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No new agent for Shakers City considering rescinding saloon’s liquor license RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

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Koffee Kup on the afternoon of Monday, March 16, after the announcement that restaurants should reduce seating by 50% so prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Schools, services in Stoughton close amid concerns over spreading COVID-19 UNG STAFF Unified Newspaper Group

Editor’s Note: The Hub has a print deadline of Tuesday afternoon. Some of the information included in this reporting is reflective of accurate information at that time. We will be updating our online story with developments. The decision to close the

Stoughton Public Library, which by definition is open to everyone, goes against everything Jim Ramsey stands for as a librarian, the Stoughton Public Library director told the Hub on Monday, March 16. “To know that we are not here for people when they need us is very difficult,” he said. “My responsibility to public health trumps my responsibilities as a librarian.” The cause for concern is in the quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic, which has brought 72 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 19

to the public starting over the weekend. It has also created limitations for local food pantries and difDetailed coverage on ficult choices for Stoughton-arthe coronavirus ea businesses, who are either reducing hours or cutting staff. pandemic and its Nearly all local events have local effects been canceled, including shows at the Stoughton Opera House, Pages 3, 5, 16 Stoughton Village Players theater and Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge. Restaurants and other indoor entertainment, such as in Dane County. The library, along with the the Cinema Cafe, are cut to half Stoughton Area Senior Cen- capacity, with no more than 50 ter and Stoughton Area School patrons. District, closed indefinitely Turn to COVID-19/Page 16

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Shakers Saloon, LLC won’t be allowed to designate a new agent for its liquor license as the city considers whether to rescind it. The Stoughton Common Council denied Bradley Dillman, a bartender at Shakers and insurance agent, his request to be the new agent for the bar’s liquor license after part-owner and license agent Dale Kittleson was arrested on felony drug charges. The council voted against making Dillman the new agent for the license on a vote of 6-4. The council planned to vote on the liquor license March 24, but due to coronavirus precautions, that council meeitng has been postponed until a date to be determined. Kittleson faces five felony drug charges, including possession of amphetamine, narcotics and cocaine with the intent to sell, as well as manufacturing/intent to sell cocaine in quantities larger than 40 grams. His arraignment is scheduled for April 28. Stoughton police arrested Kittleson on suspicion of selling cocaine at the business in December. That arrest led to a complaint from police chief Greg Leck on Jan. 28, stating Shakers was in violation of the city municipal code and state statutes by maintaining a

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All district classes, events cancelled; re-evaluation in 2 weeks SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

It’s the kind of “spring break” no one saw coming when the 2020-21 calendar came out last year. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Stoughton Area School District

has canceled all classes and activities from Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, April 3, with plans to use virtual learning to meet students’ educational needs in the meantime. Gov. Tony Evers announced the closings of all schools in the state in a Friday, March 13, news release. The anticipated reopening date is Monday, April 6, however, that is subject to change, pending further information. While Evers mandated that schools close

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Sgt. Andy Johnson and Detective Brandon Hill demonstrate the defense and arrest tactic. Photo by Mackenzie Krumme

A student puts her arms up, ready to attack the punching bag during the Citizen’s Academy, defense and arrest tactics workshop on Thursday, March 12 at the Stoughton Police Department.

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The Stoughton Police Department is three weeks into the biannual “Citizen’s Academy” workshop. On Thursday, March 12, 11 students participated in the defense and arrest tactics lesson where they learned how police handle difficult and often aggressive situations. The course continues Thursday until April 23. Sgt. Andy Johnson and Detective Brandon Hill led students through pepper spray, compliance holds and tasers. And students even had the opportunity to get tased at the end of the class. Other lessons in the

course including practice shooting at ranges and driving emergency vehicles. They will also learn how to collect and store evidence and meet K-9 office Ole. Organizer Sgt. Patrick Frisch previously told the Hub, there is a combination of hands-on experience, as well as classroom learning.

A large part of the class is dispelling common myths about what police officers do, Frisch said. “The important part of (the course) is we make contact with the people we serve,” he said. “We explain to them what we do and why we do things.” The next class is about

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Officials urge Worshiping at home absentee voting Requests for ballots can be made at myvote.wi.gov RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Election officials in Stoughton are encouraging residents to vote absentee in the wake of the coronavirus threat. The coronavirus family is responsible for COVID-19, as well as respiratory syndromes s u c h a s S eve r e A c u t e Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). City clerk Holly Licht especially encouraged people who are high risk from the virus to vote absentee. That includes older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease according the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Requests for absentee ballots by mail can be made at myvote.wi.gov. Applications must be received by the clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day, according to the Wisconsin Election Commission’s website. For the April 7 elections, that is Thursday, April 2. Dane County clerk Scott

McDonnell also urged voters to request a ballot as soon as possible. In a press release on March 16, McDonnell said that if voters’ names or addresses have changed since the last election, they need to register with their current information. Registration status can be checked at myvote.wi.gov, under “My Voter Info.” If voters need to register to vote, they can do so online by Wednesday at midnight at myvote. wi.gov. After that time they must register in person. “ Vo t e r s a r e s t r o n g ly encouraged to do this online now if needed,” McDonnell stated in the release. Licht said having more p e o p l e vo t e a b s e n t e e would be especially helpful to the voting process if there were any staff shortages in the future due to the illness. Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin on Thursday March 12. As of Tuesday, March 17 at 8:54 a.m., there were 47 confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin according to the state Department of Health Services website. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.hickman@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @ ReneeNHickman

Local churches finding alternatives to in person services MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

In the wake of banning mass gatherings of 50 people or more, Stoughton churches have found worship alternatives for their respective congregations. Gathering together in homes is how the first religious gatherings took place, an announcement on Lakeview Church’s YouTube sermon said Sunday, March 15. Covenant Lutheran Church on Van Buren Street, canceled all worship and church activities on Saturday March, 14, and Sunday, March 15. But Pastor Sara Rabe encouraged members to make phone calls to people in the church. “To check in and pray with

them while on the phone. Let us minister to one another during these uncertain times,” the Facebook post stated. In addition to offering online videos, Ezra Church even has a worship playlist for members to listen to familiar religious songs at home. St. Ann Catholic Parish has been ordered by Madison Diocese Bishop Donald Hying to cease the celebration of mass through the first week of April. In a letter to churches and Madison-area Catholics, Hying wrote that priests will still celebrate Holy Communion each week, but without the attendance of parishioners. Christ the King Community Church has not canceled services, according to its Facebook page. Christ Lutheran Church has canceled all activities until further notice, but has not yet offered an alternative.

Seniors living on lockdown MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 to its most vulnerable demographic – the elderly – assisted living facilities in Stoughton are closed to the public. As of March 12, Skaalen Nursing and Retirement Facility and Kettle Park Senior Living are on lockdown, meaning visitors are only welcome for end-oflife situations or other special circumstances.

If visitors must enter the building they will be screened by staff members for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. This comes after a statement released on Friday, March 13, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended limiting visitations. Stoughton Meadows and Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center did not return calls for comment March 16.

School: District discussed pandemic with families on March 5 with families on March 5, the day the second person tested positive for the disease in the state. In that letter, the district urged good hygiene, keeping sick children home from school and avoiding close contact with people who might be sick. One week later, the district announced it would be working on creating virtual learning for elementary school students, just in case it would be needed. The next day, the potential for virtual learning became a reality with Evers’ statewide order. On the morning of Mond a y, M a r c h 1 6 , S A S D school board, policy committee and finance committee meetings for that evening were canceled. Staff were scheduled to come in for professional development on Tuesday and Wednesday, with plans to begin virtual learning on Thursday, March 19. Vi r t u a l l e a r n i n g w i l l cease during Spring Break, which will still take place at its previously scheduled dates from March 23-27. Vi r t u a l l e a r n i n g w i l l resume March 30 until at least April 3. Grab and go lunches will also be available for district children 18 and under

during the school closures, and the district is providing technology assistance to students in need to use the new virtual learning system. Students and families were able to pick up their personal items and medications earlier this week, but were required to honor Dane Country’s social distancing guidelines of being six feet away from one another.

