper 50s by morning.

Thursday will be partly sunny, breezy, and hot with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly late in the day; high temperatures will be in the lower 90s with heat index readings in the lower to the middle 90s. Thursday night will be mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms; some thunderstorms could be strong to severe with hail, high winds, and heavy rainfall possible. Any showers will end early on Friday morning, then skies will become mostly sunny, and it will be breezy and hot, but less humid with high temperatures in the lower 90s; heat index readings in the lower to the middle 90s.

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For this weekend, Saturday will be mostly sunny and not as warm with high temperatures in the lower 80s. On Sunday, skies will be partly sunny in the morning, then it will become mostly cloudy and warm in the afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing; high temperatures will be in the lower 80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely Sunday night.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with showers ending in the morning, then it will become partly sunny, breezy, and cooler with high temperatures in the lower 70s. Skies will be mostly sunny on Tuesday and it will be pleasant; high temperatures will be in the middle 70s. Wednesday will be partly sunny and warmer; high temperatures will be in the lower 80s.

Thursday will be partly sunny, breezy, and warm with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; high temperatures will be in the lower 80s. Friday will be variably cloudy, warm, and a little more humid with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; high temperatures will be in the lower 80s.

For next weekend, Saturday will be variably cloudy, warm, and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms; high temperatures will be in the middle 80s. Sunday will be partly sunny, very warm, and humid with high temperatures in the middle 80s, with heat index readings in the middle 80s to around 90 degrees.

Mostly clear this evening, then becoming partly cloudy and not as cool overnight.
Low: 58
Wind: S 5-10 MPH


Partly sunny, breezy, and hot with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly late in the day.
High: 91; Heat Index: 91 to 96
Wind: S/SW 10-20 MPH


Mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms; a few thunderstorms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
Low: 68
Wind: S/SW 8-15 MPH


Any showers ending early, otherwise becoming mostly sunny, breezy, and hot, but less humid.
High: 91; Heat Index: 91 to 96
Wind: W 10-20 MPH


Mostly sunny and not as warm.
Low: 59
High: 81

Partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy and warm in the afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing.
Low: 57
High: 81

Mostly cloudy with showers ending in the morning, then becoming partly sunny, breezy, and a little cooler with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
Low: 61
High: 73

Mostly sunny and pleasant.
Low: 52
High: 74

Partly sunny and warmer.
Low: 54
High: 81

Partly sunny, breezy, and warm with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Low: 60
High: 83

Variable cloudiness, warm, and a little more humid with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Low: 62
High: 82

Variable cloudiness, warm, and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Low: 65
High: 84

Partly sunny, very warm, and humid.
Low: 66
High: 85; Heat Index: 86 to 91

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Storm Prediction Center severe weather outlook for Thursday/Thursday night: SLIGHT RISK of severe thunderstorms for extreme southern Minnesota, the northeastern half of Iowa, the northwestern quarter of Illinois, and west-central, southwestern, and south-central Wisconsin (south and west of a Rochester, MN to Beaver Dam to Lake Geneva line); MARGINAL RISK for the rest of the southeastern quarter of Minnesota, most of the rest of Iowa, the rest of the northern half of Illinois, and the rest of the southeastern three-quarters of Wisconsin (south of a Hudson to Ironwood, MI line). Threats: high winds, hail, heavy rainfall; an isolated tornado is possible, mainly in Iowa. Timing: late Thursday afternoon, Thursday night. Coverage: a few severe thunderstorms. Confidence: medium.


MIlwaukee teen in stolen vehicle dies after causing crash Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:08:12 +0000

MILWAUKEE — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy who continued to flee Milwaukee police in a stolen vehicle after they called off a pursuit died in a crash that left five other teens with serious injuries.

Police say officers attempted to stop the vehicle shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, when the driver took off and eventually crossed into oncoming traffic. Officers halted the pursuit but the car continued and hit another vehicle head-on at 50 to 60 mph.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle was pronounced dead at a hospital. All six of the teens are from Milwaukee.

Remains of 3 brothers killed at Pearl Harbor identified Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:00:52 +0000

NEW LONDON, Wis. — U.S. military officials say the remains of three brothers from Wisconsin who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified.

Officials say 22-year-old Navy Fireman 1st Class Malcolm J. Barber, 21-year-old Navy Fireman 1st Class LeRoy K. Barber, and 18-year-old Navy Fireman 2nd Class Randolph H. Barber were assigned to the USS Oklahoma in World War II.

They grew up in New London. The Oklahoma was moored at Ford Island when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. Officials say the ship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. It resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen.

The military says the brothers were accounted for on June 10, 2020.

Wisconsin Assembly approves transgender sports bans Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:50:09 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly has passed bills banning transgender athletes from participating in girls’ and women’s sports.

The measures were taken up Wednesday in the middle of Pride month and were all-but certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The measures must also pass the GOP-controlled Senate before going to Evers, who has repeatedly said he stands with transgender students.

Democrats argue the measures are unnecessary and stigmatize transgender youth. Republican supporters say transgender girls have an unfair physical advantage.

Where and how to celebrate Juneteenth this year Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:30:18 +0000

Earlier this month, the Dane County Board of Supervisors officially recognized June 19, Juneteenth, as a holiday, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding the holiday. Fabu Phillis Carter broke it down for us back in 2018, but the convoluted and traumatic history of slavery in America leaves a confusing trail of how to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation now in 2021. While Juneteenth marks the day that Southern slaves were hypothetically freed, June 19, 1863 didn’t mean freedom for all Black Americans.

Let’s celebrate how far we have come since the original Juneteenth with a commemoration of Black food, music, art and culture, while continuing to put in work to better conditions for Black Americans moving forward. Local racial justice organizations have been planning and prepping for in-person and virtual Juneteenth celebrations, so stop by and educate yourself this weekend.

Kujichagulia Madison
Throughout the weekend, Kujichagulia (a Madison-based center working to unite Madison-area African American communities to address collective issues) is holding a handful of events highlighting Black resilience and excellence in Madison. Thursday is the “Our Voices Matter” virtual event, which will address voting and social justice for youth, young adults and more. Friday is the “Feed Our Bellies, Feed Our Souls” programming, concluding with a community prayer and family dinner after chef demonstrations and health panels during the day. Saturday is the big, in-person celebration at Penn Park in South Madison, and will consist of a parade and festival. For more details, visit

The Biergarten at Olbrich Park
Grab a brewski and benefit Black lives with this collaboration event between The Biergarten, Delta Beer Lab and the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development. Enjoy drinks by the water, and try out the Black is Beautiful beer with proceeds benefiting Nehemiah. This Black IPA is reminiscent of orange zest, chocolate and pine, with flavors of grapefruit and chocolate for an invigorating philanthropic drink.

Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus
On Friday at 10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Congresswoman Gwen Moore will be holding a presentation at the Capitol Rotunda on the idea of pursuing freedom and resiliency. Guest stars include blues group Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, Jaquetia Tate, and Leotha and Tamara Stanley. Bishop Sedgwick Daniels from the Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God and Christ and Pastor Keith Evans of the Greater Mt. Eagle Baptist Church will also be present to offer their insight.

Shades of Black, a Black Cultural Festival
Urban Triage and its community partners are hosting a weekend of festivities, with a kickoff festival of free food and art on Thursday at Hilldale Shopping Center. Kids will flock to Mifflin Street for a paint-balloon fight on Friday, and the main event will be at Elver Park on Saturday. Many Black-owned businesses and Black-led groups will be there selling their foodstuffs, artwork and more, all while promoting the growth of the Black economy here in Wisconsin. Sunday is Fallen Soldiers Day, which will take form as an educational vigil to, “honor our brothers, sisters, mothers, uncles and children that have been victims of police brutality and a system of neglect.”

The Experience in Their Eyes, DreamBank – Madison
On Thursday night, DreamBank will be holding an online panel of Black professionals from the greater Madison area to discuss the holiday and how they themselves acknowledge and celebrate Juneteenth. Yvette Craig, the publisher and editor of UMOJA Magazine, Debbie Biddle of The People Company and Percy Brown Jr., the Director of Equity and Student Achievement for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District and Senior Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, will all be there to offer their experience and answer questions.

