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Students ‘excel’ in summer MACKENZIE KRUMME

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Classrooms at Stoughton High School are still full of activity this summer, as students use virtual reality goggles to travel to South America where they develop writing, geography and social studies skills. That class is one of more than 40 offered as part of the Stoughton

Area School District 2019 Summer Excel program, which has more than 650 enrollments. For two or four weeks, these free classes offer students opportunities to get a “taste of classes they wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” Chris Keenan, the

summer Excel principal said. Classes for students vary from birding, fencing, podcasting and elementary Spanish to math and literacy. The classes are offered to students going into four-year-old Kindergarten through eighth grade. This year classes are completely free to students and run through July 12. Summer school teachers are almost always district employees, meaning they are committed to teaching, said Keenan, who has worked in Stoughton school district for 22 years. “That demonstrates the dedication of the teachers to students and families of this district,” she said.

Stoughton Fair debuts Strongman competition ‘We are a town of strong people’ MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Jimmy Brooks hopes the new Strongman event debuting at the Stoughton Fair shows “we are a town of strong people.” “The ‘t-o-u-g-h’ in Stoughton means tough,” said Brooks. The Strongman event is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 7, in the Grandstands.

Brooks, a former Fox Prairie elementary school teacher who now owns Primal Fitness, has been organizing this free event for the past six months. Guests can expect 27 athletes to compete in five events within three divisions. The stone to shoulder event requires competitors to roll a 380 pound concrete ball, or “atlas stone,” up their body and onto their shoulder. Another event called

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Jimmy Brooks, owner of Primal Fitness, demonstrates the fingals fingers competition, which will take place 11 a.m. Sunday, July 7 at the Stoughton Fair. Photo by Mackenzie Krumme

Imagine sitting on your porch not far from Stoughton’s downtown looking at community gardens or a courtyard, watching people fish on the Yahara River. There are apartment buildings – including one built with reclaimed bricks from a historic building – and townhomes around the block and a brew pub with a terrace overlooking the river a short walk away. Curt Vaughn Brink LLC pitched this vision for the riverfront redevelopment area to the Stoughton Redevelopment Authority on June 26, and now the commission will have to determine whether that developer will be a good fit to take the lead in developing the city’s riverfront. Brink is the remaining developer who responded to the city’s request for interest in the project, and the meeting was the first with a developer in a process that began months ago. The “request for expression of interest” is more open-ended than what the city tried

two years ago, when it ended up with an Appleton developer that eventually backed out when it sensed the city and RDA were not on the same page. Brink’s plan, put together with the help of design firm Potter Lawson, got rave reviews from some commissioners and Mayor Tim Swadley but also inspired some critical questions about how realistic the vision might be and how much taxpayer support it might require. The RDA has set a deadline for the end of summer to consider the proposal. With no other developers remaining – two backed out over the last two weeks – the group could either move forward with Brink or return to the drawing board. Doug Hirsh, an architect with Potter Lawson, said the goal of Brink’s plan was to create a neighborhood that is “authentic to Stoughton.” “We want this to be an extension of the city so it feels like it was part of the city all along,” Hirsh said during the meeting.

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Home Garden Tour explores ‘paradise’ Fundraiser for Olbrich Gardens comes to Stoughton MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

For the first time, Stoughton is featured in Olbrich Gardens Home Garden Tour.

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If You Go What: Home Garden Tour When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13 Where: 1814 Hildebrandt St. Cost: $15 Info: Olbrich Gardens, 246-4550

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Kristin Rosenberg, helps students produce personal podcasts during summer excel courses Wednesday, June 26.

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VFW Post 328 honored with ‘All-State’ recognition Post one of 20 recognized in Wisconsin SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

As the first Veterans of Foreign Wars post chartered in Wisconsin, established in 1920, Stoughton VFW Post 328 is already famous as the state’s “Mother Post.” Now, there’s even more reason for its members, volunteers and friends to stand tall and proud. The post, located at 200 Veterans Road, was honored as an “All-State Post” during the annual VFW state convention in Appleton on June 14. It’s one of 20 in Wisconsin out of 263 to be designated as such this year. The post last won the award in 2007. Post 328 was represented by VFW State Senior Vice Commander Jason Johns, National Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence, Post 328 Commander Ilein Taipe, immediate past state commander Gundel Metz, Post 328 Quartermaster Rick Kumlein and World War II veteran Clarence Osland, who were escorted into the ceremony after a private reception. When Osland was announced as a World War II veteran and Battle of the Bulge participant, Johns said “the entire room jumped to their feet and gave him a standing applause.” “He was smiling ear to ear the entire time, and it was a real treat to have him there for not only us, but everyone in attendance from around the state,” Johns said. “To have a man like Clarence there with us, with the history he has been a part of with fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and his multiple decades

