Good morning, Madison!

I'm officially coming to you live from our brand new website. This is a day we've been working toward for a long time and Sam and I are incredibly excited for this new chapter of Madison Minutes.

If you've been a reader for a while (thank you!), you'll know this isn't the first time we've switched things up. This email might look a little different but don't worry, your morning update isn't going anywhere.

With that said, if something doesn't look right or you just have a question, please don't hesitate to reach out. This is a work in progress and we know it's going to take some time to get it all right.

Now let's get into the news.

— Hayley


🚗 Flex lanes on the Beltline will open this week.

  • What's a flex lane? Flex lanes are a means of speeding up commute times and (hopefully) decreasing traffic. When they're open, it means drivers may use the left-hand shoulder lane.
  • The long-awaited flex lanes on the Beltline are set to open this Wednesday.
  • The lane will be open during rush hour — typically from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Signals on the highway will tell drivers whether the lane is open for use or not.
Image via GoFundMe

💝 Mango Man needs your help.

  • Thony "The Mango Man" Clarke was recently involved in a serious car accident while getting ready for Fête de Marquette, leaving his truck and personal items destroyed and himself injured.
  • You might know Clarke as the face behind the Cafe Costa Rica food cart and his line of Mango Man Sauces.
  • Now, members of the community are rallying together in support to raise funds for the beloved local chef. You can check out his official GoFundMe page here.
Image via Wikimedia Commons

⚖️ A look at three state Supreme Court rulings.

😋 La Taguara is opening a second location.

  • The Venezuelan eatery took to Instagram to announce the coming of its second location in a former Uno Pizzeria & Grill on the far east side.
  • The new spot will be located at 3010 Crossroads Drive and offer a full bar, outdoor patio, and much more space for seating and parking. What's not changing, however, is the menu. So don't worry about your arepas.
  • The new location is expected to open Aug. 1, Cap Times reports.  

🛣️ The Dane County Highway Department is under investigation.

  • The department is facing scrutiny over an internship program that's meant to train people of color for jobs with the highway department. The State Journal reports the county is conducting an investigation into claims that the internship program has been mismanaged and discriminates against Black people.
  • The issue: Some workers claim millions of dollars have been spent recruiting and hiring workers for the internship program who are "unprepared for the rigors of highway labor" and that Black interns are failing to complete the program more than their Latino counterparts. The department's management, however, has disputed these claims.
  • The evidence: The State Journal collected documents and interviews with nine current and former highway employees that show a workplace riddled with "gossip, low morale, racial tensions," and animosity toward the internship program's longtime instructor Louis Rodriguez.
  • The findings: The county's investigation into the department concluded in late June. A final summary of its findings is set to come out in the coming weeks.
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🍕 Say hello to North Shore Pizza.

🐣 Your lunchtime read: A longtime vendor reflects on four decades at the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

  • Via Isthmus: "For 40 years, my husband, Matt, and I had a prime spot at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. We peddled poultry and asparagus and watched the downtown and its people grow and change.

    If you’ve shopped the market, you’d probably recognize him, now an old hippie with a thinning white ponytail. The Willy Street Co-op newsletter once described him as 'the iconic farmers’ market farmer.' (Him: What does that mean? Me: You’re old.)"
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🏋The Fittest on Earth are returning to Madison.

📅 Events: Monday, July 11


The Moth Madison Storyslam: Nature
Show at 7:30 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | $15Short stories about life on earth.

Lakeside Cinema: Sharknado (2013)
Monday | 9 p.m. | Memorial Union | Free

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