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Building a brand ‘Innovation Center’ would forge new ties between industry, education SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

A group of supporters welcomed the Dennison family to their new home before a ceremony in the garage.

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Veteran, family move into Rutland home provided by national org SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

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 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

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Challenging the school board and community to “think big and think bold,” Stoughton Area School District officials laid out an ambitious proposal Monday night to turn the 1892 building into a new “Innovation Center.” Stoughton Area School District superintendent Tim Onsager and Fab Lab Stoughton consultant Mike Connor took turns explaining the idea behind the “Vision 2020: Innovation Center” proposal they said could brand the area as a new, vibrant tech center. “It’s a chance to spur the technological growth in the Stoughton area; a big chance for us,” said Connor, a retired Cummins engineer. “This is a place to train and retrain – for the people left behind by this digital world.” The original Stoughton High School – known colloquially as the 1892 building because of the year it was built and the date

stamp above the doorway – would cost around $5 million to rehabilitate to modern standards, according to a study undertaken last year. But over the years, as people have questioned what the future of the facility would be, many people in Stoughton have searched for a way to restore it, rather than raze it The “vision” of the facility would be to “create an advanced technology community backbone that can build technological capabilities, interest in STEM careers and general technical literacy,” Connor wrote in his presentation. He said it would serve as a “handson gathering place for entrepreneurs, businesses and educators” and “bring a technology sector feel to the community,” while also creating jobs in the area. In general terms, the facility would be available to Stoughton K-12 students during the day, and then a combination of school and community uses at night and weekends. Parts of the building would also be used for adult education, job training and community meeting space. “Imagine a space that we have all this creative equipment and space that’s open

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Town of Rutland

Rutland candidates look to April 3 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 incumZentner bent Nancy Nedveck, self-employed lifelong resident Rob Hill, former insurance agent Deana Zentner and Waunakee police officer Geoff Hutchin son – each spoke with the Observer this month to explain why they are interested in running and what

their priorities would be. Those included Nedveck’s focus on managing Hutchinson the effects of development in the area, Hill’s attention 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

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Rock Hall of Fame member Kaukonen to perform solo BILL LIVICK Unified Newspaper Group

At 77, Jorma Kaukonen has been on a long journey in American music that began in the early 1960s with his love of the guitar and the written word. The latter came from a family of readers, he said in an interview, and the former he acquired “almost accidentally.” The results have been impressive. Kaukonen’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane and, as if that’s not enough, is ranked No. 54 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players. He’s enjoyed a stellar career creating intricate music on acoustic guitar, as well as bending electric strings into warped psychedelic-rock. He can also pick with the best bluegrass players or shred like a headbanger from Seattle in the early ‘90s. Kaukonen’s softer side will be on display when he returns to the Opera House Thursday. He’ll perform solo in what he described as “almost a recital,” with just his resonant voice and sixstring guitar. “I sort of became a guitar player incidentally, almost accidentally,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Southeast Ohio. “A lot of people are aware of me because of the Airplane and certain aspects of Hot Tuna and stuff like that. But for me, my own music has always been about the song, and I consider myself to be pretty much a folksinger and storyteller.” As a solo artist, Kaukonen has recorded 12 studio albums and three live collections that are more acoustic than electric. He’s released four albums since 2002, when “Blue Country Heart,” a collection of traditional American folk songs performed in a country-blues style, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

If You Go What: Jorma Kaukonen solo concert When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 Where: Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. Tickets: $25

aware when one of those things happens. I’m not tuned in all the time, but sometimes I am, and when it happens I try to take advantage of it.”

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Acclaimed American guitarist and singer Jorma Kaukonen returns to the Opera House Thursday, Feb. 15, with more than five decades of performing experience as a member of Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and a solo artist. the opportunity to take to come to us, we worked the same way every night,”

vocals. Hot Tuna has really hard. We were in an he explained. “That’s not Seizing an opportunity lead remained active, working environment that offered us what I do. But you don’t Kaukonen began his professional career with the Jefferson Airplane when it formed in San Francisco in 1965, following the onset of the British invasion. He was a leading figure in the development of psychedelic rock, and by the time Jefferson Airplane disbanded in ‘72, he had formed Hot Tuna with close friend and Airplane bassist Jack Casady. The new band gave Kaukonen, a master of the fingerstyle guitar technique, a chance to split his playing between acoustic and electric guitar, and also

on and off for nearly 50 years and recording about a dozen albums, the latest in 2011. Kaukonen recently finished writing his autobiography and observed that he and his friends were fortunate to be in San Francisco at a time when music and the culture were going through seismic changes. “There’s so much talent out there and so many great players that you’ve just got to get lucky, as we got lucky,” he recalled. “But me and my pals back in the day, we were never lazy. We wanted success, and for it

that opportunity and when we got a chance to take it, we took it.” These days Kaukonen performs alone almost as often as with other musicians, usually accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and connecting with the audience. He said he appreciates both approaches. “I love playing with other people because of the dialogue that makes the whole be greater than the sum of its parts,” he said. “But I’m fortunate that I can also play solo. “Everything’s not done in

really jam with yourself, either. In fact, sometimes playing with yourself is just playing with yourself, and sometimes it’s really rewarding.” In addition to playing guitar and singing, Kaukonen said he continues to evolve as a songwriter. He thinks the key to writing good songs is being “tuned in and open” to inspiration. That can come from learning a new chord, reading a new poem or seeing a beautiful sunset, he said. “It could be a lot of things,” he observed. “It’s about being tuned in and

Raised the son of a State Department diplomat, Kaukonen lived in an assortment of countries while growing up. He was a shy kid who found comfort in strumming the chords of a guitar and reading books. “I wasn’t much of a joiner, and before I started playing in bands, the ability to play the guitar put me in the most comfortable place that I could have been at that point in my life,” he recalled. “And it’s always kind of been there for me. I guess Jack Casady is my oldest human friend, but in some ways the guitar is my oldest friend.” He continues to tour and perform because it’s the only way for him to maintain his skills at a high level. He and his wife of 30 years sometimes talk about slowing down, but “there’s no way for me to maintain the level that I like as a player and artist without working.” “I’ve never learned how to practice and get that,” he said. “That’s still really important to me. And also, I really do love the performing thing. That dialogue with an audience just never gets old to me. It’s still as rewarding as it ever was – maybe more so.” Contact Bill Livick at bill.

SASD takes over from WSTO at broadcasting meetings Since December, Stoughton Area school board meeting have been broadcast through the Stoughton Area School District, which has taken over the duties from WSTO TV. A c c o r d i n g t o a m e ssage on the station’s website, the two sides agreed to have district staff cover


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Bruno to be evaluated for State Supreme Court competency at March 5 hearing primary set for Feb. 20 Spring election

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A Stoughton man charged in the stabbing death of his roommate in November has been granted both a competency evaluation and hearing. Ted Bruno, 49, appeared in court Thursday, Feb. 8, with his assigned state assistant public defender, Tracey Lencioni. Colleen Taylor was also assigned to his case. Lencioni and Taylor requested Bruno be evaluated because they “have reason to doubt his competency,” according to a letter to the Dane County Circuit Court filed Feb. 7. Circuit judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn approved the request. “Counsel believes that Mr. Bruno is not able to understand the proceedings and participate in his own defense,” the letter wrote. “This is based on recent interactions with Mr. Bruno at the Dane County Jail.” The jail is where Bruno has been held since he was charged Nov. 30 with first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon in the

stabbing death of Kim Gaida on Nov. 27. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole. According to the criminal complaint, Bruno told police Gaida stabbed Bruno first and Bruno then fatally stabbed Gaida 11 times at Gaida’s home on Felland Street, where the two had been living together since Nov. 1. Lencioni and Taylor were appointed to his case Jan. 31. Bruno Bruno was appointed public defenders after more than two months in limbo, held on a $1 million bond. He has appeared in court several times since his originally scheduled preliminary hearing, which has yet to occur because of his lack of legal representation. The public defenders joined Bruno’s case after he claimed to have made several attempts at obtaining or hiring an attorney on his own. Bruno was originally denied a public defender because of the value of his assets, but that appears to have been overruled after

Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Hyland told Bruno at a status update hearing Jan. 25 he would consider approving Bruno’s appeal of the denial. It was at that hearing Bruno told Hyland he was trying to sell some belongings to raise money for a private attorney. Bruno told the court he had tried to sell his cars, but said his cars had been stolen from his property. But Stoughton Police Department chief Greg Leck told the Hub in an email Jan. 29 that his cars were not reported stolen. “To our knowledge Mr. Bruno’s vehicles have not been reported stolen, and as of last week they were still at the residence,” Leck wrote. The competency hearing, scheduled for March 5, will discuss the findings of the competency evaluation. The court must determine whether Bruno has sufficient ability to communicate with his lawyer and understand the proceedings as the case moves forward. Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.

Vo t e r s w i l l h a v e a chance to narrow the list of candidates for State 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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Dunn seeks new municipal judge, will discuss at Feb. 19 meeting BILL LIVICK Unified Newspaper Group

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

If You Go What: Dunn Town Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 Where: 4156 County Road B More info: Call Town Hall, 838-1081 handles citations issued by 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 apply, submit 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.livick@wcinet. com

SPD officer bitten during OWI arrest Police: Chicago man drove on wrong side of U.S. 51, resisted A Chicago man allegedly fought with Stoughton Police officers – biting one in the leg – as he was arrested for multiple potential charges after being stopped for suspicion of operating while intoxicated Thursday afternoon. An SPD news release said Cornell M. Watson, 31, caused a head-on collision involving three vehicles at the intersection of U.S Hwy. 51 and Jackson Street around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Police

said he was driving south in the northbound lane of Hwy. 51. As police were investigating the crash, Watson “fought with officers and bit an officer in the leg,” then damaged the squad’s interior by kicking one of the doors, according to the release. An officer was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released. None of the occupants in the other vehicles was injured. Watson was transported to the Dane County Jail after police recommended charges of battery to police officer, which is a felony, plus second-offense OWI, resisting arrest and

criminal damage to property. He was also issued traffic citations for operating after revocation, operating left of center and operating without proof of insurance and failing to install a required ignition interlock device. Wa t s o n w a s c h a rg e d Monday, Feb. 12 with battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement, a felony H charge. He is also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, a class A misdemeanor. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court March 5. – Scott De Laruelle

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Community Voices

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1892 building study is waste of money So another facilities study is in the works for the old 1892 building? How many studies need to be done? I believe this building has already had several studies done over the past 20 years. How much has the district spent to repair and maintain this building while it sits awaiting a final disposition? Funds that could have been better spent on useful operation of the district. As is true for the Stoughton Trailers building on South Street, it’s time to accept these

buildings have outlived their usefulness and tear them down before any more funds are expended to keep them standing. If certain committees and groups in town desire to keep these buildings standing, then let them pay to do so. This thought goes for the private building downtown as well. Let the owner proceed with his desire to tear it down and provide more green space. Colby Smith City of Stoughton

Teamwork needed to unify Stoughton I want to thank the majority on the Common Council who voted last month to move forward with planning for the whitewater park on the Yahara River. I hope this positive decision will provide momentum to move forward on developing a master plan for Mandt Park and resolving disagreements on the riverfront redevelopment. People and businesses will be attracted to the riverfront development, where people can walk on pedestrian bridges over the whitewater park to enjoy Mandt Park, and walk to downtown

Stoughton to enjoy outstanding dining, eclectic art, diverse entertainment, specialty shops and Norwegian culture. We need to overcome our differences and move forward together to make the combination of Mandt Park, the whitewater park, the riverfront development and downtown Stoughton the heart of our community and a focal point to attract visitors. Together we can accomplish great things. Steven J. Albrechtsen City of Stoughton

Correction A story in the Feb. 8 edition of the Stoughton Courier Hub about the new teen program at the library incorrectly explained the funding for the program. Funding came from an anonymous donation from a Stoughton community member. The Hub regrets the error.

