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Report: Expand by 2020 SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

The fast-growing Oregon School District will almost certainly be building new schools soon – the questions are where, when and how much they will cost. The OSD board has many questions to answer before any shovels hit the dirt, but a comprehensive report from a growth task force should go a long way in providing some data, if not answers. That group presented five options Monday night for handling an expected

50 percent increase in student enrollment in the next 12 years. All of them call for construction of at least two new schools. Each option would call for at least one new elementary school and middle school, with various modifications to building structures and existing grade configurations. T h e b o a r d w i l l n ow examine the options in depth as it seeks feedback from district educators and residents and prepares for a likely referendum on new school construction as soon as this fall. “ T h e r e i s n ’t a c o m munity in the state that wouldn’t trade for the economic growth we have in our district,” said district superintendent Brian

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Showered with praise. That’s how organizer Randy Glysch described the response he and builder Dan Bertler, owner of Supreme Structures, received Monday, Feb 12,

Dinner and a show

The show went on, despite the snowstorm. Families gathered at Oregon Middle School this last weekend for the annual Madrigal Dinner. The show features a five-course meal served by OMS seventh- and eighth-graders. Dinner guests enjoyed

songs and entertainment from the royal court, court jester and the king and queen. The dinner served Wassail, soup, salad, rolls, ham, glazed carrots, roasted red potatoes and apple cake.

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Rutland candidates look to April 3

Village of Oregon

Organizers present plan to village trustees

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The royal court singers raise their glasses and toast to family and friends at the annual Madrigal Dinner on Feb. 9.

when they presented the Village Board with drawings and preliminary construction ideas for a new Oregon Youth Center. The pair unveiled renderings for a 5,165-squarefoot building that would include lounges, an indoor and outdoor basketball half-court, pool and foosball tables and space for other uses. Village trustees praised

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Town hall, managing growth, annexation top issues SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group


Wedged between the City of Stoughton and the villages of Brooklyn and Oregon, Rutland and its 2,000-some residents need to focus on managing growth to reduce the effects of expected continued expansion of its neighbors into the town. That’s the overwhelming opinion of four candidates for the Rutland town board as they prepare for the upcoming election April



3. There is a full slate of four candidates for just two supervisor seats, and while focusing on growth was a common concern, the town hall, better internet and better roads will also be election topics this spring in Rutland. The four candidates – first-term incumbent Nancy Nedveck, self-employed lifelong resident Rob Hill,


to budgeting, Zentner’s i n t e r e s t i n g ove r n m e n t transparency and Hutchinson’s desire to keep Rutland’s small-town feel. And all discussed the town hall, which was the subject of failed attempts to rebuild in 2014 – a new 4,800-square-foot building was soundly rejected at the town’s annual meeting in April of that year, and three building referendums were defeated that fall.

former insurance agent Deana Zentner and Waunakee police officer Geoff Hutchinson – each spoke with the Observer this month to explain why they are interested in running Nancy Nedveck and what their priorities The only incumbent in would be. the group after Jim Lunde Those included Ned - was eliminated in the cauveck’s focus on managing cus Jan. 16, Nedveck said the effects of development in the area, Hill’s attention Turn to Rutland/Page 13

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Two new K9s for Sheriff’s department Kimo and Kreed join the force ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has added two new K9 units in the last six months. Kimo, an 18-month-old

Dutch shepherd, will work third shift with deputy Nate Katzenmeyer based in the Office West Precinct. Kreed, a Belgian malinois, joined the office late last year when he was 14 months old. He works with deputy Brian Grafton in the North East Precinct. K9s and their handlers are known as teams and

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go through extensive training together, Katzenmeyer wrote in a message to the Observer. “(The training) is listed as 300 (hours), however, I can tell you since I am Kimo’s handler, that we spend more than 300 hours training,” Katzenmeyer wrote. “Plus, they are in training prior to selection by their European breeders.” Both K9s were donated to the Sheriff ’s Office by Dane County K9, Inc., a nonprofit run by volunteers and entirely dependent on donations, according to its website. Donations help purchase special equipment, pay for advanced training, and offset other costs the handlers would incur personally, according to DCSO’s

website. K9 teams are used in a wide array of police activity, Katzenmeyer wrote. “K9s are trained and certified in obedience, article searches (such as a suspect dropping something in a field), area searches, tracking, building searches, suspect apprehension, and of course the narcotics detection,” Katzenmeyer wrote. The length of a K9’s career is determined by the dog’s health, but Katzenmeyer wrote that K9 Utrix retired last year at 9 years old, which is a typical duration of service. Both K9 teams are replacing ones that retired in 2017, bringing DCSO’s total to five active K9 teams.


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Voters will have a chance to narrow the list of cand i d a t e s f o r Wi s c o n s i n Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The top two vote-getters in the primary will be on the April 3 ballot. The only item on the spring primary ballot in the City of Fitchburg has

three candidates for the seat being vacated by Justice Michael Gableman. They are Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet, Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock and attorney Tim Burns. The three candidates spoke at a forum Monday, Jan. 22, in Milwaukee. – Scott Girard

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Owner Tom Dorn hopes to redevelop the area around the Dorn True Value Hardware, 131 W. Richards Road. stages of a planned district development – which allows for different types of building uses in a single site and other zoning variations. Developers never returned for the final step of the process, however. The plan calls for a three-story building with commercial space on the ground floor and “condos or apartments” above. Dorn said he’d like to start the project, which would be developed by Verona-based KSW Construction, “sometime within the next year.” He said he’s gotten “a lot of interest” from

businesses looking for a new location, and has retained a commercial broker to field those calls. “We feel the real estate is large enough out there to accommodate another building, and the community would embrace that kind of housing along with commercial real estate on the ground floor,” Dorn said. “I’d like to see some movement on that in the next year, or at least be able to announce something.” Contact Scott De Laruelle at scott.

OYC: Construction begins in May, building to open in Sept.

Village in brief Rau is asking village residents not to use the Town of Oregon’s recycling center. “This facility is for town residents only and is not associated or affiliated with the Village of Oregon,” Rau wrote in a note placed on the village website. He said for refuse and recycling, village residents should contact Pellitteri Waste Systems, which does trash collection in the village.

Wetland credits for Perry Parkway T h e Vi l l a g e B o a r d approved spending $54,500 at its meeting Monday, Feb. 12, to purchase wetland

mitigation credits, which the village will need when it extends North Perry Parkway this summer. Because the village does not have viable locations for wetland mitigation, public works director Jeff Rau explained, it must instead buy wetland bank “credits” from a certified wetland bank to mitigate construction that will take place in wetlands near Jaycee Park West.

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developer would normally pay. Gracz agreed. “We waived permit and consultant fees for the food pantry and could do it for this project, as well,” Gracz said Tuesday. Glysch credited Bertler and Supreme Structures for bringing two important village facilities up to date and not taking a profit in doing so. He noted that all parties involved have worked collaboratively to make the construction projects happen. “You couldn’t ask for a better relationship than the one we have with the village,” Glysch said. “Everybody wants to make this work. We’re so lucky, but part of it is we have a good track record.” Contact Bill Livick at bill.

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What: Dunn Town Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 Where: 4156 County Road B More info: Call Town Hall, 838-1081 Dane County Sheriff deputies, typically for traffic violations, and also citations issued for noncompliance with Dunn ordinances. Schneider, who turns 80 on Feb. 20, has served as Dunn’s municipal judge since 1995. “He’s been the most fantastic judge; people just love him,” Hasslinger said. Schneider is a retired Village of McFarland police officer and also served as municipal judge there. He has presided over 2,000 cases, Hasslinger said, and “is known for his caring and consideration.” To a p p l y, s u b m i t a resume at Dunn Town Hall, 4156 County Road B, McFarland. For more information, call Town Hall at 838-1081. Contact Bill Livick at bill.

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can’t allow somebody to come in and build on public property without going through the public bidding process.” The options seem to be entering a long-term lease with the Youth Center, or selling the property for $1, with a clause that if the center is ever sold, the property it’s on would revert to village ownership. Gracz and Staton met with Glysch, Bertler and village attorney Matt Dregne Tuesday to talk about the ownership issue but didn’t reach any conclusions. During Monday’s meeting, Trustee Jeff Boudreau, former chair of the resource network, said about the only way the village could help financially would be by waiving fees that the



both the preliminary plan for the project and its organizers, who’ve raised about $860,000 for the building since last fall, most of it from a single anonymous donor. Glysch, chair of the Oregon Community Resource Network, said construction of the facility would begin in May and it would open by September. It would replace the existing center at 110 N. Oak St. Building a new youth center became feasible in December when the resource network received an $800,000 donation toward the $1 million project. That came on the heels of OCRN organizing the fundraising and construction of the new Oregon Area Food Pantry that opened late last year. Village officials had only good things to say about the plans presented Monday. “This project shows the youth that use the facility, and the ones that don’t, that

there’s strong support in the community for young people in the Oregon School District,” said Village President Steve Staton. “It’s a beautiful building and is very well-conceived.” The board briefly discussed who should own the building and the property it’s built on, given the construction would not go through the normal public bidding process required of construction projects on public land. It wouldn’t make sense to go through the public bid process, officials said, because Supreme Structures is donating its labor and not taking a profit for building the center. The village owns the property the center is on and leases it at no cost to the Oregon Youth Center, which is run by director Diane Newlin and overseen by a board of directors. “We’re trying to figure out the best way to do this,” village administrator Mike Gracz said. “The village

With municipal judge Robert Schneider retiring this month, the Town of Dunn is looking for a qualified person to replace him. And it’s moving quickly. So far, the town has only one applicant for the job. It plans to discuss the opening at its next scheduled meeting, Monday, Feb. 19. Dunn clerk/business manager Cathy Hasslinger said the Town Board would meet an hour earlier than usual – at 6 p.m. – to interview candidates for the position. To qualify, applicants must reside in the Town of Dunn. Hasslinger said the Town Board could choose to appoint someone to fill out the rest of Schneider’s term, which expires in April 2019, or it could decide to hold a special election. She expects the board to appoint a new judge so one will be in office for the town’s next scheduled municipal court meeting, March 14. Dunn’s municipal courts meets the second Wednesday of each month and handles citations issued by

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Though the project is on the “back burner” while he supervises closing one store and opening another this year, Tom Dorn hopes to soon redevelop the area around his True Value Hardware store along Main Street Dorn told the Observer last week he’s in the process of working with partners in his Oregon business to see who wants to be part of the new project, on his current 2.9-acre retail site at 131 W. Richards Road, which the Village of Oregon approved in September 2016. “We do have four different shareholders in different stages of their life, and some might like to get out,” he said. “So, some of it is ownership issues.” Another part of it simply time. Dorn, who owns True Value Hardware stores in Madison and Sun Prairie, is keeping quite busy these days closing a store in downtown Madison and opening a new one later this spring in Verona. “We’re trying to get settled with this (Verona) opportunity,” he said. “We’ve just got so many other things going on.” The village has approved the general development plan for Dorn Plaza, which is the most important of the three

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Letters to the editor

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s claims My brother, who is a family practice physician in Portland, Oregon, shared something with me years ago that has been rattling around in my head. He said “the objective of science is to not be easily fooled.” I’ve been thinking of that a lot in recent months in the context of the political turmoil, claims and counter charges that have surrounded the Trump presidency. The New York Times recently solicited feedback from Trump voters trying to assess his supporters’ perception of how he has fared in meeting their expectations and delivering on the promises made during his campaign. Donald Trump points to a booming stock market and job growth as a sign that he has delivered on his promise to get the economy moving again, yet it is interesting when one looks at the actual performance of the stock market and the economy in Donald Trump’s first year in office compared with their performance under Barack Obama.