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Taking in last month’s state VFW convention where Stoughton’s Post 328 was honored with “All-State” status were, from left: VFW State Senior Vice Commander Jason Johns, VFW National Commander in Chief B.J. Lawrence, Post 328 Commander Ilein Taipe and World War II veteran Clarence Osland and VFW immediate past state commander Gundel Metz. of membership in Post 328, was simply awesome.” Johns said posts must accomplish a “laundry list” of tasks to qualify, including: quarterly audits, post representation at district meetings, participation in the annual “Buddy Poppy” sale and “Patriot’s Pen” and “Voice of Democracy” student essay programs, and a variety of civic, law enforcement and veteran recognition programs across the state.

The “big requirement,” though, is 100 percent membership renewal from the previous year, with the post commander also either recruiting a new member or getting one to renew an expiring membership. He said they were proud of that achievement particular, as well as the all-state status, after the hard work of many people. “This is not an individual honor,” he said. “It took everyone in Post 328 to

On the Web For more information on Stoughton VFW Post 328, visit: come together and make the effort, (and) we applaud every member!” Email reporter Scott De Laruelle at​

Celebrating a century Stoughton VFW Post 328, established in 1920 in the aftermath of World War I, will mark 100 years of service to area veterans and the community with “celebrations throughout” next year, VFW State Senior Vice Commander Jason Johns wrote in an email to the Hub last week. He called the post “a place for all to feel welcome to honor our veterans and support patriotism.” “VFW membership put in countless hours to ‘honor the dead by serving the living,’” Johns said. “Our veterans can receive financial, volunteer and family support at any time, (and) we serve our communities in every way imaginable and are an intricate part of the fabric of our great nation.”


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On the fence Proposal would let homeowners build fences in easements AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

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Human services moving to Madison AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The Dane County Department of Human Services is scheduled to relocate to Madison next year. DHS director Shawn Tessmann confirmed the relocation in an email to the Hub, stating the move will happen in the spring or summer of 2020. The office is one of two physical locations the county has in Stoughton, including the Joining Forces for Families (JFF) office on Main Street. The move is designed to help staff be “effective and to the Job Center on Aberg Avenue in Madison,” Tessman wrote, explaining that it is a result of changes in how services are delivered for economic support and child welfare. Economic support services were regionalized about eight years ago,

he said, which shifted how the office functions at the Stoughton location. The office transitioned into a call center, part of an eight-county consortia. “Staff answering the phone in Stoughton could be helping a customer who resides in any one of these counties,” he said. “Similarly, any calls from Stoughton families could be answered by an agent physically located in any of those counties.” Tessmann said nine staff members work with child welfare related issues, and “very few” Stoughton area families are getting those services out of this location. “It is more frequently the case that child welfare staff are traveling to other parts of the county to assist the kids and families who might benefit from child welfare services,” he said. “From the standpoint of an efficient use of resources, it makes better use of county dollars to physically

relocate staff closer to the families in need.” Stoughton area families who need help with housing, food or locating other resources to prevent hardship to their children or themselves can seek referrals through the JFF office on a regular basis. It’s also a location in which social workers can station themselves, as needed for Stoughton child welfare and community client services. “The staff have been notified of this change, and the department will support this transition as best as we can,” Tessmann said. “There are no other municipalities in the county that have economic support staff housed locally in the way they have been in Stoughton.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.

Kettle Park West single-family housing moves forward AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The first single-family homes at Kettle Park West got the green light Tuesday, June 25. The Common Council approved the final plat and certified survey map for KPW’s North Addition, which features 18 single family homes in the northern part of the development on Stoughton’s west side.

