The Mendota Beacon was a free, privately funded biweekly (and later, weekly) published newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin between 2005 and 2006 or 2007. It ran its first issue on February 12, 2005, Republican president Abraham Lincoln's birthday. It is politically conservative and was formed in 2004 as a conservative alternative to The Badger Herald, The Daily Cardinal, and The Madison Observer that are distributed throughout the UW–Madison campus and downtown area. The newspaper's motto, printed at the top of every issue, was "Shining the Light on What's Right." The name came from the fact that the campus is on the shore of Lake Mendota.
The editorial writers also address issues of national and international concern.
In early 2006, Vogel and Schwerbel left the Beacon to join the Herald as an at-large member of the Editorial Board and a columnist, respectively.
Thelen was featured in a notable feature article in Madison's independent weekly newspaper, Isthmus. The article was a point/counterpoint article about the Iraq war. Thelen's portion of the debate explained his support for the war and for the Bush administration.
In November 2005, competing progressive paper, The Madison Observer, accused the Beacon of cybersquatting madisonobserver.com and .net and redirecting web users to the Mendota Beacon's web page or a vandalized version of the Madison Observer page instead of www.madisonobserver.org. At the time, the ideologically opposite papers both claimed bi-weekly circulation of 5000.
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