Forward Madison FC
This Saturday’s Forward Madison FC game is a special one, and The Flock will celebrate Juneteenth with a few different offerings. A limited edition scarf will be sold by the Black fan group, the Featherstone Flamingos, with all of the proceeds benefiting our local YWCA. Opera singer Prenicia Clifton will perform the Black national anthem before the game, youth group Black Star Drum Line will show the stadium what they’ve got, and lastly, poet Matthew Charles will perform spoken word at halftime.

Madison Jazz Festival, Donna Woodall
This Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter is bringing her soul and funk to Madison with two Saturday concerts. At 2 p.m., Donna Woodall will be at Kujichagulia’s celebration in Penn Park, and at 7 p.m., will be at the Memorial Union terrace with the Madison Jazz Festival. Folks can also watch the concerts on Facebook and Youtube, either after the event or as a livestream.

Working Draft Beer Co.
This East Wilson Street brewery will also be throwing a Juneteenth event, and will be celebrating with drinks and artwork from local artists. Madison-based creators and activists Lilada Gee, Brooklyn Doby and Mike Lroy will be showcasing their work — some pieces for sale — and Working Draft will debut its new beer, “Lift Every Voice,” which is a Single Hop Citra Hazy with African Queen hops. Artists will be present from noon to 4 p.m., so stop by for a midday sip and stay a while.

Consider donating this year to Urban Triage’s Juneteenth Fundraiser, which can be accessed online here.

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Edgewood wins 4th straight boys state golf title Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:25:38 +0000

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis — The Edgewood boys golf team took home the Division 2 state championship on Tuesday.


The Crusaders won their fourth straight team title. Ethan Arndt was the individual medalist finishing 3 over.

Middleton’s Jacob Beckman finished first in Division 1 and Lancaster’s Noah Krisch placed first in Division 3.

Sanborn named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:37:05 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — It’s officially college football’s watch list season. The Lott IMPACT Trophy released their watch list for the upcoming season and Jack Sanborn was on the list.

He’s one of 42 players watch listed & one of eight nominees from the Big Ten conference. The Lott IMPACT Trophy honors college football’s defensive best in character and performance.

Last season with the Badgers, Sanborn led the team in tackles. UW opens up the 2021 season against Penn State on September 4.

Woman killed in Dodge County crash; child suffers life-threatening injuries Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:29:06 +0000

OAK GROVE, Wis. — One woman is dead following a crash on Highway 33 in Dodge County.

The state Department of Transportation said the incident happened in the Township of Oak Grove at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said an initial investigation revealed a Ford truck crossed the center line and struck a Buick sedan in the oncoming lane.

The 50-year-old woman driving the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Dodge County Medical Examiner. The woman’s name has not been released at this time.

Officials said a 12-year-old child in the passenger seat of the Buick also suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital.

The 47-year-old man who was driving the Ford truck suffered serious injuries and was also hospitalized, while a 44-year-old passenger in the truck was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

WIS 33 was blocked in both directions between Highway 26 and North Grove Road for several hours. The lanes reopened at 4:50 p.m.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.


Jeffery Selje Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:15:34 +0000

FALL RIVER—Jeffery E. “Jeff” Selje age 59, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison.

A full obituary is pending.

Australian region covered in cobwebs as spiders flee floods Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:04:02 +0000

(CNN) — It’s an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare: towns draped in spider webs.

Residents of the Australian region of Gippsland in the state of Victoria were greeted with layers of gossamer cobwebs after the area was hit by severe flooding, according to CNN affiliate 9News.

The Victoria State Emergency Service issued multiple flood warnings for the rural area in early June, with some residents urged to evacuate, according to tweets from Darren Chester, the MP for Gippsland.

As the humans fled to safety, so did the spiders.

Professor Dieter Hochuli, an ecologist from the University of Sydney, told CNN affiliate 7News that the sea of spider silk was not surprising given the weather conditions.

“This is a surprisingly common phenomenon after floods,” he said.

“When we get these types of very heavy rains and flooding, these animals who spend their lives cryptically on the ground can’t live there anymore, and do exactly what we try to do — they move to the higher ground,” he added.

Hochuli said the arachnids responsible were sheet web spiders, which normally live on the ground.

The phenomenon is known as ballooning. The Australian Museum’s website states that the process involves spiders “ascending to a high point on foliage and letting out fine silk lines that catch the breeze and eventually gain enough lift to waft the spider up and away.”

The website adds: “Simultaneous ballooning by thousands of spiderlings can result in a remarkable carpet of silk, called gossamer, covering shrubs or fields.”

While the eight-legged creatures take shelter on higher ground, the work of emergency services in the region continues.

“We can see mother nature can be beautiful but she can also be destructive,” Carolyn Crossley, a local councilor, wrote on her Facebook page, noting that hundreds of homes in the area remained without power.

Victoria state’s emergency management commissioner, Andrew Crisp, said on Twitter that he traveled to the area on Sunday.

“Work continues on relief and recovery,” he said.

The storms have wreaked havoc across Victoria. An injured mother and son were rescued by police officers on June 9 after a tree branch fell on their home.

And at least two people in the state have died amid the crisis. On June 10, police discovered a man’s body in flood waters after his car was almost submerged. The following, day a woman’s body was found in a vehicle in the flood waters.

7-day average of new COVID cases drops below 100 in Wisconsin Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:00:30 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s seven-day average of new cases per day has continued to drop, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health Services.

DHS officials said the latest average has fallen to 90. The state has not recorded an average of 90 or fewer cases since March 26, 2020.

Wisconsin has reached an all-time total of 611,844 confirmed cases.

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The seven-day average percent positive by test has also stayed below 2%, with Wednesday’s average at 1.1%.

The state’s seven-day average for new COVID deaths has remained at one, while the statewide death toll since the start of the pandemic has amassed 7,230.

As of Wednesday, 2,866,668 residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, or 49.2% of Wisconsin. Health officials said 2,598,220 people have completed the vaccine series, which is 44.6% of the state’s eligible population.

A total of 5,395,172 doses have been administered throughout the state since December.

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An eighth of the US population is sweltering under a record-breaking heat dome. Climate change is making it worse Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:59:39 +0000

(CNN) — With upwards of 300 record-high temperatures in jeopardy this week, more than an eighth of the US population — over 40 million people — are on alert across the western US for a long-lasting, potentially lethal heat wave.

“No easy way to say this, so we’ll just cut straight to the chase: it’s going to be *very* hot for a *long time*,” tweeted the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City in the lead-up to this historic heat wave.

This heat wave and the exceptional drought in the Southwest are part of a damaging feedback loop enhanced by climate change, experts say. The hotter it gets, the drier it gets; the drier it gets, the hotter it gets.

“When it comes to extreme weather, climate change is loading the weather dice against us,” Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher and the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, told CNN Weather in an email. “We always have a chance of extreme heat, particularly in the summer: but as the world warms, we see that summer heatwaves are coming earlier, lasting longer, and are becoming hotter and more intense.”

The Southwest is caught under a heat dome

On Tuesday, Salt Lake City recorded its third consecutive day of triple-digit heat, setting both daily and all-time records along the way. The city soared to a high of 107 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, tying its all-time record high, previously reached in the month of July.

For some perspective, records in Salt Lake City date back to 1874. In that time, there have been over 50,000 calendar days of temperatures observed. Tuesday marks only the third time the city has ever soared to 107 degrees, roughly a 1 in 50 year event.

The cause is a massive ridge of high pressure, commonly referred to as a heat dome, that is rapidly gaining strength over the western US. A combination of sinking air, clear skies and lengthy solar radiation will send temperatures as much as 10 to 25 degrees above seasonal values this week.

This ridge is also responsible for the unrelenting drought, as it directs rain away from the region.

“The hotter it gets, the stronger the ridge,” said Hayhoe. “So while climate change may not be responsible for the ridge forming, it can make it last longer and be stronger than it would be otherwise, which makes the drought more intense and longer.”

Amid a historic drought and the lowest water level on record in nearby Lake Mead, the state of Nevada will also be challenging its all-time record high this week, currently held by the town of Laughlin, which reached 125 degrees on June 29, 1994. Highs in Laughlin are forecast to be between 120 and 122 from Wednesday to Sunday; the average this time of year is 106 degrees.

Widespread triple-digit records are being observed as far north as Idaho and Montana.

