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Preparing for the hit Stoughton dons masks, hunkers down as state COVID-19 death toll spikes JIM FEROLIE Hub editor

With face masks now commonplace, and a fight over whether to postpone a statewide election, constant change was the norm in Stoughton during the fourth week in which the coronavirus and COVID-19 has turned our lives upside-down. Stoughton began discussing how to replace the loss of Syttende Mai and its economic impact on businesses and nonprofits and Stoughton Hospital eliminated all visits, even from close family members, as did other hospitals in the area. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country more than doubled to 360,000 as of Monday, April 6, the number of deaths more than tripled in the past week to 10,000. The illness crept further into Dane County, which reported more than 300 cases as of Tuesday. Updated information on the spread of the virus led

Inside Learning to cope with self-isolation Page 2 SASD gets going on virtual learning Page 3 Stoughton Hospital says no visitors Page 3 EMS director uneasy about supply of PPE Page 5 Golf courses unhappy with closure order Page 7 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend the use of face masks – even homemade cloth ones – for any public

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Rachel Tuberville leaves Stoughton Trailers on Wednesday, March 25. She is wearing a mask to protect herself from COVID-19.

Stoughton Trailers, Cummins affected differently by COVID MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the economy; including two of Stoughton’s largest employers. Stoughton Trailers and Cummins Inc. have responded to COVID-19 in different ways. Stoughton Trailers gave shop floor hourly employees a temporary pay increase, while Cummins cut salaried employees’ pay between 10-25% and reduce working hours. Chief executive Tom Linebarger’s salary will be cut in half. The cuts at Cummins are in line with national trends, with U.S unemployment at a historic high. The US

Department of Labor registered 7.14 million unemployed claims in March, obliterating the previous record set in October 1982 of 695,000 unemployed workers. And it is only going to get worse. “It is important to keep in mind that the March survey reference periods for both surveys predated many coronavirus-related business and school closures in the second half of the month,” the department of labor survey states. Katie Zarich of Cummins Global said the cuts were made in U.S facilities, and international employees and all hourly employees are not impacted by the order.

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Stoughton Walmart restricted entrances to one door on Sunday, April 5. A line of customers entering the building are required to stand 6-feet away from each other.

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Weekend festival cancellation felt by community members, businesses MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Although Patrice Roe knows she’ll miss out on quite a bit of revenue in her store when May 17 comes around, the Nordic Nook owner said what she and everyone will miss more is the pride the community feels of our town. “On that weekend, I’ll bring out my Norwegian flag and fly it anyway,” Roe said. But in the face of growing

health concerns about the n ove l c o r o n av i r u s a n d COVID-19, Syttende Mai organizers decided they had to cancel this year’s celebration of Norway’s independence day. T h e a n n u a l f o u r- d a y event, which had been planned for May 15-17, is the biggest by far of the hundreds of Stoughton area events that have been canceled over the past month. Stoughton’s Syttende Mai generally brings in around thousands people from all over the world, and the only known way to prevent the spread of the virus, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, is to keep

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“It is definitely a tough decision but one that is made in the best interest of the company. It helps to ensure the sustainability of the company long term,” she said. The company employs 61,000 people globally, and has had to temporarily close one facility in Indiana as a result of the primary customer temporary closing, Zarich said. Zarich said at this time there is so much uncertainty about the global supply chain she can not say how COVID-19 will affect other U.S facilities, including Stoughton. Previously reported by the Hub,

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Voting proceeds despite pandemic High courts overturn postponement, deadline extension RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Election Day continued as planned Tuesday, April 7 despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19. In Stoughton, a steady stream of people walked into the Stoughton Wellness and Activity Center to vote in person. Voters, many of them wearing masks and carrying their own pens, stayed six feet

apart while poll workers counted absentee ballots. In an effort to halt the possible spread of the virus at voting sites, Gov. Tony Evers issued Executive Order No. 74 on Monday, April 6, which would have postponed the election until June 9. But by late afternoon that same day, the Wisconsin Supreme Court had overturned the order on a 4-2 vote, stating that Evers lacked the authority to move the vote on his own. More changes came that evening when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a previous extension of the

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A community finds ways to pass the time EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

To pass the time as people isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stoughton resident Brenda Schultz found a creative way to socialize with her neighbors — with social distancing protocols in mind. Schultz sent a photo to the Hub via email depicting her and seven friends sitting in chairs six feet apart from one another on their street. The eight individuals in the photo are bundled up in their winter attire, one has a small dog tied to the chair via leash. Other residents have experienced a similar challenge of finding a new normal as they hunker down at home to halt the spread of COVID-19. There has been no leaving for a night out on the town, sitting down with a friend over coffee, or visiting loved ones. And all social events have been either postponed or canceled. Life for most Stoughtonites has ground to a screeching halt. The public is doing its part to flatten the curve of the disease, which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic March 11. But as the public likely grieves the loss of lives and livelihoods, it has been challenged to find creative ways to pass the time while stuck at home. The Hub received stories from parents with children, workers who have gone virtual and those who are now unemployed, among many others. Most said they’ve been engaging in arts and crafts, reading, cleaning and organizing their homes, doing yardwork, keeping the kids entertained and contacting loved ones however they can. Some people responded to a Hub inquiry via Facebook post on theStoughton, Wisconsin Neighborhood Group page. A commenter identified as Syd Ne said her family is taking things slow. She posted a photo of her daughter helping with food

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A group of neighbors hang out while still practicing social distancing. preparation by her kitchen sink. “My 3 year old likes to chip in, so she’s helping to prepare food and wash dishes, etc.,” she wrote. “It gives her something to do and takes extra time so we don’t get bored. It’s a good way for me to keep her occupied without having to come up with extra art projects or lessons.”

