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🏒 Meet the Killer Bees
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The newly formed Sun Prairie Killer Bees are part of the Union Hockey League. | Photo by 608today
Hundreds of fans poured into the Sun Prairie Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3. Families came with their kids in knit hats. Men came wearing jerseys proudly. Couples came, sharing bags of freshly popped popcorn to share. Women came, one holding what looked to be a handmade beehive.

They all came to see the first home game of the Sun Prairie Killer Bees, a newly formed team of the Union Hockey League.

A few months ago the team didn’t exist, it only started in earnest in November of last year as they applied to be a part of the Union Hockey League. The league is a semi-pro ‘A’ elite hockey league.

“Sun Prairie is hockey-centric,” said Michael Lukken, co-owner and president of the new team, “and we want to make sure our players are Wisconsin. This is Wisconsin’s team.”

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Sun Prairie’s roster includes nothing but young men from Wisconsin. | Photo by 608today

There are 20 games in the season (10 at home and 10 on the road) through April with the playoffs taking place in Las Vegas in early May.

“The fans. The people. The Sun Prairie community. There is no way this could have happened without them,” said Lukken. "...We couldn’t have done this without them. That’s the truth.”

The Killer Bees won the home opener 9-7.

Single-game tickets are $12. Season tickets are $140.
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A. Baseball
B. Basketball
C. Football
D. Hockey
E. Other
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Lessons with Libations | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Buck & Honey’s, 804 Liberty Blvd., Sun Prairie | $60 | Drink while learning how to make candies to take home.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Mother Courage and Her Children | Friday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 24 | Bartell Theatre, 113 Mifflin St., Madison | $66 | Watch Brecht’s great masterpiece on silence and survival.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Fine Art and Craft Sale | Saturday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison | Free | Fine art between two ferns.
  • Post-Nap Pompom Party | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 3-4 p.m. | Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., Madison | Free with museum admission | Kids will get their wiggles out by playing with plenty of pompoms.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Valentine Craftacular | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green, Madison | Free | Find something sweet for your sweet baboo.
  • Puppy Bowl 2024: 6th Annual Humane Society Fundraiser | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 12-9 p.m. | Bierock, 2911 N. Sherman Ave., Madison | Free | Watch the Puppy Bowl, benefiting the Dane County Humane Society, and stay for the Super Bowl. There will be dog-themed beer and tailgate food favorites.
  • Jazzy Super Bowl Watch Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 3-6 p.m. | Cafe CODA, 1224 Williamson St., Madison | Free | Watch the game while jazz musicians keep score.
Monday, Feb. 12
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Speed Dating | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7-10 p.m. | The Rigby, 119 E. Main St., Madison | $5 | Quick - get yourself a Valentine’s Day date.
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News Notes
  • Local landfills will be digesting less food waste. Dane County received a $400,000 grant to expand food waste composting. Public drop-off kiosks are tentatively set to roll out in the summer of 2025. In Wisconsin, approximately 30% of food waste goes to landfills. (Channel 3000)
  • Things are taking off at Dane County Regional Airport. Low cost air carrier Breeze Airways flew out of the airport for the first time this week. Breeze is offering seasonal non-stop service to Tampa and Orlando (hey, TBAYtoday). Come May, the airline will offer non-stop flights to Los Angeles. (Channel 3000)
  • Madison residents are welcomed to a series of informational sessions to learn about transportation options in the city beyond taking the bus. There will be five informational sessions over the next several months. The first takes place today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Central Library. (Fox 47)
  • The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs just received a federal grant for its Madison F-35 Community Connection project. The project will connect the Madison community with the 115th Fighter Wing at Madison’s Traux Field to educate them on the work the 115th Fighter Wing does for the community. (Daily Cardinal)
  • Thin Mints won’t thin your wallet too much this year. Madison-area Girl Scouts are keeping the price at $5 a box, while other organizations are raising the price to $6. The cookies will be sold from March 2nd-April 7th. (Channel 3000)
  • A bronze medal is solid. IRONMAN Wisconsin was just rated No. 3 in the world by the organization’s Athletes’ Choice Awards. The annual Madison event ranked 3rd for overall athlete satisfaction, and 1st for overall swim experience. The 2024 IRONMAN takes place Sep. 8. (WMTV)
  • McFarland curlers just won the US National Championships. Siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton both helped their teams notch victories at the competition. Both will head to the World Championships this spring. Matt will compete in Switzerland; Becca in Nova Scotia. (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • A friendly reminder to book spring + summer vacations (they’re just around the corner). Want beach time? This Hawaiian oceanfront property has two king beds. Prefer the mountains? Book this lakeside chalet in British Columbia. Craving luxury? This tropical cabana in Montecito, CA has an on-site masseuse.*
🚲 Wheeling through winter
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Madison has been recognized as one of the nation’s best cities for bicyclists. | Photo by 608today
Winter in Wisconsin: a time for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. But, there’s very little snow on the ground this year, so why not continue to take up biking?

International Winter Bike Day takes place tomorrow, Feb. 9. Madison Bikes is celebrating.
  • Hot coffee and doughnuts, donated by Cafe Domestique, can be had from 7-9 a.m. in the Monona Terrace parking lot near the bike elevator.
  • Later, from 4-6 p.m. at Working Draft Beer Company (1129 E. Wilson St.), there will be a warm fire and happy hour hangout for winter bike commiserating.
If you’re new to biking in winter, the city offers up some suggestions.
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    Girl Scout cookie season is coming soon. The Girl Scouts of Badgerland Wisconsin will be out in force selling tasty treats.

    A question often asked is “What is the best Girl Scout cookie?” The answer: Peanut Butter Patties.
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