In the news release, Evers said state officials did not take the decision lightly, but are using every tool they have to protect people. “ We a r e a l l i n t h i s together to protect Wisconsin and the most vuln e r a b l e a m o n g u s ,” h e s a i d . “ We u n d e r s t a n d everyone will be impacted by this and have their lives disrupted, but we need to do this to protect our families and Wisconsin from

this outbreak.” Evers said the mandated closure was initially planned for Wednesday, March 18, to give school districts time to make plans for families, students and staff, but the rapidly changing events led to the decision for immediate closure. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 the Stoughton Public Library closed starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 and will remain closed until at least April 6. Director Jim Ramsey said it was an agonizing decision, making Thursday a sleepless night. Library staff want to be open for people needing the Internet or those who need a distraction with a book or a movie. “I feel it will end up being the right one – and

we all have to do our part to slow the spread,” Ramsey said. When staff made the decision on Saturday, March 14, Ramsey said few other libraries had announced complete closure. As of Monday, most libraries in the South Central Library System, which covers Dane County and beyond, were closed, with seven library or library services remaining open with service reductions.

Most city meetings canceled RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Most city government meetings are canceled for now, including the upcoming March 24 City Council meeting, city clerk Holly Licht told the Hub. The council meeting will be postponed until a date still to be determined, Licht said on Tuesday, March 17. Some of the other canceled meetings include those of the Parks and Recreation, Personnel and Public Works committees. According to the city’s website, Stoughton City Hall is closed to all visitors except for early voting

purposes. WSTO/SSN, the city’s cable access broadcaster, is also closed to the public. The police department lobby is open, but is limiting services to the public. Police chief Greg Leck said emergency staff rules are in place, including canceling all planned business travel and asking staff who have to travel out of state to self-quarantine. He said vital services such as public utilities would continue to work as usual despite the closures and cancelations. “We’re taking steps to prepare for anything that may happen,” Leck told the Hub.

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riday morning, after socializing at a local watering hole and sleeping half the night, my wife and I woke up and contemplated the amazing course of events that had happened over the previous 30 hours or so. “The world is coming to an end,” she quipped. “No, it isn’t,” I corrected her. “It’s just getting very different.” That’s probably a huge understatement. The fact is, in the wake of the cancellation of almost every social gathering anyone can think of out of concern of spreading a virus, we haven’t a clue what our lives will be like a month from now, much less two or four or 12. Our discussion probably wasn’t terribly different from many playing out in households in the communities our newspapers serve – or across the country, for that matter. We waxed nostalgic about the last concert she saw and the last live sporting event I watched on television, and wondered when we’d ever do those things again. There won’t be music at the Sylvee for a while, or shows at the Overture Center or any of our local performing arts centers. And almost certainly, since I’m not a baseball fan, it will be at least another five months before I watch live sports on TV. If ever. At one point, earlier in our discussion, I had thought of the classic Pixar sci-fi family movie,

“Wall-E,” in which a robot is sent to Earth to determine whether it’s habitable again, many years after a disaster sent people to Ferolie live on spaceships. There’s a part of the movie where a creepily realistic dystopian concept plays out: a mass of identically babylike, obese humans moving around on automated mobile devices, glued to video screens with robots taking care of their every need. Alexa, buy me toilet paper. What had sparked that thought was a press release that an area theater company would be producing and showing an opera digitally. But what really drove it home was realizing that our local school districts were planning for the possibility of keeping kids at home and teaching classes virtually. That possibility became reality on Friday afternoon, as Gov. Tony Evers declared that all public and private schools must close starting March 18. Dane County added to it Sunday by requiring schools to close immediately and banning gatherings larger than 50 people. Imagine this beginning our new normal. Imagine, just for a moment, that we get used to this. If the threat of COVID-19 continues more than a few weeks

– and I have a sneaking suspicion it will – we might just learn to live with some of these changes and rebuild our economy around it. This could be our boll weevil. For anyone who doesn’t recall their high school history classes, the boll weevil was a bug, not unlike our modern emerald ash borer, that destroyed cotton crops in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At first, Southerners felt it had destroyed their lives, but when they emerged from the havoc it had wreaked, they found they had modernized to survive. And now, there’s a statue in Alabama of this ugly, little bug that forced half a nation to get out of its comfort zone and find a new way to make ends meet without slavery and agriculture. People became more educated and more aware of the world outside their doorstep as a result. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying I want to get fat and eat lunch in a cup and zoom around on a scooter all day. I need to play basketball and tennis and go places and be around people. But maybe, just maybe, we rediscover what is most important to us while we are forced to adjust our routines. And maybe, in some way, big or small, we become better for it. We can only hope. Jim Ferolie is the editor of Unified Newspaper Group.

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he world has been moving pretty fast lately; events are unfolding rapidly, and that can be unsettling. At times like this, it’s important to be mindful that the coronavirus experience will have a beginning, middle and an end. Right now, we are in the beginning. As time passes, cases will increase, they will peak, they will decline and then level off. I’m hopeful that aggressive actions being taken by government, healthcare providers, private sector and community based organizations will impact the trajectory of the virus. That doesn’t mean it won’t affect us — it will. But while we may not be able to

want to be able to look back at this time a year from now — at how I responded. We’re likely in for a few difficult months, but we’re not helpless. Through smart action and community-wide compassion, we will look out for one another. One day, this experience will Parisi be behind us, but right now it’s new to all of us. It’s a little bit best in us. scary, and it will take some time I’ve lived in Dane County my to play out. But together, we will entire life; I believe in the people get through it, and we will tackle of our community, and I know we it as a community. will continue to move forward in Because as long as we’re looka manner we can all be proud of. ing out for one another, we will all Whenever I’m in the midst of have someone looking out for us. a challenging situation, I like Joe Parisi is the Dane County to step back and envision how I executive. control every aspect of this experience, we can control how we respond. Difficult times provide us opportunities to rise to the occasion — to bring out the


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Stoughton businesses adapt to COVID-19 Owners seeing a decrease in foot traffic at stores MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Many Stoughton businesses have seen a drastic reduction in foot traffic as cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin have continued to rise – to 47 as of Monday, March 16. At the Koffee Kup owner Ken Gulseth said he has regulars who support his

business, but he expects to be in for a rough ride. “ I t i s g o i n g s o u t h ,” Gulseth said. “(Business) is starting to slow down a lot.” On March 15, Dane County ordered all food establishments to cut capacity to 50%, with a maximum of 50 people. That meant Gulseth had to remove 20 of his downstairs seats. “That hurt – that hurt more than the scare of the coronavirus,” he said. Now there is no room for people to sit, but Gulseth

said he understands the pan- “In a way I am very demic is out of his hands. happy that people Social distancing is crucial are responding to to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the this in the right way Centers for Disease Control and taking steps to and Prevention. C u l v e r ’s h a s c l o s e d contain it. And it is its lobby to the pubvery encouraging.” lic and is allowing only d r iv e t h r o u g h c u s t o m Ruby Sekhon, owner of ers. Deak’s Pub and Grill Quick Stop on Hwy. 51 plans to start a tempor a r y d e l ive r y bu s i n e s s , not only to provide food reduced hours. for their customers in the On a Sunday, March 15, Stoughton area, but also Instagram post Wildwood for the employees with Cafe announced it will be

closing for this coming week. “As people in the hospitality industry it feels very foreign to shut our doors, less because we’re losing business and more because we’re losing daily interaction with people with whom we receive so much joy serving,” the post reads. “But we know it’s the right thing and we will reevaluate in a week and keep you posted.” And Fosdal’s Bakery will only be open for curbside pick up of pre-ordered bakery goods.

Ruby Sekhon, owner of Quick Stop on Hwy. 51, said he has owned Quick Stop for 15 years and has seen a reduction of traffic across the major thoroughfare. Although it is difficult, Sekhon said, he believes customers understand that it is necessary and the limitation of public contact is the right thing to do. “In a way I am very happy that people are responding to this in the right way and taking steps to contain it. And it is very encouraging,” Sekhon said.

