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Let's get to crushin'
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Happy Monday, Madison!

You might remember us telling you about the city's campaign to name its new electric compactors.

After much anticipation, we finally have the names. Folks, meet Rosie the Rubbisher and Stone Cold Squeeze Often, the victors of their respective ranked-choice elections.

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Rosie didn't receive the most first-place votes in the trash compactor election – Crush Farley did. But Rosie won because it received more second-choice votes than the next competitor.

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Stone Cold received the most first-place votes by a wide margin in the recycling compactor election. Other top contenders included Sir Crushalot and George Squashington.

Read more about the voting process here.

The compactors are a big deal for the city because they're part of Madison's efforts to curb its greenhouse gas emissions. The city estimates the new compactors will save 356 gallons of diesel a week and prevent 8,000 pounds of C02 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

— Hayley

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⚖️ Meet District 17's new alder.

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🦃 Don't wait to register for a Goodman Center Thanksgiving basket.

  • The Goodman Center received a record number of first-day registrations for its annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. More than 2,900 families and individuals signed up for a basket within the first 24 hours of registration being open.
  • Goodman Center plans to provide 4,000 families with a Thanksgiving basket filled with the groceries needed for a traditional holiday meal.
  • The registration period is scheduled to run through Oct. 28, but if the center reaches capacity, registration may be closed early.
  • How to help: This massive annual undertaking is done with the help of local volunteers. You can support the effort by donating food, time, or cash. Check out all the ways to get involved here.

🥩 Knoche’s Butcher Shop will live on through a new partnership.

  • If you'll recall: Earlier this year, the West side shop's owners put the store up for sale. After 84 years in business, the third-generation owners were ready to retire.
  • But that retirement, according to the State Journal, only lasted one day. The owner of Athens Grill in Westport is partnering with the Konches to continue part of their butcher business by processing meat in the basement of his restaurant.
  • The Konche's storefront closed Oct. 15. The owners of Middleton Chinese restaurant Taigu purchased the building and plan to eventually operate out of the space.


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🏈 The Badgers managed a homecoming win. The Packers weren't so lucky.

  • The Badger football team defeated Purdue 35-24 on Saturday. Standouts of the game include junior quarterback Graham Mertz who threw two touchdowns, and sophomore running back Braelon Allen, who rushed for 113 yards.
  • In other football news: The Packers couldn't hold it together Sunday and fell 21-23 to the Washington Commanders. This is the third straight loss for the Green Bay team.

🎶 Your lunchtime read: How A '90s Hip-Hop Song Became A Badger Tradition

  • Via WPR: "College football is all about rivalries and traditions.

    As the sport celebrates the close of its 150th anniversary, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl for the 10th time on New Year’s Day, where they will play the Oregon Ducks.

    The Badgers have many long-standing rivalries and game day customs — like the battle of the border for Paul Bunyan's Axe or the Wisconsin Band's Fifth Quarter. But there's another tradition, and perhaps the most aerobic for fans in college football’s long history: 'Jump Around.'"
  • Of note: This article is from 2019 but seemed fitting considering the weekend's homecoming celebrations.

🇺🇸 ICYMI: We made a voting guide for you.

  • From early voting to absentee ballots, we've got your questions answered.
What you need to know about voting in Madison
The election is Nov. 8 and you probably have some questions.
Are you ready to vote? The election is Nov. 8 and MyVote.wi.gov is your one-stop shop for all election information. We've also pulled a few extra links for specific questions. Happy voting!

Read our voting guide here.
Check your voter registration here.
Get the details on voter IDs here.
Meet the candidates here.

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