Steven Sanabria, from Oakland, California, one of the Trump voters who responded to the New York Times said “Donald Trump has succeeded where Barack Obama failed.” But, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs added to the economy in 2017 under Donald Trump averaged just over 167 thousand jobs per month, more than 22 thousand fewer jobs per month than the average in Barack Obama’s last seven years in office. How about the stock market? It’s been booming, setting record highs almost every week, but the 1.44 percent average monthly increase in the stock market in 2017 under Donald Trump is actually less than half the 3.31 percent monthly increase in the stock market during Barack Obama’s eight years in office. It’s important not to be easily fooled. Charles Uphoff City of Fitchburg

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For real change, we must recognize our own #MeToo S ocial media has allowed millions of women to express their pain and anguish of sexual abuse and its many forms. Their combined voices have created an avalanche of momentum that is crushing the walls of denial our society has held up for so long. As I watch the #MeToo movement unfold, I am reminded of a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Deits Women all over the world are demanding their freedom from the oppression of sexual assault, harassment and inequality. Women are demanding their basic human rights. Can I hear an Amen, sister! However, to realize and achieve this freedom, men in this country must change at a fundamental level. Not just their behaviors, but their deeply held negative attitudes and beliefs toward women in general. One has to wonder if that goal is even possible given the enormity of the problem before us. I believe it’s inevitable and the destiny of humanity. Getting there is just a matter of time. Men and self-reflection, men and feelings, men and empathy. These things don’t typically go together, but our evolution requires it. The time has come for men to embrace their feminine side, and yes, they all have one. In fact, one could argue the outer expression of abusive attitudes toward women is merely the reflection of men’s inner repression and hatred towards their own feminine aspects.

Let’s take a moment to consider our deeply held beliefs that women are evil, liars, inferior, less than, not as good, not as strong, not as competent, not as smart, not as important, not as valuable. These accepted brainwashed attitudes are so deeply woven into the fabric of humanity they become invisible to our awareness and are not recognized until they reach an extreme expression. These are the insidious thoughts that shape and mold our interactions with other people, creating the basis for rationalizing our poor behaviors. These are the building blocks used by people of power and influence to justify the importance of their needs above all others. Even women can be captivated by this inherent brainwashing. Take Condolezza Rice’s recent CNN interview for example. In her comments regarding sexual misconduct within government, she makes the statement, “I don’t know a woman alive who hasn’t had somebody say or do something that wasn’t inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst.” Later in that interview, she says she’s nervous society could “get to a place that men start to think, ‘Well maybe it’s just better not to have women around.’” By saying this, Ms. Rice demonstrates her agreement to allow sexually demeaning behavior – to make sure men will continue to let women in the workplace. Each of us has seeds of negativity toward women planted within our psyche, but they don’t need to dictate our actions. We also have seeds of hope, courage, change and possibilities. We just need to reach for them, making an effort to challenge and replace the negative programming with ideas of

acceptance and appreciation for women. There are already many men in this country who can see the problem and are at the forefront of this new age of new attitudes. Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune wrote his views in an October article: “Men need to ask themselves how are they going to change the way they think and feel about women. How are they going to unbrainwash themselves?” Huppke takes it a step further, asking for accountability and action: “We as men haven’t done anywhere near enough to police our own gender and make this behavior unacceptable. … Every one of us needs to take a deep look at how we treat and have treated women, and how we react to the ways other men treat women. … We need to do everything we can to make it stop. … Calling out other men takes courage.” Finally, he even makes this a pragmatic argument: “Fiscally speaking, we have a more productive society without traumatized citizens. Trauma debilitates humans and creates a heavy burden for society to carry.” We can all do something to help create the necessary societal changes in attitudes toward women. By thinking about the future and how much better our lives would be if women were afforded equality in the human rights department. Plant new seeds for all the beauty, creativity, and positive things women bring to the world. Women have equal value to men and we all need each other. Then share your vision with everyone you know. Doris Deits is the owner of Peaceful Heart Gifts in Oregon.

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Brooke Ace keeps winning World champion adds yearend awards ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

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Brooke Ace rides Mesquite in the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse show in Oklahoma City this past October. reining, youth non-pro, gold medal feat and freestyle. Ace competes with a family friend’s 12-year-old Morgan Horse named Mesquite Ridge, who goes by Mesquite. He is entering the prime of his performing career, Ace told the Observer in October, and he’s performing the best for her

he ever has. “Brooke is a great rider because she bonds with the horse,” Dee wrote. “Showing animals, especially horses, is what is totally in her whole heart.” Contact Alexander Cramer at​


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This will be the third straight year Maggie Mae has performed in Oregon to raise funds for the Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in June 2016. The concert is at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Oregon High School, to be followed by the military tribute video. To purchase tickets ($25 upper tier, $20 lower, $30 at door), call 516-5401 or mail a request to Lyle Wanless, Maggie Mae Concert, P.O. Box 242, Brooklyn, WI 53521. To donate to the memorial or order pavers, call Dannie at 455-5049. – Scott De Laruelle




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Jan. 31 1:44 a.m. A man was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated and also cited for deviation from his designated lane and operating after suspension while driving on U.S. Hwy. 14. 6:22 p.m. A man reported an iPad, iPad Pro and iPad keyboard were taken from his house on the 1200 block of Union Road while he was away for a week between Jan. 24 and 30, though his wife had been home much of that time. The woman told police she did not hear or see anything suspicious, and there was no sign of forced entry. 9:25 p.m. A juvenile was cited for disorderly conduct after his guardian took his phone from him and he pushed her to retrieve the phone. The boy’s younger sister had called 911 because she was scared.

and she declined to fill out an insufficient funds form. 10:34 p.m. A man was arrested for first offense operating while intoxicated after being stopped for speeding and a defective headlight at the North Main Street and Braun Road intersection. He refused to take field sobriety tests at the police department. He was released to his fiancee.

Feb. 4 6:55 p.m. A woman was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct after she and another woman got into a fight about where the victim had been the night before. The suspect allegedly kicked the victim twice in the back, and the two then wrestled and pulled each other’s hair. 7:34 p.m. A man was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct for allegedly saying, “Touch my dope again and I’ll shoot you in the Feb. 1 head with my gun” to anoth5:01 p.m. A woman was er man, which disturbed the cited for theft after her credit victim. card was declined while filling – Compiled by Scott Girard up her gas tank at Kwik Trip

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Reports taken from log J‌ an. 27‌ books provided by the Oregon 10:04 ‌p.m. A man was citPolice Department:‌ ed for hit and run of property and failure to notify police of ‌Jan. 19‌ an accident after he hit a pole 1:50 ‌p .m. A man was near the corner of Lincoln charged with disorderly con- Road and Brynhill Drive after duct and false imprisonment hitting black ice while driving after he entered A Leap Above on Lincoln Road. The man Dance studio and, after lying called his wife to pick him up.‌ about his intentions to an employee, grabbed her around ‌Jan. 28‌ the waist and picked her up. 12:38 ‌p .m. A McDonThe victim was able to escape.‌ ald’s employee was cited 8:20 ‌p.m. A man was ar- for disorderly conduct after rested for his first-offense an incident with a customer operating while intoxicated. whom she refused to serve. Staff at the North Main Street The employee called police Kwik Trip reported he seemed to ask that the customer be impaired.‌ removed from the restaurant as there have been past ‌Jan. 20‌ incidents, but the customer 5:03 ‌p.m. A man reported began filming the employee, his unlocked vehicle on the who allegedly stuck her mid800 block of Oregon Parks dle finger up at the customer.‌ Avenue was broken into overnight, with an iPad and ‌Jan. 29‌ iPhone taken.‌ 12:48 ‌a.m. A woman was arrested for operating while ‌Jan. 23‌ intoxicated after an officer 10:28 ‌a .m. An Oregon observed her vehicle failing High School student was to stop at red flashing lights, charged with disorderly con- crossing the center line one duct after allegedly being or two times and keeping its abusive with staff.‌ left turn signal on for two to 3:47 ‌p.m. A juvenile was three blocks without making cited for operating without a left turn. The officer detecta license after losing control ed a strong odor of intoxicatand hitting a wooden Lit- ing beverages while talking tle Free Library on the 100 with the driver and took her block of Sterling Drive. The to the police department to car slipped on the ice. The perform field tests because woman who owned the Little of the weather. A breath test Free Library agreed to let the recorded a .18 blood alcohol juvenile pay off the damage level.‌ with work and did not want to 3:20 ‌p.m. A juvenile threw pursue charges.‌ a large piece of ice toward Rome Corners Intermediate ‌Jan. 25‌ School after school and hit 10:40 ‌a.m. After a boy ini- another kid, causing a large tially reported he was being laceration to his upper lip.‌ bothered by a girl, an inves4:41 p.m. A woman was tigation determined the girl tentatively charged with dishad been sexually assaulted orderly conduct and resistduring the incident by anoth- ing/obstructing an officer afer suspect.‌ ter her boyfriend and his son 3:25 ‌p.m. A student was reported her behavior during cited for disorderly conduct an incident on the 200 block after a comment made to of Orchard Drive. The womstaff members who initially an, who was heavily intoxireported two students caus- cated, allegedly told the son ing a disruption and not at- she would bash his head in tending class.‌ and briefly struggled with police during the arrest.

Brooklyn/Oregon American Legion Post 10272 is seeking photos of area veterans for a tribute video for the Maggie Mae fundraiser concert this spring. Photos can be scanned and returned, if requested. People can include the name, branch of service, date of service and approval to use the photo in the video in a letter to Todd Hanson, 207 County Road U, Belleville, WI. 53508 or email tdrallams@gmail. com Call Hanson 515708- 0199 with any questions.


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World-champion horse showperson and Oregon High School student Brooke Ace has added some more hardware to her collection: two year-end awards recognizing her as the best in two different fields. She was named the 2017 Top Ranked Morgan Reining Youth in the 18-and-under category, and the 2017 Working Western Morgan Ranch Horse Versatility Champion. Ace won a belt buckle as the Versatility champion, her mom Dee explained to the Observer, which is based on the combined score from five different disciplines: ranch riding, trail, cutting, reining and confirmation. For the youth reining championship, Ace was tasked with guiding her horse through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops, Dee wrote, with the goal of controlling the horse’s every movement. In October, Ace won top awards in every category she entered at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City. At 17, Ace competed in the youth division against people 21 and under in

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Health Talk: Diabetes The senior center will host a free health talk by Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society students from the University of Wisconsin - Madison at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The talk will focus on diabetes, highlighting the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 and a few common medications used in treatment. They will also discuss some of the risk factors associated with diabetes, including those that are preventable. For information, call 835-5801.

