Good morning, Madison.

It's Monday, let's get cheesy.

Last week, the Monona Terrace hosted the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest. Though a Gruyère from Switzerland took home best in show, Wisconsin cheesemakers proved they're still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to dairy.

Seven Wisconsin cheeses were among 20 finalists for top cheese. Ultimately, cheeses from Wisconsin won 45 Best in Class categories and cleaned up in the cheese curd category.

Not too bad for America's Dairyland!

— Hayley


Remembering Tony Robinson seven years later.

“Tony’s death has brought meaningful and necessary change for all people in the city of Madison. It’s been seven long years fighting for changes, and we now see a clear path to justice.” — Sharon Irwin-Henry, Robinson's grandmother

🏫 A student has been arrested in connection with threats made to Memorial High School last week.

🛑 Keeping the Dane County jail project on track.

  • After much last-minute scrambling, the Dane County Board of Supervisors found a solution to keeping the years-long Dane County jail project moving. As Isthmus reports, the board voted 29-7 at its March 3 meeting to "approve borrowing an additional $16 million to construct a new six-story jail tower to replace the outdated and dangerous City County Building jail."

📚 Extended hours at the Monroe Street Library start today.

  • Starting today, the Monroe Street Library will be open five days a week. The library will be open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

🚧 Construction threatens the future of the last co-op on UW campus.

  • The Zoe Bayliss Cooperative building is slated for demolition in 2023 to make way for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's new humanities building, Levy Hall.
  • The 67-year-old cooperative, provides affordable housing on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and international students. Residents of the co-op are pushing back against the university's decision to demolish the building, The Badger Herald reports. A petition to save the building has more than 200 signatures.
  • Co-op representatives have been working with University Housing officials to find a solution but say the conversations have seemed “half-hearted” and "unproductive," Cap Times reports.

🐟 PFAS advisory for Black Earth Creek.

🏘️ Your lunchtime read: Tiffany Malone deeply committed to diversifying the real estate industry.

  • From Madison365: "Tiffany Malone has always had a passion for real estate in her life. Although the real estate consultant for the Alvarado Real Estate Group, located on Madison’s near west side, grew up poor and was raised by a single mom who worked two jobs to make ends meet and never was able to own a house, Malone knew that one day she would become a homeowner — and help others facing obstacles own homes, too."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.2%

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📅 Events: Monday, March 7


(Header image description: Protesters walk down State Street to demand "Justice for Tony" in a 2016 protest. Photo by Hayley Sperling)