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Stoughton Area Senior Center

Exciting pace for new hire New volunteer/ program coordinator hired at senior center EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

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Bill Amundson, a Stoughton native, believes that the city where he grew up has the potential to be a thriving arts mecca. After a 35 year career in Denver he came home to take care of his father and extract the potential of the dynamic culture.

Amy Lambright Murphy’s new position at the Stoughton Area Senior Center keeps her busy. The center hired her as its n ew vo l u n teer/proLambright Murphy g r a m c o o rd i n a t o r i n D e c e m b e r, tasking her with scheduling and implementing

senior center programs, activities and events. And Lambright Murphy seems to have settled in just fine. “The team I work with … has been the best to work with,” Lambright Murphy told the Hub. “Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, helpful and considerate. Several people have been here over 15 years, which tells me a lot.” Lambright Murphy said she recruits, orients and trains new volunteers. She also oversees the center’s RSVP driver escort service, in which volunteer drivers transport Stoughton seniors to medical appointments. “Any given day, I can

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‘Never gave up’ on Stoughton Helping students native Bill Amundson, and the short piece was a preview to a farewell party as Amundson was about to leave Colorado, where he had lived and worked most of his adult life. While he moved here then to help his dying father, he and his wife have stayed for one main reason – because he’s determined to extract the potential of Stoughton to become a thriving art destination. “(I) never gave up on the whole Stoughton thing,” he said. “It still has all the raw materials to become a really cool art town.” Now the most vocal

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A September 2010 Denver Post blurb said it all. “For the past 35 years, there has been no more beloved or influential figure on the Denver art scene than the enormously talented, if eccentric and sometimes neurotic, artist,” art critic Kyle MacMillan proclaimed. That artist is Stoughton

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member of the Stoughton Arts Council, Amundson said Stoughton has several destinations that provide a solid foundation. That starts with the century old Stoughton Opera House, he said, abandoned in the 1950s, then rediscovered and eventually turned into a favorite spot for national acts over the past 15 years. There’s also a combination of eccentric artists that come from Stoughton, like himself, and the galleries, music venues and the focus on heritage. Among those are the Abel Contemporary Art

Gallery, which moved to Main Street from Paoli – itself known as a small arts destination – and the Stoughton Village Players Theater, which has been operating for nearly 50 years. Another is the Stoughton Center for the Arts, which has taught thousands of students since opening. Sprinkled through the large, well known spaces are smaller art centric buildings like a pottery shop, photography business and other small galleries.

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diagnose a career SHS health course connects students with local professionals SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

When it comes to helping his high school students find a career path, finding out what you don’t want to do can be as important as finding what you do. It’s all part of the learning process for Stoughton High School teacher Stephen Stokes, who has built from scratch his popular health science field study class working with local connections to help students find the careers that are right for them. Stokes, who started the class two years ago after

having “more and more kids” taking his health science classes, said since there aren’t similar classes around, he’s just working with what he’s got around. “There is no other class I’ve ever heard of that’s like this,” he said. “There’s no textbook.” Growing the fledgling course has focused on building partnerships to help his students, including an end-of-semester roundtable discussion last week with a panel of Stoughton Hospital staff that provided first-hand information about nearly a dozen real-life careers. The class has 21 students – mainly seniors — and is held fall semester to give students a better chance to look at scholarship possibilities for the

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Before and after photos of a large Cottonwood tree that was blocking the path for kayakers. Brandon Mason cleared the Badfish Creek for his Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2019.

Eagle scout transforms Old Stone kayak landing Brandon Mason adds new gravel, wood chips, picnic table and kiosk MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Eagle Scout Brandon Mason, of Troop 167, transformed the Old Stage Road kayak landing this summer. For more than six months he organized the project to make kayaks more accessible to the Badfish Creek. The space now has a p av i l i o n w i t h a p i c n i c table, an informational kiosk, new gravel and fresh wood chips. Mason also cleared two Cottonwood trees from the water, which had been there for years, he said. Without the trees, kayakers can now paddle from the landing on Old Stage Road to the landing on Old Stone Road, without having to portage, by caring their canoe on land to the next landing, which they previously had to do. Mason lives on Old Stone Road, and wanted to do something for the neighborhood where he grew up. He said his family has kayaked on Badfish Creek and he

Brandon Mason completed his Eagle Scout project off of Old Stone Road in the summer of 2019. knows a lot of his neighbors enjoy outdoor activities as well. “Every day on my way to school I drive past that area,” Mason said. “It has

been there as long as I can remember and no one has ever developed it or done anything with it.” As an Eagle Scout, Mason said he was expected

to come up with the project, find funding and execute the plan. He used his family connections and community resources to recruit

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volunteers and donations. Mason said he found someone to donate the gravel, woodchips, remove the trees and build the new equipment. He also started

a Gofundme page which raised $400 in order to fill in the gaps. “Take a 17 year old kid and throw him in that position, managing 10 people … he stepped up and took care of it,” Brandon’s father Tom Mason said. “I was really proud of him for that.” Community members were so impressed with the transformation of the landing, they posted on the onFacebook wondering who had completed the job, Tom said. “Big doings at Old Stone Road landing” one response read, “Extend our sincere thanks to Brandon,” read another. Friends of the Badfish Creek asked to for permission to publish photos on their website, because they wrote it could inspire others Brandon said the project was a lot of work and he was relieved when it was over. He compared photos from before and after the project and felt good that he was able to have a positive impact, he said. “It made me happy to see the difference that we made,” he said. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie.

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Commission plans local historic district meetings BY MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

As part of its ongoing effort to create a Local Historic Landmark District in Stoughton’s downtown, the Landmarks Commission invites the public to attend community informational meetings at the Stoughton Public Library. The meetings are set for

1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Carnegie Room on the lower level of the library, 304 S. Fourth St. The same information will be presented at each meeting. The Landmarks Commission plans to discuss the proposal to create a local historic district of 67 downtown buildings from Fifth Street to the Yahara River. The Landmarks Commission would have authority over exterior changes to the buildings, including painting, sign placement,

window replacement and structural changes that require a building permit. That authority, currently given to the Planning Commission, would not extend to the interior of any building. The meetings are part of a series of efforts sponsored by the Landmark Commission to inform the public and collect feedback about the project. Last year the Landmarks Commission hired the Lakota Group, a historic preservation consulting firm, to help lead the

Rutland caucus is Jan. 21 Two supervisor seats up for election in the spring Rutland residents are scheduled to have their annual chance to help choose candidates for the town board. The Town of Rutland has two supervisor positions open for the spring election

and will nominate candidates at the annual caucus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the town hall, 785 Center Road. Supervisor seats held by Nancy Nedveck and Deana Zentner are open. Neither filed non-candidacy paperwork. Supervisor terms are two years in length. For information, visit

If You Go What: Town of Rutland caucus When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Where: Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road Info: 455-3925

Pleasant Springs supervisors set to return Two incumbents were nominated to continue in their roles on the Pleasant Springs town board at the town’s annual caucus, held Tuesday, Jan. 7. Jay Damkoehler was nominated for Supervisor Seat 3 and Janiece Bolender

was nominated for Supervisor Seat 4 to be on the ballot for the April 7 election. Terms are two years in length. Bolender has been on the board since 2014; Damkoehler since 2010, the longest serving board member.