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Let the events of the year shape how you remember it


few weeks ago if I saw you I would have said, “Happy New Year!” Now, if I see you I just say “Hi.” The newness of the New Year is fading away. When I was 10, one year represented one-tenth of my life year. Every year, I was older, I was bigger, I knew more, and I had more responsibility. Now at 58, I seem to be pretty much the same as I was at 57. One year represents just 1/58th of my life. This makes one year feel much shorter and less eventful. No Budnar longer do the years seem to distinguish themselves from one another. I used to think the problem was that I needed to do something new in the New Year to make it memorable. So I tried new things. I learned to scuba dive. I jumped from an airplane. I tried hang-gliding. I traveled to various countries, and I joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard and served for four years. Now, as I continue to age, I

think what is memorable is not the New Year, or even the new events, but the life-changing events. All of these events I remember have helped to change my life for the better. I have a fear of heights, which I have learned does not have to keep me from going to great heights. I have a respect for people and culture, which was fostered when I traveled. Service in the Guard increased my love for our country. These events happened years ago, but the changes in me still live. Another life-changing event was when I moved to Stoughton. I don’t remember the year I moved, until I think hard about it. I remember I have been here about five years, then I subtract the years form the current year and I know what year I came. Without much effort, however, I remember the event clearly. I remember that everyone was very welcoming – both the people I met at Church and the people I met throughout town. I remember I was sad to move from Darlington, yet excited to move to Stoughton. I remember that I opened my heart and my mind to the people of St. Ann so I could be the pastor God wants

me to be. The kind and loving start I had here in Stoughton still lives in me. It is in my decisions, in my thought, in my attitude. As I talk with people, I find most remember the same way. They seldom have trouble remembering the major events in their lives, but like me, they sometimes have to pause and think to remember the year. The year ends, but the events continue to form and shape us. The influence of events continues in our lives, as one event builds on another. It can work the same with negative experiences, as well. If you have let one negative event lead to another and another, this could be the year to start a positive event and then add other positive events to it. Sometimes we can build up the positive event so well that we can see the positive things that may have come from a negative event. If you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, consider building up the positive events in your life and enjoy the love that will grow in your heart. The Rev. Randy Budnar is pastor of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stoughton.

Destruction of Eggelson’s woods shows ‘the greed in man’ The motivation of people’s behavior has always puzzled me, perhaps that’s why I have been a psychologist for the past 30 years, yet the destruction of our woods at Eggleson’s is fairly easy to understand. Greed motivates the best of us. To really believe a developer flattened this animal sanctuary to “rent” for corn production is absolutely ridiculous. Like many individuals who can buy up land, destroy it and sell it for business parks or to real estate companies, it shows the greed in man. The real issue is one of honesty and character. A developer who

knew what this concept meant would have gathered those families together and stated their real intentions and asked those affected “how can we minimize this disruption, do you want us to keep some trees to buffer the visual, noise etc.?” None of that occurred, 21 households were not consulted with, a lack of what, time, character or people just don’t care? No one likes disruption, and I accepted a long time ago change is needed, but also I remind us we can be respectful in this process. I am only hopeful that our children understand the

importance of balancing development with our woods and land. It’s obvious my generation failed to grasp this understanding. A wonderful book entitled “Last Child in the Woods” emphasizes the spiritual part of trees and land. It should be read by the decision makers so our community doesn’t repeat what many others have mistakenly called progress. Michael G. Brown Ph. D. City of Stoughton

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McGeever wants to ‘move Stoughton forward’ as mayor In April we have the opportunity to elect a new mayor for the city of Stoughton. I have had the privilege of serving on the Stoughton City Council with a long time citizen of Stoughton, Bob McGeever, and hold him in high regard as a friend and a dedicated public servant.

I know Bob wants to move Stoughton forward in a very positive way. Having served in the Wisconsin State Legislature three terms and the council three terms, I have come to appreciate the dedication and commitment public service requires, and I can say without reservation that Mr.

McGeever will be a mayor we can all be proud of. Please be sure to vote in April and vote for Bob McGeever for mayor of Stoughton. Rudy Silbaugh City of Stoughton

McCabe as governor would be ‘dedicated to betterment of all’ Mike McCabe made Wisconsin a better place to live. Unlike the other gubernatorial candidates, Mike McCabe stands out and it’s not just because of his blue jeans. He stands out because of his unwavering resolve for the common good of the people in our state. McCabe has decades of hard work ethic in his life’s devotion for an open, honest and transparent government. Without his invaluable service, we would be living

in a very different state than the one we know today. McCabe’s campaign slogan “Principle Over Party” tells a tale in itself. It says that a person’s values, thoughts and actions are more important to him than labels and he shows it, as he is a life long independent running in a heavily democratic field of contenders. McCabe continues to lead the way by limiting his campaign funding to five donations of

two hundred dollars. If elected, McCabe refuses to live in the governor’s mansion and will only accept a yearly pay one dollar less than the average Wisconsin worker. Mike McCabe is truly dedicated for the betterment of all of us. It’s up to all of us to make Mike McCabe our next governor. Robby Ree City of Stoughton

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Stoughton Utilities seeks Norse View Heights plan takes shape 13 percent rate increase Commission gives City of Stoughton

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Current developments

Grosso units in Business Park: Under construction Arnett’s Addition to Norse View Heights: Recently discussed urban service area amendment application materials for submittal to CARPC Chalet Court: Plans are to rezone to multi-family and vacate Chalet Court Skaalen assisted-living facility: Under construction. Goodwill: Doing interior remodeling, with plans to open as soon as possible 400 S. Van Buren St. apartment project (Todd Nelson): Site work left to do Pick ‘n Save gas pumps: Plans for a spring start Dunkin’ Donuts and Pancake House: Under construction Stoughton Utilities substation off Hwy 138: Under construction. Nordic Ridge single-family: All two-family lots sold; part of the Parade of Homes again this year Nordic Ridge multi-family lot near County Hwy. A: Planned for development this year

A proposed housing development on the city’s north side that’s been in the works for several years returned to the Planning Commission Monday and received a series of suggestions to get the project going again. The concept for Norse View Heights shows 17 single family lots, two mixed use buildings and two seven-unit townhouses at the northwest corner of County Hwy. B and Williams Drive. Commissioner Scott Truehl said the proposed single-family lots would probably be too small at 45-feet wide and about one-tenth of – Reported by city planning department an acre. “(These lots) are incredibly dense, and I can’t imagine how small some of these developed, I think there’s take action on the concept Contact Amber Levenhahouses might end up having going to be too many hous- plan, which is expected to gen at amber.levenhagen@ be amended with commis- to be,” he said at the meet- es.” The commission didn’t sioners’ suggestions about ing. “Should these all be

City in brief Public works gets green light Commissioners recommended approval of new Stoughton Public Works facility. Commissioners had few comments, and nobody spoke during two public hearings, a rezoning and certified survey map to combine two parcels at 2439 Cty. Hwy. A and 1101 Collins Road, and conditional use permit to allow extra parking stalls. The rezoning, which requires Common Council approval, would change the properties to institutional and heavy industrial, respectively, to accommodate the building and a composting operation. The extra parking stalls are anticipated to be

used by guests during training exer- said he did not anticipate there being cises. an issue with the landscaping plan but wanted to go over it in detail to Apartments OK’d at 314 W. make sure it complies with zoning ordinances. Main St. The city’s Redevelopment AuthoriThe Planning Commission gave ty purchased the property in 2010 for conditional approval Monday night $169,000 and sold the half-acre propto two four-unit apartment buildings erty to local developer Todd Nelson on West Main Street. last year. He did not attend the meetConstruction of the buildings ing, and a timeline was not shared for would put an end to a long saga of the project, but in a purchase agreethe city’s attempt to redevelop the ment with the city, Nelson is required former Marathon gas station, which to required to complete construction closed in 2005. by the end of the year. The plans require staff approval of The site would have a total of eight the landscaping plan, which had been units, with eight covered parking and submitted hours before. four outside parking stalls. Planning director Rodney Scheel

Pancake Cafe coming to Kettle Park West The business website,, claims the store will open April 1. AMBER LEVENHAGEN Both the cafe and Dunkin’ Donuts are under construcUnified Newspaper Group tion. Founded March 2001, The Pancake Cafe will join Dunkin’ Donuts as the Stoughton location will another breakfast spot at be the third for the company – the other two are Kettle Park West.

Will open April 1

located in Fitchburg and Madison. Pancake Cafe, 2420 State Hwy. 138, suite 106, will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant is known for its breakfast but also has a lunch menu. It also offers online ordering for

pickup. Kids are able to eat free from 7-9 a.m. with a purchase of an adult meal. To view the menu, visit Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

Kimo, Kreed newest K9s for DCSO 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 go through extensive training together, Katzenmeyer wrote in a message to the Hub.

“(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. Contact Alexander Cramer at​

KEVIN MURPHY Hub correspondent

The Stoughton Water Utility is seeking to raise rates for monthly residential bills by an estimated $3.49, or 13 percent overall. The increase is to recover the cost of replacing water mains in recent years, SU finance director Jamin Friedl told the Hub. Residential customers pay $26.88 monthly for 5,000 gallons o f w a t e r. Under the n ew r a t e s , they would pay $30.37 for the same v o l u m e i f Friedl the Public Service Commission approves the water rate application the utility submitted last week, Friedl said. The dollar amounts include the public fire protection charge imposed on water bills to collect hydrant maintenance and other firefighting associated costs the utility incurs. “Even if the new rates were approved, the cost of water here would be well below the state average,” for similar-sized utilities,” Friedl said. The utility last increased rates in 2016 by 12 percent. The water utility has been replacing water mains at a cost of $800,000 to $1 million annually in recent years, as aging mains are replaced when streets are reconstructed, said Friedl. This year, that expense will be reduced to $191,000, but Friedl anticipates the main replacement schedule will be back to $700,000 next year and to $1 million in 2020, as the city resumes the pace of street reconstruction. The utility will be borrowing money at the end of this year to fund system improvements scheduled for 2019 and 2020, he said. Without the new rates, the utility this year would have an estimated net income of $268,930 and earn a 2.7 percent rate of return of the net value of its infrastructure. The requested rates, if approved, would boost annual revenue by $267,428, increase net income to $536,358 and earn the utility a 5.25 percent rate of return, according the rate application. With existing rates, utility revenue has increased from $1.75 million in 2014 to an estimated $2.11

million this year. Operating expenses have also increased from $903,595 in 2014 to an estimated $1.04 million this year. Payments in lieu of taxes and depreciation expense, which also have climbed in recent years, boosts total 2018 expenses to an estimated $1.84 million, according to the application. PSC staff will review the rate application, recommend an amount of revenue it determines the utility needs to remain financially viable and then hold a public hearing in Stoughton and Madison when the utility and customers can comment on the rate recommendation. The PSC will announce date and time of the public hearing, and then issue a rate order. The process should three to four months, Friedl said.