Wine and Cheese Tasting The Oregon Rotary Club is hosting its ninth annual Cheese and Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Gorman building, 200 N. Main St. American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Jeanne Carpenter selects ten Wisconsin artisan cheeses to pair with ten wines from around the world, with proceeds going to local sponsorship and scholarships. Tickets are $25 at

Space Presentation The UW Geology Museum presents Holding Space: Bringing the Moon and Mars to Oregon at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the senior center. After a presentation about the Apollo and Mars rover missions, the

museum, in partnership with NASA, will collect stories from people who remember the moon landings. Register by noon Feb. 22 to attend the talk and the lunch served beforehand. For information, call 835-5801

Coloring group The senior center hosts an adult coloring group at 12:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month. Coloring materials are provided. Just come to relax your mind, tap into your creativity and spend time with others. For information, call 835-5801.

Nerf war at the library

Rescue Kids The Oregon Community Education and Recreation Program with the Oregon School District will hold a Rescue Kids class in January, February and March. The class will teach students basic first aid information, how and when to call 911 and how to be safe if there is a fire. Students will also pack a pillowcase kit with necessary emergency items. There are two more opportunities to take the class, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Feb. 24 and March 10 at the Brooklyn Fire/EMS facility, 401 W. Main St. The cost is $20 per student. To register, visit community, or stop in to the community pool or school district office. For information, contact Dale Schulz at

The library is hosting an afterhours Nerf war from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The event is for kids ages 10-15, and the library asks that they bring their own Nerf guns as StrongWomen they only have a few available. RegThe senior center is offering an istration is required. exercise program for middle aged For more information, or to regis- and older women called StrongWomen Mondays and Thursdays from ter, call 835-3656. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Dive-in movie Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The series is led by Vickie Carroll, Watch a movie while you lay on certified in both the basic and Boostyour favorite floaty at the Oregon Pool from 6-8 p.m on Friday, Feb. 23. er StrongWomen program. She has The first 150 participants will be let been a leader for over 18 months. in to this free, family-friendly event. Each class is $3. For information, call Carroll at For information, call 835-4086. 835-9486.

Community calendar ‌Thursday, February 15‌

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chamber membership meeting, Headquarters Banquet Hall, 101 Concord Dr., 835-3697‌ • 5-7 p.m., Dinner and a Book, Brooklyn Elementary School, 204 Division St., 835-4500‌ • 5 p.m., Anime night (12 and up), library, 835-3656‌

‌Friday, February 16‌

• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656‌ • 10:30 a.m., Health Talk: Diabetes, senior center, 835-5801‌

‌Saturday, February 17‌

‌Monday, February 19‌

• 6:30 p.m., Pajama antics (ages 0-6), library, 835-3656‌ • 6:30 p.m. BKE orchestra concert, 204 Division St., 835-4300‌

‌Tuesday, February 20‌

• 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Spring primary elections,, 8353118‌ • 10 a.m., Teetering Toddlers Storytime, library, 835-3656‌ • 11 a.m., Bouncing Babies Storytime, library, 835-3656‌

‌Wednesday, February 21‌

• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656‌ • 10:45 a.m., Eating for a healthier heart, senior center, 835-5801‌ • 11:30 a.m., Brown Bag Book Club, library, 835-3656‌

• 6-8 p.m., Oregon Rotary Club wine and cheese tasting, $25, Gorman building, 200 N. Main St., ‌ • 6:30 p.m., Card Party, hosted by ‌Thursday, February 22‌ Knights of Columbus, $3 includes light dinner, senior center, 835-5801‌ • 12:30 p.m., Coloring group, senior center, 835-5801

Community cable listings Village of Oregon Cable Access TV channels: WOW #983 & ORE #984 Phone: 291-0148 • Email: Website: • Facebook: ocamediawi New programs daily at 1 p.m. and repeats at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. and 1, 4, 7 and 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15 WOW: Village Board Meeting (2/12/18) ORE: Oregon School Board Meeting (2/12/18) Friday, Feb. 16 WOW: Friday Night Live: Panther Girls’ Basketball vs Milton (2/2/18) ORE: OHS Panthers Girls’ Basketball vs Watertown (2/10/18) Saturday, Feb. 17 WOW: Sounds of Summer: Red Hot Horn Dogs (8/15/17) ORE: OHS Panthers Hockey vs Brookfield East (2/10/18)

Monday, Feb. 19 WOW: OMS 8th grade Orchestra Concert @ OMS (2/13/18) ORE: OHS Panthers Girls’ Basketball vs Watertown (2/10/18) Tuesday, Feb. 20 WOW: Road To Recovery: Recovery Among Diverse Population ORE: Friday Night Live: Panther Girls’ Basketball vs Milton (2/2/18) Wednesday, Feb. 21 WOW: Chamber of Commerce Meeting (2/15/18) ORE: OMS Madrigal Dinner (2/9/18)

Thursday, Feb. 22 WOW: Hmong Resettle Story’s @ Oregon Library (9/19/17) Sunday, Feb. 18 ORE: OHS Panthers WOW: Christ Memorial Lutheran Church Service Boys’ Basketball vs Fort Atkinson ORE: OHS Panthers LIVE @ 7:05pm & Hockey vs Brookfield Live-Streamed @ ocaEast (2/10/18)

• 1 p.m., Movie matinee: “Victoria and Abdul,” senior center, 835-5801‌ • 3-7 p.m., Oregon Area Food Pantry distribution, 1092 Union Road,‌ • 6 p.m., PVE orchestra concert, Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry Pkwy., 8354700‌

‌Friday, February 23‌

• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656‌ • 6-7 p.m., After hours Nerf war, ages 10-15 (bring your own Nerf gun, register online or call 8353656), library‌ • 6-8 p.m., Dive in movie, free, first 150 allowed in, Oregon Pool, 8354086‌

‌Saturday, February 24‌

• 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rescue Kids class ($20 per kid), Brooklyn Fire/ EMS facility, 401 W. Main St., dale. ‌‌

Senior center Monday, February 19 Meat Sauce, Noodles Bread Stick with Butter, Corn Peaches and Vanilla Pudding VO – Soy Meat Sauce NCS – Apple Tuesday, February 20 Chicken a la King, Brown Rice Greens and French Dressing Pickled Beets Orange Chocolate Chip Cookie VO – Soy a la King NCS –SF Ice Cream Wednesday, February 21 Green Pepper Soup Kidney Bean Salad Whole Wheat Bread Banana Chocolate Pudding VO – Hummus Wrap NCS –Diced Peaches Thursday, February 22 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, February 23 Baked Chicken on the Bone Caribbean Rice Tropical Fruit Bananas Coconut Cream Pie VO – Garden Burger NCS – SF Pudding SO: Hummus Plate *Contains Pork

Monday, February 19 9:00 CLUB 10:30 StrongWomen 1:00 Get Fit 1:30 Bridge 3:30 Weight Loss Support Tuesday, February 20 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:30 Wii Bowling 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:30 Parkinson’s Exercise 11:30 Silver Threads 12:30 Sheepshead 12:30 Shopping at Pick-N-Save 5:30 StrongWomen Wednesday, February 21 9:00 CLUB 10:45 Eating for a Healthy Heart 1:00 Euchre, Get Fit Thursday, February 22 Morning: Chair Massage 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:00 Pool Players 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:30 StrongWomen 11:30 Smart Driver Class 12:30 Shopping at Bill’s 1:00 Movie “Victoria and Abdul“ 1:00 Stepping On, Cribbage 3:00 Food Pantry Open 5:30 StrongWomen Friday, February 23 9:00 CLUB 9:30 Blood Pressure 1:00 Get Fit

All Saints Lutheran Church

2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Interim pastor SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. classic service 10:45 a.m. new song service

Brooklyn Lutheran Church

101 Second Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3852 Pastor Rebecca Ninke SUNDAY 9 a.m. Holy Communion 10 a.m. Fellowship

Community of Life Lutheran Church

PO Box 233, Oregon (608) 286-3121, office@ Pastor Jim McCoid SUNDAY 10 a.m. Worship at 1111 S. Perry Parkway, Oregon

Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church

201 Church Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3344 Pastor George Kaminski SUNDAY 9 a.m. Worship (Nov.-April) 10:30 a.m. Worship (May-Oct.)

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

143 Washington Street, Oregon (608) 835-3554 Interim pastor SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship Holy Communion 2nd & last Sundays

First Presbyterian Church

408 N. Bergamont Blvd. (north of CC), Oregon, WI (608) 835-3082 - Pastor Kathleen Owens SUNDAY 10 a.m. Service 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Fellowship 11:15 a.m.  Adult Education

Fitchburg Memorial UCC

5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008, www.memorialucc. org Interim pastor Laura Crow SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Worship

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ECLA

Central Campus: Raymond Road and Whitney Way SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Worship West Campus: Corner of Hwy. PD and Nine Mound Road, Verona SUNDAY - 9 & 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. Worship (608) 271-6633

Hillcrest Bible Church

752 E. Netherwood, Oregon Eric Vander Ploeg, Lead Pastor (608) 835-7972, SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. worship at the Hillcrest Campus and 10:15 a.m. worship with Children’s ministries, birth – 4th grade

Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church

651 N. Main Street, Oregon Pastor: Fr. Gary Wankerl (608) 835-5763 SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY: 8 and 10:15 a.m. Worship

People’s United Methodist Church

103 North Alpine Parkway, Oregon Pastor Jason Mahnke (608) 835-3755, Communion is the 1st & 3rd weekend SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship and Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Worship

St. John’s Lutheran Church

625 E. Netherwood, Oregon Pastor Paul Markquart (Lead Pastor) (608) 291-4311 SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship

Vineyard Community Church

Oregon Community Bank & Trust, 105 S. Alpine Parkway, Oregon - Bob Groth, Pastor (608) 513-3435, welcometovineyard. com SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship

Zwingli United Church of Christ – Paoli

At the Intersection of Hwy. 69 & PB Pastor Laura Crow (608) 255-1278 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Worship

Support groups • Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, First Presbyterian Church, every Monday and Friday at 7 p.m. • Caregiver Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, third Monday of each month at 9 a.m. • Diabetes Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. • Relationship & Divorce Support Group, State Bank of Cross Plains, every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. • Veterans’ Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, every second Wednesday at 9 a.m. • Weight-Loss Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, every Monday at 3:30 p.m. • Navigating Life Elder Support Group, People’s United Methodist Church, 103 N. Alpine Pkwy., every first Monday at 7 p.m.