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RDA to transfer property to city ahead of development RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

T h e c i t y ’s R e d e v e l o p m e n t Authority will transfer its property along the Yahara riverfront to the City of Stoughton ahead of planned development. RDA chair Roger Springman told the Hub the decision was made at its March 11 meeting. Springman said the RDA and city, who currently both own part of the property that is to be redeveloped by Curt Vaughn Brink, LLC, had been trying to decide which would transfer their

property to the other for months. The transfer is an important step toward redeveloping Stought o n ’s r iv e r f r o n t , which the RDA has been actively workSpringman ing on since 2016. “Nothing can really happen until we transfer the property to the city,” Springman said. The redevelopment concepts the RDA and Brink have discussed would bring a variety of residential buildings, stores and restaurants

A public hearing March 24 before the Rutland Town Board and Plan Commission on a potentially controversial expansion of a gravel pit, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

to what has long been an industrial area on riverfront property across from Mandt Park. The area stretches between Fourth and Eighth streets and between South Street to the north and the Yahara River to the south. Any project would need to go through the planned development process, which could take months of meetings with the Plan Commission and Common Council. Springman said the next step would be to decide on the terms of the transfer. “We want to make sure our vision for the property is well understood by the city,” he said.

Quarry expansion hearing postponed Proposal would expand gravel pit from 10 acres to 40 A public hearing before the Rutland Town Board and Plan Commission on a potentially controversial expansion of a gravel pit, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the two hearing items previously set for Tuesday, March 24, is a proposal by Kevin Hahn to allow expansion of mineral extraction on the site, west of 430 Center Road, from 10 to 40 acres. The hearing also includes a proposal by Joe Eugster to rezone around 75 acres to expand agricultural accessory uses at Eugster’s Farm Market & Petting Farm, 3865 Hwy. 138. The gravel pit, which re-opened in 2017 after being out of operation since around 200, caused some concerns among residents about the increased

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Stoughton is once again applying for a state grant associated with the proposed whitewater park on the Yahara River. If the application for a municipal flood control grant is successful, the state Department of Natural Resources will provide half the funding for a project restorating the river banks and mill pond. The project is estimated to cost $425,000. The Common Council’s vote Tuesday, March 10, authorized parks and recreation director Dan Glynn to apply for the grant and promised to pay the city’s share should the project be constructed. That does not mean the department will have to accept the money if the application is successful or that the whitewater park will be constructed.

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Plans for the park have drawn controversy in recent weeks, as some members of the Swadley public, especially people living north of the Fourth Street dam, voiced objection to its partial removal. The park plans so far include options both for ke e p i n g a n d r e m ov i n g part of the dam, but one state grant the city is hoping to get might require removal of the dam. Ald. Regina Hirsch (Dist. 3) emphasized applying for the grant was simply “getting our ducks in a row so that if a decision is made (on the whitewater park), everything is ready to go.” “As opposed to making a decision about the whitewater park and then having to wait three to four years

to get something going,” she added. Ald. Sid Boersma (Dist. 3) opposed allowing Glynn to apply for the grant, saying he opposed construction of the park. Although he understood the city did not have to accept the money, Boersma said he felt the grant was like a setup for a positive vote on the whitewater park. Mayor Tim Swadley said he thought applying for grants associated with the park and surrounding areas would make the construction of the park more palatable to taxpayers. Swadley said if the city decides to move forward with the park’s construction, the first question from local taxpayers would be how they would pay for it.

Alders voted to allow Glynn to accept a grant from the state Department of Natural Resources to share 50% of the costs for a new restroom, a pathway from the Stoughton Opera House to the park and a circulation path within the park. The estimated total cost of the project is $168,979. The restrooms will be prefabricated but made to match surrounding buildings, Glynn told alders. He suggested the new circulation path is a response to former fire chief Scott Wegner’s concern that people often walk in front of one of the garages at the fire station during events when moving between the park and the opera house parking lot. Grant helps with Glynn said Wegner was Rotary Park upgrades concerned about the fire Rotary Park, on South department being able Sixth Street will receive to get out of that garage some upgrades. during those times.

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town.rutland.wi.us volume of truck traffic. Then-town chairman Mark Porter told the Observer in August 2017 that Hahn had been cooperative with residents, though the town was exploring options to regulate the pit’s operations. “He’s running a business and with that comes a lot of traffic,” Porter said at the time. A grassroots group called Protect Our Rural Landscape has been organizing people to fight the proposal. PORL had previously organized about six years ago to stop a proposed radio tower in Rutland. A new date for the hearing has yet to be set. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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Community calendar Reporters at the Hub have reached out to local entities to find canceled or postponed events and services in the Stoughton area. If you have events that you’d like added to the list please email ungcalendar@wcinet.com. These events have been canceled for various reasons; mainly to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Indefinitely • At the direction of the state Department of Health Services and Dane County, all K-12 schools in the county are closing beginning Monday, March 16, with an anticipated reopening April 6. • The Stoughton Public Library closed its doors at the end of the day Sunday, March 15, and won’t reopen until at least Monday, April 6. • Skaalen Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center is limiting all visitors from entering the building except for end of life situations or other special circumstances. • Stoughton Area Senior Center closed to the public until further notice. Home delivered meals will continue, and on site congregate meals have been switched to carry out. • Stoughton Opera House has

postponed all shows through April 12. • Stoughton United Methodist Church is suspending all worship activities through the first week of April. • John Beutel’s Music Appreciation Series at the Stoughton Opera House is canceled through Monday, May 11. • The Stoughton Center for the Arts closed starting Monday, March 16, and anticipates resuming classes Monday, April 6. • Stoughton Hospital canceled all upcoming community education classes, special events and support groups.

Thursday, March 19

• CANCELED: City Public Works committee meeting • CANCELED: 7 p.m., R Old House Society Meeting, 527 S. Page St., rohstoughton@gmail. com • CANCELED: Sons of Norway lefse making class, Sons of Norway Mandty Lodge, 317 S. Page St. • CANCELED: Stoughton High School Upbeat on Main Jazz Fundraiser • CANCELED: “The Foreigner” presented by Stoughton Village Players ($13), Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org

Baha’i Faith

• CANCELED: The Steel Tuesday, March 24 Wheels, Stoughton Opera • CANCELED: Mental ClarHouse, 381 E. Main St., stough- ity through Kundalini yoga, tonoperahouse.com Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-6611 Friday, March 20 • CANCELED: Foot care clinics, • CANCELED “The Foreigner,” senior center, 873-8585 presented by Stoughton Village Players ($13), Stoughton Village • CANCELED: Stoughton Arts Council meeting, Stoughton Players Theater, 255 E. Main St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org Opera House, 381 E. Main St., stoughtonoperahouse.com • CANCELED: Aoife O’DonWednesday, March 25 ovan: Songs and Strings, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. • CANCELED: Improving AlzMain St., stoughtonoperahouse. heimer’s Disease and other Dementia Care through Health com Literacy, Stoughton Hospital, Saturday, March 21 900 Ridge St., 873-6611 • CANCELED: Sons of Norway • CANCELED: Understanding Bingo, Sons of Norway Mandt Cholesterol (both classes), Lodge, 317 S. Page St., arneStoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge sonfamily5@gmail.com St., 873-6611 • CANCELED “The Foreigner,” Thursday, March 26 presented by Stoughton Village • CANCELED “The Foreigner,” Players ($13), Stoughton Village presented by Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org Players ($13), Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main • CANCELED: Marty Stuart St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org and His Fabulous Superlatives, • CANCELED: Darrell Scott – Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. solo, Stoughton Opera House, Main St., stoughtonoperahouse. 381 E. Main St., stoughtonopercom ahouse.com • CANCELED: PALs, senior center, 873-8585 • CANCELED: Stoughton Chamber of Commerce lunch and learn

Covenant Lutheran Church

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

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

Bible Baptist Church

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

Christ Lutheran Church

Ezra Church

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

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church

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

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

Stoughton Baptist Church

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

LakeView Church

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

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 stoughtonmethodist.org Stoughtonumc@Wisconsinumc.org Sunday: 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. - Full Worship