Lead pipes, too A change in state law could have an effect on the utility’s finances, as well. The law will make low-interest loans available for residents who want to replace lead plumbing on their property. It also allows municipalities to prove provide financial assistance to property owners to replace the lead water lines a resident owns. Stoughton’s water utility replaces lead piping when it finds it in streets and rights-of-way, while repairing or replacing its valves and pipes. Since 1980, the utility has notified property owners when it identifies lead piping on private property. The homeowner usually calls a plumber to replace it, said Bob Kardasz, director of Stoughton Utilities. The PSC has not allowed utilities to recover the cost of replacing lead pipes on residential property that connect homes to water mains, typically at the street curb. Lead pipes are found mainly in and around homes built before World War II, since then copper and other materials have been used. What Stoughton will do in response to the new law has not been decided, said Kardasz. “This brand-new legislation is being evaluated,” Kardasz said. “It would allow a utility to borrow money and create a fund customers could utilize. It subject to approval by the Utilities Committee and the Council, though.”

Edgerton Conservation Club


Saturday, February 24 – 9:00am-4:00pm Sunday, February 25 – 9:00am-3:00pm


Edgerton Tri-County Auditorium 112 Swift St., Downtown Edgerton (Next to the Post Office)



parking spaces and lot size before returning in a future meeting. Developer A.J. Arnett’s initial preliminary plat for the subdivision was approved in September 2016 with 32 new dwelling units but several conditions the developer was unable to meet, including sanitary sewer plans and regional sewer system approval. A preliminary plat is considered the “entitlement phase” of the project – meaning the city is essentially obligated to approve a final plat that’s substantially similar. A few minutes before discussing the development, the commission talked about status of current housing developments in Stoughton, including Nordic Ridge. All of the two-family lots have been sold, and a multi-family lot near County Hwy. A is planned for development this year.


February 15, 2018

Stoughton Courier Hub

Coming up

Community calendar

ROHS meeting

free. new with the group. The tour will Carry outs are available by calling be hosted by Dan Prueher and Mary R Olde House Society (ROHS) 608-289-6543. All profits will bene- Onsager. will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. fit Knights of Columbus programs. Registration can be completed at Thursday, Feb. 15, at the McFarland the front desk. Larson House, 6003 Exchange St., Support group guest speaker in McFarland. The Chron’s, Colitis and IBD Inner peace class A tour will be given of the Queen support group at Stoughton HospiStoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge Anne Victorian home, owned and tal will have a guest speaker for the St., will host a class about stress and restored by the McFarland Histori- 5:30 p.m. special meeting Wednes- anxiety at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. cal Society. After the tour, the group day, Feb. 21, at the hospital, 900 Tina Mancusi will teach how to will adjourn to Cully’s Cocktail Ridge St. transform your life with five steps to Lounge, 210 S. Water St., StoughAnne Kolasch is a wound care create inner peace and balance. ton. certified registered nurse and ostoThe workshop is open to ages 14 The ROHS is a group of people my management specialist from and up. Registration is requested preserving Stoughton’s treasures, Stoughton Hospital’s Wound Care and can be done at stoughtonhosone house at a time. Attendees are Clinic. She will join the support and click on “classes and asked to bring a treat to share. New- group as a guest speaker and answer events.” comers are welcome. questions. For information, call 873-2356. For information, email The support group is free and intended for families and individ- A Stoughton Odyssey uals over 18 years of age. Family Bill Amundson will share a Fish fry members and caregivers are encour- humorous presentation about his Knights of Columbus Council aged to attend. coming of age from 6:30-8 p.m. 6508 at St. Joseph Catholic Church For information, call 873-7928 or Thursday, Feb. 22, at the library. will host an all-you-can-eat fish visit Amundson will share stories of fry from 4:30-7 p.m. (or until the life in Stoughton in the 1950’s, 60’s SVP tour food is gone) Friday, Feb. 16, at St. and 70’s. He will reflect on his NorJoseph Catholic Church parish hall, Learn more about the Badger The- wegian-American upbringing and 590 S. St. Joseph Circle, Edgerton. ater, Stoughton’s first movie theater how it has affected him and our The menu includes baked and from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. community to this day. fried cod, french fries and baked 23, at the senior center. The program is made possible potatoes, mac and cheese, soup, Deadline to sign up for the tour is by the generosity of Elizabeth and coleslaw, dinner rolls, beverages Feb. 21. Cecily Long, in honor of Elizabeth and homemade desserts. The cost is The theater, built in 1921, is home Schultz. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age to the Stoughton Village Players. For information, visit 60 and older, and $5 for children Tour attendees can learn more about ages 5-12. Children under 5 eat for the history of the theater and what’s

Baha’i Faith

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

Covenant Lutheran Church

Bible Baptist Church

1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton • 873-7494 • Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Worship Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. School

Christ Lutheran Church

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

2095 Hwy. W, Utica 873-7077 • 423-3033 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship 700 Hwy. B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: Sunday worship times: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., 9:10 a.m. family express worship, 9:40 a.m. Sunday school.

Christ the King Community Church

401 W. Main St., Stoughton • 877-0303 • Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship

Christian Assembly Church

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Cooksville Lutheran Church

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


Pete Gunderson Mike Smits • Dale Holzhuter Martha Paton, Administrative Manager Sara Paton Barkenhagen, Administrative Assistant Paul Selbo, Funeral Assistant Alyssa Halverson, Funeral Dir. Apprentice


221 Kings Lynn Rd. Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-8888

First Lutheran Church

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

Fulton Church

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

Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church

1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton 873-5924 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. 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

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton 561-7450 • Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10 Fellowship Meal follows service on first Sabbath

Stoughton Baptist Church

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

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. - Short Service; 10 a.m. - Full Worship

West Koshkonong Lutheran Church 1911 Koshkonong, Stoughton Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship

Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church

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

Posessed 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


1358 Hwy 51, Stoughton

Ezra Church

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion

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

‌Thursday, February 15‌

• Noon to 5 p.m., Volunteer income tax assistance (appointments required), senior center, 216-3613‌ • 1-5 p.m., Personal Essentials Pantry, 343 E. Main St.,‌ • 3-4 p.m., Computer class: iPhones, iPads and iPad minis, senior center, 873-8585‌ • 3:30-5 p.m., Hamilton trivia (teens in grades 6 and up), library, 873-6281‌ • 7 p.m., ROHS meeting, McFarland Larson House, 6003 Exchange St., McFarland,‌

‌Friday, February 16‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌ • 1 p.m., Classic movie Friday: “North by Northwest,” senior center, 873-8585‌ • 4:30-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council fish fry ($12, $10 seniors, $5 children, free for under 5), 590 S. St. Joseph Circle, 289-6543‌

‌Saturday, February 17‌

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Volunteer income tax assistance (appointments required), senior center, 216-3613‌ • 10 a.m., Lego club, library, 873-6281‌

‌Monday, February 19‌

• 6:30 p.m., Baby storytime (ages 0-2), library, 8736281‌

‌Tuesday, February 20‌

• 11 a.m., Olympic Jeopardy, senior center, 873-8585‌ • 6:30 p.m., Evening storytime (ages 0-6), library, 8736281‌

‌Wednesday, February 21‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌ • 5:30 p.m., Support group guest speaker, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-7928 • 6-7:30 p.m., Watercolor class ($15, registration due by Feb. 19), senior center, 873-8585‌

‌Thursday, February 22‌

• 6 p.m., Inner peace class, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-2356 • 6:30-8 p.m., A Stoughton Odyssey: One Boy’s Journey, library, 873-6281‌

‌Friday, February 23‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌ • 11 a.m. to noon, SVP tour, senior center, 873-8585

‌Sunday, February 25‌

• 2 p.m., Yoga Sundays, library, 873-6281‌

‌Tuesday, February 27‌

• 6:30 p.m., Page Turners adult book discussion, library, 873-6281‌

‌Wednesday, February 28‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌

Support groups Diabetic Support Group • 6 p.m., second Monday, Stoughton Hospital, 628-6500 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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February 15, 2018


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Home: Dozens of adaptive features allow veteran increased independence in new home Continued from page 1 after the ceremony was complete, 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 Hub. “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 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 Hub. “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 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.”

Photo by Scott Girard

The “key” from the Homes for Our Troops organization sits next to a U.S. flag on the counter in the Dennisons’ new kitchen. 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 of Dennison’s legs. The group he was with was about 50 yards from their pickup site when the blast launched Dennison into a creek about 20 feet away. It was one day after he had been promoted to platoon sergeant. “My buddy behind me 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 Hub in a 2016 email. He was soon evacuated to Kandahar Air Base, where his legs were amputated below the knee. Back in the U.S. at Walter Reed Medical Center – where he would eventually hear about HFOT – 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

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 Losing his legs stove and sink, higher outlets, lower light switches and The Scottish-born Dennian accessible shower and son told the Hub two years

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On the Web Find out more about Homes for Our Troops: 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 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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A Vietnam veteran, right, speaks with Samantha and Russell Dennison in their new kitchen.


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February 15, 2018

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Coons to serve as Syttende Mai royalty Announcement made at Norse Afternoon AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

Bob and Jodi Coon were selected to serve as 2018 Syttende Mai King and Queen. Their reign was announced at Norse Afternoon of Fun Sunday, Feb. 11. They have a long history in Stoughton — both were born and raised here — and are most commonly known as the owners of the Culvers in Stoughton, which will celebrate 17 years of business in March. Bob and Jodi started dating in 1980 and were married four years later at Covenant Lutheran Church, where they are both still active members. They have two children, Andrew (AJ) and Bradley, and four grandchildren to AJ’s and his wife, Tessa, four children. Though Bob can’t claim any Norwegian heritage, Jodi claims 99 percent. Her mother’s family came from the Telemark region in southern Norway and her dad’s came from Ovre Ardal, central Norway. B o b ’s f i r s t j o b w a s

Syttende Mai junior royalty Hunter Johnson and Jordyn Bradford accept their gift baskets.

Jodi and Bob Coon will serve as the 2018 Syttende Mai Queen and King. delivering prescriptions for Sherry Pharmacy. He worked part-time as a bartender at the Norse Chalet. He started working in the tobacco fields in high school and “finally gave up that back breaking, blister

causing job” three years ago. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he graduated with a degree in marketing. Jodi’s first job was at Skaalen Nursing and Rehab Center. She worked as

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

a waitress at Sunnyside Resort, which holds a particularly special memory. It’s where Bob proposed to her after an employee Christmas party. She graduated from Madison Business College as an executive secretary.

