Make good choices

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Make good choices
Photo by Hayley Sperling

Happy Thursday, y'all.

Hope you're ready for another snowy day.

The city's Streets Division says commuters should be prepared for snow-filled and slippery roadways this morning and difficult travel throughout the day.

This snowstorm will be different from last week's in that it's expected to be a bit milder but colder. That means less snowmelt and (hopefully) less slush.

So be careful on the roads and, as my mom likes to say, make good choices.  

— Hayley


🍕 Don't worry, it's Good For You.

Ice fishing on the lake (IG: @clay.banks)
Photo by Clay Banks / Unsplash

❄️ Be careful on the ice.

  • The county issued a warning to local anglers and anyone else who ventures out on the lakes to be wary of melting ice.
  • Local officials have spotted multiple ice shanties tilting and surrounded by standing water. Shanty owners are responsible for their removal if an ice shanty does sink.

🏙️ The city has a new downtown safety strategy.

  • Dubbed the Isthmus Safety Initiative, the advisory council will be led by Public Health Madison and Dane County and aims to prevent crime downtown.
  • The group plans to accomplish this through training for State Street area bars and restaurants, increased lighting around Peace Park, and "Safety Navigators" who will be on hand to offer help in the form of first aid, safe walks, and more.
  • The new program is funded in part by a federal grant. The city is now hiring Safety Navigators.


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🎷 The final Madison Jazz Society concerts.

  • The Madison Jazz Society will stop performing concerts and its founder and long-time organizer will step down. The group will offer four final concerts this spring then shift its focus solely to education.
  • The change is a result of low membership and attendance, according to Cap Times.
  • The last performances will be Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, and May 21.
Tere are 44 candidates running for 20 City Council seats. Photo by Hayley Sperling

🔎 A closer look at local candidates.

  • Madison mayor: There are four candidates running for mayor of Madison. There will be three listed on the ballot — Scott Kerr, Gloria Reyes, and incumbent Satya Rhodes-Conway. Daniel Howell Jr. is running as a write-in. Learn more about them in this PBS Wisconsin roundup.  
  • City Council: This year there are 44 candidates running for 20 City Council seats. Eight districts will have primary races, they are Districts 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 20. This article from Cap Times breaks down the candidates by district with an interactive map.
For all of your voting questions, head to MyVote.Wi.Gov.

The primary is Feb. 21 and the spring general election is April 4.

🎹 Your lunchtime read: East Washington Avenue music school is latest in local pianist's eclectic journey.

  • Via Madison Magazine: "When I saw the note in my inbox late last month from Wilder Deitz, I suspected that whatever he was up to would be worth knowing about.

    It turns out he’d opened a music school in a marvelous space on East Washington Avenue. Not just any music school, either, but rather one that draws on Deitz’s own eclectic musical journey, with a detour to a boxing gym."
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Landjaeger display at Bavaria Sausage in Fitchburg. Photo via Jesse Brookstein.

The Local Meat Snack Popping Up in Madison Bars

“It’s fermented, cured, delicious, and often misunderstood and mispronounced.” So says Jesse Brookstein, author of A Perfect Pair: The History of Landjaeger in Green County, Wisconsin.

They may look like beef jerky, but Jesse’s referring to the pairs of smoked, fermented sausages that hang in many bars around southern Wisconsin. The high-protein snack enjoyed by Swiss and German immigrants of the past century has found fans among many thirsty bar-hoppers in Madison today. Jesse’s here to tell us why this salty meat snack is showing up all over. (And yes, it’s LON-yay-grrr.)

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