Lot of variability in local rider setups. I run 29x2.6, maxxis minion upfront with a rekon in the back. It works for me, but I have also ridden with guys using some pretty slick / fast rolling / less grippy tires and they didn’t seem to be having any major difficulties.
Outside of bluemound, the trails here really are not very rocky, so I personally don’t spend money on the super heavy duty casing stuff.
Welcome to Madison. Keep an eye out for group rides starting to get organized likely in April. Good way to meet local riders.