Another commenter, Laurie Larson Downs, said she and other individuals in the Facebook group are writing notes to one another. “Many have stepped up to help support a card shower for elderly folks in local care facilities,” she said. Vanessa Tarbell, commenter, said she’s engaging in canning

projects, yard clean up, family games, watching movies, deep cleaning and organizing. “The dogs are getting extra walks,” she said. Commenter Laura Stokstad said she’s enjoyed connecting with friends and family. “I am talking on the phone a lot and so thankful that long distance

calls don’t cost anything anymore,” she said. “(I’m also) reading the books I’ve been waiting for some time to read and praying for health for us all.” Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

A new honorary plaque recognizes Stoughton Mural MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

As visitors drive through Main Street, a Stoughton mural hangs over the Yahara River, depicting the city’s history. The mural was painted in 1997. And 23 years later, a heritage plaque has been placed near the senior center to remind walkers of its history. The mural depicts soft colors, running water and Stoughton’s Norwegian Dancers. Artist Mel Butor painted Luke and Elza Stoughton looking forward to the future, and their children looking back on the achievements of the past, representing 150 years of Stoughton’s history. In addition to Butor and the orchestrators of the mural,including Jean Reek, who proposed the idea; Lazzaro, Richard Albright, assistant director; Alan Zelm, associate director; Lois Pieper, historical researcher; Butor — locals and businesses helped make the mural possible through donations. More than 20 years ago, Reek, the founder of the Stoughton Norweigian Dancers, proposed the idea for the mural. One year later, Stoughton raised $58,000

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to create a piece of art that would depict the history, culture and traditions that collectively made Stoughton a unique community, according to the mural description. The structure for the mural was donated by a local business and organizers applied for a $7,000 grant from the Dane County Cultural Fairs Commission. Special paint was imported from Germany in order for the colors not to fade. For more history on the Stoughton Historical Mural, visit the Stoughton Public Library. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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restricting all visitors with limited exceptions, according to a news release. As of Monday, March 30, only visitors in end of life situations will be allowed — provided the visitors are

not showing symptoms of COVID-19. No visitors will be allowed for scheduled outpatient visits. If needed, one person over the age of 16 can accompany a patient in

the emergency department. All visitors that do enter the hospital will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms including fever and shortness of breath. -Mackenzie Krumme

SASD seeks waivers on hours, graduation State expected to approve requests after public hearings SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

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Library closed until further notice The Stoughton Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Library staff initially closed the library from March 16 to April 6. However, as the coronavirus continues to spread, library director Jim Ramsey said a longer social distancing period is needed. “Any speculation about a possible reopen date would be premature at this point,” Ramsey wrote in a letter

to the community. “Rest assured that library management are continually assessing the situation in collaboration with local, county and state officials to determine when it may be safe to resume library operations.” Although the library is closed, there are still many resources accessible online. Library staff are also posting Facebook live videos of story time, science experiments and book

recommendations. “Our digital library resources remain available via our website, including downloadable ebooks, audio books, and research databases. Now would be the perfect time learn a new language with Transparent, get lost in an audio book or research your family’s history using Ancestry.com Library Edition,” Ramsey’s letter stated. -Mackenzie Krumme

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Amidst all the uncertainty for schools wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic, it looks like Stoughton Area School District students and teachers will h ave a f ew less things to worry about. At its Monday, April 6 meeting, followSullivan ing three brief public hearings, the school board approved a resolution asking the state Department of Public Instruction to waive some of the legislative requirements tied to the school year, due to the school closure orders. The decision on instruction hours, a required civics exam for graduating seniors and educator effectiveness evaluations now heads to DPI, which last month signaled it will approve all waiver requests from districts. Board president Frank Sullivan said while the district might end up meeting the required number of instructional hours, the move provides a backup. “We concluded the best thing to do was to ask DPI

Grant demand spurs more funding $800K added to support program after hundreds of applications Prompted by an overwhelming response last week from small businesses, Dane County is increasing support for a grant program to help them out during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, April 6, county executive Joe Parisi announced the county will increase funding for its Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 after receiving hundreds of applications since announcing it April 1. The program started out

at $250,000, but according to an April 6 news release, by Thursday evening, Dane Buy Local had received 800 applications. Parisi said by more than tripling the funding total, Dane County and Dane Buy Local hope to help more local businesses survive the COIVD-19 public health crisis that has caused many to close. “We want local businesses to know we stand with them and support them,” he said in the news release. “We encourage small business owners throughout Dane County to apply for this funding to help retain employees and cover expenses.” On Wednesday, April 1, Parisi announced Dane

Find out more For information on the grant program, call 712-3440, email colin@danebuylocal.com or visit danebuylocal. com. County has selected Dane Buy Local to administer the new grant program. The funding is designed to assist businesses retain employees and reduce losses incurred by the pandemic. Dane Buy Local administers the grants and has​ information about

the county program at danebuylocal.com. Grants as small as $1,000 will be awarded, and applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020, according to the news release. “The reality that the need is so much greater justifies an increase in funding at this point in time,” said Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher in the news release. “Businesses across Dane County need our help. That we can take this action quickly together is yet another example of Dane County leaders coming together in these trying times.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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Letter: Put aside politics for COVID-19 Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen Stoughtonites rise like a tide beneath our community. Our teachers and school staff converted 13 grades of curriculum into an online learning format in less than a week, and parents and students traversed the glitches with quiet patience. Business owners and employees showed extreme resilience as they switched to new ways of delivering goods and services — while weighed down by fear of what the future holds — and we maintained our loyal support. Healthcare workers waded through the dangers of COVID-19 every single day to save lives while risking their own and those of their families. Here and all over the state, people are helping neighbors. People are doing SOMETHING. But our Legislative leaders do NOTHING. They won’t adapt to rapidly changing circumstances to act in the best interest of our statewide community. When Gov. Evers called on our representatives to convene on April 4 and vote to move to a mail-in only election — to protect the lives of our citizens and dedicated poll workers — Republican leaders couldn’t put politics aside, just for a moment, to protect the people they claim to represent. Not even for a national pandemic could they rise above their repugnant partisanship.

These leaders hide behind vague, obtuse claims of “confusion” and “voter behavior distortion,” knowing full well that moving forward with an in-person election will result in lower voter turnout, especially in larger cities. They know this will benefit conservatives at the polls and increase the chances of planting the candidate they back on the state supreme court bench. They even oppose a week-long extension of the absentee ballot deadline, a modest adjustment in extraordinary times. Only for this shameful effort to curb voter rights will they open their slack mouths and shout a disingenuous appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. But they won’t lift an indolent finger to protect you. It’s a cold, callous calculation, made at the potential cost of thousands of lives. It’s abhorrent. It’s cowardly. Meanwhile, concerned, forward-thinking mayors across Wisconsin have asked the state health secretary to delay the spring election, something most states have already done. When you cast your votes in the months ahead, remember who looked out for you during this critical time. It wasn’t the GOP in our state Legislature. They were too busy playing politics — and playing with your lives. Nik Hawkins, City of Stoughton