They moved to the Sauk City area after their weddings, but moved back to the area after becoming partners with Ron and Barb Mallon in the Culver’s in McFarland in 1993. They owned that location for several years before deciding to sell that location and open their own in 2001. They opened another location in Cottage Grove in 2016. AJ is first assistant and part owner of the Cottage Grove location, and Bradley is first assistant in Stoughton and also part of the Culver’s national training team. Bob and Jodi are proud to give back to the community through their restaurant,

according to their Syttende Mai bio. They host fundraisers for community organizations and groups such as the Stoughton Area Resource Team, West Koshkonong Church, Stoughton food pantry and numerous school district activities. They also support Food for Kids, Stoughton Fire Department, Stoughton Hospital and Stoughton Library. They were the recipients of the Community Appreciation Award in 2015 and were named Business People of the Year in 2009. Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

Norse Afternoon of Fun 2018 The Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers led Norse Afternoon of Fun on Sunday. Bob and Jodi Coon’s Syttende Mai King and Queen announcement was a highlight of the performance. Hunter Johnson and Jordyn Bradford will serve as junior royalty. Troy Wieser accepted the 2018 Community Appreciation Award, which recognized him for his decades of service in the Stoughton community. - Amber Levenhagen

The Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers perform during Norse Afternoon of Fun.

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

Above, Troy Wieser accepts the Community Appreciation Award. Below, Marty and Jean Lamers are announced as Syttende Mai King and Queen for the last time.

Stoughton area fourth graders sing the Norwegian National Anthem.

Jeremy Jones, sports editor

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Boys swimming

Player of the week From Feb. 6-13

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Senior Chase Millam finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle Saturday with a time of 1 minute, 52.87 seconds. Millam qualified for state in the event, as well as part of the 400 free relay team.

Clark, Millam qualify for state Both advance as individuals, lead 400 free team

JEREMY JONES Sports editor

The Stoughton boys swim team advanced two individuals and one relay through Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 sectional and onto the state meet Feb. 16 in Madison. Sophomore Conner Clark and senior Chase Millam each qualified for an individual event Friday inside the U W- M a d i s o n N a t a t o r i u m . They will also be swimming

on a Viking 400-yard freestyle relay with senior Ian Bormett and junior Hayden Hammond. The state tournament field is made up of the sectional champion in each event from all four sectionals statewide, along with the next 12 fastest times. Stoughton had 19 season-bests out of 21 possible swims at sectionals in Baraboo, including all three state qualifier swims Clark and Millam were part of. The Vikings took seventh of the 12 teams competing with 142 points. Clark finished a team-best fourth overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.71 seconds Saturday and is

If You Go What: WIAA Division 2 state swimming meet Where: UW-Madison Natatorium When: 6:30 p.m. Friday Cost: $6 seeded 14th at state. He finished eighth in the 100 backstroke with a 59.12 but missed the state cut of 58.67. Millam took seventh place in the 200 free with a personal-best 1:52.87. His time was the 16th fastest in Division 2,

landing him in lane 8 of heat 1 this weekend. Millam said he didn’t know how to feel about the mix of emotions swimming in his final sectional meet, but he knew qualifying for state was exciting. “Just making state alone is an achievement,” he said. “I’m definitely excited that I get to go back.” Saturday’s sectional meet didn’t come without a few regrets for Millam, though. Millam who has swam everything from the 100 to 1,000 free this season said he “definitely prefers longer sprints to mid-distance races,”

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Stoughton advances to team state for fifth year ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Stoughton wrestling came into Tuesday’s WIAA Division 1 team sectional at Elkhorn ranked third with seven ranked individuals, and the Elks came in ninth with five ranked individuals. But at the end of the day, the three-time team state runner-up Vikings were still too much for Elkhorn in a 48-13 win, sending Stoughton to the D1 team state meet for the fifth straight season. The Vikings won 10 of 14 matches, but they did lose two in sudden-victory overtime and another by one point, and that is what co-coach Dan Spilde was focused on after the dual. “You never want to let those close ones go,” Dan Spilide said. “The fortunate thing was that the team had enough points. We are going to get some of those rematches this weekend (at individual sectionals), hopefully we can turn the tables then.”

Team state Stoughton travels to the UW-Fieldhouse Friday, March 2, for the WIAA Division 1 team state quarterfinals and semifinals. The D1 final is at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. There were plenty of highlights for Stoughton on Tuesday, however. The Vikings led 15-4 before the 126-pound match between sophomore Braeden Whitehead and Elkhorn senior Grant Truesdale. Whitehead came in ranked No. 7, and Truesdale was No. 8. Whitehead wasted no time showing who was the better wresPhoto by Anthony Iozzo tler Tuesday, though. He scored a Freshman Brooks Empey scores a near fall against Elkhorn senior takedown and a 3-point near fall Nathan Welsh in the 182-pound match Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 team sectional. Empey won a 12-3 major decision, and Turn to Team sectional/Page 10 Stoughton won the dual 48-13.

Name: Chase Millam Grade: Senior Sport: Swimming Highlights: Millam qualified for the WIAA Division 2 state swimming meet in the 200 free and on the 400 free relay with Hayden Hammond, Conner Clark and Ian Bormett Honorable mentions: Alex Wicks (wrestling) won a regional title at 106 pounds, beating Fort Atkinson’s Sawyer Brandenburg to avenge a loss at the Badger Conference meet Luke Mechler (wrestling) won a regional title at 132 pounds after missing the second half of the season with an injury Cassidy Bach (girls bb) scored seven of her 12 points in the second half on Feb. 6 in a win over rival Oregon, and she added 20 points in a win over Fort Atkinson Saturday Tommy McClain (boys bb) had 20 points in a loss to Monroe Friday and another 19 in a loss to Brown Deer Saturday McKenzie Nisius (girls hockey) stopped 31 shots on goal Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Arrowhead

Boys hockey

Vikes overcome 11 penalites to beat Monroe JEREMY JONES Sports editor

The Stoughton boy hockey team found itself doing core training and wall sits rather than celebrating in the locker room Tuesday evening following a 3-2 WIAA regional semifinal victory over Monroe. Viking sophomore forward Brody Hlavacek iced the game with a little more than three minutes remaining in regulation, going hard to the net and poking the puck through the legs of Monroe goaltender Heath Bear. “We played the puck well up the ice, and then we had a good rebound in front of the net,” Hlavacek said. “That goal really fired us back up.” Despite doing just enough to eek out the win, coach Kris Rosholt said he knows his team has to be more discliplined after the Vikings took 11 penalties for the game, including six in the second period. “We’ve had a couple spurts this season where we’ve let our mental focus get away from us,” Rosholt said. “We took lazy, maybe retaliation penalties, whatever the case may be. They were all penalties.” Two of those penalties came back to bite the Vikings, helping Monroe claw out of a 2-0 deficit following a pair of Nolan Stapelfeldt goals for Stoughton. Monroe’s Cade Janecke popped in a 5-on-3 power play goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second period, and teammate Payton Stauffacher added a second power play goal off a redirection in front of Stoughton goaltender Carson Roisum

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Vikings advance all 14 to sectionals, claim nine regional titles ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Stoughton wrestling has a full team headed to sectionals after advancing all 14 participants Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Sun Prairie regional. The Vikings, which also claimed the regional team title and advanced to Tuesday’s D1 team sectional at Elkhorn, had nine regional champions and finished with 313.5 points – 138 points ahead of second-place Sun Prairie. Senior Tyler Dow (160 pounds), senior Aodan Marshall (heavyweight), junior Hunter Lewis (120), junior Luke Geister-Jones (170), sophomore Braeden Whitehead (126), sophomore Nathan Rein (113), freshman Alex Wicks (106), freshman Luke Mechler (132) and freshman Brooks Empey (182) all claimed regionals titles. S e n i o r G av i n M i l l e r (220), senior Will Neuenfeld (195), junior Cade Spilde (152) and sophomore Gavin Model (138) all finished runner-up, and senior Cody Suddeth (145) took third to also advance to sectionals.

Regional champs Dow, Marshall, Lewis, Whitehead, Rein, Wicks, Mechler and Empey all finished 2-0 Saturday with a bye in the quarterfinals. Geister-jones went 3-0 to win his title. D ow ( 4 5 - 1 ) d e f e a t e d Oregon senior Devin Keast (26-8) in a 16-3 major decision in the 160 title match, and Marshall (32-5) pinned Oconomowoc junior Marco Contreras (20-13) in 3 minutes, 2 seconds in the heavyweight final. L ew i s ( 4 2 - 4 ) p i n n e d Wa t e r t ow n s o p h o m o r e Edward Wilkowski (35-3) in 1:49 in the 120 final, and Whitehead (20-1) pinned Fort Atkinson senior Nolan Kraus (26-4) in 5:45. Rein (25-13) defeated DeForest junior Luke Beyer (23-18) 7-2 in the 113-title match, and Wicks (30-14) pinned Fort Atkinson sophomore Sawyer Brandenburg (26-14) in 2:50 for his regional title at 106. Mechler (13-1) defeated Fort Atkinson senior Draven

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

Sigmund (33-9) 6-5 for his title at 132, and Empey (2519) pinned Fort Atkinson freshman Jacob Horvatin (9-10) in 34 seconds to win a title at 182. Geister-Jones (36-12) claimed his regional title at 170 with a pin over Sun Prairie senior Jack Heraldson (28-15) in 54 seconds.

SHS dances to seventh at state

Other qualifiers Neuenfeld (20-9) defeated Fort Atkinson freshman Thomas Witkins (14-7) 8-3 in the 195 semifinal, but he was pinned in 1:04 by Watertown senior Stephen Maule (27-1). Miller (31-13) defeated Sun Prairie sophomore Mason Smith (33-9) 7-3 in the 220 semifinal, but he was edged 3-2 by Watertown junior Matt Brewster (36-4) in the title match. Cade Spilde (38-10) d e f e a t e d O c o n o m ow o c junior Keagan Lazar (286) 4-3 in overtime in the 152 semifinals, but he fell to DeForest senior Austin Rauls (39-6) 5-3 in the firstplace match. Model (37-8) needed a wrestleback to take second. Model was edged 4-3 by Watertown junior Nick Logan (37-6) in the firstplace match at 138 pounds, but he won a 15-0 technical fall against Sun Prairie senior Wyatt Thiel (28-14) in the second-place wrestleback. Suddeth (8-5) fell to Fort Atkinson senior Nico Roscioli (28-7) 12-5 in the 145 semifinal, but he bounced back with a 6-2 win over DeForest senior Ardit Beluli (27-16) in the third-place match. Individual sectionals is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Atkinson High School. The top two finishers in each weight class advance to state. The first round is an elimination round.