Volunteer: Lambright Murphy says new coworkers are welcoming and helpful Continued from page 1 be talking to performers, educators or artists about bringing their skills to the senior center or responding to volunteer applications and setting up orientations,” Lambright Murphy said. She comes to the center from a background in art and marketing and spent most of her career in the field after obtaini n g a d eg r e e f r o m t h e U n ive r s i t y o f Wi s c o n sin-Madison. Lambright Murphy was previously employed by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, where she said she coordinated volunteers and entertainment for the city’s famed Art Fair on the Square. Lambright Murphy made the switch after someone

brought the position to her attention. She said she was especially attracted to the senior center’s mission, which states it is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors through providing diverse programming, social services and volunteer opportunities. “It’s important to me that our aging population is appreciated and provided for, and I’ve always e n j oy e d wo r k i n g w i t h older generations,” she said. She said her favorite part so far about working for the center is the seniors who visit. “Seeing our seniors come by and enjoy all we have to offer, from morning coffee with friends, t h e Ya h a r a S t r u m m e r s singalong, playing pool

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and cards, line dancing, learning Norwegian and other new skills, the community lunch on Thursdays, watching movies and offering their time and talent to volunteer with us,” Lambright Murphy said. “There’s never a dull moment.” Lambright Murphy said she lives on Madison’s east side near the Ya h a r a R ive r w i t h h e r husband Paul and her dog, Pixie. She said she enjoys her morning commute soaking up the scenery and “watching the sunrise” as she drives into Stoughton. “I’m so happy to be here,” she said. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.


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project. The Landmarks Commission and the Lakota Group invited downtown What: Local historic property owners to a meetlandmark district info ing in October and held an meetings open house in November. When: 1-3 p.m. SaturThe Lakota Group created day, Jan. 18; 6:30-8 p.m. display boards including Tuesday, Jan. 21 maps of the proposed district and current individual Where: Stoughton Public local landmarks, fourteen Library, 304 S. Fourth St. of which are located downInfo: stoughtonlandtown. The displays also described what a local historic district is and designation, as well as how it differs from the t h e c u r r e n t d ow n t ow n National Register district design overlay district,

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implemented in 2009. Much of the downtown is also listed on the National Register as the Main Street Historic District. These boards are currently on display on the Mezzanine level in the library. The commission also plans to hold another informational meeting led by the Lakota Group at a later date. The public can also access an online survey about the proposed project at For information, visit

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RDA seeks momentum on riverfront project BY RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Hope remains that construction on the city’s riverfront redevelopment project could begin as soon as this summer. The project is designed to serve as an extension of Stoughton’s downtown, adding people to an area that’s considered within walking distance of the existing downtown corridor. City of Stoughton Redevelopment Authority chair Roger Springman told the Hub on Jan. 13 that progress had slowed somewhat on the project because the developer, Curt Vaughn Brink, LLC, had become busy with projects in Madison. However, he said Brink is

set to be present at the next meeting of the RDA with more details of the project plan. Among details Brink is expected to share are his schedule for beginning Phase I of the redevelopment, which is a multi-floor apartment complex. Some members of the RDA expressed consternation at the apparent stalling out of the project at a meeting of the committee Jan 8. However, Springman remained confident that the redevelopment would move forward this year. “We believe it’s going to shift back,” Springman said of Brink’s focus on Stoughton. The next steps, Springman said, would be the designating of a particular

parcel for Phase I, but Brink would need to identify which exact piece of land he will need in order for the RDA to do that. The RDA and Brink will also need to work out a developer’s agreement. Springman said the RDA members are looking for an answer to when he expects to see construction starting on the project before the attorneys for the RDA and the developer could begin hammering out the agreement. Springman said the developer’s agreement will take at least 30 to 60 days to complete, and he added that Brink will have to hire contractors, as well. Those factors contribute to his estimate that construction will not begin until summer.

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Correction Last week’s story: Contested races in county, SASD misstated which seat Fred Hundt is running for in the upcoming Spring Elections. Hundt is running for Matt Bartlett’s Dist 4 seat, as Bartlett has decided not to seek re-election. Ben Heili will still be running for his Dist. 4 seat, which he was appointed to after Nicole Weissinger vacated her seat early. In addition, Jordan Tilleson has decided not to run in the 2020 spring elections.

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There are reasonable solutions to Stoughton’s housing emergency


y wife, Andrea, have rented an apartment since we moved to Stoughton in the summer of 2014, a year before we married. But now, we are preparing to close on a home in Janesville. Andrea works in Janesville, and I work around Madison. While Stoughton was originally a convenient compromise for our travel times, we fell in love with this community – its kindness, its size, and its promise. And in 2017, I ran for a contested seat on the SASD Board of Education because we wanted to make Stoughton our home. Our first child, Charles, was born later that year, and we have been house hunting ever since. When our landlord notified us in September 2019 that our building was being converted to condos for sale, our pace of relocation suddenly transitioned from relaxed to imperative. Though we budgeted $225,000, Stoughton did not have a house for our family. This is a problem the city needs to address – and soon – if city leaders want to maintain the opportunity Stoughton schools provide your children. The Stoughton housing inventory at our price range is so low that we could go weeks without a new property popping into our MLS feed. And with Andrea seven months pregnant and both of us working full time, we needed a move-in-ready house with three bedrooms and space for a home office. In two years of touring properties in Stoughton, we visited one move-in ready home in our price range. After we moved our search to Janesville in December, we placed an offer on the first house we toured – a perfect fit for our young, growing family. I spent my last year on the school board as its treasurer watching our budget shrink according to our enrollment,