A public hearing has been set for Aug. 13 to discuss the comprehensive plan amendment that would be necessary to adjust the zoning for that area. The initial plan for that part of the development was mostly apartments, but it has shifted over the last several months as the council emphasized a desire for single-family homes with an access road between them. The park, which was

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originally in the middle of this portion of the development, has moved to the western edge. Future plans include a connection to Hwy. 138, including an extension of Oak Opening Drive. M a y o r Ti m S w a d l e y said at the June 25 council meeting the developer, Forward Development Group, had formally submitted a request for taxpayer assistance in the form of

Arts Council, and Bob Barnett and Steve Fortney are new to the Hall of Two city committees have a total of Fame Committee. three new members. The nominations by Mayor Tim Cheryl Schumacher has joined the Swadley required approval by the

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tax-increment financing, but city staff had not yet reviewed it. Several alders have indicated over the past year they would not support additional TIF for the Kettle Park West development, which was the beneficiary of a $5 million TIF package in 2015 that brought a Walmart Supercenter. Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

council, and all alders voted in favor, with District 1 alder Brett Schumacher, her husband, abstaining from the vote.

TID could jumpstart affordable housing 10 year old state law allows extension AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group

The City of Stoughton is looking into generating money for affordable housing projects through a 10-year-old provision in state law. An “Affordable Housing Extension” was added to the state’s tax-increment

financing law in 2009, allowing municipalities to extend the life of a TIF district (TID) by a year. TIF is a financial tool used by municipalities to incentivize economic development by pooling increased taxes on that development among the overlying taxing jurisdictions. Normally, a TID must be closed after the project debt is paid off. The Finance committee, which met Tuesday, June

25, did not take any action on extending the life of TID 3, which covers Business Park North. Alders shared thoughts on how to navigate using the extension and how the money would be used. The parameters need to be finalized by November, finance director Jamin Friedl said at the meeting, which would give enough time for review by staff and approval by the Common Council before the end-ofthe-year deadline.

Friedl said there would be around $500,000 put into the account, and the committee discussed creating a revolving loan fund and a first time homeowners program, with half possibly also going toward the Housing Authority, which works with affordable housing projects around the community. Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

Sun Prairie: Fences allowed in utility easements Verona: Fences allowed in utility easements but not stormwater easements Fitchburg: Fences allowed in utility easements. No permit required Oconomowoc: Fences allowed in utility easements if approved by the city Source: Rodney Scheel, Stoughton director of planning and development

Matt Dregne and Stoughton Utilities director Jill Weiss’s suggestion that the Public Works and Utilities committees should take a closer look at the ordinance. That meeting is planned for mid July. “We want to get our hands around what is needed from the standpoint of making sure the utility easement can function for the Stoughton Utilities purpose and if there is a way we can modify this to make it more workable,” Dregne said. Resident Marsha Berigan, in a letter to the city, suggested keeping the ordinance as it’s written, with the addition of allowing the affected utility to approve a fence on a case by case basis. Weiss said Tuesday she was uncomfortable with leaving it subjective, and Dregne said that would leave the city open to liability to create a gray area in which a city-owned utility could make its own decisions to act against a city ordinance. Ald. Regina Hirsch (Dist. 3) said she wants to make sure the community is satisfied while also protecting the city. Ald. Ben Heili (D-4) said there are “a lot of things that could go wrong.” “I’m glad we had so much feedback from the community tonight to give us a wide range of these cases where fences might be needed and to give an urgency of that need so we can find some sort of a solution,” he said. Contact Amber Levenhagen at

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Some property owners have been pushing for the city to allow building fences in easements, and alders appear poised to make that happen. The Common Council has sent a proposed ordinance that would do so back to the Utilities and Public Works committees for more research and continued discussion. The council’s discussion on Tuesday, June 25, included concerns about how utility companies could get access and who would be liable for replacing a fence in the case of emergency access. Utility easements allow authorized companies and agencies to access land they don’t own to work on or install underground utilities. The size of these easements vary, and city ordinances do not allow property owners to build fences on these easements, in effect reducing the size of a usable property. Some property owners complained about having 30-foot easements, while others are only six feet. The Plan Commission supported an amendment to the ordinance that would entirely remove the prohibition on building fences. Its June 10 vote on the amendment was 7-0 in favor. Some property owners told the council the existing ordinance is “unfair.” “I understand that things have to be discussed, and I understand that you have to look out for the people and homeowners with these easements, but I would say that you should give us our due, let us decide how to manage these easements,” resident Glenn Dillard said. Resident Katherine Napier said that the easement line is so close to her house it prevents her family from building a deck. “I just want to be able to put up some kind of barrier to keep my children safe,” she said. Alders who spoke up during the meeting shared concerns about protecting children, but they agreed with city attorney

