Tips for getting out of dodge

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Tips for getting out of dodge
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Happy Friday, friends!

A quick note: There will be no newsletter Monday in observance of Memorial Day (so soak this one up!). We hope you all enjoy the long weekend if you have one.

Speaking of Memorial Day, this weekend is set to be one of the busiest for Wisconsin's state parks.

With that in mind, the Department of Natural Resources wants to remind you that 1) admission sticker passes are required for all vehicles stopping in state parks, forests, and recreation areas, and 2) you can save time in lines by getting your annual pass online.

Wisconsin is home to 50 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails, and 84,000 miles of rivers and streams. If you're looking to stay away from the crowds, the DNR rounded up several lesser-traveled parks to check out.

You can search for all state parks near and far with this nifty map.

— Hayley


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🎉 It's festival season.

📢 TruStage workers want to extend their strike.

  • Workers at TruStage — formerly known as CUNA Mutual Group — overwhelmingly voted to extend their strike.
  • The strike was set to end this week but 94% of union members voted to authorize its extension through June. Future extensions are also possible.
  • "This strike has united us even more, and we will not stop until we get what we deserve," one union member said in a statement.
  • Some context: More than 400 of the 1,750 workers at the company’s Madison office have been on strike since Friday, protesting the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith and alleged unfair labor practices.

💸 Thrift shop, charity, and now, loan provider.

  • Madison’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul is working with Bank of Sun Prairie to offer $500 to $2,500 loans to local residents in need.
  • Borrowers will pay the bank’s lowest rate, which hasn't been officially determined yet, but according to Cap Times will likely be around 8%.
  • This is a big deal because in Wisconsin, there’s no cap on fees payday lenders can charge — resulting in interest rates that can be upwards of 500%.
  • St. Vincent de Paul societies in Texas and Ohio have already successfully launched similar programs. The Madison program will launch with $60,000, enough to fund around 30 microloans, the newspaper reports.
  • Disclosure: Bank of Sun Prairie is a sponsor of Madison Minutes.
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⛔️ Street closures to watch.

  • Downtown: The Run Madtown Half Marathon, 10K, and Twilight 5K are this weekend and will affect drivers Saturday night and Sunday morning. Expect to see multiple street closures downtown and traffic. You can see a map of the race routes here for the details.
  • Regent and Park Streets: Starting next Tuesday, roughly half of the intersection of Regent and Park Street will be closed for the installation of sanitary sewer. The intersection will remain closed through Saturday, June 3. You can see a map of the closure here.

👋 East siders, meet your alders.

  • The City Council representatives for Districts 3, 15, 16, and 17 are hosting a meet and greet tonight at La Taguara.
  • "Not everybody is comfortable appearing at official City meetings to approach their local officials — and that's okay. I'm excited to meet and hear from fellow East Side neighbors in a casual, low-barrier setting where we can connect and talk about what matters to them," District 3 Ald. Derek Field said.
  • Who's your alder? Find out here.
  • Related: The ins and outs of Madison's local government (Madison Minutes)
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CUNA Strike, St Vinny’s Loans, Help for Hot Lunch Owners, and Naked Butts

On this week’s roundup, workers at the former CUNA Mutual group (now called TruStage) launch the biggest strike Madison’s seen in a decade. St. Vinny’s now offers more than just old couches; you can get a loan! And Madison’s restaurant community mourns one of their own, Hot Lunch co-owner Roger Barts.

Plus, the World Naked Bike Ride is headed our way soon. Now you know.


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