and I spent my two years prior co-chairing the joint committee of the council and SASD that was tasked with attracting and retaining young fami-

lies. In my two years as co-chair, I asserted as calmly but sternly as I could that Stoughton had nowhere for families like mine to live. And now, still as one of the youngest elected representatives in all of Stoughton government, I feel I am in the unique position to definitively report that the Stoughton Common Council has ignored its housing problem long enough to declare it an emergency. At its current rate of enrollment attrition, SASD will soon require major cuts to programming to balance its budget; if the attrition continues for five more years, the district might have to consider consolidating schools. For years, the Common Council and the Redevelopment Authority have opposed development of apartments like the building in which my family has rented since we arrived in 2014. Apartment complexes are a vital component of bringing young families to Stoughton. In the past year alone, we are the fourth young family to leave Stoughton from our building, and our building only rents 10 units. Without our apartment complex, none of these families would have made it to Stoughton in the first place, and now, with its transition to condos, there are no similar units for families interested in staying. Stoughton is mired in a debate about using taxpayer funding for a housing development, and the question has been posed whether that single development can bring enough families to solve the SASD

enrollment decline. It cannot, of course. No single housing development will solve your enrollment problem. Stoughton instead needs to mount an aggressive, ambitious campaign to recruit developers who will build housing that a young family can rent or own for less than $1,500 per month (the most you can expect a young family to pay for housing in Stoughton). I do not care how you spend your tax-increment financing money; you need to care less about singular TIF projects and more about the threat of your school district collapsing. To borrow a quote from Dr. Onsager, your SASD superintendent, “The school district is the canary in the coal mine of a community.” If your school district collapses by attrition, so will your community. In Stoughton, there is no question of whether you need to build apartments or single-family homes. You need to build both of them and more. Stoughton has great schools full of award-winning educators and devoted support staff. Your district, this year, received the status of “Exceeds Expectations” from the Wisconsin DPI, a rare and coveted standing. Stoughton schools are a recruitment tool for prospective home buyers, and I would have been overjoyed to send my children to any of your schools. I wish we could have. Andrea and I will miss our friends here and the culture of your town. We wish you all the best and I thank you for the privilege of serving on your Board of Education. Stoughton helped shape our family, and I am proud of my family, and that is the highest compliment I can give this community. Jon Coughlin is a member of the Stoughton Area School District Board of Education.

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Commemorating a century of service VFW hosting 100year anniversary celebration Saturday Established in 1920 in the aftermath of World War I — the first in Wisconsin — Stoughton’s VFW Post

328 will mark 100 years of service to area veterans on Saturday. Wi s c o n s i n ’s “ M o t h e r Post,” 200 Veterans Road, is set to host the gathering on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will highlight the past 100 years of service to veterans and

the community, according to the group’s Facebook page. An open house begins at 4 p.m., with appetizers at 5 p.m. a brief ceremony at 6 p.m. and music by Quick Fix at 7 p.m. L a s t y e a r, P o s t 3 2 8 was honored as an

“All-State Post” during the annual VFW state convention in June; one of only 20 out of 263 to be designated. The post previously won the award in 2007. For information, visit or call 873-9042.

If You Go What: Stoughton VFW Post 328’s 100th anniversary celebration When: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 Where: 200 Veterans Road, Stoughton Info: Visit or call 873-9042

A blessing in a box A donation drop-off on Lincoln Avenue finds community support MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

For Erin and Ryan Horrisberger, 2018 was probably the worst year of their lives. Erin, age 38, was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm and nearly lost sight in both her eyes because of detached retinas. She spent three weeks facing the floor unable to lift her head – all while pregnant and caring for her four other children. Fortunately, Erin said she is doing really well and able to see out of both eyes. But the scare and the help they got to get through it inspired the Horrisbergers and 10 of their friends to help others in their community. “Everybody has that story,” Erin said. “It is a hard

year, it is a hard season; and it can be so hard to get out of that without help.” The group created a “Blessing Box” that is mounted outside of the Horrisbergers’ home at 1548 Lincoln Ave. The box, roughly 3 feet high and 2 feet deep, is stuffed with donated items available to anyone who walks by. The box can include toothpaste, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, spaghetti, beans chili, breakfast cereal, oatmeal, baby food and even knitted mittens. “It is for the person walking their dog who needs a little something, or the kid walking home from school who is hungry,” Erin said. The group does not monitor who takes what, how much one takes or when someone takes it. There is even a little flashlight attached to the side so people can take things at night if they need. Ryan said the box has been successful because of the community effort.

Neighbors hand-knit gloves and hats for the box, and individuals knock on the door to donate diapers, canned goods and even money to be stocked as needed. One Friday, Ryan said, an 8 year old girl knocked on their door wanting to know who could take things from the box. On Monday, that young girl came back to the Horrisbergers’ home to drop off applesauce containers stating that she had hard times in her young life. “It makes me want to cry that people care and love other people that they don’t even know,” Ryan remembers the young girl saying. The Horrisbergers had anticipated keeping it through January, but because the experience has been so positive for them and their neighbors, they haven’t decided when they are going to take it down. “There is something about it that makes you feel warm inside,” Erin said.

New Year’s resolutions? Weight management course set for Jan. 20 BY EVAN HALPOP

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Getting healthier and being more physiWhat: Weight management course cally fit is a likely option you’ll find on any Where: Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St. New Year’s resolution list. When: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 So it would seem with that in mind, Stoughton Hospital will host a weight Info: Call 873-2356 management course from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at 900 Ridge St., in the Bryant Health Education Center located on and dietician, will give a presentation on how to lose weight and how to keep it off. the hospital’s lower level. For more information, call 873-2356. Wendy Broekema, registered nutritionist

Get snappy with photography class held at senior center Oregon photography group to host class at senior center Jan. 21 EVAN HALPOP Hub correspondent

All are welcome to learn how to snap pictures from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 W. Main St. Gilbert Helland, of the Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group, will teach

If You Go What: Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group class When: 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Where: Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 W. Main St. Info: 873-8585 attendees the basics during an Intro to Photography course. The workshop is free to attend. The senior center Facebook page stated all levels of experience are

welcome. Cameras are not necessary and attendees are encouraged to bring their phone if they do not own a camera. For more information about the class, call 8738585.

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Past District Treasurer Duane Kittleson installed the 2020-2021 Mandt Lodge Officers.