Possessed by God “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” – 1 John 3:9 NIV We tend to think of possession in a negative light, for example, saying that someone is possessed by a demon or thinking that someone is possessed by a spirit of greed or envy. But possession can be a positive thing. We can be possessed by God or by a divine spirit,such as love or compassion, to such an extent that these become something constant in our lives. Possession is more than just obsession. When one offers up all of one’s daily thoughts and activities to God, one is on the way to being possessed by God. When one stays in constant communication with God, praying becomes second nature, and the Biblical advice to “pray without ceasing”becomes a description of our inner life rather than a prescription for how we ought to live. Being possessed by God won’t necessarily change the outward appearance of our lives; we will still have to get up every morning and go to work, but we will do it with a sense that all of these mundane activities are being offered to God, and are being done as a devotion to God. Every breath and every step we take becomes a prayer and an act of devotion, and we are then on the way to living in the constant presence of God. – Christopher Simon


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Another homecoming

Veteran Russell Dennison, family move into Rutland home provided by national organization On the Web

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Russell Dennison doesn’t like giving speeches. But he couldn’t avoid it Saturday morning in the Town of Rutland, standing in front of three dozen friends and volunteers sitting in a freezing cold garage to say “thank you” for helping build the home he and his family were about to move into – at no cost to them. As Dennison, a U.S. Army staff sergeant who lost both legs in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, stood and walked to the podium to speak, everyone in attendance stood as well, offering 30 seconds of applause and support. “Last time I kind of told you guys I suck at speeches,” he began with a slight smile. “But I appreciate you guys coming out, it’s pretty cold.” While he and his wife, S a m a n t h a , t a l ke d w i t h friends and family members after the ceremony, they watched their two oldest children run around the new home and check out their new bedrooms. “They’re so excited to have their own rooms,” Samantha Dennison told the Observer. “Our son, he wanted to have his own bedroom, not having his sister chatting to him all night long when they’re going to bed.” The home was planned and financed through fundraising by the nonprofit organization Homes for Our Troops, and it includes more than 40 adaptive features to help Russell Dennison be independent in his home, such as flat thresholds between rooms and kitchen cabinets accessible from a wheelchair level, said HFOT president and CEO Tom Landwermeyer, who is also a retired brigadier general. “Nobody can put into

See more photos of the Dennisons’ new home: – he underwent 28 surgeries. “Every time I got to a point I was happy, I would have to get surgery again and start over,” Dennison wrote in the email. “But my wife and kids help me get through it.” He received his first set of prosthetics shortly after beginning outpatient therapy and was walking without crutches after a few months.

Adaptive home Photos by Scott Girard

Veteran Russell Dennison receives the “key” to his family’s new house from Homes for Our Troops president and CEO Tom Landwermeyer. words what you see and what you feel when a family goes into the home, you see the eyes light up, you see them stand right by the window … and look out at the view and know that they have a home that is theirs,” Landwermeyer told the Observer. “They can move on to rebuilding their lives.” The home was the 249th the organization has constructed for veterans at no cost to them, with the 250th unveiled in California later on Saturday. The organization works with each family to locate a house where they want to live – in the Dennisons’ case, that was in the Stoughton Area School District. “It’s amazing,” Russell said. “We found Stoughton School District is awesome, so it’s nice to just pick here instead of somewhere where you just get thrown into something.” The Old Stage Road home provided that continuity, as well as an opportunity to own land that will allow their two dogs to run around, a shed for Russell’s tools and a nearby forest that Russell expects will be

good for hunting. Standing in her son’s new bedroom, Samantha recalled the moment a few years ago that they heard about the program at Walter Reed Hospital. “We didn’t think it was real,” she said. “A free house? That’s insane.”

While he’s comfortable with those prosthetics, he also uses a wheelchair to get around. That’s the motivation behind a few dozen features around the house that HFOT includes to keep it accessible. Things like a roll-under stove and sink, higher outlets and lower light switches and an accessible shower and bathtub all make the home more comfortable for someone in a wheelchair. “This house means a lot, especially for the kids and me,” he said during the ceremony that preceded the

took my bone fragments to his face and peeled his nose half off, then our medic ran up and hit another IED and got his leg blown off,” he told the Observer in a 2016 email. He was soon evacuated to Kandahar Air Base, where his legs were amputated below the knee. Back in the Losing his legs U.S. at Walter Reed MediThe Scottish-born Den- cal Center – where he would nison told the Observer two eventually hear about HFOT years ago – when the HFOT construction kicked off – that he “always wanted to be in the Army.” He and his family moved to the United States when he was 12, and he joined the Army in 2007. Five years later, on his third deployment to Afghanistan, his platoon commander stepped on an improvised explosive device, resulting in the loss The Evansville Area Chamber of Dennison’s legs. The group he was with of Commerce & Tourism will be was about 50 yards from publishing its annual Evansville their pickup site when the blast launched Dennison Area Business Directory & into a creek about 20 feet away. It was one day after he Community Guide. This guide had been promoted to platoon sergeant. will be a full color publication on “My buddy behind me

house tours. “It kind of sucks taking showers sitting on the bathtub. “This has got this super huge, crazy, you can fit six people in it shower,” he added to laughter from the audience. But all of that accessibility means something else, Landwermeyer added. “They can help clean now, which is great for the spouse,” Landwermeyer said, smiling. “The veterans are not always thumbs up on it.” He hopes the new home will allow Russell to “be a dad again” and for Samantha to have more “peace of mind” to leave the house and trust Russell can access everything he needs in the house for anything – whether it’s cooking or childcare. “All of (our veterans) are fiercely independent like most of us are, and nobody wants to have to ask for everything,” Landwermeyer said. “Ask for a glass, ask for some water, ask to make something to eat. “You want to be able to do it yourself. In this home, they can do it all themselves.” Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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Boys swimming

Player of the week From Feb. 6-13

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Junior Sam Rohloff swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard medley relay Saturday at the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Baraboo. The relay of Blake Anderson, Josh Lohmeier, Collin Braatz and Rohloff finished fifth in 1 minute, 43.98 seconds and qualified for this weekend’s state meet.

Making a splash

Lohmeier makes state in three events JEREMY JONES ​Sports editor

Senior Josh Lohmeier made the most of his first trip to a WIAA sectional meet in Baraboo on Saturday, qualifying for the Division 2 state meet in a pair of individual events and one relay. Lohmeier, who didn’t swim at sectionals as a freshman in Waunakee, transferred to Oregon as a sophomore but had an athletic code violation and missed the postseason. He sat out last year before deciding to

If You Go What: WIAA Division 2 state swimming meet Where: UW-Madison Natatorium When: 6:30 p.m. Friday Cost: $6 return this winter. He didn’t compete until the eight meet this season. “When I came into this year, I wasn’t even expecting to swim a meet. I thought I would be out the while season,” he said. “The whole reason I actually did it

State qualifiers Josh Lohmeier: 100-yard freestyle, 50.08, 6th; 200 free, 1:51.03, fourth 200 medley relay: Anderson, Rohloff, Lohmeier, Braatz, 1:43.98, fifth

was to have fun with the dudes I knew on the team, specifically Ian (Charles) so we could work together.” Lohmeier will now lead the Panthers into the WIAA Division 2 state meet at 6 p.m. Friday inside the UW-Madison

Natatorium. He qualified in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles and as part of the 200 medley relay with sophomore Blake Anderson and juniors Sam Rohloff and Collin Braatz. “I had a lot of nerves on Saturday but I’m glad I slipped through,” Lohmeier told the Observer on Tuesday. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming.” The Panthers recorded 20 of 21 best times, missing only in the 100 butterfly. They finished ninth of the 12 teams competing with 139 points. “You could definitely tell that sectional team had a strong team dynamic in practice,”

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Boys basketball

Oregon plays with fourth-ranked MG for a half ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Oregon boys basketball held two leads over third-ranked Monona Grove in the first half Tuesday, but the Silver Eagles adjusted in the second half to knock off Oregon, 57-41. The Panthers (8-11 overall, 5-6 Badger South) took their first lead with a layup by junior guard Ethan Victorson. Oregon led 22-1 at that point, but Monona Grove (19-1, 11-1) came back with two baskets to retake the lead at 25-22. Freshman guard Erik Victorson drove in for a basket, and senior forward De’Andre Burrell added a layup to give the Panthers a 26-25 lead with 1:10 left in the first half. But the Silver Eagles scored again to go up 27-26 at halftime. Oregon didn’t score until the 12 minutes, 29 second mark of the second half on a free throw by Burrell, and Erik Victorson added a basket to cut the deficit to 40-29. Burrell later scored picked up a tradition 3-point play, and he added a steal and a layup to cut the deficit to 47-34. Oregon trailed 55-35 with 3:33 left when Burrell hit a long jumper. Senior forward

Name: Nate Hall Grade: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Highlights: Hall took fourth at 195 pounds in the D1 Sun Prairie regional to make his first trip to sectionals Honorable mentions: Liz Uhl (girls bb) scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday against Watertown as the Panthers erased a 12-point deficit for a 53-50 win Josh Lohmeier (boys swimming) qualified for state individual in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, as well as part of the 200 medley relay Devin Keast (wrestling) was a regional runner-up Saturday at 160 pounds Colton Eyers (boys hockey) scored a hat trick and had an assist Saturday in a 5-3 victory for Oregon McKenzie Nisius (girls hockey) stopped 31 shots on goal Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Arrowhead


Panthers move three individuals to sectionals ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Oregon wrestling advanced three individuals to sectionals Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Sun Prairie regional. Senior Devin Keast (160 pounds), junior Steele Mellum (126) and sophomore Nate Hall (195) all finished in the top four to continue their season. Keast “Our regional consisted of most of our conference, and conference is tougher than the state bracket,” coach Ned Lease said. “Everybody wrestled the best they have ever wrestled coming down the stretch here, so there’s nothing to hang your head down Mellum about.” Keast (26-8) took second. In the 160-pound title match, Keast lost a 16-3 major decision to Stoughton senior Tyler

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If You Go Photo by Karin Victorson

Senior forward De’Andre Burrell goes up for a layup in the second half Tuesday against fourthTurn to Boys bb/Page 11 ranked Monona Grove. Burrell finished with 10 points in a 57-41 loss.

What: WIAA Division 1 Fort Atkinson sectional When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday Where: Fort Atkinson High School


February 15, 2018

Oregon Observer

Girls basketball

Panthers earn fourth seed, host MG in regional semifinals ANTHONY IOZZO

Girls hockey

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Assistant sports editor

Oregon girls basketball will have a home game in the WIAA Division 2 regionals after earning a No. 4 seed in the top half of sectional 3. The Panthers (14-7 overall, 7-6 Badger South) host No. 5 Monona Grove at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the regional semifinals. The winner will most likely take on top-seeded Monroe (19-2, 13-0) in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The Cheesemakers will play the winner of No. 8 Portage and No. 9 Sauk Prairie in their regional semifinal. Stoughton and Reedsburg earned the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. Stoughton will take on the winner of No. 7 DeForest and No. 10 Baraboo, and Reedsburg

Oregon closes the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Fort Atkinson. will play the winner of No. 6 McFarland and No. 11 Mount Horeb. In the bottom of the bracket, Jefferson is the No. 1 seed. No. 2 Union Grove, No. 3 Burlington, No. 4 Milton and No. 5 Wilmot Union are next. The winner of No. 8 Waukesha West and No. 9 Westosha Central will take on Jefferson. The winner of No. 6 Waterford and No. 11 Delavan-Darien will take on Burlington, and the winner of No. 7 Elkhorn and No. 10 Fort Atkinson will take on Union Grove. Sectionals are March 1 and March 3.