United Pentecostal Church of Stoughton

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

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

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

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Saturday, March 28 • CANCELED: Beginning Rosemaling Class at the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St., arnesonfamily5@ gmail.com • CANCELED “The Foreigner” presented by Stoughton Village Players ($13), Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E. Main St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org • CANCELED: • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sustainable Stoughton Earth Day, Lageret, 515 E. Main St., sustainablestoughton.org. • CANCELED: Bob Mould solo/ electric, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., stoughtonoperahouse.com

Sunday, March 29 • CANCELED: Beginning Rosemaling Class, Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St., arnesonfamily5@gmail.com

Monday, March 30

• CANCELED: PALs, senior center, 873-8585 • CANCELED “The Foreigner,” presented by Stoughton Village • CANCELED: Music AppreciPlayers ($13), Stoughton Village ation Series, Stoughton Opera Players Theater, 255 E. Main House, 381 E. Main St., St., stoughtonvillageplayers.org stoughtonoperahouse.com

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Monday, March 23

• CANCELED: Rodney Crowell, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., stoughtonoperahouse. com

Human beings know how to help each other. We rise to the occasion after natural disasters,for instance, and demonstrate that we are at our best when our fellow humans need us most. But why can’t we do this all the time? What keeps us from reaching out and helping others in the mundane give and take of our everyday lives? Or why do we sometimes fail to rise to the occasion in certain crises,such as helping refugees from war-torn regions. The fact that we sometimes help and other times look away or just plain refuse to help is perhaps an indictment of our moral sentiments,the feelings of empathy and sympathy which move us to help. Sometimes our heartstrings are pulled and we rise to the occasion and other times we fail to do so. Social Psychology offers some clues to this puzzle. It turns out that what is referred to as bystander apathy (not helping when you see someone in need) can be overcome by 1) noticing that someone needs help; 2) interpreting the situation as one where you could be helpful; 3) taking responsibility for helping; 4) developing a plan (or deciding what should be done); and 5) implementing the plan. It’s not terribly complicated. Most of us could be doing more to help our sisters and brothers in need. – Christopher Simon

Coming up Food Pantries remain open

The Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry will remain open with regular hours: from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. For information, call the SUMC office at 873-3273. The Stoughton City Food Pantry remains open with regular hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Thursday; 9-11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. For information, call the food pantry at 873-8103.

Senior Center remain open for meals

The Stoughton Area Senior Center will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16. Home delivered meals will continue and on-site congregate meals have been switched to carry out. For information, call the center 873-8585.

Food pantries City of Stoughton Food Pantry

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

SUMC Food Pantry

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

Personal Essentials Pantry

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

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

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96 years young Unified Newspaper Group

A jack of all trades with gardening and baking, rural Brooklynite Dolores Kamm, 96, also has weightlifting on her list. For the last few years, Kamm has attended a “Strong Women” exercise class at the Oregon Area Senior Center. In December, she met a milestone many hope to reach -- celebrating her 96th birthday, along with the 15-20 friends she’s made through the class. “ S t r o n g Wo m e n ,” according to the senior center newsletter, takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:3011:30 a.m. There are also Tuesday and Thursday sessions in the evenings from 5-6 p.m., though there is no class on the first Tuesday of the month. The class is an evidenced-based program that includes a strength training curriculum to help senior women maintain muscle mass, strengthen and function as they age. Sitting inside a circle of chairs, Kamm lifts five pound dumbbells with a look of concentration on her face. She partook in other light exercises to engage the limbs. Another exercise involved laying on a mat and lifting dumbbells in the air. To conclude the program, the women walk in a circle forwards and backwards. M a n y o f K a m m ’s friends said she was their role model, as they look to her as a source of inspiration and strength. Kamm said she doesn’t see her reaching 96 as more than good genes, as she had two sisters who lived to be 100. Kamm said she remembers to breathe and to take care of herself, when asked if she had any words of wisdom f o r a c h i ev i n g w e l l b e ing at her age. She does

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something she calls the breath of joy. “I do that at home, especially if I’m outside,” Kamm said. She considers adopting her son, who lives in a cabin on her farmhouse property in Brooklyn, to be one of her greatest accomplishments. She also operated a bakery out of her home for a time. Kamm said she’s lived in the area for 58 years, and has found joy in gardening, which she still does to this day, and yoga for a time. And she still b a ke s b r e a d f o r her fellow classm a t e s a n d l ive s independently in her home in rural Brooklyn. “I like the count r y s i d e ,” K a m m said. Kamm said the class not only helps her stay in shape, but she’s enjoyed the socialization and comradery that comes with it. Her classmates also crack a lot of jokes, and

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Remembering Small Animal Advocates Kathy Thode sifts through a 30 year scrapbook

During the 2013 Victorian Holiday, it was 10 below zero by 8 a.m. Three years prior three inches of snow fell, dusting the Small Animal Advocates bake sale. Meticulous details like the “thank you notes,” Hub advertisements and photos associated with the nonprofit SAA organization are documented in a three inch ring binder in Kathy Thode’s home. Thode, the founding director, pioneered SAA for nearly 30 years. December 2020 marks the sixth anniversary of the disbandment of the organization, which provided financial assistance to pet owners for veterinary bills and animal food. And although another organization, Second Chance Animal Advocates, has blossomed out of SAA, Thode remenices on the

organization often. The binder starts in February 1985, when the organization was founded by a single advertisement in the Hub asking for volunteers, and continues until the last year of the organization in 2014. “We didn’t have much money when we first started so we did drawings. People would put their name in a bowl if they needed a free spay or neuter, and we picked one that we could afford to pay for,” Thode previously told the Hub. In May of 1985, SAA held its first garage sale where they raised $555.05. By 2010, the garage sale was raising nearly $4,000. Over the course of 25 years in total the garage sale raised nearly $45,000.

“It was like walking through the store,” Thode said. There were thousands of items like wigs, books, lamps and flowers. Thode’s mother, at the age of 80, would help organize the items for the sale and clean every single piece of glassware. In that scrapbook, Thode has a picture of her mother in a living room surrounded by so many boxes, there is a single path to her chair. After the section on financials, the scrapbook is filled with at least 10 pages of thank you notes from pet owners who received help from SAA. “Dear Mrs. Thode and SAA,” one pet owner wrote. “A short note to thank you for the wonderful gift. I hope you will always know how much our ‘little ones’ mean to us. I look forward to sending you a picture someday.”

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Exercise and aging: How to work out safely after 50 In an ideal world, people young and old exercise each day. But as men and women age, finding time to work out is not so easy. Commitments to work and family often take precedence over daily exercise. As a result, many people 50 and over might not have exercised regularly or at all in many years. But as children grow up or even move out, people facing down their golden years are often compelled to get back in the gym. That’s a wise decision that can increase a person’s chances of being healthy and happy in retirement. But before beginning a new exercise regimen, men and women over 50 should take heed of the following safety tips to ensure their efforts are

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Shea’s a little bit country New community information/ resource coordinator at home in Stoughton SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

Molly Shea started out with the goal of creating country music videos — targeting a specific college in Nashville to do just that. But after graduating in December, she’s decided to follow another calling to help the Stoughton Area School District tell its stories, and is excited to start her career. Shea started last week as the new Stoughton Area School District Community Information and Resource Coordinator, succeeding former Hub reporter Derek Spellman, who had served in that role since the summer of 2013. The Sun Prairie native told the Hub Monday when she graduated from high school, she really wanted to work on country music videos, and found a place to do just that, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. There, Shea studied audio and video production for a few years until she felt she was going down too narrow a path. She switched her major to corporate communications, with minors in Spanish and music business, and worked on a half-dozen internships during that time. “While I was in school, I tried to get as much communication experience as possible,” she said. One of those was Big Machine Label Group, a large independent label of country artists. “The semester I was there was when Taylor Swift left the group and

Molly Shea is the new Stoughton Area School District Community Information and Resource Cooridnator. went to Sony, so it felt like somebody passed away,” Shea said. Back in Wisconsin, she interned at the Madison Public Library Foundation’s Wisconsin Book Festival, which she enjoyed. “That was a blast, because I love books and event planning,” she said. She also interned with the Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute, experience that she said is coming in handy as one of her first duties is helping to coordinate plans for dealing with the coronavirus. “Right in my first week,” she said. “I hit the ground running.” In the meantime, Shea is working with district officials to redefine the role of community information and resource coordinator.