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)

The Stoughton dance team finished seventh at the Division 2 state meet in La Crosse on Feb. 3. Submitted photo

Girls hockey

Icebergs shutout in regular season finale JEREMY JONES ​Sports editor

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. “This group of seniors has changed the program for the better for sure,” he said. Kiernan Hovland scored all three goals for Arrowhead, including one in the first period and two in the secPhoto by Jeremy Jones ond. Sydney Schipper (15) gets behind the Arrowhead defense Saturday inside the Nisius stopped 31 shots on goal, Mandt Community Center. The Icebergs lost the nonconference game 3-0. including 13 in the first period. Emily Netteshein made 13 saves for the Warhawks. She never faced more than seven shots in a period. The Icebergs received a sevThe Icebergs girls hockey co-op (6-16-0) travels to Milt Lunda Arena at enth-seed for the WIAA postseason 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional semifinal game against second-seeded Black and travel to second-seeded Black River Falls (15-7-1). River Falls at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Team sectional: Stoughton on to individual sectionals next Continued from page 9 and nearly got a pin in the first period. His 10-2 major decision gave Stoughton a 19-4 lead. Whitehead, who was at Milton last season, said he had an idea of what Truesdale does on the mat after watching him wrestle former teammate Dalton Shea. “I knew I would have a tough match, so I came in mentally prepared on the bus ride and thought about what I wanted to do,” he said.Senior heavyweight Aodan Marshall started things off against senior Hunter Hummel. Last year in the team sectional, Hummel defeated Marshall in overtime, but Marshall earned some revenge Tuesday. Marshall scored two takedowns in

the first two periods and took a 4-1 lead.Marshall led 8-1 in the third and took a chance at getting a pin but that shot nearly backfired. Hummel scored a reversal, and he came close to putting Marshall on his back. Hummel was only able to get a two-point near fall, and Marshall held on for an 8-5 win. Freshman Luke Mechler also had a good match against Elkhorn junior Dan Stilling at 132 pounds. Stilling came in ranked No. 3, but Mechler fought toeto-toe with Stilling in a 3-2 loss. Mechler and Stilling were tied before an escape gave Stilling the lead with 45 seconds left. Both wrestlers came close to a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but no points were awarded. Senior Tyler Dow added a pin over

sophomore Aaron Taylor in 1 minute, 8 seconds at 160 pounds, and junior Cade Spilde pinned senior Charlie Schweinler in 3:49 at 152. Junior Hunter Lewis (120) pinned junior Ted Woyak in 1:09, and sophomore Nathan Rein (113) pinned freshman Luke Truesdale in 3:26. Senior Gavin Miller finished the dual with a 12-3 major decision over senior Dakota Biefeld at 220, and freshman Brooks Empey won a 12-4 major decision over senior Nathan Welsh at 182. Senior Will Neuenfeld received a forfeit at 195, and sophomore Gavin Model won a 7-2 decision over sophomore Coleman Karl at 138. Junior Luke Geister-Jones (170 pounds) and freshman Rudy Detweiler (145) both lost decision in sudden-victory overtime.

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Boys basketball

Girls basketball

Vikings get No. 2 Big second half leads Vikings past Fort seed, host regionals Badger What’s next ANTHONY IOZZO

Ward led Monroe with 15 points.

Assistant sports editor


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Stoughton girls basketball will have two home games in the WIAA Division 2 regionals after earning a No. 2 seed in the top half of sectional 3. The Vikings (17-4 overall, 10-3 Badger South) host the winner of No. 7 DeForest and No. 10 Baraboo at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the regional semifinal. Reedsburg earned the No. 3 seed and play the winner of No. 6 McFarland and No. 11 Mount Horeb. Stoughton will most likely take on Reedsburg (16-4, 11-2 Badger North) in the regional final. The two teams met on Jan. 13 in the Badger Challenge with the Vikings winning 69-54. To p - s e e d e d M o n r o e (19-2, 13-0) plays the winner of No. 8 Portage and No. 9 Sauk Prairie in their

What’s next Stoughton closes the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Thursday against Watertown. regional semifinal, and No. 4 Oregon hosts No. 5 Monona Grove. 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.

Stoughton wins by 61 over Fort ‌ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor‌

Stoughton girls basketball jumped out to a big lead and never looked back Saturday in a 75-14 win over Fort Atkinson. The host Vikings had a running clock in the second half, holding the Blackhawks to under 10 points in each half. Senior guard Cassidy Bach had 20 points, six rebounds and six steals for Stoughton, and junior guard Emma Kissling added 13 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Peighton Trieloff chipped in 12 points, and junior g u a r d A l ex A s h wo r t h had eight points and four steals.

Badger South Team W-L Monroe 13-0 Stoughton 10-3 Edgewood 8-5 Oregon 7-6 Milton 6-7 Monona Grove 5-8 Watertown 3-10 Fort Atkinson 0-13 Senior guard Paige H a l ve r s o n a n d j u n i o r guard Kyianna Baker each chipped in six points and three steals. Baker also had five rebounds.

The Stoughton boys basketball team took care of business Tuesday at Fort Atkinson, outscoring the Blackhawks by 19 points in the second half of a 72-52 win. The Vikings (13-7 overall, 11-1 Badger South) remained tied for first place with fourthranked Monona Grove (19-1, 11-1), but they only led by one at halftime, 23-22, before pulling away from Fort Atkinson (3-16, 2-9). Senior guard Brady Schipper finished with 27 points. Senior guard Aidan McGee and sophomore forward Adam Hobson also scored double-digits, as the Vikings finished with 28 made field

Stoughton hosts Oregon at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

goals. Senior forward Jesse Kutz led the Blackhawks with 13 points.

Monroe 69, Stoughton 68 The Vikings tooks their first loss in the Badger South on Friday, 69-68 at Monroe. Stoughton led by 12 at halftime, 37-25, but the Cheesemakers whittled away at the lead and senior Hunter Ward


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

Brown Deer 70, Stoughton 65

The Vikings traveled to Homestead High School on Saturday for the John Chekouras Classic and lost 70-65 to Brown Deer. Stoughton once again led at halftime, this time by 11 points, but Brown Deer outscored the Vikings 46-30 in the second half. McClain had 19 points, and Schipper had 13. Senior guard hit a game-winning shot with Aidan McGee finished with 10, and Hobson had eight. under a second to go. Senior guard Jay Gentry Senior forward Tommy McClain had 20 points for had 32 points for Brown Deer. the Vikings, and senior guard Brady Schipper added 11.

Hockey: Stoughton wins regular season finale Continued from page 9 just under 11 minutes into the third period to tie the game, 2-2. Roisum finished the game with 46 saves, while Bear had 40 for Monroe. S t o u g h t o n t r ave l s t o Naga-Waukee Ice Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional final rematch against the top-seeded Waukesha co-op. The Wings beat Stoughton 7-2 last year. The Wings have represented the section at state the past two years, including a runner-up finish last season with a 2-1 loss to Hudson.While the Wings lost some scoring from last year’s team, the team still averages 3.63 goals per game against one of the top five most difficult schedules in the state Rosholt said. Waukesha is also solid defensively, allowing 1.12 goals per game. “Our strategy is going to be to try to slow them down at neutral ice and then hopefully capitilize on the couple opportunities we get,” Rosholt said.

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Junior forward Nolan Stapelfeldt scores over the shoulder of Monroe goaltender Heath Bear in the first period of Tuesday’s WIAA regional semifinal game. Stoughton won the game 3-2.

Stoughton 2, Viroqua 1 The Vikings closed out the regular season Saturday as Stapefeldt scored twice over a seven-minute span in the third period to help Stougton to a 2-1 victory over nonconference Viroqua inside the Mandt Community Center.

What’s next Stoughton travels to Naga-Waukee Ice Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional final game against the top-seeded Waukesha North co-op (17-4-3). The Wings are ranked seventh in the state, according to

Sectionals: Vikings advance to state in three events, D2 state meet set for Friday Continued from page 9 and in retrospect, wished he’d decided to swim the 100 instead of the 500 free during the postseason. “It is what it is. You can’t change it now,” he said. Millam missed the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 500 free, falling behind his season-best time of 5:11.39 with a 5:12.22. The state qualifying standard was 5:08.7. Bormett, Hammond, Millam and Clark capped Saturday’s sectional meet with a sixth-place finish on the 400 free relay. Their time of 3:27.42 earned them the 15th seed at state. Deforest secured the final spot in 3:28.66. “Everyone did what they could, and gave it their all for that event,” Millam said. “It was really cool to see.” Stoughton’s 200-yard medley relay of Bormett, Hammond, Clark and Millam opened sectionals with an eighth-place finish Saturday in 1:46.56 second. They missed the state cut of 1:45.45, however. Other Vikings that ended the season on a high note were Jacob Foldy, who dropped five seconds in the 200 IM and another two seconds in his

Sectional champions Diving: Ben Stitgen, fr., Edgewood, 447.8 200 medley relay: 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: Sackett, Geissler, Lippiatt, McDade, MG, 1:29.24 100 backstroke: Aidan Lohr, so., Baraboo, 52.93 100 breaststroke: Young Liang, fr., Whitewater, 59.82 400 free relay: Lippiatt, Ja. Douberly, Jo. Douberly, McDade, MG, 3:17.64 100 fly, and Hammond who had a huge drop of six seconds in his 200 free. “I think in my sixth season as head coach, we’re doing OK knowing what works for our team as far as taper,” coach Katie Talmadge said. “I’ve gotten to know the guys individually, and what they need mentally going into the taper. “The guys trust the taper now, and tell the younger guys to trust in it. I don’t have to convince them to trust

me anymore.” 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 host Thunderbirds, ranked fourth, finished a distant third with 258 points.

Silver Eagles aim for fourth straight 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 Ben McDade 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 to 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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Rutland: 2014 Town Hall fight fresh in candidates’ minds, improving internet shared Continued from page 1 t ow n h a l l , w h i c h w a s the subject of two failed attempts to rebuild in 2014 – a new 4,800-squarefoot building was soundly rejected at the town’s annual meeting in April of that year, and three building referendums were defeated that fall.

Nancy Nedveck The only incumbent in the group after Jim Lunde was eliminated in the caucus Jan. 16, Nedveck said 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.”

Rob Hill 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 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 are 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

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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.”