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’ll never forget the day this pandemic became real for me. It was just another Friday in the office, and the closures started rolling in. First, it was just community events that were postponed or canceled. Next, Gov. Tony Evers issued an order closing all Wisconsin public and private schools. That was the last time I visited my office – March 13. I had read an article a few weeks earlier that concluded it wasn’t a matter of if, but when COVID-19 was going to hit the United States. Expert epidemiologists and scientists told us to prepare for significant disruptions to our livelihoods. So as the world began changing suddenly, I sat in my desk, head in my hands, wondering if this is how it all ends. Then, my fight or flight response took over, and my fingers started typing story after breaking news story about how this was affecting our communities. That’s how it’s been the past few weeks. My body is governed by a journalist, who is in turn, governed by an overwhelming sense of duty. The human in me is nowhere to be found right now, other than likely cowering in a corner, paralyzed and sickened by fear. How visceral it is to be a journalist and an editor with an anxiety disorder during an unprecedented global event of this scope. I’m shaking even as I write this. The following week came the business and local government

closures. In real time, my favorite coffee shops went dark – those were the places where I had found the most inspiration. The local Heidemann businesses I’d already written about suddenly had uncertain financial futures. Worse, there’s nothing to occupy these business owners and employees as they sit at home, forced to wallow in the uncertainty and find creative ways to weather this storm. Their livelihoods – and mine – were indeed disrupted. They were ripped from us. And now we grieve them until we once again find some semblance of “normal.” Will there be the V-shaped rebound most economists are hoping for after this is over, or did some establishments lock their doors for the last time? My heart breaks and stomach churns for the business owners who face this, as they are the blood that pumps through small Wisconsin towns, cities and villages. I can’t even begin to describe the depth of my sorrow for our health care workers, grocery store clerks, janitorial staff and other people deemed essential during this crisis. They, and the communities we serve, are what drives the stories me and my staff write. Our newspapers are buried in COVID-19 coverage for now, but what about a month or two down

the road? It’s hard not to go down that rabbit hole. My work is a welcome distraction from the temptation of reading articles from national news outlets – how COVID-19 ravages one’s body, how some experts say it might take 18 months to find a vaccine and the dire impacts this has had on an already fragile economy. At least my work in local journalism involves finding the stories where people help one another. Those glimmers of hope seem to be few and far between, even as I desperately search for them on my own time – in contacting the people I love and appreciating that the sun is out. That’s another rabbit hole I can’t let myself enter. I had just started to heal from the trauma of losing two loved ones last year, and I now have to face the possibility of losing more. My father, who has been my rock and who keeps me grounded during hard times, has bronchial asthma. This makes him, by definition, someone who is at a high risk of contracting a severe COVID-19 infection. But as long as I am able to hear his laughter– or his voice at all – on the other side of the phone, I will be able to weather this storm. I don’t really have a choice. Emilie Heidemann is the Unified Newspaper Group community and business editor. She is also the Oregon Observer government reporter.

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EMS has ‘healthy concern’ over amount of PPE supplies Department can accept donations

How to help Stoughton Area EMS is taking donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). They accept gowns, surgical masks, N95 and non-latex gloves. Stoughton Hospital, closed dental facilities and area businesses have donated so far, Lisa Schimelpfenig director of SEAMS told the Hub. To donate contact the Stoughton Area EMS at 873-6500.

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Throughout Lisa S c h i m e l p f e n i g ’s E M S career, first as a volunteer and now Stoughton’s director, there are few things that have kept her up at night, she said. The national lack of personal protective equipment, commonly known as PPE, is one of them. “It is a terrifying thought to think if the pager goes off in the next 10 minutes, there might not be the supplies there that (responders) need,” Schimelpgenig told the Hub on Thursday, April 2. So far, she said, there has been no serious lack of such equipment, which protects first responders and healthcare workers from the spread of infection or illness. But given the expected spread of the novel coronavirus in the upcoming weeks, she’s got ample reason to worry. “I can honestly tell you I am a little leery — knowing that we have X amount of equipment and not knowing what the future holds,” Schimelpfenig said. “Yes, we have resources — but some things I am pretty limited on.” On March 3, eight days before declaring COVID-19, an illness caused by coronavirus, a pandemic, the World Health Organization put out a statement urging manufacturers to increase production by 40%. “Severe and mounting disruption to the global supply chain caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases,” its statement read. Stoughton Area EMS is short on things like gowns, which it ran out of March 30, before receiving a donation from Stoughton Hospital, Schimelpfenig said. The next day, SAEMS also got a

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The Stoughton Area EMS is able to accept donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact the SAEMS at 8736500. shipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. The stockpile was established in 1999 and is the nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in public health emergencies, according to the SNS website. Gov. Tony Evers requested supplies from the SNS and distributed two rounds of PPE to healthcare agencies in the state — but no one knows when the third round will be deployed. A report from the New York Times on March 31 said the SNS is nearly empty. When SAEMS got its shipment of supplies, it didn’t get everything it asked for, but the delivery contained a little bit of everything, Schimelpfenig said. She also confirmed that all N95 masks from the shipment — which have the highest level of protection to the face from particles — are expired. That’s a problem

“We have a simply phenomenal group of people that are stepping up and saying I’m going to continue to serve my community. They are the superheroes in my book. I can’t say enough about how fortunate and blessed this community is to have these people.” Director of Stoughton Area EMS Lisa Schimelpfenig that EMS services, hospitals, clinics and first responders are experiencing around the nation. The CDC, however, is still encouraging medical professionals to use the expired equipment and, if needed, sanitize and reuse masks. Fortunately, Schimelpfenig said, SAEMS is not at that point of having to reuse PPE equipment. But the COVID-19 pandemic is changing so rapidly, she can’t predict what they will need in the future. In line with

recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Dane County EMS, SAEMS is only using PPE equipment with patients who show COVID-19 symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dry cough and fever. Schimelpfenig said the Dane County 911 service is doing a great job of screening calls. When a patient calls 911, as the ambulance driver is on the way to the destination, the 911 dispatch asks

the patients whether they are having shortness of breath or dry cough or have a fever. If the patient does have those symptoms, EMS responders are using the PPE equipment. That rationing is helping EMS keep what resources they do have, Schimelpfenig said. “If we used them on every call, we would be out in a week, so it is important that we identify those individuals,” she said. What is frustrating, Schimelpfenig said, is SAEMS was not unprepared for this. In 2009, it received a stockpile of PPE equipment from the H1N1 epidemic, with the stipulation that it not be used on a regular basis. In addition, Schimelpfenig received the equipment from the SNS, and said she has been checking Google, Walmart and other online stores to order supplies, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. SAEMS is able to accept

donations and has received some from Yahara Dental in Stoughton, a clinic that is closed except in emergency cases, in addition to Stoughton Hospital and other local businesses. The demand however, is still outweighing the supply, as all levels of first responders need the equipment. “Everybody needs it — hospitals, clinics, fire departments, even the police officers in Stoughton frequently respond with us,” Schimelpfenig said. “And we need to make sure they stay safe and have PPE.” Both the fire department and SAEMS rely on volunteers to employ the departments. SAEMS has 42 volunteers and covers a population 18,746 throughout Stoughton and the towns of Dunkirk, Dunn, Pleasant Springs and Rutland. Two of those volunteers are not able to volunteer for underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19. “We have a simply phenomenal group of people that are stepping up and saying I’m going to continue to serve my community,” Schimelpfenig said. “They are the superheroes in my book. I can’t say enough about how fortunate and blessed this community is to have these people.”