Oregon erases 12-point deficit to top Watertown on Saturday ‌ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor‌

Oregon girls basketball erased a 12-point deficit Saturday in a 53-50 win over Watertown in a Badger South Conference game. The Panthers and Goslings were tied 49-49 with under a minute to go, and sophomore guard Liz Uhl put Oregon up 51-49 with 46.6 seconds left. Watertown freshman forward Teya Maas hit one of two free throws to cut Oregon’s lead to 51-50, and Uhl connected on one of two free throws to bring the lead to 52-50. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Schrimpf clinched the win after grabbing a rebound and getting fouled after a missed 3-pointer with under a second to play.

Badger South Team W-L Monroe 13-0 Stoughton 11-3 Edgewood 8-5 Oregon 7-6 Milton 6-7 Monona Grove 5-8 Watertown 3-10 Fort Atkinson 0-13 The Panthers took their first lead, 37-34, with 9:20 left on a 3-pointer by Uhl, who scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Junior guard Jenna Statz followed with a 3-pointer, and sophomore guard Izzie

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Sydney Schipper (15) gets behind the Arrowhead defense Saturday inside the Mandt Community Center. The Icebergs lost the nonconference game 3-0.

Icebergs shut out in regular season finale JEREMY JONES

“This group of seniors has changed the program for the better for sure,” he said. Kiernan Hovland scored all three The Icebergs girls hockey cogoals for Arrowhead, including one op (6-16-0) travels to Milt Lunda in the first period and two in the secArena at 7 p.m. Thursday for the ond. regional semifinal game against Nisius stopped 31 shots on goal, second-seeded Black River Falls including 13 in the first period. Emily Netteshein made13 saves for the (15-7-1). Warhawks. She never faced more than seven shots in a period. The Icebergs received a sev- and travel to second-seeded Black enth-seed for the WIAA postseason River Falls at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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The Icebergs girls hockey co-op honored seniors McKenzie Nisisus, Ariah Koratko, Sammy Ayers, Shannon King and Teagan Rupiper following their final home game Saturday against Arrowhead. Though the Icebergs fell short 3-0 to the nonconference Warhawks, coach Matt Gallagher said the game was a success in other ways.

Boys hockey

Panthers wrap up season with win over Brookfield Saturday The Oregon boys hockey team closed out a season full or adversity with a 5-3 win over the Brookfield Stars at home Saturday. Senior forward Ryan Michek scored the game-winning short-handed goal into an empty net late in the third period, and sophomore Colton Eyers added a insurance goal.

The win gave the Panthers a 17-7-1 record amid a season that saw former coach Mike Jochmann leave midway through the season, leading scorer Tristan Hughes leave to play elsewhere and Oregon disqualified from the playoffs for the second time in five years. Eyers scored a hat trick and had an assist for Oregon.

Senior forward Tyson Rohrer set up four goals and junior forward Zak Roskos assisted on three. Eyers first goal game on the power-play in the first period to cut the Stars lead to 2-1. He later tied the game in the second period before Roskos scored a third-unanswered Panthers goal to give Oregon its first lead in the

third period. O r e g o n ’s l e a d w a s shortlived, however, as Michael Chavez popped in a third Brookfield goal to knot the score at 3-3. Panther junior Hunter Newton stopped 36 of 39 shots on goal to earn the win, while Brookfield’s Emmett Peters turned away 24. - Jeremy Jones

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Regionals: Hall wins wrestleback to advance to sectionals Continued from page 9 Dow (45-1). Keast bounced back with a pin over Watertown senior Christian Rojano (17-15) in 1:57 in the second-place wrestleback. Keast has been one of the top wrestlers in the program the past four years, but this was the first time he was able to wrestle in the postseason. An injury kept Keast out as a freshman, A concussion kept him out as a sophomore, and a skin condition kept him out last year. “(Keast) looks forward to the big matches,” Lease said. “It is nice to see him dialed in.” Mellum (28-7) took third. He dropped his semifinal match to Fort Atkinson senior Nolan Kraus (28-7) – hurting his elbow in the process – but he later pinned Monona Grove/ McFarland senior Katelynn Gunderson (14-20) in 37 seconds in the third-place match. Hall (10-23) needed a wrestleb a c k t o m a ke s e c t i o n a l s . H a l l defeated Monona Grove/McFarland sophomore Connor Fraiser (7-19) 7-2 in the fifth-place match, and he outlasted Sun Prairie senior Alex Haug (22-21) 4-3 in overtime in the fourth-place wrestleback. “The biggest thing with Nate is that he is a first-year wrestler,” Lease said. “He is a testament of what you can do if you pay attention and listen.” Hall will be training with one of

Sectional firstround matchups Top two advance to state with the first-round being an elimination match 126: Junior Steele Mellum, 28-7, vs. Brett Perkins (Janesville Parker, sr.), 34-4 160: Senior Devin Keast, 26-8, vs. Marshall Getchell (Janesville Craig, so.), 24-11 195: Sophomore Nate Hall, 10-23, vs. Jerry Lipke (Milton, sr.), 39-9 the heavier coaches this week to get ready for live action against the other regional’s champion, Milton senior Jerry Lipke. Junior Robbie Ruth (170) just missed sectionals with a fifth-place finish. Ruth (16-6) lost 11-5 to Oconomowoc junior Evan Griswold (8-4) in the quarterfinal, but he still made the fifth-place match with a pin over DeForest senior Alex Peart (19-19) in 54 seconds in the consolation semifinals. Ruth added a pin over Fort Atkinson junior Louis Jones (17-19) in 5:34 in the fifth-place match, but he didn’t get a chance at a wrestleback for fourth. Lease said Ruth was disappointed in his first match, and his performance showed that Ruth would have a shot at a state qualifier if he made it through – which can only

Regional champs Team champ: Stoughton, 313.5 points 106: Alex Wicks (Stoughton) 113: Nathan Rein (Stoughton) 120: Hunter Lewis (Stoughton) 126: Braeden Whitehead (Stoughton) 132: Luke Mechler (Stoughton) 138: Nick Logan (Watertown) 145: Drew Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie) 152: Austin Rauls (DeForest) 160: Tyler Dow (Stoughton) 170: Luke Geister-Jones (Stoughton) 182: Brooks Empey (Stoughton) 195: Stephen Maule (Watertown) 220: Matt Brewster (Watertown) HW: Aodan Marshall (Stoughton) happen now if an injury or illness kept out one of the qualifiers ahead of him. “(Ruth) wrestled great the rest of the day, but unfortunately it was a little too late,” Lease said. Senior Connor Brickley (132) and juniors Faith Trinidad (106) and Jade Durmaj (113) all took sixth. Senior Collin Legler (138), junior Cristian Carlos (220) and sophomore Samuel Crigger (152) also participated.

Sectionals: Panthers advance to state in three events Continued from page 9 coach Rachel Walsh said. “They were all positive and excited to swim fast today at sectionals.” Lohmeier took fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 51.03 seconds, and is seeded 10th (out of 16) at state. He added a sixth-place finish in the 100 free with a personal-best 50.08 and is seeded 14th at state. Oregon’s 200 medley relay of Anderson, Rohloff, Braatz and Lohmeier finished fifth in 1:43.98. They are seeded 10th at state. Even without the team’s lone returning state qualifier, Charles, the Panthers’ 200 free relay team of juniors Sam Rohloff, Kaden Seeliger, Collin Braatz and Lohmeier finished in a season-best 1:35.42 for sixth place. The state cutoff was 1:33.91. “Sam and Kaden both stepped up today and split 24s,” Walsh said. “That was impressive.” Charles missed the final three meets of the season due to an athletic code violation. “I guess I can’t say I anticipate anything, so I would say I was pleasantly surprised by us going best times on the 200 medley and 200 free relays,” Walsh said. “I’m very proud of those guys and the time that they’ve dropped, it’s not easy to do in those sprint relays.”

Sectional champions Diving: Ben Stitgen, fr., Edgewood, 447.8 200 medley relay: MG, Storms, Jo. Douberly, Geissler, Sackett, 1:39.75 200 freestyle: Ben McDade, sr., Edgewood, 1:42.02 200 IM: Truman teDuits, so., Edgewood, 1:57.29 50 freestyle: Shane Sackett, sr., Monona Grove 22.12 100 butterfly: Eric Storms, sr., Monona Grove, 53.36 100 freestyle: Jeremiah Mansavage, jr., Fort Atkinson, 48.48 500 freestyle: Ben McDade, sr., Monona Grove, 4:26.29 200 free relay: MG, Sackett, Geissler, Lippiatt, McDade, 1:29.24 100 backstroke: Aidan Lohr, so., Baraboo, 52.93 100 breaststroke: Young Liang, fr., Whitewater, 59.82 400 free relay: MG, Lippiatt, Ja. Douberly, Jo. Douberly, McDade, 3:17.64 Despite not being allowed to compete, Charles still attended the practice last week and helped Anderson work on his backstroke. “That showed today. Blake’s backstroke looked a lot better,” Walsh said. Panther Collin Braatz finished eighth in the 50 free (23.12) with a half-second drop but missed the state cutoff of 22.84. He was 11th on the 100 free, dropping nearly two seconds to finish with a time of 51.11. “Collin really surprised us with is time drops today,” Walsh said. Rohloff missed the podium by a little over a second on the 100

breaststroke in 1:07.82 The Panthers 400 free relay of senior Noah Karpelenia, junior Henry Wiedemann, sophomore Blake Anderson and Seeliger dropped six seconds off their seed time to take ninth place in 3:54.35. Monona Grove, ranked atop the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association D2 state poll, won seven of 12 events to win the sectional title with 376 points. Second-ranked Madison Edgewood finished second with 300. The Thunderbirds, ranked fourth, finished a distant third with 258 points. Stoughton was seventh, three points ahead of the Panthers.

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Girls bb: Panthers now 7-6 in Badger South Conference Continued from page 10 Peterson later drove in for a layup to make it 42-35 Panthers. Uhl later found senior forward Ellen McCorkle inside for a layup that made it 49-44 with 2:14 to go, and Down 34-24 with under 14 minutes to go, junior guard Sydona Roberts picked up a steal in a battle on the floor, and she found Uhl for a layup. Schrimpf later deflected a pass to Uhl, who knocked

down a pull-up jumper at the free-throw line to cut the deficit to 34-28. Uhl followed that with another jumpshot on an inbound pass by Schrimpf, and Schrimpf and Statz later scored on layups to tie the game 34-34 with 10:25 to go. Schrimpf had 11 points, and Statz added eight. Roberts and McCorkle each chipped in seven. Uhl also had six rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Boys bb: Friday’s game postponed because of snow Continued from page 9

Badger South

Brandon Blanke added a steal a layup, but the Silver Eagles held the Panthers to no field goals in the final two minutes. Burrell finished with 10 points and Erik Victorson added nine points. Ethan Victorson, Blanke and junio guard Look each had five points. Senior forward Jake Schroeckenthaler finished with 28 points for the Silver Eagles.