On Tuesday, Billings, Montana, soared to 105 degrees, matching the hottest weather ever seen in June while obliterating the daily record of 98 degrees, which stood for over 30 years.

As the week progresses, so does the long duration heat wave.

More records in jeopardy

On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Las Vegas will be knocking on the doorsteps of history as highs are forecast to reach 116 degrees, just 1 degree shy of the city’s all-time record of 117 degrees. That’s benchmark that has only been achieved four times since records began in 1937.

Check the forecast highs for these cities and yours

Not too far away in Phoenix, where residents are well accustomed to oppressive heat, the mercury is forecast to impress even by Phoenician standards. Highs this time of year typically settle in around 105 degrees. The average first 115-degree day generally arrives during the first week of July. However, with summer officially four days away, high temperatures in Phoenix soared to a record of 115 degrees on Tuesday.

In fact, forecast models indicate that they may reach or exceed 115 degrees every day from Wednesday through Friday. This would tie the all-time record for most consecutive 115 degree days in Phoenix at four days. Perhaps not surprisingly, in the summer of 2020, the city reached 115 degrees on four successive days on two separate occasions.

In the US, five of the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2012, and the broader trend signals little change.

There have always been heat waves but they are getting worse

There have always been heat waves, droughts, wildfires and more, well before humans started changing climate. What scientists are increasingly beginning to say, explains Hayhoe, is how much worse climate change is making these events.

“Scientists are starting to be able to say ‘a lot!’ and even to answer this question with numbers for specific events,” she said.

“For example, scientists have found that climate change made the 2019 European heatwave 10 times more likely, and the Siberian heatwave of June 2020 600 times more likely.”

In the future, heat waves and drought will likely worsen, Hayhoe said. Particularly in areas already naturally at risk from drought.

Ironically, climate change will also make heavy rain events more frequent. “Which isn’t good news either,” explains Hayhoe. “It can be damaging, and it makes it hard to replenish soil water and groundwater depleted during a drought when rain falls in heavy downpours as most of it just runs off.”

The future looks different than the records of the past.

“We can no longer rely on the past as a reliable predictor for future conditions, as we’ve been doing for hundreds and even thousands of years,” Hayhoe said. “Instead, we must prepare for conditions that are hotter and droughts that are more damaging than we’ve seen before.”

Biden warns of ‘devastating’ consequences for Russia if Navalny dies in prison Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:39:13 +0000

(CNN) — President Joe Biden said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday of consequences if jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny were to die in prison, though he declined to specify which actions he would take.

“I made it clear to him that I believe the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia,” Biden said.

He continued, “What do you think happens when he’s saying it’s not about hurting Navalny, all the stuff he says to rationalize the treatment of Navalny, and then he dies in prison?… It’s about trust. It’s about their ability to influence other nations in a positive way.”

The State Department has said the US believes Navalny was poisoned by the Russian security services last year when he felt ill during a flight to Moscow and fell into a coma. Navalny was evacuated to Berlin after being hospitalized. That evacuation later led the Russia Federal Penitentiary Service to accuse Navalny of violating the terms of his probation by failing to show up for scheduled inspections while in getting medical care in Germany. Following his return to Russia in February, Navalny was sentenced to prison, where he remains.

This past spring, Navalny went on a hunger strike to protest against prison officials’ refusal to grant him access to proper medical care. During his time in prison, Navalny’s supporters have said the opposition leader’s health deteriorated and his legal team has said his condition was exacerbated by alleged “torture by sleep deprivation.”

Biden, who has posed autocracy versus democracy as a central theme of this moment, suggested he raised human rights extensively with Putin during the Geneva summit.

“I also told him that no president of the United States could keep faith with the American people if they did not speak out to defend out democratic values, to stand up for the universal and fundamental freedoms that all men and women have in our view,” he said.

Biden also said he specifically discussed “concerns” about Navalny, and that he also raised the case of two imprisoned American citizens, Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed. Additionally, Biden said he emphasized the ability of Radio Free Europe to operate, as well as “the importance of a free press and freedom of speech.”

Asked about the Russian crackdown on Navalny’s organizations and supporters, Putin responded during his earlier solo news conference in Geneva by talking about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the United States and the January 6 Capitol attack.

“We sympathize with what is happening in the states, but we do not wish that to happen in Russia,” Putin said.

Putin said Navalny returned to Russia in order to be detained, knowing he had broken the law, but refused to say the opposition activist’s name aloud.

“This man knew that he was breaking the law of Russia. He has been twice convicted,” Putin said.

He repeated the official Russian position that Navalny had violated bail conditions by going abroad while unconscious after apparent Novichok poisoning last year, and failing to check in with Russian legal officers as required.

“He consciously ignored the requirements of the law,” Putin said. “The gentleman in question went abroad for treatment. As soon as he went to the hospital he showed his videos on the internet. … He wanted consciously to break the law. He did exactly what he wanted to do. So what kind of discussion can we be having (about him)?”

Education Department says Title IX protections apply to LGBTQ students Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:34:54 +0000

(CNN) — The Education Department on Wednesday issued guidance that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a reversal of the Trump administration’s stance that gay and transgender students are not protected by the law.

The department cited in its decision the Supreme Court’s ruling just a year ago that federal civil rights law protects transgender, gay and lesbian workers — a ruling the Biden administration has been using during its early months to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans in a number of different areas of life.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the right for LGBTQ+ people to live and work without fear of harassment, exclusion, and discrimination — and our LGBTQ+ students have the same rights and deserve the same protections. I’m proud to have directed the Office for Civil Rights to enforce Title IX to protect all students from all forms of sex discrimination,” US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement. “Today, the Department makes clear that all students — including LGBTQ+ students — deserve the opportunity to learn and thrive in schools that are free from discrimination.”

The New York Times was first to report the new guidance.

The move follows a series of actions under President Joe Biden aimed at protecting LGBTQ rights and rolling back controversial moves made under his predecessor.

Last month, leaning on the Supreme Court’s June 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the Biden administration revoked a controversial Trump-era decision to end protections in health care for patients who are transgender. And in February, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced protections under the Fair Housing Act will cover LGBTQ Americans, allowing the federal government to investigate complaints of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That policy change also leaned on the justices’ decision in Bostock.

The Trump administration in 2017 withdrew protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity. And in January, the Department of Education under then-President Donald Trump issued guidance that the Supreme Court ruling did not protect transgender students.

During his address to a joint session of Congress in April, Biden pledged his support for transgender Americans amid efforts by Republican-led legislatures to enact anti-trans sports bans.

LGBTQ advocates applauded the Biden administration’s updated Title IX guidance, with the National Center for Transgender Equality calling Wednesday “a huge day for trans youth and the people who love them.”

“Across the country, politicians have targeted transgender youth for discrimination at school. Now those same kids know that the Biden administration and the US Department of Education see them for who they really are and will defend their right to fully participate in school,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, the group’s deputy executive director, in a statement.

The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, said the move is critical to the well-being of trans students.

“We know that trans-affirming schools can be life-saving,” Amit Paley, the Trevor Project’s CEO and executive director, said in a statement. “Young people spend most of their time at school and it’s crucial that all students are protected from discrimination and afforded the same rights.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

All northbound lanes of I-39/90 in southern Dane County reopen following crash Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:33:37 +0000

ALBION, Wis. — All northbound lanes of I-39/90 near Highway 51 in southern Dane County have reopened following a serious crash, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The DOT says the crash happened at 1:46 p.m. on the interstate about a mile north of Highway 51, between Albion and Utica.

All lanes of traffic were closed north of Highway 51 before reopening at 5:05 p.m.

Dane County dispatch said multiple ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash.

DHS now tracking Delta coronavirus variant as ‘variant of concern’ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:23:52 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — State health officials are now tracking a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus as a “variant of concern,” because of evidence that shows it is more contagious than the more common and familiar coronavirus.

The B.1.617.2 variant, known as the Delta variant, was first reported in India in October 2020. It has since spread and is credited with a recent rise in cases in the U.K.

The strain was previously classified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a variant of interest, but was upgraded following the CDC’s recent re-classification of the Delta variant.

DHS officials said Wednesday they plan to share case counts on the new variant on a weekly basis starting Thursday.