Mandt Lodge celebrates the Sons of Norway’s 125th anniversary Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norw eg i a n i m m i g r a n t s i n Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. As the organization celebrates its 125 birthday this week, Mandt Lodge 5-314 in Stoughton is preparing itself for the New Year along with the next 125 years of activities and offerings. A p r o c l a m a t i o n wa s signed by Stoughton Mayor Tim Swadley to commemorate the special occasion. At its January meeting, a full slate of Mandt Lodge officers were installed by past District Treasurer Duane Kittleson including president Darlene Arneson and vice president Vicky Goplen. Mandt Lodge invests in its future by presenting scholarships. This year’s recipients of $500 each

were Michael Slinde, Jenna Stokes and Lindsey Dial. The lodge also supports campers to the District Youth Heritage Camp – Masse Moro. It is a twoweek camp for youth ages 9-15 years of age. Mandt Lodge is the second largest lodge in District 5 with 212 adult members and a total membership of 232 with Heritage and Unger Venner members. As of 2018, the national organization had approximately 50,000 members strong with 360 lodges in North America and Norway. The lodge offers a wide variety of programs, classes, social activities, cultural programs, sports, youth activities, trips and opportunities to prepare Norwegian foods. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in Norwegian culture and heritage. You don’t have to be

Norwegian to join and you don’t have to be male (i.e. Sons of Norway). All are welcome to join and the public is always welcome at any event. You can follow the lodge on Facebook at Sons of Norway Stoughton WI and events are posted on the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce events calendar and in local papers. The purposes and goals of the Founders were to protect members of Sons of Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during times of sickness or death in the family. Over time, the mission of Sons of Norway has expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian heritage and culture in our Society. We have grown since our beginning and are now the largest Norwegian organization outside Norway. — Submitted

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about “Going to a Catholic school July 10, at the Mandt Center. and church in the ‘70s, Holy jeans...? For information about the Ameriand life after confirmation.” Stepha- can Cancer Society visit nie Bailey will talk about the foundation of her faith and the cracks along Energy assistance program the way. If you are having trouble payFor information, call 873-7633. ing your energy bills, sign up for an appointment during the Wisconsin Breakfast at the legion American Post Legion 59 will host Home Energy Assistance Program a family breakfast 7:30-11:30 a.m. between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ThursSunday, Jan. 19, at 803 N. Page St. day, Jan. 23 at the Stoughton Area The price is $8 for adults and $4 Senior Center. for children 10 and younger. An energy services representative Proceeds benefit the American will meet with participants to see if Legion Programs for veterans, military and their families. The break- they qualify for assistance. This service is by appointment fast is pancakes, French toast, hash Low vision support party only. The annual Low Vision Support browns, sausage links, bacon, ham, For information, and to make an party is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and refreshments. Jan.16 at the senior center. appointment, call 333-0333. For information, call 205-9090. There will be games and snacks. Coffee with a Reporter Organizers ask participants to Relay for Life meeting bring a wrapped gift of an inexpenCourier Hub reporters Renee HickStoughton/McFarland/Oregon sive, humorous or other item you man and Mackenzie Krumme will Relay for Life will hold the kick off don’t want from home. hold the next Coffee with a Reporter meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at For information, call 873-8585. the Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Stoughton Public Library. Faith stories 317 S. Page St. Anyone interested in having a St. Ann’s Parish is set to continue Hub reporters spend some time at its “Our Faith Stories” series with a team, participating individually, or various establishments and put up a discussion at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. sponsoring the event is welcome. sign asking for community members Relay For Life is a fundraiser for 19,, in St. Ann’s Church’s Healy to come chat about anything pertainthe American Cancer Society. Local Hall, 323 N. Van Buren St. Each month, the parish asks teams can be organized by business- ing to Stoughton. If you have suggestions for times parishioners to share how they see es, groups and organizations, famiand locations, email mackenzie. God working in their lives. This lies. month, Jim Wollangk will speak The Relay is planned for Friday, The R Olde House Society (ROHS) will hold a meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at 516 S. Page Street. The house, built in 1856, was the former home of Luke Stoughton. There will be a tour of the house, followed by socializing. Guests are asked to bring snacks to share and their own beverages. Newcomers are always welcome. ROHS is a group of people interested in the history and preservation of historical houses. For information, contact

Baha’i Faith

For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911 or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 Stoughton study classes.

Bible Baptist Church

2095 Hwy. W, Utica 873-7077 • 423-3033 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship

Christ Lutheran Church

700 Hwy. B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: Sunday: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Family express with Sunday school: 9:10 a.m.

Christ the King Community Church 401 W. Main St., Stoughton • 877-0303 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship

Covenant Lutheran Church

310 E. Washington, Stoughton 873-7761 • Sunday: 8:30 and 10 a.m. Worship

Fulton Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church

Cooksville Lutheran Church

11927 W. Church St., Evansville 882-4408 Pastor Karla Brekke Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship and Sunday School

Stoughton Baptist Church

Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton • 873-6517 Sunday: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Worship

First Lutheran Church

1844 Williams Drive, Stoughton • 873-9106 Saturday: 6 p.m. Worship Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship

825 S. Van Buren, Stoughton 877-0439 • Missionaries 957-3930 Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday school and Primary

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton 561-7450 • Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10

Ezra Church

515 E. Main St., Stoughton • 834-9050 Sunday: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

9209 Fulton St., Edgerton 884-8512 • Saturday: 8 a.m. prayer breakfast Sunday: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Coffee Fellowship: 9 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Varsity (High Schoolers): 12-3 p.m. AWANA (age 2-middle school): 3-5 p.m.

Christian Assembly Church

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion

1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton • 873-7494 • Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Fellowship

1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton 873-5924 Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Education hour for all ages: 9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:15-9:45 a.m.