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Letters to the editor

Trump cannot lead in these crucial times President Trump has revealed his true colors, and they’re not red, white and blue, but simply Trump, Trump and Trump. In these difficult and volatile times Trump is unabashedly foolish, ignorant and unprincipled, a person who cannot see or comprehend beyond his own greed, personal feeding trough and self-recognition sitting at the executive desk with his own private nuclear hot button. One is reminded of Peter Sellers and the now prescient and classic movie “Dr. Strangelove,” at one time a both comic but frightening comedy, and now appearing to be a lurid and frightening vision of the future. Trump inherited his wealth from his father, and used it to dodge the draft, lose multi-millions of dollars in business failures and promote his own presidential election plan. And now he runs the government by careening through a dangerous and difficult time for world order and peace by promoting anything and everything with the apparent sole and single minded purpose of inflating his own personal and political grandeur through a series of irresponsible and inflammatory ill-informed and self-promoting decisions. And this at a time when what this world most desperately

needs is a calm, wise, and steady influence from its leaders to guide us through numerous and complex issues of world peace, environmental and ecological awareness as global warming looms on the horizon like a worldwide tornado all as the very survival and existence of this unique and complex planet called Earth are at stake. Are we impervious as a world and planet to egregious self-harm and ultimate destruction as our president staffs his government with family members, incompetents, bootlickers and opportunists of several varieties? A crucial and telling election lies ahead for the U.S., one central to guiding the very future and survival of this unique yet delicate world we live in. Can we really afford to have a self-absorbed and egomaniacal leader like Trump be our guide and leader in these truly crucial times? A dangerously simple-minded and self-absorbed leader is positioned to lead this delicate world we are attempting to live in responsibly and successfully. It’s the ninth inning, and this country is desperately in need of a home run hitter. Tom Selsor City of Stoughton

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When broadening horizons, it’s wise to begin at dawn C hildren are taught from a young age how to make choices. Hopefully good

Correction A photo in last week’s Hub from the Taste of Stoughton event misspelled a family’s last name. It should have been MacFarlane instead of MacFarland. The Hub regrets the error.

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ones. I tried, but my older sister picked all the best ones, leaving me to fish around in the pool of leftovers. To this day I’m standing in waders as she sails by on her boat. Don’t get me wrong, boats make me seasick. I’m happy for her and my waders don’t leak. But in hindsight, I might beseech you now: Prithee, hear my soliloquy! Dunn For wisdom hath alit late upon my foolish head, as a dove arising in the autumn of the day. Wretched angel, and doomed – she hath mistook West for East! Or something like that. Not sure. Never did understand Shakespeare. My sister and I first learned to make choices at home, among the chores we were assigned. When we got to school, I discovered we had choices of “chores” there, too. They were called “electives” yet, ironically, you had to do them whether you wanted to or not. And they led eventually to some much larger life choices. The childhood choices I speak of began simply, such as broccoli versus spinach. We regularly ate both and the consequences were indistinguishable to us – we didn’t even know these vegetables were awful until we met kids who told us so. My sister preferred planting seeds, while I preferred pulling weeds. I think she chose vacuuming, while I chose bringing in firewood. I’d eagerly run the laundry basket up and down the stairs if my sister would put the clothes away. In public school, after all the readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic

was covered, a list of things kids didn’t want to do was presented to them, and they were told to pick a few because it would enlarge for them the place where the land meets the sky. I felt certain I could best experience that from my pony’s back in a large field, but they insisted it had to happen in school. My sister chose concert choir, so I shot my hand up high the day they brought in the band instruments. While she got buried in a thick cluster of altos on the risers, I was almost immediately singled out as the only clarinet player worthy of playing the prestigious bass clarinet. Nestled in the back row between the bassoon and tenor sax, I booped and baahed my few notes with great pride in my contribution to the very depth of the music. As my sister ran to catch up with friends, I wrestled my huge black instrument case on and off the bus. She sang from the float in the parade as I sweated in my wool marching band uniform, the bass drum behind me making my head throb. My sister chose swimming and diving, which wasn’t fair because we swam all the time in our pond. She was hardly broadening her horizons! Showing up for track tryouts, I was again recognized as exceptional, this time among the sprinters. They promptly placed hurdles in front of me, fired a gun, and I charged over (or through) them. In the spotlight of the stage, my sibling was shameless, once playing the role of a male character and another time being tricked into portraying a farcical and ridiculous old woman. To escape such embarrassment, I doubled-down on more sports, where the regular squeak of not only my sneakers but often my skin on the gymnasium floor was a testament to my dedication. My sister was on the