“We really want my role to be more higher level direction and coordination,” she said. “For example, I will be tasked with creating the district strategic communication plan, so my plan for that is to just go around and interview everybody I can think of, and then come up with something that makes sense for us.” Shea said when she was job searching after graduating in December, she started seeing openings for communications positions at school districts, and was immediately interested. “It’s a big role, but I’m very excited – it’s the perfect intersection of education and communication,” she said. “I come from a long line of teachers, so I’m very much in tune with education, and always loved being a student, so once I came up (to interview), I was, ‘Yeah!’” In fact, Shea said “pretty much everybody” besides her mom are current or former educators, including principals, teachers and librarians. “Of course, every time we are together, like Christmas, there’s a lot of teacher talk, and principal and school talk, and that was always interesting to me,” she said. After her interview, Shea stopped by Fosdal Home Bakery, one of the spots she’s learning as she gets to know more about the district and community. “I’ve never been here for Syttende Mai, but my grandmother’s parents were 100% Norwegian,” she said. “I’ve been learning Stoughton culture, asking people where I should go, what I should check out. “It’s been a good meeting everybody so far, everybody’s been really welcoming.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott. delaruelle@wcinet.com.

Shakers: Dillman says he included disorderly conduct, OWI charges on application for transparency Continued from page 1 “disorderly or riotous, indecent or improper house” because of cocaine sales. The following week, the city’s Public Safety committee recommended the removal of Shakers’ liquor license, prompting the council to start the legal process to consider doing so. City attorney Matt Dregne told the council Tuesday, March 10, that the relevant statute says the agent must “with respect to character, record and reputation, be satisfactory to the issuing authority.” Nicholas C. Watt, an attorney for Shakers, said that as a licensed insurance

agent, Dillman was subject to the rules and regulations and oversight of the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. Watt said Dillman had the reputation to fulfill the role. But Dillman’s past criminal convictions caused concern for some alders. Ald. Jean Ligocki (Dist. 2) was concerned about Dillman’s past arrests and the criminal convictions he listed on his application, which included disorderly conduct and drunken driving. Dillman told the council he had nothing to hide, and that was why he had included the convictions on his application. Dillman assured the

council no “bad elements” would be allowed at the bar on his watch and that Kittleson would not be allowed on the premises. He also appealed to the council by referring to his years working as an insurance agent, saying that as a result of his profession, he was “held to a higher standard.” He said the disorderly conduct charges dated between 2001 and 2007, and the OWIs occurred in 1995 and 2014. A l d e r s P h i l C a r ave l lo (Dist. 2), Matt Bartlett (Dist. 4), Brett Schumacher (Dist.1) and Regina Hirsch (Dist.3) voted in favor of granting Dillman a g e n cy o f t h e l i c e n s e , while alders Sid Boersma

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Obituary Thomas Gary Lawrence Thomas Gary Lawrence was born on Jan. 25, 1942, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, to Tom and Gertrude (Althen) Lawrence. Tom graduated from Washington High School in Two Rivers. He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1964, and married Madelyn Marie Preus on August 15 of the same year. He continued with graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. Tom taught and coached in St. Francis and Walker, Minnesota, and then in Stoughton, Wisconsin, for 32 years. He loved playing baseball and basketball, and then coaching both sports. Though there were many winning seasons and conference championships, the highlights were State Tournament Championships for the American Legion Teams in 1977 and 1987. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001. He loved his players and was loved in return by countless students and players over the years. Off the baseball field, many of Tom’s happiest moments were spent at his family’s home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This is where he reconnected with family, puttered in the beautiful yard, painted the house, and most importantly, spent time in the undergrowth, creeks, and rivers, in pursuit of brook trout. Tom died on March 10,

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2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Julia, and dearly loved brother, Bruce. He is survived by his wife, Madelyn (Preus), his children Sarah (Calland Metts), Emily Meyer (Brian), Tom, Paul, and special daughter Leanna Khrystyuk Shanmugam (Siva), grandchildren Giulia Calland, Natasha Loya, and Sanjay and Melanka Shanmugam, sister Gail Maxwell, and beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. A celebration of Tom’s life took place Saturday, March 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte, Minnesota. Visitation at 11 a.m., funeral at 1 p.m., with lunch immediately following. Funeral arrangements being made through Northern Peace in Walker Memorials can be made to the Luther College Class of ’64 Scholarship Fund, the Kabekona Lake Foundation, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Tom’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com

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Boys basketball

Hobson shines in sectional loss ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Hounded by defenders all game, Adam Hobson weaved around picks in an effort to find openings in the DeForest defense. Clean looks were rare, but the Stoughton senior still had a night to remember in hopes of extending his high school career by at least one more game. The Norskies also executed offensively, outlasting Hobson and the Vikings 66-57 in the Division 2 Oregon Sectional semifinal on Thursday, March 12, at McFarland High School. Hobson poured in 25 of his game-high 39 points in the second half. “I came in knowing this could be my last game,” he said. “I wanted to do whatever I could to get us another game. I felt good in warmups and gained more confidence when the ball started to go in.” Stoughton (21-4), the top seed in the top half of the sectional, scored on its first three possessions of the second half. Junior Cael McGee slammed a dunk through contact and converted the three-point play to cut the Vikings’ deficit to 37-27. Stoughton coach Nolan Weber switched to a man-to-man defense after Hobson’s third 3-pointer cut it to 46-34 with 12:30 left, and the move took DeForest out of its halfcourt offense for several minutes. Hobson drilled back-to-back 3s

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Stoughton senior Adam Hobson surveys the court as DeForest sophomore Deven Magli (23) defends during the second half Thursday, March 12, at Turn to Boys hoops/Page 14 McFarland High School. Hobson scored a game-high 39 points, but the Vikings lost 66-57 in the Division 2 Oregon Sectional semifinals.

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WIAA spring sports suspended until April 6 ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The sounds of high school spring sports in Stoughton won’t be heard until at least early April. In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday, March 13, that closes all public and private schools and suspends all spring sports activities from March 18 until April 6. Stoughton athletic director Mel Dow said the current situation requires an “ongoing assessment of the surroundings” and staying in contact with the Center for Disease Control and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. “It’s a minute-to-minute assessment,” Dow said. “We want to keep everyone safe and sound, while also providing some normalcy of life. We’re optimistic we can do that.” Stoughton’s general practice is that athletic practices can take place so long as school is in session. With activities suspended until April 6, schools and coaches may not bring students together or be involved with students for any extracurricular or athletic purposes, which includes practices and other instructional/organizational purposes. Coaches are permitted to provide individual workouts virtually, but are not

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Stoughton fans cheer on the boys basketball team Thursday, March 12, at McFarland High School. The WIAA’s policy to prevent the spread of coronavirus limited attendance to 88 tickets per team.