LakeView Church

2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton 873-9838 • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship

St. Ann Catholic Church

323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton 873-6448 • 873-7633 Weekday Mass: Nazareth House and St. Ann’s Church Weekend Mass: Saturday - 5:15 p.m.; Sunday - 8 and 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist of Stoughton 525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton Sunday: 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. - Full Worship

United Pentecostal Church of Stoughton

1501 E. Main St., Stoughton • 608-513-2600 Pastor Rich Thomas • Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., Thursday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

West Koshkonong Lutheran Church 1911 Koshkonong, Stoughton Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - Worship

Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church 2633 Church St., Cottage Grove Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship 11 a.m. Bible study

Thursday, Jan. 16

• 1-3:30 p.m., Powerful tools for caregivers class starts, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 235-8426 • 1-2:30 p.m., Low Vision Support group party, senior center, 8738585 • 3 p.m., Computer class (third Thursday each month), senior center, 873-8585 • 3:30-4:45 p.m., Mask making for teens, library, 873-6281 • 7 p.m., The R Olde House Society meeting, Luke Stoughton House, 516 S. Page St.,

Friday, Jan. 17

• 1 p.m., Classic Friday Movie (“Grumpy Old Men”), senior center, 873-8585

Saturday, Jan. 18

• 10 a.m., Lego club, library, 873-6281

• 1-3 p.m., Historic District Landmark Commission informational meeting, library, • 2-5 p.m., Badger Conference Dance showcase, Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave., • 4 p.m., 100th anniversary of Stoughton VFW, 200 Veterans Road • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Kings of Radio band, Viking Lanes, 1410 US Hwy. 51,

Sunday, Jan. 19

• 7:30-11:30 a.m., Family Breakfast, American Post Legion 59, 803 N. Page St., 205-9090 • 6:30 p.m., Our Faith Stories, St. Ann’s Church’s Healy Hall, 323 N. Van Buren St., 873-7633

Monday, Jan. 20

• City Hall Closed • 4:30-5:30 p.m., Weight management class, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., • 5:30-6:15 p.m., Gathering Table free community meal (first and third Mondays), senior center, 206-1178 • 7 p.m., Town of Dunkirk Board meeting, Town Hall, 654 Cty. Road N (first and third Mondays of each month) •7-9:30 p.m., Stoughton Area School District board meeting (first and second Monday of each month), 320 North Street, 877-500

Tuesday, Jan. 21

• 9 a.m., Introduction to Photography, senior center, 873-8585 • 12:3-1:30 p.m., Cowboy Bob performance, senior center, 8738585 • 2-4 p.m., Art Space, senior center, 873-8585 • 3 p.m., Computer class (third Thursday each month), senior center, 873-8585 • 6:30-8 p.m., Historic District Landmark Commission informational meeting, library, • 7 p.m., Relay For Life kick off meeting, Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St.,

Wednesday, Jan. 22

• 9:15 a.m., Clean Start: Eat clean and live well, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-6611 • 7 p.m., Town of Dunn Board meeting, Dunn Town Hall, 4156 Cty. Road B (third Monday of each month) • 5:30-6:30 p.m., Leg vein treatment, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-6611

Thursday, Jan. 23

• 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Home Energy Assistance (appointment only), senior center, 333-0333

Friday, Jan. 24

• 9:30-10:30 a.m., Coffee with a Reporter, library, mackenzie. • 9 a.m., Memory screenings, library, 240-7400

Food pantries City of Stoughton Food Pantry

The City of Stoughton Food Pantry, 520 S. Fourth St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will also be open from 4-6 p.m. Thursday evenings and the first Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.

SUMC Food Pantry

The Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 525 Lincoln Ave., is open from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays. It will also be open from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Personal Essentials Pantry

The Personal Essentials Pantry (PEP), 343 E. Main St., is open from 1-5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each Month. The pantry will be closed on holidays and if SASD is closed due to weather.

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Diabetic Support Group • 6 p.m., second Monday, Stoughton Hospital, 873-2356 Dementia Caregivers • 2 p.m., second Thursday, senior center, 873-8585 Crohn’s/Colitis/IBD Support Group • 5:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Stoughton Hospital, 873-7928 Grief Support Groups • 2 p.m., third Wednesday, senior center, 873-8585 Low Vision Support • 1-2:30 p.m., third Thursday, senior center, 873-8585 Parkinson’s Group • 1:30-2:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday, senior center, 873-8585 Multiple Sclerosis Group • 10-11:30 a.m., second Tuesday, senior center, 873-8585

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Delores Fortuna exhibits at Abel Gallery Abel Contemporary Gallery is back with art exhibitions. With three new exhibitions for the month of January, Abel Contemporary Gallery at 524 E. Main St. held an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 10. The main exhibit was Delores Fortuna’s titled, “Form and Surface, The Convergence Series.” The ceramicist, Fortuna, creates functional and sculptural stoneware and porcelain. “The series of work explores connections between minimalist glazed surfaces and wheel thrown forms,” the event descriptions states.

On the Web To view more photos visit The second exhibit was a group exhibited titled, “Thaw” where works are inspired by snow, ice and their continuous cycling between liquid and solid. The last exhibit is by Richard Jones titled “The spaciousness of uncertainty.” The exhibit has drawings of fried leaves, burned model buildings and planted boats floating in hanging pools. -Mackenzie Krumme

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Mark Golbach and Linda Brazill admire the porcelain pieces that are displayed during an exhibition opening at Abel Contemporary Gallery on Friday, Jan. 10.

There were three opening exhibits at the Abel Contemporary Gallery on Friday, Jan. 10. The main exhibit was Delores Fortuna’s titled, “Form and Surface, The Convergence Series.” The second is a group exhibited titled, “Thaw,”where works are inspired by snow, ice and their continuous cycling between liquid and solid. The last exhibit is by Richard Jones titled “The spaciousness of uncertainty.”

Participants of the Abel Contemporary Gallery at 524 E Main St., browse the works presented in an opening exhibition titled, “Form and Surface, The Convergence Series,” on Friday, Jan. 10. The ceramicist, Delores Fortuna, creates functional and sculptural stoneware and porcelain. “The series of work explores connections between minimalist glazed surfaces and wheel thrown forms,” the event descriptions states.

Cheryl Adams, of Oregon, examines a drawing during the Abel Contemporary Gallery exhibition opening on Friday, Jan. 10.

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Boys swimming

Schmidt shines in distance events MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

The Stoughton boys swimming team had five top-three finishes as hosts of the College Events Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Vikings were coming off a Badger South Conference home loss to Edgewood on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

College Events Invitational

Four of the eight teams scheduled to compete in the invitational dropped out because of inclement weather. Stoughton rounded out the team scores with 418 points. Badger S o u t h r iva l M c Fa r l a n d won the team title with 564 points. “This is a fun invitational and we don’t really have an opportunity to do this any other time,” Stoughton coach Kristine Schoen said. “We were hoping to get this in for the kids because it’s unique. We wanted to judge their ability and get the experience for them. They all rose up to the challenge.” Stoughton senior Conner Clark said the goal for the invitational was to swim as many season-best times as they could. “We are at peak training right now,” Clark said. “We are tired and beat up. We

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Stoughton’s Evan Schmidt competes in the 1,000-yard freestyle during the College Events Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 11, in Stoughton. He won the 500 free and took second in the 1,000 free. came into the invite swimming longer events and knowing it would be a lot harder. A lot of guys pushed t h e m s e l ve s a n d f o u g h t through pain.” S t o u g h t o n ’s E va n Schmidt won the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.55) and took second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:07.75).