newspaper, the student council and the debate team. I attempted debating also, with my parents and teachers, but my arguments for not trying the Math Olympics were apparently weaker than an offset parallelogram. Exhausted from my efforts to be different, my surrender came at the door of the foreign language room. They say French is the language of love, but it came to pass that I despised it as strongly as my sister had adored it. I am not sure if anyone is tracking this data and studying the oft-referenced “permanent records” we were threatened with in our youth, but if they aren’t, they should be. In hindsight it seems clear that I was predestined for the path of hard work – factories and blue-collar jobs, cubicles instead of offices, punching time clocks instead of lunching with ad hocs. My sister made a career as not only a French teacher, but also a school administrator, and she is still climbing the ladder just like she did all those years ago to get to the diving board. Her face lights up brighter than front-center stage when she talks about what she is taking on next. I smile as I listen, folding my own jeans and T-shirts now. I am happy for her, and I am happy, too. I do not regret any of the choices I made, although I do of course realize now that things might have turned out very differently. But if someone happens to leave an unfinished crossword puzzle in the breakroom this week, you better believe I can likely finish it for them, because I do still remember how to spell c’est la vie.

Kelsey Wollin Dunn is a native of Rutland who believes that cheese curds ought to squeak, farmhouse floorboards always creak and the Lord’s way is a good thing to seek.

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Survey respondents prioritize environment Learn about com.

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Almost 9,200 people responded in a Madison area survey designed to learn how the population wants to see Dane County grow in the next 25 years. Respondents prioritized, in order: environmental conservation, increased access to opportunities such as education and jobs, expanding transit and housing options and preservation of farming areas. The online survey ran last fall, and the results are intended to guide discussions about how the public wants the region to grow, specifically the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. The majority of the responses were from Caucasian people ages 20-49, from those who have bachelor’s or graduate’s degrees, and from those earn more than $100,000 a year, with $50-75,000 coming in second. Nearly a thousand more women responded than men. Of the results, which fell short of the 10,000 response goal, almost 7,000

participants self identified as white, leaving a total of 1,258 for all other races. Only about 800 people who responded classified themselves as living in a rural area. A Greater Madison Vision comprises 46 people representing various businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. Response analysis The survey was broken into seven parts, each asking participants to rank qualifiers in their order of preference. The No. 1 priority was environmental challenges, which included climate change and increased risk of flooding. “More renewable energy and green infrastructure are at the heart of the preferred growth strategies for respondents,” the results analysis said. “A regional approach is necessary to create the green infrastructure needed to manage and filter rainfall and melting snow.” One possible influence of this could have been the heavy rainfall and severe flooding that hit the area

just a month before the survey opened, September 2018. The second highest priority was to increase community-based resources and make them more accessible, including education, job training, health services through senior centers, nonprofits and health providers. “Groups more likely to experience economic hardship ranked these as a top priority,” the analysis said.

Other priorities Preservation of farming areas, expanding transit and housing options were a little lower on the priority list. While people in rural areas ranked preserving farming areas as their highest priority, the low participation numbers couldn’t offset the low priority ranking from people in urban areas. The majority of respond e n t s c o m m e n t e d t h ey favored preserving smaller farms with diverse products, rather than expanding larger factory farms. Some comments that were in support of developing farmlands suggested using the land to expand conservation areas or increase the region’s housing supply. “I see Madison expanding outward and A1 farmland being developed into housing,” a survey respondent

said. “All of this creates more roads, more congestion, more hardscapes leading to flooding, and loss of local community, less land for local food growth and less habitat for wildlife. All of this leads to a lower quality of life for everyone.” Respondents expressed a desire to expand transit and housing options. Prioritization for expanding transit was higher among people in Madison, Fitchburg and Monona, as well as people with higher incomes and more years of formal education, the results analysis said. Expanding housing options was more often a top ranked choice for people of color, people with l ow e r i n c o m e s , p e o p l e with fewer years of formal education, aged 50-64 and urban residents. The comments regarding infrastructure “overwhelmingly” focused on improving, expanding or prioritizing local and regional transit, while comments related to housing most frequently discussed expanding housing types, affordability and access. For a complete break down of the results, visit Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