allowed to encourage or organize their team assembling to practice. The Badger Conference schools are working on schedule options for spring sports that will accommodate the statewide school closure and the practice rules set by the WIAA. “We’ve had past health situations nationally and in the state of Wisconsin, but nothing has been quite like this,” Dow said. “Even when it comes to (inclement) weather, we can make adjustments. With this, there’s so much that’s unknown. “All we know is we’d rather err on the side of caution than put someone at risk. We’re doing everything in the best interest

of the kids.” The first athletic events for Stoughton boys and girls track and field (March 20), softball (March 31), baseball and girls soccer (April 2) will be affected by the statewide suspension of spring sports. The first competition for boys golf is scheduled for April 9, one day before the first boys tennis event. If schools delay the start of the season and first practice, they must comply with the required days before practice and contests. In the event scheduled classes are interrupted for an extended period of time and practices have been terminated for a period of at least seven days, but less than 14 days, a school may not resume competition until after three separate days of practice. If practices have been terminated for a period of 14 days or more, a school may not resume competition until after five separate days of practice. For example, the WIAA requires baseball teams hold seven practices before games and four practices before scrimmages. Four varsity regular-season contests is the required number to be eligible for the postseason. “In these types of situations, we would see an adjustment,” Dow said. “We’ve had winter weather situations that could be similar. I can’t see how if a health scare pushed things back to April or May, there

wouldn’t be modified postseasons.” The boys and girls basketball postseasons have already been affected by COVID-19. The WIAA canceled the remainder of the State Girls Basketball Tournament, and the boys basketball sectional finals and the State Tournament on Thursday, March 12. The announcement came three hours after Stoughton boys basketball finished its sectional semifinal game against DeForest in front of a limited number of attendees at McFarland High School. Senior guard Adam Hobson was used to playing in front of sparsely-attended AAU games in the summer, but not during the high school season. “It was an emotional and crazy day from the start,” Hobson said. “It was a whirlwind of wondering if we’d play or not, where we’d play and who could come. We rolled with adversity a lot this year.” All of Stoughton’s winter sports finished before the statewide suspension. Dow said he wants seniors to finish their careers as Vikings with normalcy instead of the WIAA pulling the plug on spring sports. “At this point, I don’t think anything is out of the realm of possibility,” Dow said. “As much and as fast as things are changing right now, that could happen, but I hope not. The kids need an outlet for their emotional and physical well-being.”


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Wrestling

The house that Vern built Pieper family thanks community for wrestling room honor ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Located in the top right hand corner of a mural full of great moments in Stoughton wrestling history is the portrait of the man who made the program into the powerhouse it has been for decades. The mural and portrait of Vern Pieper were part of last year’s renovations to the wrestling room at Stoughton High School. One of the last renovations was a sign placed above the east entrance of the Vern Pieper Wrestling Room, an honor Vern’s wife, Bev, is grateful for. “The room means a lot to the family,” Bev Pieper said. “He put in a lot of time there. All of the wrestlers were like his kids, even though he had five of his own. “We’re so thankful for the support from the community and the school district, especially Mel Dow. Our entire family is grateful. The community always treated us so well and they still do.” A native of Caledonia, Minnesota, Vern Pieper met Bev, a St. Paul native, at Winona State University. The two married and moved south to Richland Center in 1959, where Vern started the wrestling program. The couple came to Stoughton four years later when Vern had the opportunity to coach football and wrestling. Bev joked that she would get him a cot to sleep on in the wrestling room since he spent countless hours inside the grey cinder block walls. Stoughton won seven team state wrestling championships in Vern Pieper’s 33 years as head coach – 1968, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987 and 1988. He was one of the founding fathers of the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation and became the organization’s first president, as well as a member of the Wisconsin and national wrestling halls of fame. “He was a very gentle person,” Bev Pieper said. “He didn’t raise his voice on the mat and sat in the corner. He always did his instruction in the room. If he ever got upset, there was a reason why.” Despite all her husband’s success, Bev said she was “very happy” to not be informed of each team’s progression throughout the season. What happened in the wrestling room, staying in the wrestling room. “We never discussed wrestling in the house,” she said. “Even when our two boys wrestled, we always came home and ate together, and wrestling was not discussed.” One of Vern Pieper’s many state champions was current co-coach Dan Spilde, who won the 132-pound title in 1987 and was a member of Pieper’s final state championship team in 1988. “Vern loved every champion, and the greatest part is he loved every wrestler who was 0-100, too,” Spilde said. “He and Bev built this program and set it up so Bob and I could just try to continue what they did.”

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Bev Pieper (right) and Stoughton co-coach Dan Spilde pose under a mural in The Vern Pieper Wrestling Room. The room is named after Bev’s husband Vern Pieper, who won seven team state championships in his 33-year tenure as head coach of the program. Spilde went on to become a Big Ten Conference champion at the University of Wisconsin, but returned home to coach. He was an assistant for one year under Pieper and then became Stoughton’s head coach in the 1994-95 school year. Four years later, Spilde and Bob Empey became co-coaches. “It took awhile to get the program going, and I know he’s so proud of Dan and Bob,” Bev Pieper said. “I see both of them do some of the same things Vern used to do.” Vern Pieper passed away in 2017 at the age of 81, two years before the room that now honors him underwent a makeover. The benches and exercise bikes that used to butt up to the mat were moved to a small area adjacent to the wrestling room and the weight room on the main floor of the high school. The room received a fresh coat of white paint, new mats were installed and the pictures of nine team state championship trophies were put up under the mural. The small board in the corner of the room with the names of state champions pinned to it turned into several large boards that hang on the south wall. All of the individual state medalists’ names stand out in white text on the purple boards. Spilde said some wrestlers write their names on a piece of tape and stick it onto the board of state champions. “We start every year by looking at those boards and wonder who’s going to be the next one to put their name on it,” Spilde said. “We’ve got a bunch of kids who believe in the program and work hard inside our room and outside of the room.” The wrestling room will need more additions after another successful state

tournament series. Nicolar Rivera and Brooks Empey gave Stoughton its 52nd and 53rd individual state championships, extending the Vikings’ state record. “Vern would be proud of these two just like he was proud of each one before them,” Empey said. “Just like him,

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Hutcherson developed into defensive stopper MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Few prep athletes would want to get into a game of freeze tag with Stoughton senior Nathan Hutcherson. The 5-foot-10 Hutcherson isn’t imposing with his size, but he relied on his speed and quickness to become a linchpin in the Vikings’ defense. As a point guard, he’s not judged by how many points he scores. He’s more concerned with the baskets he keeps off the scoreboard. “He makes our team go,” Stoughton coach Nolan Weber said. “He’s a great defender.” Hutcherson embraced the role of guarding one of the best players on opposing teams. He limited Reedsburg’s Zach Bestor to seven points in a Division 2 regional final. The ball pressure he put on point guards often took opponents out of their offensive sets and stifled scoring opportunities. “I know my role on this team is facilitating and defense,” he said. “If they can’t get the shots they want and their main ball handler can’t get to the areas of the court he wants, we feed off that and roll with it.” While Hutcherson was f o c u s e d o n p r eve n t i n g points on the court, he helped the Stoughton football team put up points in a banner 2019 season. Hutcherson, a second-team all-Badger South

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Seventeen Vikings earn Badger South honors ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Nine Stoughton wrestlers and seven basketball players were named to the Badger South All-Conference Teams. S o p h o m o r e N i c o l a r R ive r a ( 1 2 6 pounds), senior Gavin Model (145) and juniors Luke Mechler (160), Rudy Detweiler and Brooks Empey (220) were first team all-conference wrestlers. Freshman Chance Suddeth (106), junior Alex Wicks (120) and sophomore Trenton Dow (138) were named to the second team. Senior Braeden Whitehead (152) was an honorable mention selection. Senior boys basketball player Adam Hobson was named the Badger South’s Most Valuable Player after being unanimously selected to the first team. The Michigan Tech University commit averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season. “At our all-conference meeting, I told

everybody that he’s the best kid you can have in everything,” Vikings boys basketball coach Nolan Weber said of Hobson. “He’s a leader on the basketball court and in the classroom. He always steps up. He’s special and I’m really going to miss him.” Junior Cael McGee was also named to the first team after averaging 15.1 points per game this season. Junior Reece Sproul (7.0 ppg) and senior Nathan Hutcherson (5.0 ppg) were honorable mention selections. Sophomore girls basketball player Ava Loftus earned first-team honors after averaging 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season. Seniors Delaney Seidel (8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists per game) and Megan Marggi (6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game) received honorable mention notice. Senior forward Brody Hlavacek represented Stoughton as an honorable mention selection on the boys hockey all-conference team.

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Stoughton senior Nathan Hutcherson (left) battles Reedsburg junior Zach Bestor for a rebound in a Division 2 regional championship on Saturday, March 7. Hutcherson tied for the team-lead with 14 points and held Bestor to seven points in the Vikings’ 53-45 win. Conference wide receiver, helped the Vikings to an 8-3 record and their first conference championship since 1975. He finished the regular season with 41 receptions for 695 yards and five touchdowns.