Clark finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:06.53) and the 400 individual medley (4:37.02). “ I wa s n ’t m a d a b o u t them, but they were not my best times,” he said. Clark was a state qualifier in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM last year. He owns the school record in the 100 fly

(53.67). “I will probably swim both of those at sectionals and try to qualify back to state in both of them,” he said. Clark and Schmidt teamed with Jordan Barthuly and Isaiah Rowley placed second in the 800 free relay (8:08.51).

Rowley added a thirdplace finish in the 200 free (2:13.85) and placed sixth in the 100 free (58.54). Matt Eppler finished fourth in the 200 free (2:19.54) and sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:27.46). Barthuly took fourth in the 200 back (2:21). The Vikings’ 200 free relay

t e a m o f E p p l e r, O w e n Lehman, Jack Ebner and Anthony Teche took sixth (1:49.91).

Edgewood 100, Stoughton 67

The Crusaders won all 11 events against the Vikings, who fell to 1-3 in Badger South duals.


Basketball roundup

Whitehead wins season debut

Sproul, Loftus pace Stoughton on home court

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Braeden Whitehead spent eight months rehabbing after surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, but made his return to competition in Stoughton’s first home dual of the season. Whitehead was one of seven Vikings to earn pins in a 59-18 win over Watertown on Friday, Jan. 10. The senior pinned Kolten Blome at the 3:15 mark of their 152-pound match. “I hadn’t been out there in almost a year, so I had normal first-match nerves,” he said. “I’ve had good practices against different partners in the wrestling room, so I felt comfortable. It felt really good.” Stoughton pushed its dual record to 14-0 overall and 4-0 in Badger South Conference duals. The Goslings jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the dual that started at 113 pounds, but the Vikings rallied to win five straight contested bouts.

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Stoughton senior Braeden Whitehead (top) controls Watertown junior Kolten Blome during their 152-pound match Friday, Jan. 10, in Stoughton. Whitehead won by pin in 3:15. “Our guys were motivated to have Braeden in the lineup and excited to compete in front of the home crowd,” Stoughton coach Dan Spilde said. “We were excited to get back into the conference after our tournament in Virginia and the Cheesehead (Invitational).” Tr e n t o n D o w ( 1 3 8 ) tied the dual with a pin of Owen Zingler in 36 seconds. Gavin Model, one of

four Vikings ranked first in their weight class by coming into the dual, pinned Kasey Logan at the 1:26 mark of their 145-pound match. To p - r a n k e d L u k e Mechler (160) followed Whitehead’s win with a pin of Diego Cortez in 1:29. Luke Spilde (170) recorded the first of his three takedowns just six seconds into his match and pinned Pedro

Martinez in 30 seconds. To p - r a n k e d B r o o k s Empey (220) pinned Sait Hernandez in 1:29. Heavyw e i g h t G r i ffi n E m p ey pinned Kaden Edwards in 3:20 after three takedown attempts took Edwards out of bounds. Chance Suddeth (106) recorded a takedown with one second left in the first period to finish off a 17-2 technical fall of Noe Ugalde. Rose Ann Marshall (113) started the dual with an 11-4 decision over Emilio Hernandez. To p - r a n k e d N i c o l a r Rivera (126) competed in his first match since having to withdraw after the first day of the Cheesehead Invitational due to illness-related soreness. He remained undefeated in his high school career, using duck-unders for four crucial takedowns in a 10-8 win over fourth-ranked Edward Wilkowski. Brandt Spilde (182) received a forfeit victory, while Bryce Bennett (120), Alex Wicks (132) and Ryan Lamers (195) lost by pin.

Girls basketball Edgewood 61, The Stoughton boys bas- Stoughton 57

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ketball team locked down defensively in a 48-37 home win over Fort Atkinson on Thursday, Jan. 9. The Vikings came into the game ranked eighth in Division 2 in the Coaches Poll, and improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the Badger South Conference. Reece Sproul scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half for Stoughton, which outscored the Blackhawks 23-15 in the final 18 minutes. Adam Hobson scored eight of his 11 points in the first half, and Nathan Hutcherson knocked down three 3-pointers for nine points. The Vikings’ nonconference road game against Prairie du Chien on Saturday, Jan. 11, was postponed to Saturday, Jan. 18, due to inclement weather.

Ava L o f t u s r e c o r d e d team highs in points (17), rebounds (6), assists (3) and steals for the Vikings in a home loss to the Crusaders on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Delaney Seidel added 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. Micah Zaemisch had six points and four rebounds. Mya Davidson, Myranda Kotlowski and Riley Royston chipped in five points apiece. Stoughton (3-8, 1-5 Badger South) trailed 33-27 at halftime. The Vikings shot 39% (7-for-18) from 3-point range, 24% (12-for51) from the field and 52% (12-for-23) from the freethrow line. Stoughton’s road game at Monroe on Friday, Jan. 11, was postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 11, due to inclement weather.

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Health: Giving students an idea of the life skills and clases they’ll need in their careers Continued from page 1 following year. Stokes, who teaches five different courses at SHS, told the Hub last week he’s been doing the class for nearly a decade, gradually adding in work experiences and professional connections. He said the class is designed for students who “are pretty certain” they want to be in the healthcare field, but are unsure exactly where they might fit in. “They say, ‘I want to be a physical therapist, I want to be a doctor,’ and in the class, we kind of touch on what is needed,” he said. Students spend the first half of the semester researching four careers, and by the second quarter will have chosen one t o f o c u s o n . T h e y ’r e required to research the field, including how much schooling is required, and how much that might cost. “ I t ’s k i n d o f a d e e p dive,” Stokes said. “Each semester, I’ve had at least one student who at the end of it said, ‘‘No, I decided I don’t want to do this.’” To Stokes, that is just another positive. “With how much (college) costs, you should know what you don’t want to do, because that eliminates that year where you’re spending and thinking you’re going to do something,” he said. Once students get to a typical four-year college, Stokes said, they can get “go a year or two” taking care of prerequisite classes before they might even r e a l i z e w h a t e l s e t h ey need to graduate with their intended degree. “All of a sudden, it’s ‘I didn’t realize I had to take this or this,’ he said. “And some (majors) are so specialized, if you drop out, it’s almost like starting over.” And that can be costly for students who might still be searching for that right career path, and Stokes said he’s already heard some positive feedback from students in past classes. “A couple of them are going great, a couple of them, switched,” he said. “It’s just another advantage for kids to have a better idea of what they want to do.” The concept is to give students an idea of the real life skills they’ll need in their career of interest, as well as the classes they’ll have to take. “This is a class to get kids an idea before they totally get immersed,” he said. “If they say, I want to be a doctor – well, do you like math and science?”