Doug the Jug ‘defies gravity’ July 9 MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Doug the Jug returns to Stoughton for the first Cosmic Juggling Extravaganza next week. To coincide with the Stoughton Public Library’s summer theme of outer space, Doug Davis, better known as “Doug the Jug,” will throw planets, stars and colorful rings into the air from 2-2:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. The former Stoughton Middle

School teacher has performed for audiences all over the Midwest for more than 20 years. He is a member of the International Jugglers Association. His shows are a combination of juggling, magic and audience participation. “I will be defying gravity and manipulating flying saucers,” he said. He might even throw a few children in the air. All ages are welcome and this free event requires no registration.

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printmaking Lecture by Vox Populi Print Collective July 5 MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Barry Carlsen will walk attendees through the history of printmaking during an opening exhibit for three groups at Abel Contemporary Art Gallery 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 5. Carlsen, a 30-year veteran artist, wants people to know the importance of printmaking in a digital world and help sort through the misunderstandings of what printmaking is. “(Prints) are created like you’d make a quilt,” said Carlsen. “All printed by hand and in a variety of techniques. There are no reproductions of existing work like a poster.” The exhibition includes work by Carlsen, which he describes as sometimes colorful, a little serious and moody. The exhibit also includes works by featured artists John Miller, another print artist, and Gilded, a show featuring art created with gold, silver or metal. Before and after the

The tour is a bi-annual fundraiser for Olbrich Gardens. Typically the Garden Expo explores homes in Madison, but this year organizers decided to pick Stoughton because of the “great organizations” like the Heritage Garden Club and Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, Olbrich special projects manager Missy Jeanne said. The Garden Expo has been around for more than 20 years. “There are amazing gardens a hop, skip and a jump away from Madison,” Jeanne said. Participants can explore seven different garden sites throughout downtown Stoughton and the Scenic Heights neighborhood, which is near Sandhill School. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. The first stop, at 1814 Hildebrandt St., where participants register, pay and get a map, has 18 different garden beds tucked away in what homeowners call their “own

little paradise,” according to Olbrich Gardens’ website. The next six garden sites are located in downtown Stoughton and require around 3 miles of walking. Expect to see a rooftop garden, outdoor living spaces, metal garden sculptures and a terraced hillside with cascading waterfall. “There is the whole package (in this tour),” Jeanne said. Everyone is welcome on the tour, not just Olbrich members. Jeanne said there is something for the plant collector who has rare plants, the master gardener and even the beginners. “New homeowners who don’t know what a begonia is, they can come on this tour and see what that flower looks like,” Jeanne said. Master gardeners, homeowners and landscape architects are available to talk about gardening tips and secrets.

What: Vox Populi Print Collective lecture on printmaking When: Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 5; full exhibition 5-9 p.m. Where: Abel Contemporary Art Gallery, 524 E. Main St. Info: Call 845-6600

lecture, guests will be able to wander the full exhibition from 5-9 p.m. Carlsen will also explain the purpose of his artists guild, the Vox Populi Print Collective. The Vox Populi Print Collective started in 2017 to help artists have more opportunities to show their work by pooling members’ resources. During the first year the guild was open, 100 people joined. The collective, with the moniker “vox populi” meaning “voice of the people,” has been featured in shows located in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Manitowoc and Switzerland, and now in Stoughton.