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Congregations celebrate Easter MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Easter services are still on at Stoughton churches, except virtually. As one of most highly attended services of the year, local Catholic and Christian churches in Stoughton want congregations to know they can still celebrate the religious holiday. In Stoughton churches are adapting to the Stay at Home Order by streaming sermons on Facebook and Youtube. Stoughton United Methodist church had a drive through Palm Sunday service and LakeView Church is having a parking lot service on Sunday, April 12. Hub reporters reached out to local congregations and asked what they are doing for Easter Sunday. Below is a list of their responses.

Stoughton United Methodist Church

On Palm Sunday, SUM had a drive through service, where participants were able to pick up a holy week kit. The kits included palm branches, communion elements and a top hat to celebrate Easter Sunday. The church gave out 40 kits

and 10 extra communion sets were delivered to some people who are unable to leave their home. Easter services for SUMC will premiere on their YouTube channel at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 12. The 8 a.m. worship is a sunrise service and the 10 a.m. service will include a children’s time. stoughtonumc10.org

Stoughton Baptist Church

For Wednesday service Pastor Mark Weiss does a call out for prayer requests that are in the recorded services so members can still feel part of the congregation. The Easter Sunday Service will be recorded and posted on the churches Facebook page. stoughtonbaptistchurch.com

Saint Ann Catholic Parish

Staff of Saint Anne’s Catholic Parish handed out palms for palm Sunday in the parking lot and invited people to display them outside of their house. The church is open for people to pray, while abiding by social distancing standards. St. Anne’s virtual church services for the Holy Week include 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 9; 1 p.m. on Good Friday, April

10 and 9 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 12. stannparish.weconnect.com

Christ Lutheran Church

Staff have organized two drive through services for Easter Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. guests can drive into the church parking lot and there is a platform near the entryway where the service will be performed. Members will be able to hear the service through an FM radio station, which will be announced at the service. Staff at Christ Lutheran contacted the police department and are following COVID-19 protocol. Participants can not leave their cars and must have windows rolled up. There will be less than 10 people conducting the service and they are expected to follow social distancing etiquette. clcstoughton.org

Covenant Lutheran Church

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in the spirit of new life and a video will be compiled and shown during the service. A digital worship service will be posted on CLC’s Facebook page. covluth.org

The Easter theme for the Sunday service Christ the King Community Church is “Keep Hope.” There will be a virtual service at 10 a.m. Church members have placed yard signs around the city in hopes of spreading a mes- Sunday, April 12. Christthekingcc.org sage and a movement of hope. Pastor Sara Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. Rabe asked the congregation to send phokrumme@wcinet.com. tos of the ways they are keeping hope alive

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Big Sky Restaurant

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El Rio Grande

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Famous Yeti’s Pizza Offering: Pick up, delivery Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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Meditations on Spring Spring is the time of year when God’s creative hand is perhaps most evident. Buds sprouting from tree limbs and new growth everywhere seems almost miraculous after a long cold winter. The great American poet Robert Frost reminds us, in his poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” that everything in nature is temporary: Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. We are right to praise God for the beauty of Spring, but at the same time we should realize that everything on this earth is temporary. The brief and fleeting life of the mayfly should remind us that in the cosmic scheme of things, we are the mayfly, here today and gone tomorrow. Enjoy nature’s Springtime show of vibrant color, but realize that this earth is not your final home. –Christopher Simon

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With increasing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the communities Unified Newspaper Group serves have asked us to help them help their neighbors. Our answer was to create a signup list for people in the Stoughton area who are able to help their neighbors in this time of crisis. Among the basic services we encourage people to offer or ask for are grocery shopping, picking up medications or dog walking. Since creating that list, more 24 volunteers in our communities have agreed to help. Four of them were in Stoughton, and all chose to not publicly share contact information. The Hub is working to connect the helpers with those in need

of help. The Hub will continue to offer this service through the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. If you are able to be a helper or are a person who is in need, please fill out the form on our website. All participants who are willing to share their information publicly will have their names, contact information and services offered published on our website and in the Hub. Participants who wish to remain private will have the information put on a spreadsheet and emailed to people who have asked for help and to the Stoughton Senior Center. Unified Newspaper Group makes no claims as to the ability or honesty of the people who submit their names for these forms, We are connecting people as a public service only. This list will be discontinued once the COVID-19 r e s t r i c t i o n s h ave b e e n lifted.


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Golf

Play suspended throughout Wisconsin Coachman’s applies for federal support loan during pandemic MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Golf courses across Wisconsin came to a standstill despite weather soaring into the high 60s last week. While local course owners and golf professionals agree that Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, which took effect March 25 and closed all nonessential businesses, may have been needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they contend the game could go on with safety restrictions. “We are on uncharted ground for everything,” said Steve Hlavacek, who has been the golf professional at Stoughton Country Club for 44 years. Golf courses rely on a shortened season in Wisconsin to make money. Management teams are still required to maintain courses during the shutdown, but paying employe e s t o m ow f a i r w a y s , greens and continue fertilization plans can take a financial toll. That’s why Coachman’s Golf Resort in Edgerton has applied for a Paycheck Promotion Program, a federally-backed loan program for certain payroll expenses through June 30, with up to eight weeks of forgiveness for small businesses, certain non-profits and self-employed individuals. The PPP loan was part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act approved on April 2, which allows golf courses to continue payroll operations. It marks the largest financial support deal in U.S. history. “It’s hard to pay employees to come in and keep it going,” said Theresa Johnson, owner of Coachman’s Golf Resort, which has been in her husband’s family for 58 years. The PPP loan is forgivable if employers retain employees at comparable salary levels prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The loan also waives all SBA fees and provides deferral on loan repayments for a minimum of six months and up to a maximum of one year. Johnson said golf course owners have to be careful selecting a PPP loan or a small business loan through the state. “If you apply for a small business loan, you eventually have to pay it all back,” she said. “If you get a PPP loan, they may forgive a lot of it or a percentage.”

