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Madison Mentions: The newspaper report weekending June 4, 2006

Post by Jesse Russell on 6/5/2006 9:34am

newspapermadmentions.gifAfter taking last Monday off for the Memorial Day holiday, it is time once again to dig into the yellowing stacks of newspapers collected from throughout the country to find mentions of Madison in media not born in Wisconsin.

We start this week with one of the more popular stories picked up by the Associated Press titled “Mayors Live It Up in Las Vegas.” The city played host to the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting. Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was there, but not as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Convention, instead he was heading up his New Cities Project - a project that attempts to take focus away from the well known negative issues that constantly haunt cities and focus on the positive resources cities offer besides (read his report from the 2005 meeting here). In the article, Mayor Dave is quoted on the issue of corporate comps:


Corporate comps weren't well received in Madison, Wis., either, said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

"We have a pretty strict ethics code in Madison, and that kind of thing was a problem for me," he said, explaining why in 2004 he started The New Cities Project, a group of mayors that aim to have meetings that are "a little more policy focused."

The New Cities Project also met in Las Vegas Friday, at the Luxor hotel-casino. About 36 cities were represented, though not all by mayors. The total cost for entertainment and education was about $25,000.

"But we don't have Cirque du Soleil," Cieslewicz said.

Madison was the first stop for a 6-year-old Margot Baird after she fled the Ravensbrueck concentration camp in 1945. Baird, now 86 and a resident of Centerton, Ark. told her story in the Fort Smith Times Record as she unveiled a monument to a German freedom fighter named Ludovika Saurwein. Saurwein bought Baird's freedom “with artificial honey, chicken and gold.”

Cows in the news: Cow artist Bonnie Mohr had a nice write up in Minnesota’s AgriNews for her bovine Miss Turquoise Tillie. The article gives an in-depth look into what it takes to plan the 90-pound fiberglass heifers that are currently smattered throughout the greater Madison area. For those keeping track, Miss TT is number 21 on your map and can be found at the North Hamilton and E. Mifflin corner of the Capitol Square.

Madison-based Great Wolf Resorts keeps growing and growing. According to the Charlotte Observer the company is looking to Concord, N.C. as a possible location for a eighth water park-resort.

According to the UP’s Mining Journal, Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy, who helped the James Madison Memorial High School girls’ volleyball team capture the 2005 conference title will be moving on to play volleyball for Northern Michigan university.

Madison-based developer The Alexander Company has picked up an award for “Adaptive reuse while respecting and preserving local architecture” from the Scott County Historic Preservation Society in Iowa. According to the Quad Cities Times:


The Alexander Co., Madison, Wis., for the Davenport Lofts, in the former Crescent Macaroni Co. Building, 427 Iowa St., built in 1915-16, and the former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Freight Station (later the Waterloo Mills), 505 Iowa St., built in 1910.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Physics Professor Raymond Fonck has been named chief scientist for the U.S. portion of a international fusion study. According to the UPI:


The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is being built by the United States, China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation.

In his role as chief scientist, Fonck will help the project office answer scientific questions that arise as research proceeds.

Other popular Associated Press articles mentioning Madison this week:
Judge dismisses suit brought by Wal-Mart pharmacist
Strict Parents May Breed Fat Kids, Study Says

Jesse Russell


Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.