“Wisconsin continues to report an increasing proportion of COVID-19 cases across the state that are variants of concern,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said. “We urge Wisconsinites to protect themselves, their families, and their communities by getting vaccinated. The sooner people get vaccinated against COVID-19, the less opportunity for the virus to keep mutating.”

To date, scientists have identified 26 cases of the Delta variant in Wisconsin since April. Scientists use a method called whole genome sequencing that compares the genomes from positive coronavirus tests to locate mutations in the virus. DHS and other lab partners statewide regularly perform the genome sequencing on portions of positive tests.

While much is still unknown about the variant, including the effectiveness of therapeutics and antibody treatments, health officials said vaccines still provide some level of protection against the Delta variant. Officials added that getting more people vaccinated can help prevent the spread, and thus further potentially dangerous mutations, of the coronavirus.

Willard L. Yngsdal Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:45:55 +0000

Willard Laverne Yngsdal led a wonderful life for 96 years until his passing on June 14, 2021, at the Pines Assisted Living in Prairie du Sac.

He was born in Clifton, Roxbury Township on September 16, 1924, to William and Martha (Zug) Yngsdal. He worked with his father and brothers in the creation and maintenance of the original nine-hole Lake Wisconsin Country Club. Willard graduated in 1942 from Prairie du Sac High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII prior to making his profession as a sheet metal worker for Harnischfeger in Milwaukee.

Willard married Delores “DeeDee” Lefebure February 28, 1970. Together they enjoyed traveling and their home in Sussex, where they were surrounded by loving neighbors whom the family is extremely thankful for. Willard was an outstanding golfer and superb bowler. He looked forward to the annual deer hunt at the camp up north.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dee; and siblings Beatrice (Warren) Moungey, Gladys (Gordon) Hathaway, William (Leoma) Yngsdal, Luella (Ray) Nichols, and Myrtle Fieldhouse.

Willard was a kind man with a generous heart and love for children. Our hearts are broken, and he will be deeply missed by his surviving brothers, Ed (Marion) Yngsdal, Bob (Elaine) Yngsdal, and Arthur (Donna) Yngsdal. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, Sara (Mike) Poos; whom he loved like a granddaughter and grandson, and other relatives.

Willard’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Pines Assisted Living, Maplewood, and Agrace Hospice for the tender care given at the end of his life.

A private family service will be held on June 27, 2021.

Online condolences may be made at .

Wisconsin Assembly voting on local redistricting delay Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:43:23 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Redistricting of local political boundary lines would be delayed a year or more under a bill in the Wisconsin Assembly backed by Republicans and local governments.

Under the bill up for Assembly approval Wednesday, county board and local aldermanic districts would remain the same next year rather than be redrawn based on the 2020 census, as current law requires.

The bill would not affect the timing of redistricting for congressional or legislative districts, which must be redrawn before the 2022 election.

Bill backers say it’s innocuous and not designed to give anyone a partisan advantage. But Democrats and other critics say it would be unconstitutional.

Wisconsin justices order new trial in brother-in-law’s death Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:42:17 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing his brother-in-law after he allegedly discovered child pornography on his computer.

A jury in Walworth County convicted Alan Johnson in 2017 of first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the shooting death of his brother-in-law, identified in court documents only as K.M. Johnson argued that K.M. attacked him moments after he found the pornography on his computer and the jury should have been instructed on self-defense doctrines.

The Supreme Court sided with Johnson in a 4-3 ruling Wednesday and remanded the case for a new trial.

Rockton evacuation order remains in place after chemical fire, mask mandate lifted Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:39:42 +0000

ROCKTON, Ill. — Winnebago County health officials say air quality levels have remained steady in the area near a chemical plant fire, allowing them to lift a mask mandate, but people who live near the plant are still not allowed to return home.

In an update provided Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Sandra Martell of the Winnebago County Health Department says the stable air quality is allowing them to remove a recommendation for people within three miles of the Chemtool plant in Rockton to wear masks. However, health officials say they are not ready to lift an evacuation order for people who live within one mile of the plant.

“The debris, the dust, the ash that has fallen. We are particularly concerned about returning individuals into that evacuation zone until we have a more thorough understanding of the composition so we can prepare homeowners for their return,” Martell said.

The evacuation order is remaining in place until the health department can determine what makes up the debris that fell across the area after the explosion and fire at the plant on Monday morning. Dr. Martell said they did not want to allow people back in their homes without also giving them guidance on how they can safely clean up the debris and do things like run their air conditioners without having to worry abour particulate matter.

“We understand the distress, the trauma and the turmoil that this is causing for so many of our residents and businesses in the community but we are doing this as an utmost precaution,” Martell said.

Fire Chief Kirk Wilson says industrial firefighting teams continue to make good progress in putting out the fire, which has been burning at the plant since about 7 a.m. Monday. Wilson says people in the area can still expect to see smoke for the next several days as crews continue to work.

“We don’t know what the environmental impacts of this particular site is going to be in the next 5-10 years,” Wilson said. “We’re not sure. But that’s why it’s important for us to do our due diligence and to make sure what we are doing is not only safe for us today but for our future as well.”

The EPA says they are continuing to monitor air quality in the area around the clock.

Francis “Francie” Joseph Hetzel Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:56:00 +0000

Francis “Francie” J. Hetzel, age 82 of Plain, WI passed away into eternal life on June 14, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.

He was born on November 27, 1938, to Alois and Clara (Hartl) Hetzel. He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Plain, WI.

Survivors include his many siblings starting with J (Sonnie) Hetzel, Betty (Merlyn) Brockman, Sr. Marlene Hetzel, Caroline (the late Jerome) Ballweg, Robert (Dottie) Hetzel, Patricia (Wally) Miller, Bernie (Jim) Grota, David Hetzel, Thomas Hetzel, and many friends and neighbors in the Plain area. Also, included as survivors was his companion Marshall, the neighbor’s beloved dog. The dog’s owners, Judy and Alex, were not only truly wonderful neighbors but caretakers in many ways to Francie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Clara Hetzel; brothers Valentine, Theodore, and James.

Appreciation is given for all the staff who gave him comfort and wonderful care from Sauk-Prairie Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital and from many neighbors and friends.

Francie worked as a plumber for Prairie Plumbing and Heating in Sauk City. With his knowledge of plumbing, he and other dedicated people started the golf course in Plain, WI. Francie enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, coaching baseball and softball. He also was a farm hand and worked in a cheese factory.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Plain, WI with burial immediately following in the St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be made at .

A. Marian Monson Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:53:26 +0000

A. Marian Monson, age 86 of Baraboo, WI formerly of Darlington, WI passed away Monday, June 14, 2021 at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.

She was born April 21, 1935 in Iowa County, Wisconsin the daughter of Clyde and Katherine (Cavanaugh) Davis. Marian grew up in Darlington where she graduated from Darlington High School. She was united in marriage to Roger Monson on August 21, 1956 in Darlington. Marian and Roger spent most of their lives in Darlington until moving to Baraboo where they have resided since.

Marian is survived by her husband Roger of Baraboo; two daughters: Debra Monson of Wonewoc, WI and Brenda (Mike) Johnston of Potosi, WI; her grandchildren; David Yeazle of Appleton, WI, Mark (Miriah) Danz of Baraboo, Ryan Yeazle of Wonewoc, Nathan Yeazle of Cresco, IA, and Alex (Peter) Yeazle of Hillsboro, WI; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Michael Davis; one sister in infancy; and one great-granddaughter: Addalynn Yeazle.

Marian cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and the memories they made together. She was an excellent baker and was known to many as having the best cookies. Marian loved to travel – especially up north to Lake Superior and out west. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.

A private family funeral service will be held Friday, June 18, 2021 at Erickson Funeral Home (508 Main St., Darlington) with Rev. Nick J. McElrath of First Baptist Church in Darlington officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Marian’s name.

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Bystanders rescue man from water in Monona Wed, 16 Jun 2021 16:17:07 +0000

MONONA, Wis. — The Monona Fire and EMS Department says bystanders helped save the life of a man who was under water for several minutes Tuesday afternoon.

Monona Fire and Police were called to the Lottes Park Boat Launch on the Yahara River on the 300 block of West Broadway at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after someone reported a man in the water. Crews responded within a few minutes, but by the time the initial units got to the scene, bystanders had already pulled the man from the water.