Team W-L Stoughton 11-1 Monona Grove 11-1 Monroe 7-5 Watertown 6-5 Oregon 5-6 Edgewood 4-8 Fort Atkinson 2-9 Milton 0-11

Oregon, Watertown (ppd.) The Panthers game at Watertown was postponed Friday due to a snowstorm. The game will be made up at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.

What’s next Oregon travels to Stoughton at 7:15 p.m. Friday and travel to Wap.m. tertown at 7:15  Monday, Feb. 19, for a makeup game.

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Silver Eagles aim for fourth team state title Monona Grove is seeking its fourth straight championship this weekend at the 94th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at the Natatorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Division 2 championships are Friday, with the Division 1 championships to follow Saturday. Silver Eagle senior Monona Grove enters his final state tournament with

a shot to overtake Ryan O’Donnell of McFarland (2009-12) as the most prolific Division 2 swimmer in WIAA history. McDade has won 11 state titles in his prep career, three short of the record 14 by O’Donnell. McDade is the three-time returning champion in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, and he returns as the overwhelming favorite win those events again, with top qualifying times by significant margins. He has posted sectional times of 1:42.02 and 4:36.29, respectively, in those two events. In addition, McDade is the

Division 2 record-holder in the 500 freestyle. All three of the Monona Grove relays seek to repeat as champions. The 200 and 400 freestyle relays are in pursuit of their fourth straight championships. The Silver Eagles compiled 381 points to win their third straight title last year, the most by a Division 2 champion since 2005. Ashwaubenon placed second with 232 points. Tickets are $6 and are sold only at the UW Natatorium each day of the competition.

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February 15, 2018

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Schools: 688 new students in 3 years; referendum, new schools likely to come Continued from page 1 Busler “While it brings a few challenges, the opportunity it brings for our current and future students is just absolutely incredible, and it’s fun to be a part of that process.” The group’s studies conclude Rome Corners Intermediate School, which houses the district’s fifthand sixth-grade classes, will the first to exceed capacity – likely before 2020. The three elementaries and OMS would likely follow just a few years behind, with the recently expanded OHS not reaching capacity until around 2030. “Rome Corners has a significant issue brewing with capacity,” said project consultant Mark Roffers. While acquiring land will be a first step in the plan, he said no specific sites have been recommended; only the general growth areas of the north part of the district in Fitchburg and west of the Village of Oregon. The 25-page “Long Range Facilities Study” is the product of more than a year’s work by a group of district educators and residents. Board president Steve Zach lauded the “detailed and comprehensive” report as a critical component of the board’s future decision making. “(This is) teeing it up, essentially, for us,” he said. “We’re in a position as a board now – and one that has in the past strived to be a data-driven board – to have data for us to make some informed decision and to go out and get feedback with facts, as opposed to hypotheses and anecdotes. “We’ve got some hard work to do ahead of us, but it’s easier because of what has been submitted to us.”

Next steps Busler pointed out “three big-ticket” items for the board to complete, starting with some work sessions, engaging district staff and also district residents to determine the next steps. He said district offi cials will talk with leadership teams at schools and faculty members to get their thoughts on the five options. “We need to really hear

Task Force • Kerri Modjeski • Jim Hagstrom • Carlene Bechen • Phil Van Kampen • Bob Eveland • Courtney Odorico • Julie Eisele • Tracey Leider • MDRoffers Consulting Project Management and Planning • Bray Architects

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Map courtesy Mark D. Roffers

The majority of the district’s projected population growth is on the west side of the Village of Brooklyn and the east side of Fitchburg.

Growth spurt School Enrollment Capacity* Change by 2030 Brooklyn 487 456-544 +11 Netherwood Knoll 541 500-596 +232 Prairie View 473 440-524 +300 Rome Corners 574 576-672 +340 OMS 563 699-843 +345 OHS 1,117 1,441-1,710 +695 Total 3,755 4,112-4,889 +1,923 * Zone in which a building functions optimally as an educational facility

from our schools staff on where they are in relation to grade changes and transitions,” he said. T h e eve n t u a l s t u d e n t populations of the schools could also be an issue. While there was little discussion Monday night on the various options, task force member Carlene Bechen of the Town of Oregon, a long-time Madison educator, said increasing student populations at a middle school would be a “bad idea,” given the age of students. OMS principal Shannon Anderson agreed, citing

the problems of getting to know 900-some students. “Middle school is so relationship-based,” she said. “The emotional support and connections they need to make are critical. That gets really hard when you have hundreds of kids and families.” OSD officials will also be talking with The Donovan Group, which served as consultant on the last district referendums, as well as district staff to find out how to “message this to the community.” Busler joked that while “no one passed out” from hearing

that the district is project to increase by 2,000 students by 2030, he said there is limited time to act to avoid overcrowding issues, noting the district will have an estimated 688 more students in three years than it does now. “We really have some pressure associated with this decision, because you all know we don’t have enough space right now for an additional 688 students,” he said. Noting that gubernatorial and presidential elections generally have more than twice the turnout of spring elections, Busler suggested scheduling any referendum then. “We have one of those coming up this November,” he said. “That’s something the board will have to weigh though in the coming months.” Zach said the board will hold an hourlong work session at its Feb. 26 meeting, looking at timelines and getting feedback on the options. He said he’d like to see a “rough guess of what this means” for taxpayers by then. “We’ll make a decision on the 26th on where to go from there,” he said. Contact Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet. com.

Five paths: the options The task force assigned to explore short-term and long-term growth in the district came up with five options for the board to consider and presented it Monday, Feb. 12. Its report said the task force “believes following any of these five paths would reasonably and appropriately address the OSD’s projected school facility needs.” No significant action is anticipated at OHS until 2024-30, when it’s anticipated a second-floor classroom expansion would occur.

Path 1A • Retain current buildings and grade groupings • Acquire new land and build a K-4 elementary and 5-6 intermediate school (could be 1-2 sites) before 2023 • Acquire more land near OMS for gym/cafeteria expansion and improve traffic circulation by 2023, with classroom expansion of OMS between 2024-30 • Build another new elementary school and new middle school after 2030 • Projected capital cost through 2023 ($69-74 million); from 2024-30 ($8-9 million)

Path 1B • Retain current buildings and grade groupings • Acquire new land and build a K-6 elementary school (could be 1-2 sites) before 2023, and build a new intermediate school for grades 5-6; at which point K-6 building would change to K-4 • Acquire more land near OMS for gym/cafeteria expansion and improve traffic circulation by 2023, with classroom expansion of OMS between 2024-30 • Build another new elementary school and new middle school after 2030 • Projected capital cost through 2023 ($44-47 million); from 2024-30 ($39-42 million)

Path 2 • Acquire new land for two new school buildings (could be 1-2 sites) before 2023 • Build new intermediate school for grades 4-6 before 2023; when complete, shift fourth-graders from elementary schools to intermediate schools • Acquire more land near OMS for gym/cafeteria expansion and improve traffic circulation by 2023, with classroom expansion of OMS between 2024-30 • Build a new K-3 elementary school between 202430; could be on same site as new intermediate school • Build a new grades 7-8 middle school • Projected capital cost through 2023 ($49-52 million); from 2024-30 ($38-41 million)

Path 3 • Build new grades 6-8 middle school before 2023; when complete, switch OMS to grades 6-8 middle school, convert all elementaries and RCI to grades K-5 • Add band rooms to BKE and PVE, and remodel space for band room at NKE and for kindergarten rooms at RCI before 2023 • Build new K-5 elementary school between 2024-30 • Projected capital cost through 2023 ($47-50 million); from 2024-30 ($45-48 million)

Path 4 • Acquire new land for two new school buildings (could be 1-2 sites) before 2023 • Build a new K-6 elementary before 2023 • Build new grades 6-8 middle school between 202430; when complete, switch OMS to grades 6-8 and switch all elementaries and RCI to grades K-5 • Build another new elementary school after 2030 • Projected capital cost through 2023 ($39-41 million); from 2024-30 ($58-62 million)

Recommended changes “This should be considered only once cafeteria for more seating, an eight-classnew elementary student capacity is room expansion and “land acquisition and None of the district’s three elementary expanded elsewhere,” the study read. site improvements” for OMS. Expansion schools – Brooklyn, Netherwood Knoll or would accommodate the Task Force’s goal Prairie View – would be expanded under Rome Corners Intermediate of “bringing all students together as soon the task force’s recommendation, though While the task force “explored the as practical, and maximize recent investthe study cited Brooklyn as having the potential to expand” RCI, it didn’t recom- ments at that school.” “greatest expansion potential” of the three. mend doing so. The task force estimated expanding the The task force cited the “unique” conThree of the four alternatives included at school would increase its capacity to more nection between Netherwood and Prairie least a slight grade configuration change at than 900 students and “may lead to a later, View, co-located on a 25-acre site in the the grades 5-6 school, built in 2001. further expansion there.” Bray Architects center of the Village of Oregon – “well “Most projected grade 5-6 enrollment considered expanding OMS as part of the outside of walking distance from neigh- growth will be fairly distant from (RCI),” 2014 referendum project, and “determined borhoods anticipated to have significant the study said, also citing limited area in such expansion to be technically feasible,” enrollment growth.” Brooklyn wasn’t close for expansion “while maintaining outdoor according to the study. enough to the growth, either, which “will recreational space,” and increasing traffic The task force suggested the district not be at the south end of the OSD area, “in a site and neighborhood that is already investigate whether the site is large enough but rather on its north end,” according to congested.” Expansion was also cited and whether some access should be directthe study, which notes that the school as contrary to district goals to moderate ed to Highway MM (Wolfe Street), “if is already within the recommended size school sizes and minimizing busing times, it selects a path that requires classroom range for elementary schools. expansion.” “especially for younger students.” The Task Force suggested “slight“Driveway access along Highway MM ly reducing the capacity of Netherwood Oregon Middle School appears feasible from a regulatory standKnoll to accommodate administrative Two of the four alternatives include the point,” the study noted. space needs of an expanding district.” Additionally, the Task Force determined addition of a gym station, remodeling of the


that it would be “challenging” to build a second middle school to address capacity issues unless another grade level is added. “Otherwise, for many years, either the two middle schools would have significantly different attendance numbers from one another, or attendance at OMS would be significantly reduced below its current total,” the study read.