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Jake Dunn, Stoughton Hospital social worker in geriatric psychiatry (far left) acknowledges an introduction during a routable presentation for Stoughton High School health science field study students last week at the hospital. Eight staff members with roles ranging from nursing to lab technician spoke about their careers, and possibilities for the students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Visits from past students who have come back to share their experiences has helped further a course Stokes said remains a work in progress. “I chart down activities that we do and make a note, what didn’t go so well or I’ll see things,” he said. For some students, going directly into the trades is the best option, considering the pay and demand, he said, For others, more school is an option, with choices. “Get a two year degree and talk bang for your buck,” he said. “The person handing the surgeon their instruments is a one year degree and you start at $45,000, or the dental hygienist and X-ray tech is a two year degree a n d y o u ’r e s t a r t i n g a t $50,000.” Ultimately, Stokes said Jane McGuire, a registered nurse in clinical education at Stoughton Hospital, talks to Stoughton HIgh School students in the health scit h e c l a s s h e l p s p e o p l e ence field study class on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the hospital. decide on a career course, one way or another. “If they figure out ‘it’s not for me,’ awesome … PAY THE BALANCE OWED ONLY!!! 1 at least you’re not wastReceive OFF Installation! ing your time pursuing AMERICAN LOG HOMES IS ASSISTING JUST RELEASED something that’s not realOF ESTATE & ACCOUNT SETTLEMENT ON HOUSES. istic for you,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing 4 Log Home kits selling for BALANCE OWED, FREE DELIVERY – do you have these skills Interest Financing! $50 Amazon Senior & Previous Customer Discounts! that are necessary, and if 1)Model#101Carolina $40,840…BALANCEOWED$17,000 gift card you don’t, let’s try to find something that better fits 2)Model#203Georgia $49,500.. BALANCEOWED$19,950 BONUS! your skill set.” First 100 homeowners to invest in a




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Her life motto was “Serve the Lord with Gladness.” While living in North Dakota, Esther was a member of several organizations including the MonDak Homemakers Club, ALA, lifetime member of the VFW, charter member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Red Hat Society. She volunteered at the local Red Cross Blood Drives and donated five gallons of blood over the years. Esther’s pastimes were sewing, crocheting, reading, creative writing and spending time with family, friends and with her dog, Cassie. In her later years, she made her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Sandy, in Stoughton, with all their love and care for 4 1/2 years. Celebrating and sharing her life are her two sons and families, Dean (Shirley) Markuson of Hastings, Minnesota and Dennis (Sandy) Markuson of

Hilda E. Learned Hilda E. Learned, age 95, of Stoughton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at Skaalen Nursing and Rehab. She was born on Nov. 24, 1924, in Ellenboro, the daughter of Reno and Pauline (Graf) Gehrke. On Sept. 26, 1942, she married George Learned. Hilda had a deep faith in Jehovah God, she was baptized in 1955 and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Evansville. Hilda was a caregiver for her family, volunteered at both the Skaalen Home and Stoughton Senior Center, made the best sugar cookies in the world and enjoyed painting and sewing. She was a kind and loving person who would help anyone in need. Hilda is survived by three daughters, Donna (Richard)

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Hilda E. Learned

Schade, Shirley Deets and Nancy Learned; son, Chuck (Janet) Learned; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild; and nine brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; daughter, Judy Learned; son, Larry Learned; and eight brothers and sisters. A funeral service will be

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E s t h e r ( Wi e d e r r i c h ) Markuson was born on June 19, 1927, the daughter of Christ and Kristina (Dockter) Wiederrich. She was baptized on Aug. 28, 1927, at the American Lutheran Church in Gackle, North Dakota, and made her confession of faith on July 27, 1941, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monango, North Dakota. Esther was welcomed into Gods’ embrace on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Esther received her education in a one-room country school, Valley No. 3. She was raised on the family farm and at the age of thirteen she was called on to assume the care of her siblings. Esther was the middle kid and didn’t get a middle name. Esther married Warren Markuson at a candlelight service on June 6, 1948, at Edgeley, North Dakota. He was employed as a depot agent for the Milwaukee Railroad at Monango. Their union produced two sons, Dean and Dennis. Esther was a stay at home mom. Her desire to serve others continued in owning her own beauty shop, where she worked for 50 years, retiring at the age of 80. She and Warren enjoyed traveling, twice to Europe, and to many other states.

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Esther (Wiederrich) Markuson

Stoughton Courier Hub


January 16, 2020

Stoughton Courier Hub

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Bill Amundson sorts through pieces of his work that are scattered and stacked throughout his house. These geometric shapes are part of his “art of sticks” series.

Bill Amundson produces art on sticks which often reflect his surroundings, including Bucky Badgers, Norwegian culture or cows. These pieces were on display during the Stoughton Art Walk on the corner of Main and Page Street.

Art: Amundson believes Stoughton’s identity to the arts can be different from other places Continued from page 1 Amundson once owned one of those art galleries, The AmundArt Hus at 194 Main St. This building was the same location as his first art studio, when he studied with University of Wisconsin-Madison art professors to learn art history and modern techniques he didn’t always follow. Three of his professors were also from Stoughton, and frequently asked him how the city was able to produce so many eccentric artists. However, the AmundArt Hus closed a couple years after opening, illuminating one of the barriers keeping Stoughton from becoming an art mecca, Amundson said: the lack of affordable art spaces. “ I t wo u l d h e l p i f w e h ave s t u d i o s p a c e a n d better housing for artists,” he said. “Developing apartments above studios on Main Street, so there would be places for artists to meet.” But Amundson and others on the eight-member Stoughton Arts Council remain hopeful and active in increasing Stoughton’s profile in the art world. The council, which aims to encourage art awareness in the city and support local artists, has booths at major events like Syttende Mai and the Catfish River Festival, where Amundson will often hand out handcrafted coloring pages. S a r a h B u k r e y, c h a i r of the arts council, calls Amundson “the face of the arts council.” Creative spaces The arts culture in Stoughton depends on both small and large spaces alike, in addition to various types of art. He should know – he’s had exhibitions all around t h e c o u n t r y, i n c l u d i n g s o l o s h ow s i n A u s t i n , Colorado Springs, New York City, Los Angeles, To r o n t o , P h o e n i x a n d Philadelphia, as well as permanent pieces in Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the University of Colorado Art Museum. He called the Abel Contemporary Gallery the best gallery in Southern Wisconsin. Gallery