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Stoughton Country Club was one of the state’s golf courses that closed when Gov. Tony Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order on March 25. The order mandated the closure of all nonessential buisnesses. The golf course, clubhouse and hotel at Coachman’s are closed, but the restaurant is open for carry-out on weekends. Johnson said the hotel could be used as an extra site for Stoughton Hospital if needed. Coachman’s was open for golf 10 days before Evers’ order. The course had already implemented many of the safety measures before it shut down, like booking tee times over the phone, raising the cups so golfers didn’t have to touch the pin or cup, removing ball washers and rakes from the course and allowing only one person to ride in a golf cart. T h e Wi s c o n s i n P G A , Wi s c o n s i n G o l f A s s o ciation and other organ i z a t i o n s h ave s p o k e n with state representatives

about allowing golf courses to open. A petition on change.org requesting courses to be open had more than 60,000 signatures as of Tuesday, April 7. Ensuring golfers follow social distancing guidelines can become easier outside on a vast course. “In terms of a sport, golf i s d i ff e r e n t ,” H l ava c e k said. “It’s different than basketball where you have a lot more contact with people.” Hlavacek said he doesn’t see courses being given the green light to open until the curve of virus cases has flattened. The Stoughton Country Club’s course and clubhouse are closed. Any weddings that were reserved for the club during this time have been canceled.

Hlavacek said the club has taken safety measures like putting a plug over the cup, limiting one person to a golf cart at a time and sanitizing carts every time they are used. Johnson said other precautions that can be taken are spacing out tee times further, limiting gatherings and removing pins and flags. Hlavacek and Johnson said golf courses across the state will still have time to recover financially. However, if courses remain closed for another month, Johnson fears the aftermath. “The weather the last couple of years has been rough with all of the rain,” she said. “We have to pray we have good weather the The pin and flag on No. 9 at Coachman’s Golf Resort in rest of the way to make up Edgerton was pulled as part of Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at for lost time.” Home” order that closed all courses on March 25.


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Jemilo stays active in gym, online ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Most high school athletes share the common goal of earning a scholarship from an NCAA Division I school. Few possess the skill, work ethic and facilities necessary to make their dreams come true. While some softball players kick back and hope the WIAA season begins at some point, others like Savanna Jemilo remain hard at work in hopes of reaching the next level. Jemilo started playing softball at the age of 6 and two years later joined a 10U club team. The Stoughton junior was named honorable mention all-Badger South Conference last season after hitting .469 (46-for-98) with a .622 on-base percentage, .888 slugging percentage, nine doubles and 10 home runs. She earned second-team all-conference honors as a freshman. In addition to her prep season, Jemilo plays for the Deerfield-based club team, Wisconsin Outlawz Fastpitch. She was a part of the 2018 14U team that won a club state championship, and is a two-time North American Sanctioned World Series AllStar and World Series Home Run Derby Champion. Last year, Jemilo stopped playing club volleyball so she could focus on training for softball. The third baseman/catcher also does strength sessions with University of Wisconsin Sports Performance trainers. To ga i n f u r t h e r ex p o s u r e , Jemilo posts highlight, training and individual skills videos of herself on Twitter. Highlights include game play, training videos show work done outside of games and practices, and coaches see her aptitude in hitting, fielding, bunting, arm strength and footwork in individual skills videos.

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Stoughton’s Savanna Jemilo (black helmet) is mobbed by her teammates as she steps on home plate following a home run during her freshman year. She has continued to train for her junior prep season during the COVID-19 outbreak. “The biggest part is making a video that shows coaches who you truly are as a player and your presence on the field,” she said. Jemilo joined Twitter last November and has been active on the site ever since. “I was definitely late to the Twitter party,” she said. “But after going to a camp at the University of Northern Iowa and hearing their coaches talk about it, I decided to join and use it as a recruiting platform.” Jemilo has been on unofficial

visits to Northern Iowa, Michigan State, UConn, Boston University, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Valparaiso, Illinois State and Northern Illinois. She’s been in regular contact with Columbia, Michigan State, Wisconsin Lutheran, UW-Parkside and UW-Stout. The NCAA extended the recruiting dead period to May 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Jemilo cannot go on any campus visits or attend any softball camps. All she can do is

communicate with coaches via phone, email or social media. “It definitely affects juniors a n d u n c o m m i t t e d s e n i o r s ,” Jemilo said. “A huge part of the recruiting process is going to camps, and if the high school season gets canceled, it’s likely camps would follow. The summer season would become even more important.” Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home Order” extended school closures until at least April 24, meaning spring sports in

Wisconsin could not start until about the first week of May at the earliest. The WIAA Division 1 softball playoffs begin May 26, three weeks from when practices could start and only one if teams take two weeks to get ready. “Being a part of the Stoughton softball program has been such a blessing for me,” Jemilo said. “They’re like family. If the season was cancelled, it would be devastating all around, not just in my recruitment.”

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My must-see sports movie list MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

With the statewide stayat-home order in effect because of the coronavirus outbreak, one way for sports fans to get their fill is by watching some of the greatest movies. The following are my five favorite sports movies to watch and are worth your time, starting with No. 5.

5. “Major League”

With baseball at a standstill now, what’s better than listening to a sports comedy that features the voice of Brewers announcer Bob Uecker? It’s a must-see for any baseball fan. The 1989 comedy stars Tom Berenger, Charlie S h e e n , We s l ey S n i p e s , James Gammon, Rene Russo and Uecker. It’s a fictional story of the Cleveland Indians team that is struggling with financial hardships. Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) is a former Las Vegas showgirl who inherits the team from her husband who died. She hates

Cleveland and wants to relocate the team to Miami. In a contract stipulation, if the team’s attendance dwindles and the team finishes last she can relocate the franchise. The team’s cast of characters reports to spring training and it includes Lou Brown (Gammon) and star third baseman Roger Dorn (Corben Bernsen), who has a big ego but his skills have faded. Staff ace Eddie Harris (Chelcie Ross) has to rely on doctoring the baseball to be effective because of a weak arm. Cuban-born Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) has some unusual voodoo practices, but has massive power and struggles hitting breaking balls. The film was produced by Chris Chesser and Irby Smith, and written and directed by David S. Ward.