The fire department says paramedics took the man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but the actions of the bystanders helped keep him alive.

“We want to specifically thank the brave bystanders who did not hesitate to jump in and help save his life,” Monona Fire and EMS Department Chief Jeremy McMullen said in a statement.

‘Two great powers’: Biden, Putin conclude summit talks Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:49:31 +0000

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have concluded their summit meetings in Geneva, wrapping up somewhat more quickly than expected.

The pair’s second sit-down, with aides present on both sides, lasted about 65 minutes. In all, the two sides spent less than three hours together.

With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, Biden and Putin began their face-to-face talks at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion.

It’s a highly anticipated summit at a time when both leaders say relations between their countries are at an all-time low.

Janesville police arrest 3 teens in connection with stolen vehicle from Sun Prairie Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:32:43 +0000

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville police arrested three teens Tuesday night after a vehicle reported stolen out of Sun Prairie was spotted in Janesville.

A resident first reported the “suspicious” vehicle in the 100 block of Linn Street around 10:30 p.m. They obtained the vehicle’s license plate number, which came back as a car reported stolen from Sun Prairie.

As police responded, the teens — a 17-year-old male from Janesville, a 17-year-old male from Madison, and a 16-year-old female from Janesville — reportedly abandoned the vehicle on Linn Street before running off.

Police responded to the area and located the teens running in the area of Racine Street and Park Avenue. They were taken into custody a short time later.

Authorities said they have not found the driver of the stolen vehicle.

‘Please, please be patient with us’: Rockton fire officials advise continued caution for residents as crews work to extinguish Chemtool fire Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:47:33 +0000

ROCKTON, Ill. — More than 48 hours after Chemtool Inc. went up in flames, local fire officials are asking residents to be patient and vigilant as crews work to assess the environmental hazards and extinguish what’s left of the blaze.

As of Wednesday morning, the one-mile evacuation order and mask recommendation remained in place.

“Please, please be patient with us as this is an ongoing effort,” Chief Kirk Wilson with the Rockton Fire Protection District said during a Wednesday morning press conference. “Again, we have several agencies not only our local government, but state and federal government as well that are on scene, and we’re working very diligently in a collaborative effort to mitigate this incident.”

Wilson said precautions taken Tuesday, with the help of an industrial firefighting team, have so far prevented any toxic chemicals from leaking into nearby waterways, but questions about air quality still remained.

Winnebago County health officials were still examining EPA air quality data early Wednesday to determine if conditions were safe for folks to return home. Wilson added that anyone experiencing respiratory issues believed to be tied to the fire or smoke should contact their physician or visit a hospital.

The fire itself has also been contained, but parts of the 230,000-square-foot building were still burning as of Wednesday morning.

“We talked about this product burning off for about 7 days. We reduced that dramatically, especially with the outside industrial firefighting crew that came in to support us,” Wilson said. “So, we’re hoping, we’re hoping soon, like I said, I can’t speculate on a time, but we’re hoping soon that we’re going to have this mitigated.”

Officials are expected to share another update at Noon on Wednesday.


Frederick R.”Fred” Clark Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:20:27 +0000

OREGON – Frederick R. “Fritz” Clark, age 71, of Oregon, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021, under the care of Agrace HospiceCare.

He was born on May 11, 1950, in Madison, the son of John and Mary (Culp) Clark.

Fred graduated from Oregon High School in 1968. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Heffron, on April 25, 1970, in Belleville. Fred was a lifelong farmer and he worked for Oscar Mayer for 30 years. His family was the most important to him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved them with his whole heart. He enjoyed eagle watching, going to auctions and taking cruises. Fred loved driving his Allis Chalmers tractors and taking road trips in his Mustang convertible.

Fred is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary; sons, Fred Jr. (Becki), Steve (Lori), and Brad (Deb); daughter, Michelle (Eliot) Bergeland; grandchildren, Bailey Clark, Tanner Clark, Carter Sweet, Grace, Ava, and Claire Bergeland, and Peyton Clark; siblings, Jim (Carol), John (Jackie), Dick, Bob (Carol), Tom (Pam) and Mary Kay; brother-in-law, Ralph Berkan; and sister-in-law, Sherri Clark. Fred is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill Clark and Dan Clark; sister, Patricia Berkan; and sister-in-law, Irene Clark.

A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 12 noon, on Sunday, June 20, 2021. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Father Pat Norris along with the entire staff at Agrace HospiceCare, for the care and compassion they have shown to Fred and his family.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park St.
(608) 835-3515

John Allen Mahoney Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:18:17 +0000

WAUNAKEE – John Allen Mahoney, age 60, of Waunakee, died suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1960, in North Dakota, the son of Donald L. and Marlene G. Mahoney.

John graduated from James Memorial High School in 1978 and went on to have a career in carpentry.

John is survived by his father, Donald; brothers, David (Kathy), Noel and Jim; sister, Molly (Chuck) Poirier; son, Daniel (Jessica); daughter, Samantha (Jason) Frame; grandchildren, Delaney and Baker Frame; and other family.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene; and brother, Michael.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the family at P.O. Box 1463, Madison, WI 53701, for a memorial to be established in John’s name.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

Roger Lee Rowin Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:15:38 +0000

MIDDLETON – Roger Lee Rowin, age 79, of Middleton, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1941, in Stoughton. After graduating from Edgerton High School in 1959, Roger began active duty in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged. He served from 1960-62. Roger graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1967, majoring in History with minors in Economics, English Literature and Political Science. Later he attended UW-Madison graduate school, receiving Master of Arts degrees in Social Work in 1973 and in Public Policy and Administration from the La Follette School of Government in 1974.

In 1973, Roger was elected to the Middleton City Council where he served three consecutive terms and was elected Council President from 1977-1978. In 1974, Roger ran for the legislature and in 1975, he was a member of the Dane County Executive Committee of the Democratic Party. Roger also served on the Middleton Police Commission.

Roger worked for the State of Wisconsin in the Department of Health and Social Services. He had an important impact on the lives of children and families in Wisconsin through his work on Child Support Reform Initiatives, including wage withholding and the percent standard. Roger enjoyed working on initiatives to make government more effective. He liked getting things done and was an excellent mediator. His last position was as Deputy Director of the KIDS Project, which developed a statewide computer system for Child Support Enforcement. Roger retired from government service on Feb. 14, 1997.

In April 1977, Roger met his future wife, Mary. They were married in the State Capitol on May 21, 1988 – which Roger always said was the happiest day of his entire life. Roger and Mary traveled to 64 countries together (some several times.) In 2006, Roger became active in the UW-Madison’s International Students Association, helping foreign students to feel at home in Wisconsin. Roger and Mary made their home together in Middleton from 1981 until his death.

Roger and Mary have established two endowments in the UW-Whitewater School of Letters and Science, The David W. Adamany Scholarship Endowment and the Roger and Mary Rowin Faculty Endowment. David Adamany was a favorite professor at Whitewater and a good friend. Roger took classes in constitutional law, civil liberties and state government from Adamany. Roger wanted Adamany’s name on the Scholarship Endowment because Adamany loved working with students and loved teaching.

Roger enjoyed meeting new people, spending summer evenings on the Union Terrace, discussing world affairs, attending the theater, watching films and walking everyday around Middleton’s network of nature preserves. Roger played Sheepshead twice a week and enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball. Roger was full of energy and passion for the things he loved. He was always looking out for others and was generous with his time and money when he could help someone in need. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Roger is survived by his wife, Mary; sister, Beth (Richard) Heller; and brother, Gary (Barb) Rowin.

Memorials may be gifted in Roger’s name to the Middleton Senior Center.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave.
(608) 831-6761

Margaret Ann “Maggie” Lottes Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:12:42 +0000

HIGHLAND/MADISON- Margaret Ann “Maggie” Lottes, age 85, of Highland, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Crest Ridge Memory Care.

She was born on Feb. 29, 1936, in Highland, Wis., the daughter of Walter and Wilhelmina (Martin) Hines.

Maggie graduated from Madison East High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Philip Lottes on June 18, 1955, in Madison.

Maggie worked at E. W. Parkers for 35 years. She also worked at Promega and Lands’ End in Dodgeville. Her real passion in life was painting. She joined the Wisconsin Rural Artist and painted many beautiful pictures that traveled the state of Wisconsin.