Deanna Zentner 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 to have public servants, like I hope to be, provide information to all the citizens in a fair way,” she said. “All people have something unique and important to add to the decision-making process.” Zentner would like to see the town improve its website and Facebook page and reach out to local media on issues affecting the township. The town also needs to “make a priority” to bring in high-speed internet. “That’s a common complaint I hear,” she said. Zentner said the town needs to address the town hall issue “soon,” but this time involve residents in the entire process, not just the final decision-making. “Ask their opinions, and reach out to everybody, and (give them) an equal chance of being on the building committee,” she said. “There could have been a productive process (last time), but instead people realized it after the fact and


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then revolted. The building needs to be a modest construction, as evidenced by the (2014) vote.” When it comes to fighting annexation, Zentner said while there’s not much the town can legally do, what it can do is promote and support the businesses they have. “Residents need to be informed of this happening and why it’s happening, because they often vigorously fight forced annexation,” she said. “What we can do is enhance what we have here by inviting new business and growth here; increase our tax base.” We need to figure out other ways to increase our tax base; that’s a top priority.” Zentner, who recent ly retired, said she has the “energy and passion” to devote to Rutland. “I would encourage (residents) to become involved 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 overboard – (but) it can be done, whether it’s remodeling or a smaller structure or a different kind




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Cracks in County Hwy. A in Rutland. Four candidates are up for two open seats in the April 3 Town Board election, and topics of debate are expected to include improving roads, bringing high-speed internet, fighting annexation, effectively communicating with citizens and what to do about the Town Hall. of structure … it still needs to be addressed.” When it comes to fighting annexation pressures, Hutchinson said the town needs to find businesses “You can incentivize so they would fight that annexation too – not just the citizens, but the businesses themselves looking at being annexed,” he said. Hutchinson said he’d like to “get some new faces” on the town board. “Nothing against our current board, but they’ve all been on there a long time,” he said. “Like anything, there needs to be fresh blood. I would like to see term limits for board members, so that there’s some rotation of fresh faces and

people.” Other issues Hutchinson is interested in helping solve is preserving Rutland’s “small town atmosphere” while improving roads and internet service. He said he’d like to see the town upgrade its website and make better use of it to “engage younger citizens.” “Parents nowadays are so busy with sports and kids and running, they don’t have time to go to town meetings,” he said. “It would be nice to provide a better avenue for them to stay involved and have their voices heard.” Contact Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet. com.

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R i c h a r d T. Hanson, age 95, passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at his home. He was born in the Town of Pleasant Springs on Dec.

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10, 1922, the son of George and Ella Hanson. Richard graduated from Stoughton High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines. On July 22, 1950 Richard married Charlotte Staff in Cambridge. Together they farmed in Deerfield for over 40 years. In addition to farming Richard worked for Badger Petroleum and Madison Metropolitan Sewer Dept. He was a devoted life member of West Koshkonong Lutheran Church. Richard is survived by two sons, Mark (Ruth) and Tom (Roxanne); four grandsons, Jason (Carmen),

Dan, Peter (Theresa) and Andrew (Abbie); four great grandchildren, Hannah, Hailey, Emily and Sam; extended family members; and exchange student Jeremy Francioli. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlotte; granddaughter, Leanne; and two sisters, Edna Roum and Theresa Eng. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church, 1911 Koshkonong Road, Stoughton, with Rev. Richard Dowling officiating. Burial will follow in West Koshkonong Cemetery. Friends and relatives are

invited to a luncheon, following the burial, in the church fellowship hall. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Koshkonong Cemetery Association. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jenny and Rusty. Without Jenny’s loving care Richard would not have been able to stay at home. Please share your memories of Richard at Cress Funeral Service 206 W. Prospect Street Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-9244

Susan (Susie) Kaye Gardner, age 69, passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, at Waterman Hospital in Tavares, Fla. She was born on Nov. 4, 1948, in Stoughton. She was the daughter of Marvin and Lorraine Ellis. She graduated from Deerfield High School. She married Dennis (Denny) Gardner on June 8, 1984 in Madison. Susie loved all animals, especially her cats Ole

and Lena, and going to the horse rescue. She also enjoyed the sun, going to the beach and spending time in the backyard pool as much as possible. She is survived by her husband Denny, Mother Lorraine Ellis, daughter Lisa (Krueger) Parsons, her stepchildren Ron (Julie) Gardner and Stephanie (Terry) Wanninger; Brothers Steve (Kathy) Ellis and Mark (Nan) Ellis and Sister Lori Ellis.

She was preceded in death by her Father Marvin Ellis, Mother in Law Dorothy Mae Gardner and Nephew Chad Ellis. Her wishes were to have a closed cremation service with her ashes scattered in the ocean near New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Denny would like to thank everyone who shared their lives with “My Little Girl.”

Completed forms are to be submitted no later than 10 A.M., local time, on February 16, 2018. The Strand Associates, Inc.® project manager is Shane P. Zenz, P.E., and can be contacted at Strand Associates, Inc.®, 910 West Wingra Drive, Madison, WI 53715, (608) 251 4843 regarding the project. Published by the authority of the Stoughton Utilities Robert P. Kardasz, P.E., Utilities Director Dated at Stoughton, Wisconsin Published: February 8 and 15, 2018 WNAXLP

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at elementary and middle schools and “Chef Specials” at the High School, and Taher catering information B. Compensation Committee Report: Lynn Wood, of Wood Communications, updated the Board on the Compensation Committee’s work. The framework now being developed by the committee would propose to compensate educators using two components - contract pay and teacher leadership. The committee’s next steps as outlined by Lynn Wood are: 1. Continue to develop the compensation plan, 2. Cost sustainability of compensation plan, 3. Define a transition plan, 4. On-going communication (Staff briefings, collect feedback/input), 5. Submit revised plan to Board for review (by May 2018). CONTEMPLATED CLOSED SESSION: At 8:16 p.m., President Scott Dirks stated that there was a need for a contemplated closed session. A motion was made by Francis Sullivan, seconded by Joe Freye, and carried (Yes - Dirks, Bubon, Coughlin, Freye, FitzGibbon, Jackson, Sorg, Sullivan, Tarpinian) to convene to a contemplated closed session of the Stoughton Area School District in accordance with Wis. Stat. § 19.85 (1)(c) and (f) to consider preliminary findings concerning criticisms of the performance of the District Administrator. President Dirks called a contemplated closed session of the Stoughton Area School Board of Education to order at 8:22 p.m. in the Staff Development Center. Present: Dirks, Bubon, Coughlin, Freye, FitzGibbon, Jackson, Sorg, Sullivan, Tarpinian. Discussion ensued. A motion was made by Sullivan, seconded by Sorg, and carried unanimously to go into open session to adjourn. The board reconvened in open session at 10:50 p.m. MEETING CLOSING: A. Future Meeting/Events - Regular Board Meeting: December 18 & January 8, 2018; Board Development Meeting: January 29, 2018; Finance Committee Meeting: December 18 & January 22, 2018; Facilities Committee Meeting: January 16, 2018; Policy Committee Meeting: January 8, 2018 B. Adjournment: A motion was made by Frank Sullivan, seconded by Steve Jackson, and carried unanimously to adjourn at 10:51 p.m. ______________________________ Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Clerk Published: February 15, 2018 WNAXLP

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Edward Gilbertson, age 93, of Nashville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. He was born on July 27, 1924, in Stoughton, the son of Morris and Tina ( H ov l a n d ) G i l b e r t s o n . Edward graduated from Stoughton High School in 1942. He attended Milton College until he was drafted into the war. He served


in the U.S. Army during World War II, in the 82nd Medical Batallion. Edward started and operated Masketeers, Inc. in New York City, and founded Gilbertson Stained Glass Studio in Lake Geneva, where he retired. Edward is survived by his sons, Eric and Edward Gilbertson; brother, Marcus Gilbertson; sister, Kathi Gilbertson; grandson, Max Gilbertson; and ex-wife, Evelyn Gilbertson. He was preceded in death by his parents. A graveside service will be held at Eastside Lutheran Cemetery, at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh. com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Cremation Care 1358 Hwy 51 608-873-4590

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Legals STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT, DANE COUNTY, NOTICE TO CREDITORS (INFORMAL ADMINISTRATION) IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PHYLLIS J. WOLF Case No. 18PR59 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for Informal Administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth November 23, 1931 and date of death January 9, 2018, was domiciled in Dane County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 400 N. Morris St., Stoughton, WI 53589. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 11, 2018. 5. A claim may be filed at the Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1005. Electronically signed by Danell Behrens Deputy Probate Registrar January 31, 2018 Attorney Mark T. Johnson Christenson Johnson LLC 2924 Marketplace Dr., Ste. 102 Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608) 273-8609 Bar Number: 1058556 Published: February 8, 15 and 22, 2018 WNAXLP SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT TO BID WELL NO. 4 MOTOR CONTROL CENTER REPLACEMENT CONTRACT 1-2018 STOUGHTON UTILITIES CITY OF STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN Sealed Bids for the construction of Well No. 4 Motor Control Center Replacement will be received by Stoughton Utilities at the offices of Stoughton Utilities, 600 South Fourth Street, Stoughton, WI 53589, until 10 A.M., local time on February 22, 2018, at which time the Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The Work includes replacing the existing motor control center (MCC) and new wiring to the chemical room. Complete digital Project Bidding Documents are available at www.strand. com or at Download the digital Bidding Documents for $30 by inputting Quest project number 5533992 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at (952) 233 1632 or for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Bidding Documents may be reviewed and paper copies may be obtained from the Issuing Office which is Strand Associates, Inc.®, 910 West Wingra Drive, Madison, WI 53715. A nonrefundable fee of $100 will be required (shipping and handling fees included). Overnight mailing of Bidding Documents will not be provided. All Bidders submitting a sealed Bid shall obtain the Bidding Documents from or from Strand Associates, Inc.® Bidders who submit a Bid must be a Plan Holder of record at the Issuing Office. Bids from Bidders who are not on the Plan Holders List may be returned as not being responsive. Plan Holders are requested to provide an e mail address if they wish to receive addenda and other information electronically. Plan Holders are requested to designate whether they are a prime contractor, subcontractor, or supplier if they want this information posted on the project Plan Holders List. The Bid must be accompanied by Bid security made payable to OWNER in an amount of 10% of the Bidder’s maximum Bid price. Stoughton Utilities reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive any technicality, and to accept any Bid which it deems advantageous. All Bids shall remain subject to acceptance for 85 days after the time set for receiving Bids. Contract award shall be made based on the lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. Prospective Bidders are required to complete and submit a prequalification questionnaire with supporting documents to OWNER (see Instructions to Bidders). Prequalification forms will be provided with Bidding Document sets.