At 5-foot-6, Ruettiger was told he was too small to play college football. He earned a spot on the scout team at Notre Dame under then Hall of Fame head coach Ara Parseghian, who encouraged students to walk-on. When Parseghian stepped down after the 1974 season, former Green Bay Packers head coach Dan Devine was named head coach. In his final chance to play in a home game, Ruettiger was put into the game to play defensive end against Georgia Tech on Nov. 8, 1975. The film stars Sean Astin in the lead role. The film was written by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, who both worked on “Hoosiers.” The movie was a Heartland International Film Festival winner in 1994.

4. “Rudy”

3. “Rocky”

The 1993 biographical film tells the life story of Daniel Ruettiger, who had dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite many obstacles.

The inspirational boxing movie starring Sylvester Stallone that came out in 1976 is renowned as an epic sports film. It chronicles the life of a small-town boxer who gets

a rare opportunity to fight h e av y w e i g h t c h a m p i o n Apollo Creed. Stallone is a club fighter and debt collector for a loan shark. He is determined to go the distance to earn respect. The film came out four months before I was born. The movie is a smash-hit among the great “Wizard of Oz.” It has one of the most renowned soundtracks in film history, ultimately including warm-up songs for many middle school and high school basketball teams. I can still recall going through layup drills or a postgame handshake to the music.

2. “Brian’s Song”

I’m biased as a Chicago Bears fan, but this classic, which debuted as the ABC Movie of the Week in 1971, is an underrated film that even Cheeseheads could embrace and enjoy. It’s a tear-jerker for any sports fan and family. The film chronicles former Bears running back Brian Piccolo’s battle with cancer after turning pro in 1965. Every time I see the movie,

I can’t help but cry even though I know the outcome. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone. This true story is told through the eyes of Piccolo’s former teammates, including Gale Sayers played by Billy Dee Williams. James Caan does an admirable job portraying Piccolo and the friendship he formed with Sayers. It does an excellent job detailing the personality temperament and racial backgrounds of two former Bears who many thought were unlikely to become close friends. Sayers and Piccolo became the first interracial roommates in the history of the NFL. The film was directed by Buzz Kulik and won four Emmy Awards – “Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming – For a Special or Feature Length Program Made for Television,” “Outstanding Single Program-Drama or Comedy,” “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama” (Jack Warden) for playing

Bears coach George Halas and “Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama — Adaptation.”

1. “Hoosiers”

A story about a smalltown Indiana high school basketball team led by a coach, starring Gene Hackman, along with a town drunk and the father of one of the players (Wilber Flatch, played by Dennis Hopper), that makes it to the state championship game. This 1986 hit is directed by Anspaugh and also stars Barbara Hershey. It was the one go-to movie I would watch every Thanksgiving at my Aunt Marilou and Uncle Les’ house in Elgin, Illinois. I would always get goosebumps and it has some inspiring quotes, including, “Boys, we’re gonna run the picket fence at ‘em...Now, don’t get caught watching the paint dry.” It was nominated for two Oscars in 1987 – Hopper for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” and “Best Music, Original Score.” Hopper won the Golden Globe for his role.


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Quarantine: Nonprofits, fundraisers offer help as more events are postponed outing. Many people here took that advice to heart. As stores, among the few public gathering places left, got more stringent about social distancing, they posted signage urging customers and employees to take more health precautions. People in general continued to exercise outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, sometimes socializing by having conversations from their front lawns. Meanwhile, American politicians continued to fight over how to provide hospitals and communities with the resources necessary to combat the spread of the disease. They debated projections that COVID-19 could claim 200,000 or more American lives this year and how much our efforts to stay at home and practice social distancing might pay off. But with the onset of the illness on average coming two weeks after contracting the virus, President Donald Trump warned the nation that the hardest week was yet to come. Closer to home, a legal battle raged at an ever increasing pace in the days leading up to the April 7 election, leaving many to wonder whether they could – or should – vote in person, whether the absentee ballots they requested would arrive in time or even whether votes they sent in would be counted. The state Supreme Court overruling the governor’s executive order to postpone the election to June just 14 hours before polling places opened, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal order to extend voting to April 13. Polling places were consolidated as election volunteers were in such short supply, the governor ordered the National Guard to work the polls. Dane County joined the many government and nonprofit efforts to buoy the countless closed or struggling businesses during the pandemic pandemonium, increasing the total allocation to the Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program from $250,000 to $800,000 in a matter of days after receiving hundreds of responses. And the Madison Community Foundation distributed $4 million to area nonprofits to prepare for extreme needs or make up for sharply limited fundraising efforts. Stoughton Hospital began its own Coronavirus Relief Fund, pledging a matching $25,000 donation it planned to disburse to area nonprofits. More large events in the area announced

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people from interacting physically, which is now known as social distancing. The cancellation appears to be the first in the community’s history, as octogenarian members of the Sons of Norway Mandt-Lodge could not recall it ever happening, Darlene Arneson president of the Norwegian heritage nonprofit told the Hub. In 2019, nearly 20,000 people came to Syttende Mai and 658 participated in the run/walk, as the Chamber sold 5,100 Syttende Mai buttons to support the festival. Shutting that down is expected to have a huge impact on area businesses and nonprofits that depend on the extra revenue they bring during that weekend. That includes Main Street shops, hotels, restaurants and vendors, as well as the FFA, Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, Three Gaits, Stoughton Area Youth Soccer and Stoughton Youth Hockey. John Elvekrog, co-chair of the food stand for Stoughton Alumni FFA, said the popular cheese curd and cream puff stand sells roughly 6,000 cups of cheese curds and 2,500 creampuffs in two and a half days during Syttende Mai, with a line that can be up to 100 people deep. That weekend brings around half its sales and profits for the year, he said. Elvekrog, who has

With the cancelation of Syttende Mai, now is the time for the community and the event leadership to look at ways to start replacing those incomes and evening out that economic impact, Darlene Arneson, president of the Sons of Norway Mandt-Lodge told the Hub. Patrice Roe, Nordic Nook owner, said the Stoughton community should start brainstorming other events or ways to supplement the money for those area nonprofits and organizations. helped run the food cart for 17 years, said canceling the event is the best option, given the possible health risks. Even if it weren’t canceled, he predicted the lingering effects of COVID-19 would prevent people from coming, anyway. Stoughton Chamber of Commerce events director Callie LaPoint said she monitored the status of local events and the continued coverage of COVID-19 for several days in midMarch before the Syttende Mai executive team made the call March 24. “Given the unknowns of hitting virus peak and when it would be safe, it was decided that canceling was the only option,” she wrote to the Hub in an email. LaPoint said rescheduling the event was not an option because, in addition to having a connection to the date, it would conflict with out events like the Taste of Stoughton in June,

Stoughton Fair and Catfish River Music Festival in July, Coffee Break Festival in August, Art Walk in September and Wine Walk in October. Roe, who has watched the celebration from Nordic Nook’s window at 176 W Main St. for 19 years, said the Scandinavian gift and apparel store sees an increase in revenue for the entire month of May, as people prepare for the event, buying Norwegian jewelry and bunad accessories. The event is an international draw, as well, with guests visiting from around the world to observe Stoughton’s celebration of Norwegian culture. Each year during Syttende Mai, Nordic Nook staff lay out a guest book for customers to sign. Roe said she has at least 10 guests books full of thousands and thousands of signatures from people all over the world.