co-owner Theresa Abel said when she and her husband, Tim O’Neill, first drove through downtown Stoughton, they sensed an art community. “ We d r ove d ow n a n d saw the banners with ‘Stoughton Arts District,’” Abel said. “It is a small thing, but it cued into me that this was a community that would care about the arts.” The couple operated their art gallery for 31 years in Paoli, a tiny community near Verona well known for being centered around the arts. But for Abel, she appreciates that Stoughton has its own identity. The couple purchased a 19th century tobacco warehouse in 2018. The exhibitions and classes are Abel Contemporary Art gallery are sprinkled among the original wood plank floors and rustic stone walls. Abel said art galleries have a tradition of popu l a t i n g bu i l d i n g s w i t h wide open spaces, like old wa r e h o u s e s , s o m e t h i n g Stoughton has many of. It’s a trend in big cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and New York. “It is harder and harder to find those places in Madison – Stoughton particularly has this cool old history and a lot of the historical buildings are still remaining and that was really appealing,” Abel said. Aspiring artists Sustaining an art-friendly culture requires getting youth involved early, and Stoughton Center for the Arts owner Natalie Norlin said that’s happening. She said youth are encouraged to be creative because of the arts culture here, and not just at her studio, which teaches dance, music, art and theater. “As youth in Stoughton are walking through the galleries and jewelry stores and the arts and craft fairs, it inspires our youth to create and to make on their own as far as visual arts,” she said. The art-centric events in Stoughton vary from long term commitments to single events focused on sparking an interest in art.

Stoughton arts destinations VIllage Players Theater 255 E Main St., 205-8480 Stoughton Opera House 381 E Main St., 877-4400 Stoughton Center for the Arts 2320 Jackson St., 873-0717 Abel Contemporary Art Gallery 524 E Main St., 845-6600 Green Road Pottery 261 W Main St., 358-4839 Norwegian Heritage Center 277 W Main St., 873-7567 Diakonos Designs Studio and Gallery, 187 E. Main St., 873-0210 Woodland Studios 195 E. Main St., 877-8007 Smith Photography 401 S Fifth St, 873-6766 Green Road Pottery in downtown Stoughton offers mini clay sculpture classes to youth at a discounted rate. During the holidays, children could sculpt clay elf figures and in September, the studio offered an open pottery wheel session for parents and children to test their throwing skills. Norlin also described the thriving music and art programs at Stoughton Area High School, including the nationally known Madrigal Singers, Stoughton Norwegian Dancers and state of the art pottery studio. Amundson, too, noted the Norwegian Dancers are strongly rooted in Stoughton’s culture. “I was the only person in my family to not be a Norwegian dancer. I had to leave the state out of shame,” he said with a laugh. Still a struggle Although the fundamentals are there to make Stoughton a thriving arts town, Amundson and colleagues believe there is a lot of work to be done. Bukrey believes there is so much potential for the arts district, which the Common Council established in October 2014. The district, which encompasses downtown and everything between River Bluff Middle School to the north, Page Street

WPR reads Amundson’s column In June 2019, Amundson published a Community Voices column in the Hub about the history of the Fendermen. A few months later, a producer at WPR asked Amundson if he would read the story on Wisconsin Life, a statewide program heard by thousands of listeners. “It might give me some leverage in town,” Amundson said with a laugh. “He seems crazy, but he seems to get some press.” To hear the episode, search “Remembering When The Fendermen Took Stoughton To The Top Of The Charts,” on: To read the original Community Voices article visit

Amundson contributes ‘Art on Sticks’ to Stoughton landscape

to the west, east to Lynn Amundson said people in the Midwest find different Street and south past ways to express their identity. Mandt Park, helps to raise public awareness of the In 2011, Amundson started documenting themed mailcity’s arts and entertainboxes, decorated hay bales and yard art. He knew if he ment culture, she said. saw a mailbox made out of the green and gold Green Bukrey said the counBay Packer colors, that family rooted for the Packers, cil would like to apply or if he saw a mailbox in the shape of a beer can – that for grants and give startup person could be a home brewer. money to aspiring artists, He prefers these outdoor, temporary displays because in addition to hosting and it is accessible to more people. organizing more events. But it has been difficult “Only certain kinds of people go to art galleries,” he to do when the majorisaid. ty of the eight volunteers This is what started his passion for his “art on sticks,” involved hold full time project. jobs. Amundson creates outdoor art that can be moved from Amundson noted that place to place, the themes reflect his surroundings, like the Stoughton Arts Council Nowegian symbols, cows or Bucky Badger. did have a major success in 2019 when it took over the “I wanted to do art that people would just see out; in a Stoughton Art Walk. The world where you could drive by it. Cause I remembered event attracted nearly 30 all the thrills I got from art in the Midwest were things I artists who plant themselves drove by and I was like, ‘Did you see that?’” in downtown businesses for He previously carried out this theme in Denver – where one day in September; more he spent 35 years as a professional artist. than 2,000 people from all He said the typical painting was of a moose in the over the Midwest turned water with mountains in the background, or a sunset, out. the forest. But it was not what the people living in the Even though he no longer has his own studio, city saw every day. Amundson continues to “For every elk I see in Denver, I see at least a dozen try to add his own art to burgers. So why isn’t there more Burger King based S t o u g h t o n ’s l a n d s c a p e , art? And I just kind of followed that, and it worked for a as well, with his art on long time,” Amundson said. sticks – moveable art Today, you can find Amundson’s “art on sticks” dispieces reflecting local played in his yard and during special events like the themes. Stoughton Art Walk. He said He also frequently engages in outreach, “It is a good way for shy people to communicate,” he writing a local column in said. the Hub, attends gallery shows, hands out adult coloring pages and gives h u m o r o u s t a l k s a t t h e be different from other art- art place,” Amundson said. “My thing is to kind of library. True to his own sy places. “I want it to be not just make it a little bit strange, quirky style, he wants to see Stoughton’s identity an art place, but a unique a little bit off kilter.”

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