Oregon High School The Task Force “acknowledges the OSD’s foresight in the design” of the recent high school expansion and remodeling. It cited the shelled first-story space, which is used for storage but convertible to up to three classrooms when needed. The project was also designed to enable second story expansion to accommodate six additional classrooms. The task force estimates that the district “may need to undertake” both projects as “an effective way to address high school facility needs through 2030.”

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Rutland: 2014 Town Hall fight fresh in candidates’ minds, improving internet speed a priority she’s running again to “further her knowledge of how local government works.” She said she wants to “help balance the commercial development with ag preservation, but still trying to maintain a good tax base to cover road maintenance.” A 45-year resident, she’s watched the township change over the years “from being very rural to being rural and commuter resident-driven,” she said. “It’s really trying to balance that; how we can progress but still maintain that rural aspect.” Nedveck said to help guard against future annexation, the town should concentrate its commercial development in specific areas, such as along Hwy. 138, rather than having them “all spread out.” “You’ve got Stoughton infringing on us – Wal-Mart was the most recent – and then Oregon is spreading out and also Brooklyn,” she said. “We’re getting squeezed three ways … because (annexation) can be guided through eminent domain.” The best way to deal with annexation, Nedveck said, is to keep talking to Rutland’s neighbors. “Just maintain an open dialogue between towns and cities so we can at least find a common ground,” she said. “Unfortunately, the town has very little say in it, but we can express our desire to not decrease our acres, because it would lower our tax base and put an increased burden on the remaining residents.” Nedveck said the town hall is something officials need to revisit. “The one we have now has, to say the least, reached its lifetime,” she said. “We do need to build a new town hall (preferably) so it can be used as a community center, besides just having board meetings and that. “Everyone wants a new town hall, but it’s a matter of how much money we want to spend on it.”

want to make sure we’re fiscally healthy long-term. We’re going to have some fairly large spending issues on the plate in the future.” Hill said annexation is going to create “a lot of our fiscal problems down the pipe.” He wants to find ways to promote Rutland’s commercial areas to “attract business to make up for some of the lost revenue that will probably take place.” “I would like to see the promotion of residents who have businesses,” Hill said. “One of the best ways to gain revenue is through commercial.” Improving town roads and internet service is important to Hill. “We have roads that are deteriorating and a limited budget, so that is an issue that’s going to come up, whether it’s new taxation or getting creative with borrowing,” he said. “I’ve been self-employed my whole life, and I’d like to bring those skills to the table as far as budgeting and managing money.” Hill said he agrees with many resident who complain about internet speed and access. “I work out of home, and my internet sucks,” he said. “I’d like to see what we can do, and possibly bring some companies into the area.” Hill said he’d also like to “streamline” and “modernize” town government and increase residents’ participation by using emails to reach out to people. “The better turnout, the more people vote, the better reflection you have of public sentiment,” he said. On the town hall, Hill said his preference is to renovate, not replace the building. “The town hall gets very limited use, and I don’t see the need for a large-scale project,” he said. “We can probably get by with what we have, but updated, or perhaps looking into a more modest facility than what’s been proposed in the past.”

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Hill, who is running for political office for the first time, said he entered the race “to learn more about the inner parts” of government. “I’d like to be part of the budgeting process,” he said. “A lot of communities are having debt issues, and I

Zentner said she was inspired to run for political office for the first time by a story in the Observer last year about a proposed state Assembly bill to limit public access to government records and information. “It woke me up to the need

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in our decision-making process,” she said.

Geoff Hutchinson Hutchinson, who has lived in Rutland since 2012, said while he’s always enjoyed public service, this is his first run at political office. He said he was spurred to run for a supervisor spot largely because of the “contention” that came out of the proposal a few years ago for a new town hall. “I just didn’t feel the township was listening to the constituents, and we needed a board that listened more to the community,” he said. “I agreed with the township as a whole – what they were proposing was Photos by Alexander Cramer overboard – (but) it can be Rutland’s Town Hall on Center Road. In 2014, town residents voted down three referendums done, whether it’s remodaimed at addressing the need for a new town hall and rejected a plan for a new 4,800 sq. ft. eling or a smaller structure or a different kind of strucbuilding at the annual town meeting. All four Town Board candidates agree on the need for ture … it still needs to be something to be done, but consensus breaks down as to exactly what addressed.” to have public servants, like When it comes to fightI hope to be, provide inforing annexation pressures, mation to all the citizens in a Hutchinson said the town fair way,” she said. “All peoneeds to find businesses ple have something unique “You can incentivize so and important to add to the they would fight that annexdecision-making process.” ation too – not just the citZentner would like to see izens, but the businesses the town improve its website themselves looking at being and Facebook page and reach annexed,” he said. out to local media on issues Hutchinson said he’d like affecting the township. The to “get some new faces” on town also needs to “make the town board. a priority” to bring in high“Nothing against our curspeed internet. rent board, but they’ve all “That’s a common combeen on there a long time,” plaint I hear,” she said. he said. “Like anything, Zentner said the town there needs to be fresh needs to address the town blood. I would like to see hall issue “soon,” but this term limits for board memtime involve residents in the bers, so that there’s some entire process, not just the rotation of fresh faces and final decision-making. people.” “Ask their opinions, and Other issues Hutchinreach out to everybody, and son is interested in helping (give them) an equal chance solve is preserving Rutof being on the building land’s “small town atmocommittee,” she said. “There sphere” while improving could have been a producroads and internet service. tive process (last time), but He said he’d like to see the instead people realized it town upgrade its website after the fact and then revoltand make better use of it to ed. The building needs to “engage younger citizens.” be a modest construction, Cracks in County Hwy. A in Rutland. Four candidates are up “Parents nowadays are as evidenced by the (2014) for two open seats in the April 3 Town Board election, and so busy with sports and vote.” topics of debate are expected to include improving roads, kids and running, they When it comes to fight- bringing high-speed internet, fighting annexation, effectively don’t have time to go to ing annexation, Zentner said communicating with citizens and what to do about the Town town meetings,” he said. “It while there’s not much the Hall. would be nice to provide a town can legally do, what it better avenue for them to can do is promote and sup- she said. “What we can do is priority.” Zentner, who recent- stay involved and have their port the businesses they have. enhance what we have here voices heard.” “Residents need to be by inviting new business and ly retired, said she has the informed of this happen- growth here; increase our “energy and passion” to Contact Scott De Laruelle ing and why it’s happening, tax base.” We need to figure devote to Rutland. at scott.delaruelle@wcinet. “I would encourage (resout other ways to increase because they often vigorouscom. ly fight forced annexation,” our tax base; that’s a top idents) to become involved

Legals OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2018 TIME: 6:30 P.M. PLACE: OSD INNOVATION CENTER AT OREGON HIGH SCHOOL, 456 NORTH PERRY PARKWAY Order of Business Call to Order Roll Call Proof of Notice of Meeting and Approval of Agenda AGENDA Pursuant to Wis. Stats. 120.08(2), notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Oregon School District, that a special meeting will be held at 456 North Perry Parkway, Oregon, Wisconsin, on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of authorizing the District to buy and sell the following properties: A. To purchase the following real estate (Wis. Stats. Secs. 120.08 (2c), 120.10 (5m) and 120.13 (18)(20); for the Oregon Home Construction course: 1. Residential Lots 88 (323 Kassander Way), 89 (329 Kassander Way) and 90 (337 Kassander Way) in the Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition Subdivision, Oregon, Wisconsin. B. Approval of the District to sell the lots located in the Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition Subdivision described above in paragraph A1 and the new homes constructed upon them, once the Oregon High School home construction courses are completed (Wis. Stats. Sec. 120.13 (19) (m). C. ADJOURNMENT Published: February 15 and 22, 2018 WNAXLP ***

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF THE OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT HELD ON JANUARY 22, 2018 The regular meeting of the School Board of the Oregon School District was called to order by President Mr. Steve Zach at 6:30 PM in the OSD Innovation Center at the Oregon High School in the Village of Oregon, Dane County, Wisconsin. Upon roll call, the following board members were present: Ms. Barbara Feeney, Ms. Courtney Odorico, Ms. Krista Flanagan, Mr. Jeff Ramin, Mr. Dan Krause, Mr. Tim LeBrun and Mr. Steve Zach. The following board members were absent: none. Administrators present: Dr. Brian Busler, Mr. Andy Weiland, Mrs. Candace Weidensee, Mr. Dan Rikli, Mrs. Shannon Anderson, Dr. Leslie Bergstrom, Mr. Jon Tanner, Ms. Jina Jonen, Ms. Tori Whitish, Ms. Kerri Modjeski, Mr. Jim Pliner, Mr. Jason Zurawik, Mr. Mike Carr, Mr. Chris Kluck, Ms. Stephanie Snyder-Knutson, Ms. Erika Mundinger, Ms. Mary Weber, and Ms. Jayne Wick. Proof in the form of a certificate by the Oregon Observer of communications and public notice given to the public and the Oregon Observer and a certificate of posting as required by Section 19.84 Wisconsin Statutes as to the holding of this meeting was presented by Mr. Zach. Ms. Flanagan moved and Mr. Krause seconded the motion to proceed with the meeting according to the agenda as posted. Motion passed 7-0. A. CONSENT CALENDAR: Mr. LeBrun moved and Mr. Ramin seconded the motion to approve the following items on the Consent Calendar. 1. Approve minutes of the January 8, 2018 meeting; 2. Approve payments in the amount of $ 1,291,248.93;

3. Treasurer’s Report ending December 31, 2018; 4. Staff Resignations/Retirements none; 5. Staff Assignments - none; 6. Field Trip Requests - none; 7. Acceptance of Donations - none; Motion passed 7-0 with Mr. Ramin abstaining from voting on the minutes as he was absent from the meeting. B. COMMUNICATION FROM PUBLIC: None. C. INFORMATION ITEMS 1. OEA Report - none. 2. Student Report: Ms. Ellen Martin is our second semester student representative. She is a senior and is planning on attending UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee for elementary education. She is the Student Council Co-President, and is also a member of SALT, National Honor Society, serves as manager for the OHS Boys Swim Team, has participated for 4 years on OHS Girls Swim Team and played soccer for several years. D. ACTION ITEMS: 1. Open Enrollment Spaces: Mr. LeBrun moved and Mr. Ramin seconded motion to approve the number of spaces available for Open Enrollment based on the data contained in Table 1 and the special education information. In a roll call vote, the following members voted yes: Mr. LeBrun, Mr. Ramin, Mr. Krause, Ms. Feeney, Ms. Odorico, Ms. Flanagan and Mr. Zach. Motion passed 7-0. 2. 2017-2018 Transportation Conditions of Payment: Ms. Feeney moved and Ms. Odorico seconded the motion to approve the District Conditions of Payment with the Oregon School District Transportation Contractors to include a 2% increase in base changes and mileage changes for the bus routes. In a roll call