And in the tradition of hearty Norwegians, people come no matter the weather. “I’ve seen it when it’s poured down rain and people are still happy to be there. When it is cold and snow is in the air and people are happy to be there. Or when it is 90 degrees people are happy to be there,” Roe said. Arneson of the Mandt Lodge, said it is difficult to imagine a spring without Syttende Mai. The group has three booths during the festival, and Arneson is also involved in Stoughton FFA. She and her husband John were elected King and Queen in 2013. The lodge sells baked goods, meals and bingo on Syttende Mai weekend; requiring around 20 volunteers during the busiest shifts to keep up with the demand. “Everyone always jokes that I don’t allow any of the Sons of Norway’s members to leave during Syttende Mai. That can’t go visit their grandkids or anything,” Arneson said with a laugh. She found one silver lining – with her birthday May 15, and her middle son’s May 13, this year will be the first time in many years they will actually be able to celebrate, rather than preparing for the festival. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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JK Strong, age 71, of Stoughton, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020. He was born on June 22, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Kirk Strong and Mary Beth Klefstad Strong. JK graduated from Stoughton High School. He married René on June 19, 1982, in Rockton, Illinois. JK worked as a police officer for the City of Madison, retiring in 1988, after being injured in the line of duty. After retirement, JK continued his service to the community through volunteerism and community service. He was a long-term volunteer with the American Red Cross Badger Chapter, traveling all over the United States to manage shelter and disaster relief operations for natural disasters. He was recognized for this service, receiving the American Red Cross Career Achievement Award, and the President’s Call to Service Award issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Prior to serving the American Red Cross, JK was a fundraising support volunteer for the American Cancer Society. He was also a longtime member of the Mendota Gridiron Club (Badger Boosters), Stoughton Country Club for many years and a member of the Local Chapter of the National Exchange Club. JK was a former member of the Madison Chapter Blue Knights of Wisconsin, a law enforcement motorcycle club. JK was an avid Badgers sports fan and enjoyed all sports. He loved traveling with his children for soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games, and volunteering to coach their various athletic teams. JK traveled with his son, Mike, to many golf tournaments throughout the Midwest. He enjoyed attending field trips with his children and participating

Paulette Jean Hundt died on March 26, 2020, in the company of her loving family. She was born in La Crosse on Dec. 5, 1955 to Peter and Bernice (Meyers) Hundt. Paulette attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in La Crosse. She lived almost her entire life on the family farm on Meyers Road in the Town of Shelby. For 25 years she brought joy to people in her job at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital. Always loyal to her dad, for many years Paulette drove tractor after work to help haul hay and raise steers. Paulette cherished her family and her devoted trio of friends Linda, Kathy and Karla. Loving, warm and witty, she loved her life and felt very fortunate. She enjoyed sitting on her deck, mowing lawn or nibbling a few pieces of cauliflower and sipping a vodka gimlet. Watching Nascar, the Packers and old westerns were favorite pastimes. In the serenity of her brother’s home, Paulette blossomed into a painter in her last months. She received comfort from her constant companions Auggie and Pistol, but her favorite dog Doc was never forgotten. Paulette was cheery, resolute and courageous in

Douglas L. Rabbach, 82, of Watertown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Marquardt Park Ridge. Douglas was born on August 22, 1937 in Watertown the son of Leonard and Irma (Vergenz) Rabbach. He was a teacher at Stoughton Jr. High School and Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville for most of his life. He proudly served our country in the US Army in active duty for three years, and then served in the National Guard for another eight years. He was a lifelong member of Ebenezer Moravian Church where he served as elder and taught Sunday school for over 40 years. In his free time he enjoyed volunteering at Johnson Creek Schools, Southern Wisconsin Moravians for Mission, the Johnson Creek Historical Society, and Marquardt Manor Board of Directors. Above all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Douglas is survived by

on committees for the Stoughton Area School District. JK’s happiest place was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He always said it was the only place his wife could “relax.” He was very proud of both his son, Michael, and daughter, Danielle and loved his nine grandchildren with all of his heart. He was our rock, and lived by the motto, “Only worry about what you can control.” JK always had a way of looking at the bright side of situations and turning lemons to lemonade. JK is survived by his wife, Rene; son, Mike (Christine) Strong; daughter, Dani (Abram) Karlslyst; nine grandchildren; and sisters, Patty (Randall) DeGroot and Cindy (Peter) Strong. He was preceded in death by his parents. We thank all of our family and friends for all of their love and kindness during this difficult time, and would like to recognize the caring and attentive staff at Agrace HospiceCare for all their kindness and support provided to both JK and his family, especially Christine and Ben. Due to current public health concerns, a Celebration of JK’s life will be held with close friends and family at a future date. The family requests that any gifts or memorials be made to Agrace HospiceCare (Janesville,WI) in his name. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Cremation Care 1358 Hwy 51 873-4590

Patricia Ann Strand Patricia Ann Strand, age 76, of Stoughton, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation. She was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Stoughton, the daughter of Joe and Viola (Giddley) Bickley. Patricia worked as a nurse’s aide for Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation for 42 years. She enjoyed collecting Mickey Mouse memorabilia and was very proud of her extensive collection. She loved flowers, gardening, being outside, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, listening to country music and Elvis Presley. Patricia is survived by p a r t n e r, D e a n M y k l e jord; sons, Ronnie (Karen) Strand, David (Kelly) Strand and Ricky Strand; two granddaughters; sister, JoAnn (Rodney) Haried; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Services will be private and burial will be at Lutheran South Cemetery. Memorials may be gifted in Patricia’s name to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research. Patricia’s family would like to thank the staff at Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation for all the kind and compassionate care they gave her. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral and Cremation Care 1358 Hwy 51 N. at Jackson 873-4590