*** *** SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT TO BID 2018 STREET AND UTILITY CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT 1-2018 CITY OF STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN Sealed Bids for the 2018 Street and Utility Construction project will be received by the City of Stoughton at Stoughton City Hall, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI, 53589, until 1 P.M., local time, on March 6, 2018, at which time the Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The Work includes construction of the following approximate quantities: 1,750 linear feet of sanitary sewer; 650 linear feet of water main; 950 linear feet of storm sewer; common excavation; 7,000 tons of base course; 4,800 linear feet of curb and gutter; 22,000 square feet of concrete sidewalk and driveway apron; 2,000 tons of asphalt pavement; restoration; and related miscellaneous work. Complete digital Project Bidding Documents are available at www.strand. com or at Download the digital Bidding Documents for $30 by inputting Quest project number 5554961 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at (952) 233 1632 or for assistance with free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. Bidding Documents may be reviewed and paper copies may be obtained from the Issuing Office which is Strand Associates, Inc.®, 910 West Wingra Drive, Madison, WI 53715. A nonrefundable fee of $100 will be required (shipping and handling fees included). Overnight mailing of Bidding Documents will not be provided. All Bidders submitting a sealed Bid shall obtain the Bidding Documents from or from Strand Associates, Inc.® Bidders who submit a Bid must be a Plan Holder of record at the Issuing Office. Bids from Bidders who are not on the Plan Holders List may be returned as not being responsive. Plan Holders are requested to provide an e mail address if they wish to receive addenda and other information electronically. Plan Holders are requested to designate whether they are a prime contractor, subcontractor, or supplier if they want this information posted on the project Plan Holders List. The Bid must be accompanied by Bid security made payable to OWNER in an amount of 10% of the Bidder’s maximum Bid price. The City of Stoughton reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive any technicality, and to accept any Bid which it deems advantageous. All Bids shall remain subject to acceptance for 85 days after the time set for receiving Bids. Contract award shall be made based on the lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. Prospective Bidders are required to complete and submit a prequalification questionnaire with supporting documents to OWNER (see Instructions to Bidders). Prequalification forms will be provided with Bidding Document sets. Completed forms are to be submitted no later than 5 P.M., local time, on February 28, 2018. The Strand Associates, Inc.® project manager is Mark A. Fisher, P.E. and can be contacted at Strand Associates, Inc.®, 910 West Wingra Drive, Madison, WI 53715, (608) 251 4843 regarding the

*** BOARD OF EDUCATION STOUGHTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR MEETING DECEMBER 18, 2017 A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Stoughton Area School District was called to order Monday, December 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Administrative and Educational Services Center Board Room by President, Scott Dirks. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Donna Tarpinian, Jon Coughlin, Joe Freye, Scott Dirks, Tim Bubon, Steve Jackson, Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Francis Sullivan, Isabelle Genter (Student Representative). Absent: Allison Sorg. (Allison later joined the meeting at 8:13 p.m.) PUBLIC COMMENT: Three students representing Boys Scouts Pack 161; Boy Scout Projects and School Board Proceedings SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING: Jus Tme Visits Sandhill (Video) - Jeff Fimreite, Principal of Sandhill Elementary School, introduced the video “Jus Tme Visits Sandhill” and thanked the Sandhill WFK group for making the staff and student assemblies possible. JusTme (Timothy Scott, Jr.) is a mindful hip-hop artist and mindfulness instructor from California’s Bay Area who has collaborated with Richard Davidson’s Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sandhill staff will be sharing mindfulness messages with students throughout the school year. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Donna Tarpinian provided a legislative update for the Board. Her report included information regarding the common school fund, the tax reform bill and the public hearings set for tomorrow for many bills. DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR/PRINCIPAL/STUDENT REPORTS: Dr. Onsager’s report included an update on the network/ internet issues that the district has been working through. Dr. Onsager thanked the Technology Department (Paul, Dan, Roger, & Kate) for their many hours of hard work resolving these issues. CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Yolibeth FitzGibbon, seconded by Bubon, and carried unanimously to approve the December 4, 2017 Regular Board Meeting Minutes; approval of the December 1 - January 9, 2018 check register and the December 18, 2017 P-card Transaction Report as presented; We would like to say thank you to the following individuals and groups and move approval of their donations to the District: $5,000.00 from Chris Beebe for the FabLab; $3,200.00 from Stoughton Football Inc. for Hudl-Athletic Software (Football portion); $1,631.99 from Stoughton Football Inc. for Football Camp Transportation & Football Playoff Coach Bus; $750.00 from the Madison Scouts Reunion Project for Marching Band Supplies and instrument maintenance; $645.00 from Fox Prairie Working for Kids for the 5th grade musical play license; $579.20 from the AESC Staff Pop Fund for the purchase of a refrigerator for the AESC building; and related cash donation budget adjustments for $11,806.09; approval of a Beef Council Grant in the amount of $100 awarded to the High School Family & Consumer Sciences Department & a DPI Team Nutrition Grant in the amount of $387 awarded to Kegonsa; and approval of a temporary professional educator contract for Kristy Zweig, 4th Grade Teacher, at Kegonsa Elementary from December 6, 2017 - June 8, 2018. DISCUSSION: A. Food Service Report: Michelle Madden, Taher Food Service Manager, gave the Board the annual food service report and provided an apple galette dessert for the Board members. Michelle’s report highlighted the importance of promoting healthy eating for students/ families, Kids in the Kitchen free classes, baking demos for high school culinary classes, Chef Pete providing samples

*** BOARD OF EDUCATION STOUGHTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR MEETING JANUARY 8, 2018 A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Stoughton Area School District was called to order Monday, January 8 , 2018, at 7:02 p.m. in the Administrative and Educational Services Center Board Room by President, Scott Dirks. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Allison Sorg, Donna Tarpinian, Jon Coughlin, Joe Freye, Scott Dirks, Steve Jackson, Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Francis Sullivan. Absent: Tim Bubon PUBLIC COMMENT: Therese Hann, 200 N. Monroe St, Stoughton; Staff Safety (ALICE) Training comments. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Donna Tarpinian provided a legislative update which included information about the “Teacher Protections Act” bill scheduled for public hearing on 1/11/2018, proposed new PI 34 rule, and SB 191 & SB 195. Governor Scott Walker will speak at the Joint Education Conference on 1/19/2018 at the general session. Ms. Tarpinian requested the board members to please contact her for any additional questions. SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING: Norse Star: Isabelle Genter led the Norse Star student newspaper presentation. Board members learned about the Norse Star mission “Give VOICE to the VOICELESS; Seek TRUTH and report it; Act INDEPENDENTLY; Minimize harm; Make our community a kinder, more aware, more informed place”; how students are selected for the full-year elective course open for sophomores, juniors, or seniors; who the Norse Star serves; recent awards received (2nd Place in the KEMPA Fall Conference); and the upcoming

National Journalism Convention in San Francisco, April 11 - 15, 2018. A question and answer session was held following the presentation. The board thanked the staff for the work that the Norse Star produces and recognized/complemented the high quality of writing. DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: Dr. Onsager’s report included an update on a recent successful book drive the district participated in with the community for students in Houston, Texas affected by the flood (approx. 6,000 books will be sent and distributed). We are proud of our students, staff, and community. Our automotive program has achieved accreditation through the National Automotive Technician Foundation; we are one of only 19 districts in the state of Wisconsin to have received this distinction. Staff professional development day will be 1/19/2018 and a morning hot meal will be served to staff. CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by on by Yolibeth FitzGibbon, second by Donna Tarpinian and carried unanimously to approve the December 18, 2017 Regular Board Meeting minutes; approval of the December 14, 2017 - January 23, 2018 check register as presented; We would like to say thank you to the following individuals and groups and move approval of their donations to the District: $27.50 from Kegonsa Working for Kids for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center Field Trip; $25.00 from an anonymous Fox Prairie student’s grandparent to be used for meals for a student in need; assorted warm weather clothing including coats, snow pants, mittens, hats, and boots from First Lutheran Church members for students in need; and related cash donation budget adjustments for $52.50; approval of the $3,000 Healthy Classroom Foundation Grant awarded to Kegonsa for support in creating an outdoor education setting; approval of the River Bluff Middle School field trip request for the annual 7th grade enrichment trips to Tree for Tomorrow in Eagle River, WI on February 26-28, 2018 - Purple Block and February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Gold Block; and approve the retirement of Judy Singletary, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, effective June 30, 2018. DISCUSSION: A. Athletics Update - Mel Dow’s report shared information about student athletes and our athletic programs. This year we have seen multiple swim records broken, had our most successful football season in history, and received recognition for our character education and leadership training. Stoughton was identified as one of the state’s first 15 Award of Excellence schools for leadership, sportsmanship, ethics and integrity. Mel provided an explanation of the WIAA structure and membership process. He also provided an update on hosting & special events. Stoughton has hosted as many as 200+ events and has become a dependable school to host WIAA events (including WIAA events in Track, Swimming, Tennis, Football & Volleyball) and specialty events. These events keep the district relevant with our neighboring districts and provide an opportunity to showcase our district and buildings to those that may be making the move to Stoughton or want to see what Stoughton has to offer. Mel answered board member questions following the presentation. B. Program Reviews - Judy Singletary, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, lead the board through the program review process - gathering of artifacts & data, standards used for program reviews, and the use of timelines. These program reviews are conducted periodically and include staff and outside experts to examine our programs and set goals for the future. She also briefed the board about an upcoming Program Review of our Four Year Old Kindergarten program in February. A question and answer session followed. C. Policy 803.00 Attendance Guidelines - Donna Tarpinian updated the board on the recent revisions to the attendance guidelines that accompany our district attendance policy. At the elementary level - Absent more than 45 minutes at any time in the school day would count as one half day absence. Two half days would combine to a full day. At the secondary level - Absent more than 10 min-

utes from any one class period will count as a period absence. There are a total of 8 periods in a day combined toward a full day absence. D. Policy 716.00 Assistive Technology (formerly known as Technology Concerns for Students with Special Needs) - Donna Tarpinian updated the board on the proposed revisions which includes a name change for a new and more accurate title. E. WASB Resolutions - The board reviewed a set of proposed WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards) resolutions to be voted on at the annual WASB State Education Convention. Jon Coughlin, the board’s WASB representative, requested the board members to contact him if they had any questions or input regarding these resolutions. MEETING CLOSING: A. Future Meeting/Events - Regular Board Meeting: January 22 & February 12, 2018; Board Development Meeting: January 29, 2018; Finance Committee Meeting: January 22, 2018; Facilities Committee Meeting: January 16, 2018; Policy Committee Meeting: January 8 & February 12, 2018. B. Adjournment - A motion was made by Freye, seconded by FitzGibbon, and carried unanimously to adjourn at 8:40 p.m. ______________________________ Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Clerk Published: February 15, 2018 WNAXLP *** NOTICE OF LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACES At the election to be held on February 20, 2018 in the City of Stoughton and the Towns of Dunkirk, Pleasant Springs and Rutland, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated: Location:, Wards: First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington St., Aldermanic District 1, Census Wards 1-2, City of Stoughton Stoughton Fire Station, 401 E. Main St., Aldermanic District 2, Census Wards 3, 4, 10, 11, & 12, City of Stoughton United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave., Aldermanic District 3, Census Wards 5-6, City of Stoughton Lakeview Church, 2002 Lincoln Ave., Aldermanic District 4, Census Wards 7, 8, & 9, City of Stoughton Dunkirk Town Hall, 654 County Highway N South, Town of Dunkirk Pleasant Springs Town Hall, 2354 CTH N, Town of Pleasant Springs, Census Wards 1-4 Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road, Town of Rutland 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 your municipal clerk: Holly Licht, Clerk, City of Stoughton 381 E. Main Street Stoughton WI 53589 608-873-6677 Hours: M-F 7:30 am-4:30 pm Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk, Town of Dunkirk 654 CTH N Stoughton WI 53589 608-873-9177 Hours: Mondays from 2-5 pm or by appointment Maria Hougan, Clerk/Treasurer Town of Pleasant Springs 2354 CTH N Stoughton WI 53589 608-873-3063 Hours: 10am-4pm M-Tu; 10am-6pm Thur. Dawn George, Clerk, Town of Rutland 4177 Old Stage Rd. Brooklyn, WI 53521 608-455-3925 No set hours, call above # to schedule ALL POLLING PLACES ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ELDERLY AND DISABLED VOTERS. Published: February 15, 2018 WNAXLP ***

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120 years ago - 1898 • Wm. Leary delivered 16 spring pigs to Stoughton buyers Thursday that weighed 4,32 pounds. They brought the top-notch, $3.50 cwt. They were a fine lot. • Sam Heller and John Gran left on Wednesday for Madison, where they joined a party for the Klondike. They party left the Capitol City the same evening, and are now enroute for the coveted treasure. • We have had a taste of genuine winter weather the past week, with the thermometer 15 degrees below zero, and coupled with a Klondike blizzard. The roads have been blockaded and the snow piled three to 16 feet high. The road are almost impassable in many sections of the surrounding countryside. Farmers are complaining bitterly about pathmasters in not forcing the roads through. • Miss Minnie Palmer has been obliged to close her school at Rockdale, on an account of measles in the school district.