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*** NOTICE The Town of Rutland Public Hearings scheduled for March 24th has been postponed because of the corona virus. The rescheduled date is to be determined. Dawn George, Clerk Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP *** ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL CITY OF STOUGHTON, 207 S. FORREST STREET, STOUGHTON Notice is hereby given that at a regular Common Council meeting on March 10, 2020, the City of Stoughton Common Council approved O-2-2020: An Ordinance amending Section 38-32 and 38-36(a) of the Historic Preservation Ordinance – Chapter 38 of the Stoughton Municipal Code. The full ordinance is on file for examination at the City Clerk’s Office. Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP *** ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL CITY OF STOUGHTON, 207 S. FORREST STREET, STOUGHTON Notice is hereby given that at a regular Common Council meeting on March 10, 2020, the City of Stoughton Common Council approved O-3-2020: An Ordinance creating Section 74-16 of

*** ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL CITY OF STOUGHTON, 207 S. FORREST STREET, STOUGHTON Notice is hereby given that at a regular Common Council meeting on March 10, 2020, the City of Stoughton Common Council approved O-4-2020: An Ordinance creating Section 74-2(f) of the City of Stoughton Code of Ordinances, relating to relocation of sewer connections. The full ordinance is on file for examination at the City Clerk’s Office. Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP *** ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL CITY OF STOUGHTON, 207 S. FORREST STREET, STOUGHTON Notice is hereby given that at a regular Common Council meeting on March 10, 2020, the City of Stoughton Common Council approved O-5-2020: Amending the zoning classification at 1640 E. Main Street in the City of Stoughton. The full ordinance is on file for examination at the City Clerk’s Office. Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP *** CITY OF STOUGHTON 207 S. FORREST STREET STOUGHTON WI 53589 RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL Authorizing and directing the proper city officials to amend the 2020-2024 City of Stoughton Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Budget Committee Action: Finance Committee recommends approval 4-0 Fiscal Impact: 2020 ($197,904); 2021 $150,317; Total ($47,587) File Number: R-39-2020 Date Introduced: March 10, 2020 RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 20202024 CIP BUDGET WHEREAS, the Finance Committee recommended the approval of the proposed 2020-2024 City of Stoughton CIP Budget amendments to the Common Council on February 25, 2020; and WHEREAS, an amendment was made to postpone all riverfront restoration, trail and bridge construction activity until 2021 and focus solely on design work in 2020; and WHEREAS, an amendment was

and drove hard for two layups off glass to trim the deficit to 53-50 with 4:50 left. The third-seeded Norskies (19-6) answered with a 7-0 run to push their lead back to double digits. Hobson scored four straight points to cut it to 60-54, but DeForest successfully navigated Stoughton’s press and made 4 of 6 free throws in the final 1:12 to salt the victory. DeForest carved up Stoughton’s 1-3-1 zone early on. The Norskies reeled off a 10-2 run after McGee sank a jumper to start the game, a strong start for a team the Vikings beat 75-61 in the Badger Challenge on Jan. 25. “They did some different things offensively, but their biggest adjustment was how they guarded Adam and Cael,” Weber said. “They also took away some of our other guys that had open areas to work in the first meeting.”

made to adjust riverfront restoration and trail costs to the revised amounts received from the projects engineering firm; and WHEREAS, an amendment was made to eliminate the Fire Department requests for replacement ice rescue suits and swift water rescue suits due to sufficient funds remaining in the 2019 CIP budget to purchase these items; and WHEREAS, an amendment was made to adjust the Fire Department Command Vehicle cost to actual; and WHEREAS, an amendment was made to adjust the Elgin Street Sweeper cost to actual; and WHEREAS, a tabular summary of the amendments made is as follows: Description Original Year Revised Year Original Amount Revised Amount Riverbank Restoration Design 2020 2020 $ 27,508 $ 31,740 Riverbank Restoration Construction 2020 2021 211,600 211,600 Riverfront Trail/Amenities Design 2020 2020 34,296 36,360 Replacement Ice Rescue Suits 2020 N/A 9,000 Swift Water Rescue Suits 2020 N/A 4,000 Riverfront Trail/Amenities Construction 2020 2021 303,662 242,379 Pedestrian Bridge Construction 2021 2021 475,103 475,103 Elgin Street Sweeper 2020 2020 250,000 265,000 Command Vehicle 2020 2020 36,600 42,000 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Common Council of the City of Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin does approve the proposed 2020-2024 CIP Budget amendments as presented. Vote: ___________________________ Tim Swadley, Mayor Date: March 10, 2020 Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP *** MEETING OF: COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF STOUGHTON Date//Time: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. Location: Council Chambers (2nd Floor of Public Safety Building) 321 South Fourth Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin Members: Mayor Tim Swadley, Matt Bartlett, Sid Boersma, Phil Caravello, Ozzie Doom, Ben Heili, Regina Hirsch, Greg Jenson, Jean Ligocki, Tom Majewski, Lisa Reeves, Timothy Riley, and Brett Schumacher CALL TO ORDER Roll Call, Communications, and Presentations: Boersma stated that on February 27th there will be a candidate forum. March 3rd there will be a Human Trafficking Forum at Kettle Park Senior Living

McGee picked up his second foul with 10:18 left in the first half and finished with seven points, but Hobson kept the Vikings close. He scored Stoughton’s last nine points of the half, including a 3 from the top of the key to cut it to 22-20 with three minutes left in the half. DeForest recovered and closed the half on a 12-0 run to lead 34-20 at the break. Senior Jahyl Bonds finished with a team-high 16 points, while sophomore Max Weisbrod and senior Trey Schroeder added 15 points apiece. Sophomore Deven Magli gave the Norskies four players in double figures with 12 points. DeForest advanced but never got the chance to play Elkhorn for the sectional title. Three hours after the Norskies beat the Vikings, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association canceled the remainder of the State Girls Basketball Tournament, and the boys basketball sectional finals and State Tournament, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

Facility. Minutes and Reports: the minutes were entered into the record. Utilities (1/30/20); Plan Commission (1/13/20); Arts Council (1/21/20); Tree Commission (1/9/20); Landmarks (1/9/20); Cemetery Board (1/31/19); Parks & Rec (1/21/20); Whitewater Park (1/21/20) Public Comment Period: Mark Hale, 2703 County Rd. B, spoke regarding R-29-2020. He stated that he was surprised that the dam removal was being discussed as part of the Whitewater Park. He was concerned about the wildlife that currently inhabits the area. CONSENT AGENDA A. February 11, 2020 Council Minutes B. R-27-2020- Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to issue Operator Licenses to various applicants C. Stoughton Utilities January Payments Due List Report; Stoughton Utilities December Financial Report; Stoughton Utilities December Statistical Report Motion by Jenson, second by Bartlett to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried 10-0. OLD BUSINESS NEW BUSINESS R-28-2020- Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to issue a Class “B” Fermented Malt Beverage license and a “Class B” Intoxicating Liquor License to Brown Wood, LLC d/b/a Roxy’s Restobar, Trisha Brown, agent, located at 208 W. Main St. Motion by Jenson, second by Heili to approve R-28-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-29-2020- Authorizing the Participation in the Department of Natural Resources Municipal Dam Grant Program Motion by Hirsch, second by Heili to approve R-29-2020. Motion carried 9-1 with Boersma voting “no”. O- 2-2020- Amending Section 38-32 and 38-36(a) of the Historic Preservation Ordinance – Chapter 38 of the Stoughton Municipal Code Majewski read O-2-2020 as a first reading. It will be back before the council on March 10, 2020. O- 3-2020- Ordinance creating Section 74-16 of the City of Stoughton Municipal code of Ordinances, relating to Utilities and the creation of an ordinance for water cross connection control Hirsch read O-3-2020 as a first reading. It will be back before the council on March 10, 2020. O-4-2020- To create Section 74-2(f) of the City of Stoughton Code of Ordinances, relating to relocation of sewer connections Hirsch read O-4-2020 as a first reading. It will be back before the council on March 10, 2020. R-30-2020- Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to approve the write-off of Stoughton Utilities delinquent account balances and invoices deemed