Maggie is survived by her husband of almost 66 years, Phil; five children, Terri (Jim) Reinke, Joe (Judy), Pat (Patsy), Marianne (Jim) Russ and Tom (Becky); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Martin Hines.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Mary Schlimgen.

A memorial service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 12:30 p.m. on Monday June 21, 2021, with Father Chad Droessler presiding. A luncheon will follow at the funeral home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Upland Hills Hospice and Crest Ridge Memory Care in Dodgeville, with a special thank you to Amy, Carol, Rochelle and Jade.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

Elizabeth Rae “Betty” Keller Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:05:59 +0000

COTTAGE GROVE – Elizabeth R. “Betty” Keller (nee Deneen), age 82, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Azura Memory Care.

She was born at home, on April 20, 1939, in Sun Prairie Township, the daughter of Raymond and Bernadine (Doleshal) Deneen. Betty graduated from Marshall High School in 1957. She was united in marriage to Norbert Keller on Oct. 1, 1960, in Portland, Maine, where Norbert was stationed in the U.S. Coast Guard. After 18 years of moving around the country, Betty was thrilled to return to “The Ridge” to live next to her family on the farmstead.

Betty and Norbert were blessed with five children, Jeff, Jay, Jill, Jon and Jana. She was a loving mother and caretaker. Betty was also an amazing cook and showed her love in everything she made. We will especially miss her turkey stuffing at holiday dinners. Betty enjoyed day trips, but truly cherished being surrounded by family, friends, and laughter. She had a friendly smile, an easy-going nature, and a great sense of humor with a quick wit that she shared with everyone.

Betty is survived by her children Jeffrey Keller, Jay Keller (Barb Showers), Jill Keller (Louis Lawrence), Jon (Denise) Keller and Jana Keller (Daniel Ditter); stepdaughters, Valerie Scott and Veronica Dillman (Robert); grandsons, Matthew and Mitchell Keller; sisters, Sharon Deneen (Chester Wedeward) and Lynne Deneen Hall; sisters-in-law, Shirley Deneen, Susie Deneen and Evelyn Kaul; brothers-in-law, George Potter and Frank Brodd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norbert; and siblings, Audrey, Don, Jim, Jerome “Shorty” and Larry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC CHURCH, 434 N. Main St., Cottage Grove, at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 19, 2021, with Father Brian Dulli presiding. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens with a luncheon to follow at the church.

Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021, with a Eulogy being shared at 6:30 p.m.

Another visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Saturday.

The Cottage Grove Fireman’s Festival Parade will be taking place from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please anticipate traffic delays.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Agrace HospiceCare.

The family would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Agrace HospiceCare and Azura Memory Care for their compassionate care at the end of her life.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

Pamela A. Wood Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:02:57 +0000

Pamela Ann (Maugeri) Wood passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 11, 2021.

She was born on May 31, 1955, the apple of her parents’ eyes. She grew up in Minnetonka, Minn. and later lived in West Bend, Wis. The joy of her life was raising her three sons with her ex-husband Larry.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael; and her parents, Joe and Marlene “Je” Maugeri.

Pam was selfless and generous. She was a vibrant, passionate person who lived life to the fullest. She beat breast cancer in her thirties and has been in remission ever since. She loved taking care of her many dogs and cats and enjoying a cocktail with friends. She always bought the biggest Christmas tree that would fit through her door, and every year she “accidentally” bought a few too many presents for each of her six grandkids.

Pam was a vital member of the team of employees at Badger Bus. Later in life, she developed a love for fitness. She ran in local races with her sons and workout friends, spent time at the Prairie Athletic Club and Crossfit Rokheus in Oconomowoc, and always encouraged her grandchildren to be active.

Pam loved her family fiercely, and she always made sure they knew how important they were to her. Her memory will live on in her children, Josh (Theresa), Adam, and Ryan (Lindsay); and her grandchildren, Gavin, Nolan, Owen, Sophie, Sawyer, and Isla. She will especially be missed by her loving partner, Bob Crofoot.

A funeral service will be held at DOOR CREEK CHURCH, 6602 Dominion Drive, Madison, at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021. A luncheon will follow at church. A visit will be held at the church from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday.

The world sparkles a little less without “Pammer Jammer” in it. She would want everyone reading this to remember you only get one life, so work hard, make your own happiness, and call your mom.

Online condolences may be made at .

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

Kenneth “Kenny” Hagemann Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:57:21 +0000

BROOKLYN- Kenneth “Kenny” Hagemann, age 88, passed away after a long illness from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

He was born on Sept. 22, 1932, to George and Bertha (Maurer) Hagemann.

Kenny graduated from Oregon High School class of 1950. He married Lois Midthun on Sept. 29, 1956. Together they raised their son, David, on their dairy farm. Kenny farmed in the Oregon Township and was also a school bus contractor and driver for the Oregon School District for 45 years. In retirement, he enjoyed making woodworking scroll saw projects.

Kenny was a longtime member of the Oregon Merchants Bowling League. He also played softball and was a big Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers sports fan. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon and held many civic positions for the Town of Oregon.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; his much-loved stepmother, Lucy; and siblings, Rachel, Russel and Evelyn.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois; son and daughter-in-law, David and Denise Hagemann; and his beloved granddaughter and her husband, Lisa and Andrew Walker.

A funeral service will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021. Burial will follow at North Windsor Cemetery.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and also from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a luncheon following the service. In addition, the family requests that social distancing be practiced and face masks be worn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund in Kenny’s name to be established at a later date.

The family extends sincere appreciation to the staff of Main Street Quarters Assisted Living for their care and friendship extended to Ken during the past six years. In addition, the family wishes to thank the health care staff from SSM Health, Oregon Manor and Heartland Hospice.

Online condolences may be made at .

Gunderson Oregon
Funeral & Cremation Care
1150 Park St.
(608) 835-3515

Terry Pederson Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:54:15 +0000

Terry Keith Pederson, age 72 passed away on Saturday, June 12th 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

He was born on March 22, 1949 to Randolph and Donna (Loomis) Pederson. Terry lived in Token Creek, until the age of ten when he moved to Sun Prairie. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1967. He started working at Conrad’s Super Market at the age of 19 and worked there until retiring in 2013.

Terry was involved with the Wisconsin Grocers Association for the majority of his Grocery career. He married Penny Conrad on October 25, 1969 but not before Terry’s parents signed off with their approval, since he was under the age of 21. It was proven to be a successful signature seeing as they were happily married for 52 years. They had three children Jeff, Nate, and Tim and were blessed with five grandchildren. Terry was a true family man who loved nothing more than spending time with his kids and grandchildren. He loved their trips to Door County and taking river boat cruises. Terry also loved spending time outside tending to his flowers, plants and beautifully manicured lawn. Nothing beat Friday night fish fries preceded by his signature drink, a Jack Daniels Perfect Whiskey Manhattan with Two Olives.

Terry was an active member in the community. He was a member of the Sun Prairie Lion’s Club, an active parishioner of the Sacred Hearts Church, and was involved with the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Terry’s hobbies included wrestling in his early years followed by playing golf, boxing, curling, and attending family events where he loved to play euchre with his brothers and sisters.

Terry is survived by his wife Penny, sons Nate (Becky) Pederson, Tim (Emily) Pederson and grandchildren Devyn, Emma, Bennett, Lauryn, and Blake and special friend Tim Schneider. He is further survived by his sisters Connie Schneider and Gail (Dick) Farrell and brothers Dennis (Julie) Pederson and Gary (Denise) Pederson.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeff in 2009 and parents Randy and Donna Pederson.

The family would like to thank Dr Megan Haberlein, nurse Andrea, Father Pat, Sister Pam, and the whole ICU staff at 5 Northwest of St Mary’s Hospital. Your compassion, empathy, and love given to our family will be forever grateful and never forgotten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 229 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, with Father Lawrence Oparaji presiding and Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt as the homilist. Interment will be at Sacred Hearts Cemetery.

There will be NO Visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Sacred Hearts School Capital Campaign.

Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral & Cremation
Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-5400

Chevie Jean Grimes Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:51:17 +0000

Chevie Jean Grimes, age 75, passed away at University of Wisconsin Hospital on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Chevie was born on January 10, 1946, in Alamo, Tennessee. Chevie was the 3rd child born to Louise Boyd. Chevie confessed Christ at an early age and loved the Lord until she transitioned.