80 years ago - 1938 • Having completed its organization, the Stoughton High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is now ready to make application for its charter. A total of 18 boys will become charter members. • Crews of about 90 WPA workers have been engaged in the past two weeks in improving Stoughton’s parks; they are at work filling in and grading Yahara Mandt, East side and West side parks. A total of 250 trees will be planted in the parks. • Bordahl Veum has been elected manager of the Hillside Farmer’s Cooperative Creamery, which recently held its annual meeting. • Tony Schwoegler, who has gained state and nationwide prominence in in bowling circles for his fine performances during the past three decades, turned in one of the most satisfying achievements of his entire career when he rolled a perfect 300 game in

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the Interstate Bowling Tournament at business activities for many years, died Sunday evening, Feb. 21, at Aurora, Ill. Sunday afternoon/. Stoughton Hospital. He operated Can55 years ago - 1963 twell’s Studio and Camera shop until • Some Illinois people who got out retiring Jan. 9, 1988. • Stoughton firefighter Cathy Herof the car last week to eat lunch on Main Street were frightened by gun- ing holds a helmet-full of tickets for shots. Some local citizen passing by the Clock Tower Raffle Fund drawing however calmed them by telling them to be held Saturday, April 30. Monday it was only Oscar Johnson shooting from the raffle will go toward raising pigeons from the top of the old bank the final amount needed needed to building. The Chicagoan replied that restore the clock tower on city hall. it made him suddenly homesick hear10 Years ago - 2008 ing the resounding shots. • Contrary to a rumor circulating • A certain Mothers Club meeting was cancelled twice because of cold around the city in recent days, Walweather and on the night they finally Mart has decided not to abandon had it -- you guessed it -- the tempera- plans to build a Supercenter here, ture was 18 below. according to a senior public affairs • Members of Our Savior’s Luther- official for the company. an Church will observe the 60th anni• She might be new to Stoughton versary of the church at a special ser- but she’s no novice in the realm of vice, 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. education. On Monday, Jan. 28, the • Saturday night, a near-capacity Stoughton Area School District welcrowd jammed the Community Build- comed in newest member – Judy Sining for a wonderful evening of enter- gletary – to the staff. Singletary is the tainment centered around the famous district’s new director of curriculum Norwegian Dancers. and instruction, which means she’ll be working closely with classroom 30 years ago - 1988 teachers. • Residents of the Stoughton Area • Dr. Vincent and Florence Nordholm will be honored with the Com- School District will have an oppormunity Appreciation Award at the tunity to sound off about everything annual Stoughton High School Norse from future school referendums, building, maintenance or technolAfternoon of fun, Sunday. Feb. 7. • The city’s hired specialists fig- ogy needs to even whether the disure Uniroyal is a lot more responsi- trict should consider closing Yahara ble than the city for contaminants at Elementary School. They’ll be able Amundson Park. Uniroyal doesn’t to have their say through a commuquite see things that way. But the two nity-wide survey sponsored by the sides do agree they’d rather conduct a school district. • Bret Bielema, head coach of the federally ordered investigation themselves rather than be held responsible Wisconsin Badgers football team, for the cost of having the Environ- delivered a leadership development speech to about 150 FFA members mental Protection Agency do it. • Fred and Ruth Rushlow will reign from Stoughton High School and Rivover Stoughton’s Syttende Mai Festi- er Bluff MIddle School on Tuesday val this year. Their selection as king morning. Bielema, who offered tips and queen was announced Sunday for having a successful career, spoke during the Norse Afternoon of fun at in the Stoughton High School auditorium. Stoughton High School. • Lyman L. Cantwell, 73, of 143 W. – Compiled by Scott De Laruelle Main St., prominent in local civic and

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J‌ an. 10‌ Officers arrested a 61-yearold man on a probation hold after officers were asked to take the subject into custody from a nursing facility.‌ Officers arrested a 37-year-old man on a probation hold after a traffic ‌Jan. 2‌ stop where the suspect was Officers arrested a 50-year- charged with traffic violaold man on an outstanding tions. warrant after an officer observed the subject he knew Jan. 11 was wanted.‌ Officers arrested a 20-yearold woman for possession of ‌Jan. 3‌ marijuana, bail jumping, and Officers arrested a 47-year- traffic violations following a old man for illegal use of a traffic stop. weapon, disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing an of- Jan. 12 ficer, with a habitual crimiOfficers arrested a 49-yearnality enhancer following a old woman for a felony fourth road-rage incident where the offense OWI and several trafsuspect threatened the victim fic violations after a traffic with a hammer. The suspect stop. was tased during the arrest.

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‌Jan. 4‌ Officers arrested a 46-yearold man for resisting/obstructing an officer, felony bail jumping, and a probation hold following a domestic incident. A probation agent placed a hold on the suspect and when he was informed he was under arrest he resisted officers.‌

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The Stoughton Police Department logged 2,088 incidents in January. Cases of interest for the month were; eight intoxicated driver arrests, three burglaries, five drug incidents, 10 thefts, four frauds, six domestic disturbances, 32 disturbances, 17 disorderly conducts, 24 traffic crashes, 44 EMS assists, 11 alarms, 49 juvenile incidents, 47 911 calls, three missing persons, five warrant arrests, five threats, nine animal complaints, and officers responded to 40 suspicious activity calls. Officers also logged 48 check persons, 50 check property, 97 assist cases, 33 criminal charges, 21 ordinance violations, and 55 traffic arrests from 83 traffic stops.‌ The following were selected as significant cases by the Stoughton Police Department:‌

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The Verona Police Commission is accepting applications for Patrol Officer. The 2018 salary range is $51,064.78 to $71,998.72, depending on qualifications. If you are a police officer who is looking for a “lateral transfer” opportunity, preference may be given to candidates who are certified and/or have experience. Application deadline is Mon., March 26 at 4:30 p.m. An application kit is available from our website at Questions can be directed to Business Office Manager Nilles at 608-845-0924. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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SASD: Fab lab consultant challenges board to ‘think big’ Continued from page 1

Innovation Center uses

to the community, to business when students aren’t • Technology Incubator/ Startup Workspace there – and when they are there, working hand in • Tech Catalyst hand with the businesses,” Onsager said, noting the • Workforce Development facility would be “open to everybody.” • Advanced STEAM School “This is a space where • Community Outreach our dreamers can do from ‘K to gray,’” he said. “The • Makerspace Development Fab Lab showed us it was not impossible to go to the – SOURCE: “Vision 2020: Innovation Center” by Mike next level – to move someConnor thing forward and dream big, and then go out and get it. existing SHS Fab Lab, is likely foot most of the bill “If not us, who?” something both Connor for such a facility. “We can do this with litand Onsager have been Seeking partners working on behind the tle or no cost to the district, The district would need scenes for more than a year similar to the Fab Lab,” he substantial help for such a now. said. multimillion-dollar projWhile there seems to Onsager said the more ect, and Connor said the they talked, the “more be “enough support” for center’s long-term viabil- excited they both got about such an innovation center ity would require “further the possibilities,” based on among that circle, Onsager development of active part- the reactions from local said first the school board nerships with a wide vari- business and industry lead- must get behind the idea, ety of constituencies” such ers. That’s critical for a as well. as industry, universities district with recent strug“We need to lead the and community groups. gles with budget deficits way, make a stand and That sort of partnership, and enrollment decline, say this is something we which helped produce the as business partners could believe in,” he said. “Then

I can go to the city, the chamber and say, ‘This is something we’re thinking of as a school district; we’re on board and moving forward.’” Onsager told the board he hopes to revisit the matter with the group later this spring and “talk about where we want to go.” “I challenge the board to think big and think bold,” he said. “Let’s take a risk and let’s push forward.” After the presentation, board member Alison Sorg said while it’s “probably the time to be thinking of this,” she cautioned that money would be a concern for the district’s involvement. “It’s good to see there are so many interested partners,” she said. “What (the district) would need to put into this … that would be the caution. We just have to make sure we can afford it.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

1892 building update ‘High interest in the building’ The school district has “found high interest in the building” from community groups, including potential donors, Stoughton Area School District board member Steve Jackson told the board Monday. He talked about last week’s facilities committee meeting, where a coalition of groups looking to preserve the former Stoughton High School building presented some ideas and information. Before taking any other action on the building, however, he said the board will wait for the results of an ongoing facilities study. That should provide some needed answers toward the end of June to questions including the cost of grading of the site to help solve flooding issues. “We don’t know what the cost would be, but if could be significant,” Jackson said.

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Plan for cameras goes to bid SHS would triple its 22 cameras; would be new to other schools SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

While there was no official vote, Stoughton Area School District board members agreed to solicit price proposals Monday night for adding security cameras to schools. The matter has been taken up by the board several times in the past year or so, but hasn’t gained the support it seems to now have. The facilities committee recommended bringing the matter to the board once again, and committee chairman Joe Freye said all the building principals support the use of more cameras in the schools. In August, district director of information systems Paul Vande Hei and district school resource officer Todd Dovichi presented a proposal to add 47 cameras to Stoughton High School and 44 to be distributed among River Bluff Middle School and Sandhill, Kegonsa and Fox Prairie elementary schools. The plan is proposed in two phases, to cost around $80,000 for the high school cameras and around $75,000 for the other four schools.

SHS has 22 cameras but 19 of them are exterior. The proposal would place new cameras in main hallways, lunchrooms, gyms, auditoriums and entry/exits. Legally, they would not be allowed in bathrooms, and Vande Hei said they are not recommended inside classrooms or offices. Dovichi said the additional cameras would improve student and faculty safety, as the system would allow live viewing access to Stoughton police and could track an intruder in a building from camera to camera. The board shelved the plan then, but it seems that in recent months, there has been no opposition to the idea. Board member Jon Coughlin said he’s not heard any “strong or compelling” reason why the board shouldn’t at least get some prices “and then proceed to some sort of final approval.” B o a r d m e m b e r S t eve Jackson said Monday while he initially had some “Big Brother-ish” concerns about privacy, he’s “gotten over that.” “On the safety side of things, if our staff is saying this will help and make it safer for the kids, I’m all for it,” he said. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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