uncollectible as of December 31, 2019 Motion by Hirsch, second by Schumacher to approve R-30-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-31- 2020- Authorizing and directing the proper city official(s) to approve payment of the original 2006 offer of $4040.28 to Scott Wegner for the unresolved payout of his vacation time from 2006 Motion by Schumacher, second by Reeves R-31-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-32-2020- Authorizing and directing the proper city official(s) to compensate the Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal for additional work associated with filling the role of Acting Fire Chief on an interim basis Motion by Schumacher, second by Jenson to approve R-32-2020. Motion carried 10-0. O-5-2020- Amending the zoning classification at 1640 E. Main Street in the City of Stoughton Caravello read O-5-2020 for the first reading. It will be back before the council on March 10, 2020. R- 33-2020- Approving a Conditional Use Permit request by Dale Resch for an Outdoor Storage use at 1000 East Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin Motion by Caravello, second by Hirsch to approve R-33-2020 10-0. R- 34-2020- Approving a Certified Survey Map (CSM) for property along Glacier Moraine Drive, owned by the City of Stoughton, Stoughton, WI. Motion by Caravello, second by Schumacher to approve R-34-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-35-2020- Approving a Conditional Use Permit request by Ron Grosso for multiple principal buildings at 441 Glacier Moraine Drive, Stoughton, Wisconsin. Motion by Caravello, second by Hirsch to approve R-35-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-36-2020- Approving a Release of Restriction document for property at 1700 E. Main Street (Lot 3, Eastwood Estates), owned by Mark Rosenbaum, Stoughton, WI. Motion by Caravello, second by Schumacher to R-36-2020. Motion carried 10-0. R-37-2020- Approving a Certified Survey Map (CSM) to combine the properties at 1700 E. Main Street, owned by Mark Rosenbaum, Stoughton, WI. Motion by Caravello, second by Bartlett to approve R-37-2020. Motion carried 10-0. ADJOURNMENT Motion by Jenson, second by Heili to adjourn at 7:59 p.m. Motion carried 10-1. Respectfully Submitted, Holly Licht, City Clerk Published: March 19, 2020 WNAXLP ***


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COVID-19: Many closures come as state, county mandates to prevent disease spread Continued from page 1 Ramsey, discussing the decision to close the library said he would love to look back and feel like he overreacted – but he doesn’t think that will be the case. “You have to take decisive action early, and that is the kind of action that will make a difference,” he said. “If you wait too long any benefits from closing are lost.” It was just as heart-wrenching for the Village Players to cancel the “Foreigner” play, which was planned for six March performances. “It is so sad for our actors and crew to work months on this production and have nothing to show for it,” member Dan Prueher wrote to the Hub in an email. “It has never been done in our 50 years as a group, but we decided that it only makes proper sense for the health of everyone and the risk involved.” The first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, and the disease has since spread internationally, affecting 182,000 people and killing 7,400. COVID-19 was deemed a worldwide pandemic March 11 by the World Health Organization, the first since H1N1 influenza in 2009. Both local and state officials are taking action to prevent the spread of the virus. G o v. To n y E v e r s announced the mandatory closure of all public and private schools on Friday, March 13, with a planned opening of Monday, April 6. Stoughton Area School District officials tentatively planned to begin virtual

learning on Thursday, March 19, to extend until at least Friday, April 3. On Monday, March 16, Evers announced during a conference call the ban of gatherings of 50 people or more, based on CDC guidelines put out Sunday, March 15. On May 17, he ordered the DHS to drop that number to 10, with bars and restaurants able to serve takeout or delivery only. “This isn’t a decision I made lightly, and we understand this will have an impact on Wisconsin workers, families, businesses and communities, but keeping folks safe and healthy has to be our highest priority,” Evers said. Grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies and hospitals are exempt from that order, he said. He directed Andrea Palm, state Department of Health Services secretary to impose the ban effective Tuesday, March 17. Both Stoughton food pantries, the Stoughton United Methodist Church and the City Food Pantry are remaining open with regular hours. And although some grocery stores like Pick N Save, have reduced their hours, they remain open. Most city government meetings were canceled by Friday afternoon. Stoughton Hospital implemented visitor restrictions on Monday, March 16 – allowing one visitor per patient and banning visitors 16 years and under. Stoughton’s reaction to the crisis had started slowly but accelerated rapidly earlier that week, after confirmed cases in the county began

How is COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 is thought to be spread by people who are in close contact with one another, generally defined as less than six feet apart or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Community infection comes mainly from people who are symptomatic, with fewer occurrences from before people show symptoms, according to the CDC’s website. It can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, the CDC’s website reads, but that’s not the main way the virus spreads. Photo by Justin Loewen

Quick Stop gas station had to limit the amount of toilet paper per person due to the panic purchasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. to trickle in and national response ramped up. The first Dane County case was announced Feb. 5, the second March 9, and eight more were added over the next week. Then, as national and international responses increased, local responses did, too. On March 11, WHO declared it a pandemic and the NBA suspended its season after a player tested positive and the United States began restricting travel to Europe. As Major League Baseball, the NHL and NCAA basketball stopped play March 12, the Stoughton Opera House postponed all incoming shows, and local assisted living facilities went on lockdown including Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation and Kettle Park Senior Living. Statewide, the WIAA canceled all remaining sporting events, but not before

COVID-19 timeline Jan. 21: U.S. announces first confirmed COVID-19 case, a 30 year old man in Washington state Feb. 5: First case confirmed in the state, in Dane County March 9: Second case confirmed in the state March 13: Gov. Tony Evers mandates all public and private schools must close on March 18; Dane County bans gatherings of 250 people or more; President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, City of Stoughton cancels all non-essential public meetings March 15: Dane County imposes ban on gatherings of more than 50 people; requires schools to close March 16; orders restaurants to decrease seating by 50% March 15: Stoughton Public Library closes at 5 p.m. until at least April 6 March 16: Stoughton Senior Center closes to the public but is open for essential services; Stoughton Hospital institutes visitor restrictions

the Viking boys basketball team got to play its sectional semifinal. As President Donald Trump declared a national emergency March 13, the state ordered schools to shut down the following Wednesday until at least April 6 and many other Stoughton area events were canceled. On Sunday, March 15, before the county held a news conference to announce the immediate closure of schools and limitations on gatherings, some churches limited their gatherings or held online sermons. On Monday, March 16, as the county declared a state of emergency, several local restaurants shut down for the week, switching to carryout or drive-thru only.

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That day, Ruby Sekhon, owner of Quick Stop, told the Hub he had to limit toilet paper to one roll per customer. “I have never before seen anything before like this in my life,” Sekhon said. During the county’s March 15 news conference, county executive Joe Parisi said are ready for whatever lies the aggressive actions it ahead.” and the state took are being Kimberly Wethal, Emilie done to slow the spread of Heidemann, Mackenzie COVID-19 before it becomes Krumme, Renee Hickman, a major problem. Scott De Laruelle, Adam “Communities come Feiner, Mark Nesbitt and together during challengJim Ferolie contributed to ing times to reassure and this story. care for one another,” Parisi said in a news release. “We

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Stoughton Hospital restricts visitors Stoughton Hospital announced new visitor guidelines amid the COIVD-19 pandemic Monday, March 16. No children under the age of 16 or their siblings will be allowed in the hospitals. Patients will be restricted to one adult visitor at a time in a room, or building and there will be no visitors allowed in the geriatric psych unit, according to a news

release. Exceptions will be made during end of life situations — there will be no limit of non symptomatic visitors at a patient’s bedside at this time. Visitors who do enter the hospital will be screened for fever or respiratory systems each day they enter. -Mackenzie Krumme

UW Health advises on social distancing EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Social distancing is a good strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, UW Health stated in a release on coronavirus safety Monday, March 16. According to the UW Health website, the public should avoid going out in public places if they can’t stay six feet away from

other people. Av o i d g r o c e r y s t o r e crowds by going early or during off-hours. And if it’s possible to cancel large gatherings, do so. At the gym, the UW-Health website advises disinfecting surfaces and washing hands before and after working out. If visiting an elderly relative, do so virtually, as older people are at higher risk of

infection. “This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus,” the release reads. “Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle for the time being.” Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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