Chevie is survived by her son, Tyrone (Latisha Landing) Battle; one sister, Mary Williams; 7 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Chevie was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Boyd; her sister, Rachel Cole and her brother, James Perry.

A Celebration of Chevie’s life will be held at a later date.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N Sherman Ave


Vivian “Vi” G. Killerlain Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:49:24 +0000

Vivian “Vi” G. (Nonn) Killerlain, age 94, of Verona died peacefully on June 11, 2021.

Born on Feb 24, 1927, to William and Rose (Paar) Nonn. She was married to Bernard Killerlain on Aug 23, 1952. Together they raised 7 girls while she worked at Oscar Mayer for 33 years.

Vivian enjoyed puzzles, listening to polka music and dancing. She was still pulling weeds in her flower garden at the age of 91. Some of her favorite times were spending winters in Texas and casino trips. You would also find Vivian knitting, crocheting, and making quilts for the senior center. She always made time for toast and coffee with the grand kids. Vivian also took on the challenge of learning to swim at 70 years old.

Vivian is survived by her 7 daughters, Sandy (Ron) Lins, Bonnie (John) Jordan, Judy Murray, Peggy (Rob) Hanks, Deb Poast (Monte Fish), Viki (Jeff) Dahlk and Connie (Larry) Hagen. She watched her family grow to 21 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bernard, who passed on April 30, 2012; grandchildren, Kevin Bouzek and Tina Killerlain; her parents and 4 brothers, Clifford, Ralph, Raphael, Robert.

Vivian is survived by sister in-laws Mable Nonn, Pat Nonn; brother in-law Paul (Virginia) Killerlain; many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Agrace for the wonderful care given to her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at St. Andrews Church, 301 S. Main, Verona, with Father Rob Butz presiding. Visitation will be held at Church from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to Agrace HospiceCare Center or the charity of your choice.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Verona Chapel

220 Enterprise Drive


Fire threatens two businesses on Madison’s near west side Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:34:22 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — Madison firefighters saved two University Avenue businesses from burning down overnight after employees spotted smoke and flames coming from a neighboring restaurant.

Fire officials said they were dispatched to the near west side after an employee at Wings Over Madison called 911 to report that the neighboring Qdoba was full of smoke, but the restaurant was closed. A couple minutes later, the Wings Over Madison employee reported seeing flames inside Qdoba.

The two restaurants are attached to each other in the 2700 block of University Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of the building. Crews entered the building and did a search to make sure no one was inside.

The fire was quickly knocked down, but the extent of the damage is unclear. Fire investigators were still on the scene as of 3 a.m.

Two families displaced by westside apartment fire; sprinklers credited with limiting damage Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:02:32 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — Two families were displaced from their westside apartments Tuesday night after a fire broke out in one of the units.

Madison fire officials said they responded to the 7900 block of Tree Lane around 10:15 p.m. for a water flow alarm. When crews arrived at the apartment complex, they found the fire alarm ringing and residents evacuating the 45-unit building.

Firefighters entered the building and made their way to the second floor where they found light smoke coming from one of the apartments, but they did not detect any heat or fire. Crews then discovered a sprinkler had activated in one of the bedrooms.

More firefighters were called in to help with ventilating the building and shut down the sprinklers, which were credited with stopping the fire from spreading to other units.

Two families, which included three adults and five children, were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is providing temporary lodging, meals and other essential items while they’re displaced.

Damage to the two impacted apartments is estimated at $25,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residence, vehicle struck by gunfire in southeastern Madison Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:46:03 +0000

MADISON, Wis. — A residence and vehicle were hit by gunfire on Madison’s southeast side Tuesday night, according to Madison police.

Authorities said in an incident report that Madison police officers responded to the 5100 block of Great Gray Drive around 10:50 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found multiple shell casings at the scene. A nearby residence and vehicle were struck by an unspecified number of bullets.

No injuries have been reported.

Police said their investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Wandering Wisconsin: Taking a trip to beautiful Bayfield Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:39:26 +0000 News 3 This Morning]]>

BAYFIELD, Wis. — All this week, we’re checking out some of the best vacation hotspots in Wisconsin.

Taking a drive all the way up Highway 13 will get you to Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. USA Today considers it to be one of the country’s best coastal small towns.

Despite being called Wisconsin’s smallest city, it has a lot to offer. The area is filled with berry farms and orchards, and even a few wineries, and the downtown area has lines of fun shops for the whole family.

For nature lovers, the Apostle Islands is the place to be. The 22 islands are part of the protected national lake shore, and they offer beautiful hiking, canoeing and camping opportunities.

Penterman has slight lead in state Assembly primary Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:29:22 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican William Penterman holds a slight lead in a special election primary for the right to run for an open state Assembly seat.

Penterman, a U.S. Army Reserve member, holds a 16-vote lead in southeastern Wisconsin’s 37th Assembly District, according to Tuesday’s unofficial results. He is one of eight Republicans in the race. Others include Steve Kauffeld, Spencer Zimmerman, Jenifer Quimby, Nick Krueger, Cathy Ann Houchin, Nathan Pollnow and Jennifer Meinhardt.

The winner will face Democrat Pete Adams and independent Stephen Ratzlaff in a July 13 special general election.

The seat became vacant when incumbent Republican John Jagler was elected to the Senate earlier this year.

MMoCA’s interactive exhibit explores ‘amends’ in a racist society Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:28:41 +0000

The newest exhibit at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is an interactive one, and ultimately hopes to encourage the community to initiate discussions about race in their own homes. Titled AMENDS by Chicago artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust, this three-part exhibit delving into racial disparities will feature an external window showcase, in addition to an indoor area for visitors to contribute and a pending performance from local Black artists.

Mel Becker Solomon, MMoCA’s Curator of the Collection, has been excited about this project for nearly a year, and on Juneteenth — Saturday, June 19 — she will finally be able to share it with Madisonians.

“Part of our job as a curator is to be mindful of what’s happening, not only in the contemporary art world, but also in the world at large,“ she says. “Last summer after the murder of George Floyd, I had read about the AMENDS project that Nick Cave and Bob Faust had put together in Chicago, and it started because Nick Cave and Bob Faust are both creative partners and life partners, so as an interracial couple, they had these very difficult conversations.“

AMENDS begins with “Phase I: Letters to the World Toward the Eradication of Racism,“ which features open letters from community leaders discussing their own role in the perpetuation of racism here in Madison.

Becker Solomon says that the physical act of writing a chosen message, quote or apology for all of State Street to see is impactful in itself. The list of participating leaders is long, and includes former mayor Paul Soglin, co-founder of the Women Artists Forward Fund Bird Ross, Jenny Pressman of The Odyssey Project and Latino Academy of Workforce Development’s executive director Baltazar De Anda Santana.

“For the artists, it was this performative act that really helped commit these leaders to making change,” says Becker Solomon. “And really looking at our hearts and minds, and not just saying or posting something on social media or putting a sign in their yard or saying they’re going to do something, but actually publicly confessing and writing these events on the window.“

Phase 2 is “Dirty Laundry,” which is where the public comes in. The space that used to be the museum gift shop has been transformed into a community art area, and for this exhibit, will feature clotheslines running across the room for visitors to write and hang their own “amends.”

“If the public and people who visit the museum see these words written by people that they know, these community leaders, then that gives them a window into their own thoughts and allows them to be more comfortable writing their own amends anonymously on these yellow ribbons and tying them to this clothesline,” says Becker Solomon. “So it’s asking the public to make the same sort of look inward into their heart, and in their mind to reflect and make these amends.“

These yellow ribbons will also be available through MMoCA’s Art Cart program, allowing the public to have a mobile way to discuss race in their own homes.

The final phase, “Called to Action,“ will be a collaboration of local Black artists as a sort of response to the accumulated messages left by Madisonians over the course of the exhibit’s run.

“We are going to schedule a series of performances that center Black voices in our communities, so poets, spoken word artists, dancers and musicians who I will simply provide them all of the amends that have been written, and then they can choose how they would like to respond in whatever medium that they best express themselves,“ says Becker Solomon.

