Happy Monday, Madison.

Last Friday, Sam told you the story of a stolen puppy who was reunited with his family and got his happy ending. Well I've got another happy ending story for you  involving one $1,400 bronze “Dumpty Humpty" statue.

Image via MPD

The art piece (above) depicts Humpty Dumpty sitting on a toilet and was stolen from a vendor at the Art Fair on the Square last week. Two suspects were identified in the theft and one has since come forward to confess to the crime.

While the investigation is still ongoing, “Dumpty Humpty" has returned home and I'd call that a happy ending.

— Hayley


🏈 Here's what happened over the weekend in Wisconsin sports.

✊ Pro-choice advocates took to the streets in protest in light of recent legislation limiting abortion access in the U.S.

💰 A look at Dane County's proposed 2022 budget.

  • The county's budget has been mostly shaped by the ongoing challenged the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust upon society and the uncertainties it's created for the future, the Cap Times reports. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi introduced his $659.6 million operating and $88.2 million capital budgets for 2022 late last week.
  • From the Cap Times: "If adopted, the budget would increase taxes on the average home in Madison, valued at $335,200 in 2021, by $63.99 for a total of $966.09. The budget proposal will now move through county committees until it arrives in front of the full Board of Supervisors in November."

📚 Welcome back, Room of One's Own.

🛍️ Meet the pop-up stores now open on State Street.

  • Some context: Earlier this year, the city announced it would lease two vacant State Street store fronts to host entrepreneurs from marginalized groups.
  • Now, 11 vendors have set up shop inside 440 and 444 State St. selling goods ranging from "bath salts and West African beads to specialized shoelaces and boutique clothing," the Cap Times reports.
  • The storefronts are open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. but each vendor will set their own hours of operation. There will be a big "grand opening" for the shops at the next Madison Night Market Oct. 22.

😷 UW has extended its mask mandate.

  • Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced Wisconsin's flagship university would extend its mask mandate to at least Nov. 26.
  • Additionally, The Badger Herald reports that University Health Services will now offer booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible students and employees.

✈️ Your lunchtime read: Future noise concerns could scuttle housing along planned transit corridor


🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 53.8%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.


📅 Events: Monday, Oct. 4

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