vote, the following members voted yes: Ms. Feeney, Ms. Odorico, Ms. Flanagan, Mr. Ramin, Mr. Krause, Mr. LeBrun and Mr. Zach. Motion passed 7-0. E. DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1. Committee Reports a. Policy: Chair Flanagan reported the committee met prior to the board meeting and will be meeting again on February 12th and plans to have policy change items for Board approval at the Feb. 12 meeting. b. Vision Steering: Chair Ramin shared that the next meeting is Jan. 31 at Dist. Office to receive the final report from Growth Task Force. F. INFORMATION ITEMS: Mr. Zach presented Carolyn Christofferson a “Make A Difference” award and thanked her for serving as the School Board student representative for the first semester of the 17-18 school year. 1. WASB State Convention - The School Board members and Administrative team shared their experiences from the State Convention sessions they attended. 2. Superintendent’s Report: Dr. Busler reported on various events that are happening in the District. The list included: Senior Capstone Seminar, Wisconsin School Crossing Guard week; 34th Annual Oregon Middle School and Oregon High School Martin Luther King, Jr. award recipients; Badger Conference basketball tournament; OMS Madrigal Dinner February 9 & 10; January 15th Professional Development Day, RCI Band Concert, District spelling bee at OMS; Service Awards - 30 year Mary Kay Gillespie, second grade teacher at BKE; 35 year Kay Bliefernicht, special education teacher at OHS, 35 year award Bernie Schnabel, Food Service at OMS and 40 year Bob Eveland, 7th grade science

teacher at OMS. G. CLOSING: 1. Future Agenda was discussed. 2. Check Out: Board members had an opportunity to share information with the group. H. ADJOURNMENT: Ms. Flanagan moved and Mr. LeBrun seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m. Krista Flanagan, Clerk Oregon School District Published: February 15, 2018 WNAXLP *** NOTICE OF SPRING PRIMARY LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACE At the Spring Primary to be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in the Village of Oregon, Village of Brooklyn, Town of Rutland and Town of Oregon of Dane County, Wisconsin, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated: Location, Wards Village of Oregon Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., Oregon, WI 53575, 1-6 & 11-12 AND People’s United Methodist Church, 103 Alpine Parkway, Oregon, WI 53575, 7-10 Village of Brooklyn Brooklyn Community Building, 102 North Rutland Ave., Brooklyn, WI 53521, 1-3 Town of Rutland Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road, Stoughton, WI 53589, 1 & 2 Town of Oregon Oregon Town Hall, 1138 Union Road,

Oregon, WI 53575, 1-4 ALL POLLING PLACES WILL OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. AND WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M. If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk. Village of Oregon: Peggy Haag, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, WI 53575, (608) 835-3118, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri.) Village of Brooklyn: Linda Kuhlman, 210 Commercial St., Brooklyn, WI 53521, (608) 455-4201, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri.) Town of Rutland: Dawn George, 4177 Old Stage Road, Brooklyn, WI, 53521, (608) 455-3925, Call Number for Hours Town of Oregon: Denise Arnold, 1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575, (608) 835-3200, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Thurs.) All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters. ------------------------------------------NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL BOARD OF CANVASSERS At the close of voting on Election Day, pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stat. § 19.84, the Election Inspectors will convene as a joint meeting of the Local Board of Canvassers and the Municipal Board of Canvassers for the purpose of conducting the local and municipal canvasses pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§7.51 and 7.53(1). This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 19.81-89. Posted: February 7, 2018 Published: February 15, 2018 WNAXLP ***

John A. “Jack” Barrett, 84, peacefully p a s s e d awa y surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 7, 2018. John was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Lake Geneva, Wis., to the late Miles and Margaret (nee Bingham) Barrett. He graduated from Lake Geneva Badger High School in 1951, where he was a stand-out athlete on the football, basketball and baseball team. On May 9, 1953, he was united in marriage to Leona V. Krohn at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva. Jack’s life reflected his faith in God, a strong work ethic, love of his family and friends. As a young man, he served our country in the

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and elder. He volunteered for many committees and helped with the church’s many building projects. Jack was a self-taught mechanic, carpenter, electrician and plumber. Jack constructed several homes f o r h i m s e l f a n d m a ny wo o d wo r k i n g p r o j e c t s for his WPL colleagues, family and friends. Jack was best known among his friends and family for hunting and Canadian fishing trips, that he spearheaded for many years. His last fishing trip to Canada was in July 2015. Jack is survived by his wife, Leona of 64 years; one son, Matthew (Dawn) Barrett of Poynette, Wis.; two daughters, and Pamela (Wade) Engelhart of Oregon and Cheryl Barrett (Kurt Kaiser) of Sheboygan, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Jacob (Amanda Baumann) and Noah Engelhart (Jasmine England), Christian, Carson and Caelyn Kaiser, Breanna and Courtney Barrett. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Marilyn Desing; and many cousins, nephews and nieces, and their spouses and children. H e wa s p r e c e d e d i n death by his parents, Miles a n d M a rg a r e t B a r r e t t ; mother-in-law, Alma Krohn (nee Hoppe) and fatherin-law, Walter Krohn; two

sisters and their husbands, Betty and Bud Millard and Judy and Robert Jankowski; brothers-in-law, Roger Krohn and David Desing; brother-in-law and wife, Fred and Marion Krohn; and nephews Dale Krohn and Mike Millard. Visitation took place at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 505 East Lafollette Street in Pardeeville, Wis., from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. In addition, a visitation also took place at the Derrick Funeral Home, 800 Park Dr., Lake Geneva from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, followed by a military honors and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. We would like to thank Dr. Heun and his caring staff at SSM Health Dean Medical Group Cancer Center and Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care and treatment during Jack’s illness. Grasse Funeral Services in Pardeeville is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences maybe expressed at

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Joan H. Wethal, age 87, of Oregon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. She was born on Nov. 22, 1930, in Madison, the daughter of Wallace and Mae Hegge. Joan graduated from Oregon High School, Class of 1948. She married Wesley Wethal on Oct. 1, 1949, in Oregon. Wesley and Joan were longtime residents of Oregon, and Joan a lifetime member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church. Joan was the director of the Oregon Public Library for 31 years, and active in the book sale for many years.

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Irma L. (Legler) Humberg, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Heartsong Assisted Living in Belleville. She was born on Jan. 19, 1919, to her parents Emil and Katherine (Elmer) Legler in the Town of Montrose. Irma grew up as the older sister to her four brothers. She farmed with her family and also graduated from Belleville High School, during WWII Irma worked off the farm to contribute

to the war effort. On June 10, 1966, she was united in marriage to Raymond Humberg at the Zwingli United Church of Christ-Paoli where she had been baptized and confirmed. Irma and Ray farmed together and they traveled to many draft horse pulls, auctions, and parades together. Irma loved gardening and flowers, scrapbooking, and her dogs. She was an accomplished seamstress, who would always lend a

helping hand to her neighbors. After her marriage Irma attended services at the Brooklyn Lutheran Church for many years. Irma is survived by her daughter Shelby (Dick) Richardson, son Allen (Sue) Humberg, grandchildren Lee, Gina, and Tim, six great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law Coleen Humberg and Marlene Humberg, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in

death by her parents, husband Raymond, sons Richard and Jim, and brothers Willis, Calvin, Norman, and Rufus. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Zwingli United Church of ChristPaoli, 1338 County Rd. PB, Belleville, with burial in the Belleville Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from noon until time of services on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Zwingli

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Responsibilities include assisting horticulturists with maintenance of garden areas, green roofs, orchard, and prairies. You’ll also be responsible for mowing, trimming, mulching, watering, weeding, and composting. We have a number of openings for motivated landscapers and horticulturists of all experience levels to join our team from approximately April through November. Apply online at



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UNION ROAD STORAGE 10x10 - 10x15 10x20 - 12x30 24 / 7 Access Security Lights & Cameras Credit Cards Accepted 608-835-0082 1128 Union Road Oregon, WI Located on the corner of Union Road & Lincoln Road

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Part-Time AI Courier

DNAGenetics Genetics an immediate opening for a DNA has an has immediate opening for a part-time courier part-time courier in the Belleville area. This in the Belleville area. This job entails making deliveries to porkjob entails making to pork producers within within adeliveries 250 mile radius. Clean, comfortable all- a producers 250 mile comfortable drive vehicle isClean, provided. Schedule and all-wheel start times will wheel drive radius. vehicle is provided. Schedule start times vary, averaging about 20 hours per weekand and rotating betweenwill vary, averaging about per week and and 15-20 Fridays hours with evening hours. Monday, Wednesday, rotating between Monday, andand Fridays a cleanWednesday, driving record, be Candidates must have with hours. night driving and winter road conditions. comfortable with evening Candidates must have a clean driving record, and be comfortable with night driving winter road conditions. Applyand online at








Account Executive Outside Sales


Machine Operators - Fabrication

Free blueprint reading course for Machine Operator positions

Located in Fitchburg, WI Starting Pay: $17.00/hr + up to an additional $ 2.74/hr for incentive pay

Do you have excellent communication skills? Creative ideas? The ability to develop and maintain client relationships? An interest in print and web-based media? We have an established account list and an abundance of new business potential. If you possess excellent communication and organizational skills, a pleasant personality, and the ability to prospect for new business, we would like to speak to you. Previous sales experience desired. Media experience a plus. This opportunity is with the Unified Newspaper Group (UNG) with locations in Verona, Stoughton and Oregon, Wisconsin.

2nd Shift

Benefits include competitive compensation, employee stock option ownership, 401(k), paid time off, paid holidays, parental leave, volunteer time off, and more. Health, dental, life, disability and supplement insurance is available. Continuing education assistance offered for further career development.


UNG is a division of Woodward Communications, Inc., an employee-owned organized headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa. Learn more about UNG on our website at

To learn more about this opportunity, submit your application and resume today at Woodward Communications, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

W E ’R E G ROW I N G !

3rd Shift

2pm - 10pm

10pm - 6am

Monday - Friday

Sunday - Thursday

WHY SUBZERO WOLF? Comprehensive fabrication training provided n State of the art fabrication equipment n Clean, temperature controlled working environment n Excellent employee benefit package n On-site employee clinic and fitness center available n

Apply Online: We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

WHEN March 5 5:00pm March 6 9:00am

WHERE Wolf Facility, Doors 61&62 2866 Buds Drive Fitchburg, WI 53719

On-site interviews will be conducted after the course. To reserve your spot in the course please call human resources at 608-270-3254 or stop by either date.


RESPECT for more information.

Or contact Jon Heibel (402) 563-9644 ext. 307, email for more information. EOE



Apply Or online contactatJon Heibel (402) 563-9644 ext. 307, email

Oregon Observer 16 OMS holds 17th annual Madrigal Dinner

February 15, 2018

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

Members of the royal court singers joke during the reading of the dinner rules of etiquette during the OMS Madrigal Dinner on Feb. 9.

At left, Robin d’Cradle, played by Abby Manicor, teases the jester at the beginning of the Madrigal Dinner. At right, the Royal Interpreter, Ava Whalen, talks to the jester before dinner is served at the OMS Madrigal Dinner Friday night. Jester Brendan Moore introduces the audience to the Madrigal Dinner on Feb. 9.

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