AMENDS will be on exhibit from June 19 through Oct. 24, and the indoor portion will be accessible between noon and 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday. “Called to Action” will be performed in October — see the MMoCA website for updates.

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Wisconsin bill forbids requiring proof of COVID vaccination Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:19:15 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote on a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit businesses, colleges and universities, governments and anyone else in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The measure must also pass the Senate and be signed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers before becoming law. Evers has signaled that he will veto the bill.

It is supported by a Wisconsin group that opposes mandating vaccines and the anti-abortion group Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Opponents include the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Public Health Association and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards.

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on transgender sports bans Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:07:55 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote on bills banning transgender athletes from participating in girls’ and women’s sports.

The measures being debated Wednesday in the middle of gay pride month are all-but certain to be headed for a veto by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Even though they are unlikely to become law, the Assembly has scheduled five hours of debate on the measures that opponents say are discriminatory and unnecessary.

They must also pass the Senate before going to Evers, who has repeatedly said he stands with transgender students.

Key Wisconsin policing use of force bill in jeopardy Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:05:37 +0000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that would set a statewide use of force policy for police in Wisconsin, and offer protections for officers who report abuses, is in jeopardy in the state Assembly despite winning broad bipartisan support in the Senate.

Republicans skipped over the bill Wednesday, saying an amendment was being worked on. That makes it uncertain whether the measure would be sent to Gov. Tony Evers along with others that ban the use of chokeholds and require the reporting of incidents when force was used.

Some Democratic critics say the bills don’t go far enough to improve policing practices and address inequities.

Historic talks between Biden and Putin underway in Geneva Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:57:17 +0000

(CNN) — The highest-stakes talks of President Joe Biden’s long career are underway Wednesday in Geneva, where he is joining Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a summit in an encounter set to test his decades of experience on the world stage and lay down an early marker of his diplomatic skills.

Biden and Putin arrived at the summit site on the shores of Lake Geneva in their motorcades shortly after 1 p.m. local time on a hot day in this Swiss city that has previously seen major talks between US and Russian leaders. The two presidents stood outside the Villa de la Grange with Swiss President Guy Parmelin, who made short remarks welcoming the two leaders. The two Presidents shook hands and then entered the 18th century villa for their first round of meetings.

The two Presidents made brief statements ahead of their first meeting of the day, but loud chatter among the journalists in the room drowned out much of what they said.

Putin thanked Biden for “the initiative to meet” as the pair sat down ahead of their first meeting.

“I know you’ve been on a long journey and have a lot of work,” Putin said.

“Still the US and Russia and US relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require the highest-level meeting and I hope that our meeting will be productive,” he added.

Biden could be heard responding by saying, “It’s always better to meet face to face.”

Depending on its outcome, the meeting could shadow Biden as he returns home to help revive his domestic agenda. He arrived to the villa bolstered by support from western allies he spent the past week consulting ahead of his face-to-face with the Russian President, who arrived in Geneva Wednesday morning ahead of the summit.

In Biden’s telling, those leaders all backed him in his decision to meet Putin now, in the first six months of his presidency, before he’s had a chance to fully formulate a Russia strategy.

“He’s bright, he’s tough, and I’ve found that he is, as they say when I used to play ball, a worthy adversary,” Biden told reporters of Putin on Monday during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he solicited advice from fellow leaders with experience dealing with Putin.

Still, skepticism abounds that anything can be accomplished. At its worse, Biden’s summit could provide elevated stature to a leader who appears intent on testing the limits of international norms and the willingness of the West to respond.

Expectations for the summit are also low among American officials, who have said since the encounter was first announced they didn’t think anything concrete would emerge from it.

Instead, Biden is looking to open lines of communication with the notoriously shrewd Putin in the hopes of stalling further deterioration in relations between the United States and Moscow, which Biden said this week had reached a low point.

Meeting face to face

The French-style Villa la Grange was a hive of activity in anticipation of the most closely watched meeting of Biden’s young presidency. Delegations of Russian and Swiss officials arrived at the site, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Parmelin. None responded to shouted questions about their expectations for the summit.

Security is tight, and Russian and American officials are negotiating equal press access to risers for the arrival. The building itself has been spruced up with flowers, flags and a red carpet. Two of the windows are open to let a breeze inside, and most of the pale green shutters are open — except for a room on the upper left-hand side, where all the shutters are closed and white screens are obscuring the glass on the front door.

It’s the kind of scene Biden had been itching for after he grew tired of pandemic-forced virtual meetings and phone calls. Biden wants the benefit of seeing Putin in the flesh. It’s the first time they’ll meet in person since 2011. Biden has recounted during that meeting he told Putin, inches from his face, that he didn’t believe he had a soul (Putin said in an interview this week he doesn’t remember hearing that).

There are some areas Biden thinks he can work in harmony with Putin, including cooperation on nuclear arms, climate change and shared interest in renewing the Iran nuclear deal. And one outcome officials said was possible was an agreement to return their ambassadors back to Washington and Moscow after months with no senior diplomat in place in either country.

But the areas of dispute far outnumber the areas of agreement, and the bulk of the session is expected to focus on the myriad ways Biden believes Russia is violating international rules.

That includes a recent spate of ransomware attacks cutting across sectors in the United States, launched by criminal syndicates based in Russia. Biden also plans to raise human rights, as Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny remains imprisoned.

Looking for predictability

Officials say Biden’s approach, which he’s outlined broadly, will largely mirror his overall tact with Russia up to this point — one defined by careful calibration and intentional balance. There’s no indication, at least publicly, that the approach has led to any shift in Putin’s behavior.

But Biden’s decision to seek areas of opportunity to work together — the two countries agreed on an extension of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty in the opening weeks after Biden’s inauguration — while also moving to slap sanctions on Russia has outlined the rough model he’ll pursue in the meeting itself, officials say.

Even with the sanctions, Biden made a point of calling Putin in advance to let him know they were coming. That tracks with a deliberate effort Biden has sought to create space for further areas of cooperation as they seek to lay down guardrails for the relationship.

It has plenty of critics — including, two US officials say, within Biden’s own administration. But it also served to lay the groundwork for the critical meeting with Putin himself. And it underscores why Biden, who aides say much prefers face-to-face meetings, decided to move forward with the summit idea in the first place.

Both US and Russian officials said they expected talks to stretch at least five hours. They will be broken up into sections: the first with only the leaders and their respective top diplomats, and a second that expands into delegations of five officials apiece.

Lasting nearly all afternoon, there aren’t plans to share a meal. But breaks will occur, allowing each man to regroup. Both will convene his own news conference afterward, Putin first and then Biden.

Officials are entering the talks with the expectation they could extend well past their allotted time.

Indeed, the first sign of whether Biden thinks his approach may be having an effect may come from the meeting logistics themselves.

A senior administration official noted the intensive negotiations over the structure of the Geneva sit-down included an agreement that there would be flexibility built into day.

“We’ve agreed with the other side that there will be some flexibility just so that the leaders can make determinations about the best way to conduct their business,” the official said.

While officials are coy about where that flexibility may lead — if anywhere at all — a decision by Biden and Putin to meet one-on-one, or break out their advisers into separate sessions, may serve as a signal that areas of potential cooperation can be fleshed out or addressed in a more fulsome manner.

Exhaustive preparations

Biden, who has been in intensive preparations for several weeks, planned to dine with his closest foreign policy hands — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan — on Tuesday night.

When the meeting expands, Sullivan is slated to join Biden, along with veteran diplomat Victoria Nuland, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and the National Security Council’s top Russia advisers, according to a US official. John Sullivan, the US ambassador to Russia who departed Moscow in April amid raised tensions, is also expected to join.

“I think we’re going to see how the flow goes. This is diplomacy in action,” a senior Biden administration official said. “Get on the ride.”

Russian officials had advocated for a joint press conference, but the Americans were wary of providing a shared platform for what they believe would be attempts by Putin to undermine or even embarrass the US President.

“This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other,” Biden said on Sunday, explaining the decision.

Almost none of the Russia experts Biden consulted ahead of his trip — and there have been dozens — seemed to believe a joint press conference was wise, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Looming over the preparation has been the summit Biden’s predecessor held with Putin in Helsinki, which ended in a joint appearance where former President Trump took Putin’s side on election meddling over US intelligence agencies.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.