Plus, Atwood Avenue's traffic switch.
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35º | Cloudy | 15% chance of sleet | Sunrise 7:28 a.m. | Sunset 4:39 p.m.

Take a stroll through time
The original Camp Randall bleachers
The first bleachers at Camp Randall would be no match for a ‘Jump Around’ session. | Photo provided by Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Historical Markers serve as commemorations of noteworthy events, buildings, or sites that add to the historical legacy of our state.

There are over 580 Historical Markers in Wisconsin, here are a few you can find around the 608:

Camp Randall | 1430 Monroe St.
During the Civil War, land once used as State Fairgrounds was repurposed as a military training camp. It served as a crucial location for the state during the war, accommodating a hospital and a stockade for Confederate POWs. In 1893, the state purchased the land and transferred ownership to the University of Wisconsin.

North Hall | 1050 Bascom Mall
Originally called North Dormitory, UW-Madison’s first building was built in 1851. Today, the university’s Political Science Department uses this building for classes.

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When first built, North Hall housed a grand total of 30 UW students.


Photo via UW Madison Archives

Yahara River Parkway | 101 N. Thornton Ave.
John M. Olin — President of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association at the time — raised funds and secured land for this project. Landscape architect Ossian Cole Simonds designed the parkway with native plants, bridges, and a lock for boat passage. Completed in 1906, it’s still a favorite scenic recreational area of locals today.

Peck Cabin | 125 S. Webster St.
In 1837, local entrepreneurs Ebenezer and Roseline Peck constructed the city’s first residence/business/post office. The public house offered food + lodging to visitors. This was also the venue for the capitol cornerstone-laying celebration in July of 1837. The cabin was demolished in 1857.

Royal Airport/Charles Lindbergh | 2455 W. Broadway, Monona
Royal Airport — From 1926 to 1938, this converted farmland served as a local aviation hub — Think: landing field, hangars, flying schools, stunt shows. The first passenger service to Chicago, and the first airmail service were both executed from here.

Charles Lindbergh — Royal Airport welcomed Charles Lindbergh and the “Spirit of St. Louis” a few months after his historic trans-Atlantic solo flight in 1927. Lindbergh strongly advocated the commercial development of aviation in Madison.
Wednesday, May 24
  • DCFM Wednesday Market | Wednesday, May 24 | 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. | 200 Block Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Madison | Free | While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers’ Market members
Thursday, May 25
  • Brews and Q’s Taproom Trivia | Thursday, May 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Karben4 Brewing, 3698 Kinsman Blvd., Madison | Free | Compete for prizes and sip on delicious beer during these 50+ questions of original trivia.
  • Best of the Midwest | Thursday, May 25-Saturday, May 27 | $5-$15 | Comedy on State, 202 State St., Madison | A handpicked selection of both established and up-and-coming comics from around the region.
Friday, May 26
  • The Bodega | Friday, May 26 | 5-9 p.m. | Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison | Free | Shop a phenomenal lineup of local vendors offering anything from unique maple syrup to handmade jewelry, unique antiques, fresh micro-greens, one-of-a-kind artwork, and everything in between.
  • Art Walk | Friday, May 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 6105 Monona Dr., Monona | Free | Artists will highlight the hydrants of the Vibrant Hydrant Public Art project in an on-site talk.
Saturday, May 27
  • Starting your Own Podcast | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m. | Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison | Free | Get the basics on developing your podcast idea, production, and monetization.
  • Vegan Sausage Fest | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Dr., Madison | Free | Think: Vegan Brat Fest.
Sunday, May 28
  • Garden Stroll | Sunday, May 28 | 1-2 p.m. | UW–Madison Arboretum, 2880 Longenecker Dr., Madison | Free | This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing.
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7 secrets comfortable retirees know about hiring a financial advisor
Smart retirees know a thing or two — and you should, too. | Photo by SmartAsset
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News Notes
  • The NFL announced that Green Bay will host the 2025 NFL Draft. Events will likely occur at Lambeau Field and the area surrounding the Titletown campus. (Channel 3000)
  • Starting today, the Atwood Avenue reconstruction project will implement a traffic switch. Those traveling between Cottage Grove Road and Dennett Drive will be shifted to the new lane along the lake side of Atwood, weaving back to the existing lane from Dennett to Fair Oaks Avenue.
  • WisDOT and the City of Madison are inviting locals to attend the next Interstate Study meeting on Thursday, June 1. These meetings aim to provide information about interchange proposals that may impact traffic patterns, commutes, and development in the area east of Stoughton Road.
  • Madison Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian showcased a card game that encourages summer reading. Families can obtain a free deck from any Madison public library or the dream bus.
  • The Goodman Community Center has taken over the Meals on Wheels program for SSM Health at Home, which lost its caterer in January. The center is currently preparing and delivering around 300 midday meals, with the potential for increased capacity. (
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What to expect: Run Madtown street closures
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Runners are taking over the roads this weekend. | Image via Canva Pro
Plan ahead — there will be various street closures downtown for this weekend’s Run Madtown races. Check out the race maps, affected streets, and be prepared to detour around these areas.

Saturday, May 27 | 5K | Starts 7 p.m. at Library Mall
Main roads affected:
  • Observatory Drive
  • University Avenue at North Charter Street
  • West Washington Avenue
  • North Charter Street
  • Capitol Square
Sunday, May 28 | 10k and Half Marathon | Starts 7 a.m. at Library Mall
Main roads affected:
  • North Park Street at Southwest Commuter Path
  • Monroe Street
  • Old University Avenue
  • Capitol Square
At intersections along the routes, police and volunteers will be present to ensure smooth coordination. Vehicles will be permitted to cross when there are openings among the runners.

Metro Transit riders should check out the detours page, as routes will be affected by the races.
The Wrap
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From the editor
By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to the Pacific coast. If any of you are following the circus that is Vanderpump Rules, I’ll be making a stop at the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden during my Vegas layover. An egregiously overpriced Pumptini will be well worth the chance to experience the fruits of Lisa Vanderpump’s labor.
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