There was a time not too long ago when municipalities dug a hole and buried their trash. There were regulations, of course, but the practice of local landfilling was common until the 1970s.

The City of Burlington got a reminder of its garbage from the past recently when crews excavating as part of the Maryland Avenue reconstruction project unearthed portions of a former landfill.

The happenstance will add to the cost and timetable for the project, according to officials.

The landfill that reared its ugly head is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. The newspaper will be on sale at local retail outlets Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


  • BACK ON STAGE: After more than a year without live shows, the Haylofters will return to the stage next week with a production of “We Will Rock You,” a futuristic fantasy based on the music of the British rock band Queen.


  • COUNCIL ENDORSES TASK FORCE REPORT: The Burlington Common Council on Tuesday endorsed the Mayor’s Task Force report on racial matters with plans to pursue some of the recommendations outlined in the summary compiled by facilitator Organizational Development Consultants.


  • IT’S FAIR TIME: Tractor pulls, carnival rides and corn dogs – it must be time for the Racine County Fair. Read all about it in the special section included with this week’s edition.


  • ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE DROPPED: Charges of attempted murder and other crimes have been dropped against a Kansasville man who was accused in June of attempting to hang his girlfriend. The District Attorney’s Office requested the dismissal after the alleged victim failed to cooperate.


  • FADED GLORY: Burlington’s Dunford Drive standpipe, commonly known as the water tower with the American Flag near the Nestle USA plant, has deteriorated since the city last applied a protective coating to the structure. Officials are considering a restoration project costing nearly $900,000.


  • PARKING DECK REPAIR: The downtown Burlington parking structure will need another round of repairs, according to a report issued to the Common Council on Tuesday. City officials said the repairs and maintenance of the 11-year-old structure could come at an unplanned cost of $30,952.


  • TAX PAYMENT DUE: The second and final payment for 2020 property tax bills in Racine County is due July 31. Property owners are required to pay the first installment by Jan. 31 and the second by July 31.