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her fight with cancer, far exceeding her wish to be as strong as her sister Suzanne and mother Bernice in their battles with the same disease. Paulette was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Bernice, siblings Diane, DuWayne and Suzanne. She is survived by her brother Fred (Judy Bills) of Stoughton, nieces Melissa (Ryan Schneider) of La Crosse, Laura (Sheigh Freeberg) of St. Paul Minnestora, and Elizabeth of La Crosse; nephews Brian of {span}Minneapolis{/span}, Rollin Leonard of Los Angeles, and Tad Leonard of San Francisco; sister in law Diana, and former partner Ed Viner of La Crosse. We g ive o u r d e e p e s t appreciation to every member of the Agrace Hospice team for their care, especially Tara and Sherry. A future notice will be published about a celebration of life for Paulette after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Jane C. (Robinson) Ross Jane C. (Robinson) Ross, age 86, passed away on March 26, 2020 at St. M a r y ’s C a r e C e n t e r i n Madison. Growing up in Stoughton as the daughter of Harvey and Berniece Robinson, Jane graduated in the Class of 1951. She attended reunions and kept in touch with many classmates. She graduated in Elementary Education from Whitewater State Teacher’s College and began teaching in Beloit. After a year she moved to Madison and taught at many MMSD Schools throughout her career. She met David Ross, the love of her life, and they married in July 1960. Their three children enjoyed the teaching talents of their mother. During this time she specialized in Reading Recovery and Chapter 1. She traveled on a daily basis to help students in Cambridge, Oregon and

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Brooklyn. For many years after her retirement in 1999, many of her students and their parents still approached Jane to tell her what a difference she made in their lives. Jane was a cheerful, dedicated, loving wife and mother, and her beautiful blue eyes will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials can be sent in her name to St. Maria Goretti Parish School at 5405 Flad Ave Madison, WI 53711. To view full obituary visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

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his brother Dennis (Linda) Rabbach, niece Theresa (John) Vesper, nephew Justin (Jessica) Rabbach, and his great nephew that he lovingly referred to as Elijah Edward Robert. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A private family graveside service will be held at Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery. A celebration of life for Douglas will be held at a later date. Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence please visit www.pn-fh.com.

John Paul Atkinson John Paul Atkinson, 78, Mosinee, formerly of Weston, died Friday, April 3, 2020 at Ascension Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston. He was born June 18, 1941 in Stoughton, WI, son of the late Ralph and Agnes (Hovey) Atkinson. On April 4, 1970, he married the love of his life, JoAnn Ruth Scholl. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2018. In his younger years, John worked for Marathon Electric Corp. in Wausau, then drove truck for Wausau Homes and Kolbe and Kolbe, until his retirement at the age of 75. John will be deeply missed by his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his three children, Ricky, Amy and Peter Atkinson; and two grandchildren, Marissa and Austin Atkinson. Besides his parents and wife, JoAnn, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter. A p r iva t e g r ave s i d e

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Funding for housing approved County OKs additional money for affordable housing units

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Four affordable housing units were approved for construction after the Dane County Board of Supervisors approved additional funding at its Thursday, April 2, meeting. T h e Wi s consin PartAnaliese Eicher nership for Housing Development (WPHD) was awarded $300,000 last year through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME). Funds are to be used exclusively for affordable housing for low-income households. According to WPHD, since getting approval from the City of Stoughton on the sites last year, subsequent bids were $150,000 more than expected. The group cited recent changes

by the city requiring sprinkler systems in the buildings, and more stringent stormwater management requirements for the increase. To help cover the cost, WPHD asked the county board to take $100,000 from this year’s budget to cover those costs in last year’s project. The change r e d u c e s W P H D ’s 2 0 2 0 budget to $122,192, and from two to one the number of units it expects to purchase this year to turn into long-term rental housing, according to the board resolution. “We need more affordable housing like this that will help ease the burden on those in our community who need it,” said County Board Chair Analiese Eicher in a Wednesday, April 1, news release. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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Poll workers: Election results announced April 13 Continued from page 1 absentee ballot deadline by a federal judge. That extension would have allowed state clerks to accept ballots postmarked or returned at any time up to 4 p.m. on April 13. After the 5-4 court ruling, absentee ballots had to be postmarked or hand-delivered to municipal clerks by the close of polls at 8 p.m. April 7. But, many Wisconsinites had yet to receive their ballots due to a slowed postal system. In her dissent, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said of these voters, “Either they will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others’ safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own.” In their opinion, the majority wrote that, “when a lower court intervenes and alters the election rules so close to the election date, our precedents indicate that this court, as appropriate, should correct that error.” Monday’s chaos only made the task of planning for the election more difficult for municipal clerks. “With so much uncertainty, we are prepared to have an election tomorrow,” city clerk Holly Licht told the Hub on Monday afternoon, as she awaited the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision. In the weeks prior to

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Mary Barnett works the polls during the Tuesday, April 7 election in Stoughton. the election, fears about COVID-19 caused thousands of poll workers to cancel their scheduled shifts. Many of those poll workers, who volunteer to do tasks such as checking voter registration on Election Day, are older than 65, putting them in the highrisk category for severe infection from COVID-19, the illness caused by the c o r o n av i r u s o u t b r e a k , according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because of the shortage of poll workers, which in many areas across the state reached a critical level – some polling places were consolidated. On a press call with the Wisconsin Elections

Commission on Monday, administrator Meagan Wolfe said those who voted Tuesday would encounter some changes. Measures taken would vary somewhat from polling site to polling site, but might include tape indicating where people should stand for proper social distancing, hand sanitizing and new procedures for checking photo IDs. “You’ll see social distancing built in at every step of the process,” Wolfe said. Wolfe said voters should be prepared to follow the instructions of poll workers when they arrive at the sites. In Stoughton, those measures included a large plastic shield separating voters from poll workers. Wolfe

said voters should be prepared to follow the instructions of poll workers when they arrive at the sites. Other notable changes to typical Election Day sights included the presence of members of the Wisconsin National Guard at some polling sites. They would be filling in for volunteers who canceled, Wolfe said on Monday, and would be in plain clothes and serving in the communities they are from. No results will be released until Monday, April 13. The Wisconsin Elections Commission has stated that voters requested a record high number of absentee ballots this year — more than 1 million statewide a week before the election.

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