Morning Update: Thursday, March 3

Morning Update: Thursday, March 3

Happy Thursday, Madison.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to intensify, the ripple effects of war have begun creeping in at home.

Most recently, local grocer Woodman’s Food Market announced it is pulling Russian vodka from its shelves.

Kroger, the parent company of Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market, announced a similar move, saying it removed Russian-produced vodka from shelves over the weekend, Channel 3000 reports.

The actions are largely symbolic, however, considering many "Russian vodkas" are really only Russian in name and oftentimes produced in other nations (your Stoli actually comes from Latvia).

No matter what you're drinking, cheers to a good Thursday, friends.

— Hayley

🏫 A third day of threats at Memorial High School.

”We hope in working with the City of Madison Police Department we’re able to identify who it is and put a stop to it. That’s really what we’re after.” Tim LeMonds, MMSD spokesperson

📚 From imagination to reality.

✍️ Meet Madison Public Library's poet in residence.

🚧 Development updates: Micro-apartments and Wonder Bar.

  • Micro-apartments: Developer Randy Alexander is proposing a 16-story, 335-unit apartment building at 139 W. Wilson St. to help bring more "workforce housing" to the downtown area. Alexander would demolish the existing 60-year-old Shorecrest Apartments, which holds 25 one-bedroom units, all of which are around 800 square feet and rent for under $1,000 a month. The new units would range from 275 square feet to just under 400 square feet (read: tiny).
  • Wonder Bar: McGrath Property Group has proposed a 12-story building with 200 apartments, commercial space, and parking that would demolish the Coliseum Bar but leave the historic Wonder Bar next door intact. If it feels like you've heard this story before, it's because you have. This is McGrath's fourth iteration of the project proposal. According to the State Journal, the developers plan to submit a formal city land-use application in April for construction to start in September with occupancy in April 2024. Fourth time's the charm, right?

✅ Wisconsin's correction facilities are now open for visits.

"I know a lot of people really depend on the visits that they do get. It could be from a mom or dad, or like I said, if you have children, you really depend on and look forward to those times together. To have it open back up and then kind of abruptly go back down, that's definitely a psychological, emotional whirlwind to say the least." — Ramiah Whiteside, associate director of Ex-incarcerated People Organizing

💸 Red Caboose celebrates 50 years and $50,000.

🧮 Your lunchtime read: ‘They got closer’: Census changes help correct historic undercount of Wisconsin’s Indigenous population.

  • From the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "A push by tribal and federal officials to encourage participation in the 2020 U.S. census resulted in what tribes are hailing as the most accurate picture to date of the size and diversity of people with Indigenous ancestry in Wisconsin."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.4%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.2%


📅 Events: Thursday, March 3