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Coming up Electronics recycling

view the fireworks from Catfish Riv- clothes that can get messy. For more information contact the er Music Festival, Stoughton Fair The Stoughton Area Senior Center grounds at Mandt Park or Veterans Stoughton Public LIbrary at 608-873will recycle unwanted cell phones, Park. 6281. laptops, cameras, music players and This event is free and sponsored by Essential oils course video game consoles. local businesses. Anne Adametz, a local yoga teachDonations help the environment by er, will lead a free beginner’s class on keeping harmful chemicals out of our Sons of Norway meeting essential oil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, landfills, and 90 percent of all proThe Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge July 11, at Stoughton Hisptial. ceeds benefit the senior center. will host its April meeting at 7 p.m. Adametz, an acupuncturist, menThe fundraising project is spon- Wednesday, July 10, at 317 S. Page tor and speaker, will demonstrate the sored by the National Council on St. safe uses of the most common essenAging (NCOA) and Cellular Recycler. Lodge member and storyteller, LauDrop-off boxes can be found at the rie Barrett will present “An Evening tial oils, in addition to helping particsenior center and Hanson Electronics, with Ragna.” Ragna is a Norwegian ipants find the best essential oil for their needs. 2384 Jackson St. woman who lived in Sognefjord, NorFor more information contact For information, call 873-8585. way, in about the year 1050. She will Adametz at tell tales of home, Christianity arrivCelebrating independence ing to her town, a runaway bride and Camp Randall Tour On the early morning of Thursday, stories from lands explored. The Stoughton Senior Center will July 4, Coldwell Banker Success and For information, contact Darlene friends will place 600 American flags Arneson at arnesonfamily5@gmail. offer a historic tour of Camp Randal 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. along Main Street. com or call 873-7209. Meet at the Senior Center where a “We believe it’s not only a great free shuttle will take you to the home way to honor the community, but also T-shirts for teens of the University of Wisconsin-Madimake a positive impression on visitors Teenagers can create a “cosmicalto our area,” said Peter Sveum, the ly cool” galaxy t-shirt during Star- son Badgers. Walk through the Bud Selig Hall firm’s president. ry, Starry T-Shirts for Teens 1 p.m. of Fame, sit in a luxury suite, get a Sveum said residents and visitors Thursday, July 11. behind the scenes look at the weight are encouraged to take a flag for their To coincide with the library’s out- room and if weather permitting step own during the day. er space theme this summer, children foot onto the field. The tour lasts entering sixth grade and older are roughly one hour and requires walkFourth of July fireworks welcome to this free class. ing. Sign up by July 12. Stoughton’s Fourth of July FireAll materials are supplied, and chilThe cost is $2. works will return at dusk Thursday, dren will leave with a personalized For more information call the July 4 at East South Street Riverfront t-shirt. Senior Center at 873-8585. lot. Participants are encouraged to wear Grab a blanket or lawn chairs and

Baha’i Faith

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

Bible Baptist Church

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

Christ Lutheran Church

Covenant Lutheran Church

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

Ezra Church

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

First Lutheran Church

700 Hwy. B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: Sunday: 9 a.m. worship, 10 a.m. coffee and fellowship

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

Christ the King Community Church

Fulton Church

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

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

9209 Fulton St., Edgerton 884-8512 • Saturday: 8 a.m. prayer breakfast Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Worship Coffee Fellowship: 9:10 a.m. Sunday School: 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

Christian Assembly Church

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

Cooksville Lutheran Church

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

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

LakeView Church

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

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion

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

Stoughton Baptist Church

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

St. Ann Catholic Church

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

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

United Pentecostal Church of Stoughton

1501 E. Main St., Stoughton • 608-205-6444 Pastor Rich Thomas • Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., Thursday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, July 4

• Library and city offices closed • 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park, 801 S. Fourth St., 873-7912 • Noon to 9 p.m., Catfish River Music Festival, Rotary Park located outside Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400

Friday, July 5

• 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park, 801 S. Fourth St., 873-7912 • Noon to 9 p.m., Catfish River Music Festival, Rotary Park located outside Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400 • 5:30-6 p.m., Vox Populi Print Collective, Abel Contemporary Art Gallery, 524 E. Main St., 845, 6600

Saturday, July 6

• 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park, 801 S. Fourth St., 873-7912 • Noon to 9 p.m., Catfish River Music Festival, Rotary Park located outside Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400

Sunday, July 7

• 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stoughton Fair, Mandt Park, 801 S. Fourth St., 873-7912 • Noon to 9 p.m., Catfish River Music Festival, Rotary Park located outside Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., 877-4400

Monday, July 8

• 7 p.m., Town of Dunn Plan Commission meeting, Dunn Town Hall, 4156 Cty. Hwy. B

Tuesday, July 9

• 2-2:45 p.m., Doug the Jug’s Cosmic Juggling Extravaganza, Stoughton Fire Department training room, 401 E. Main St., 873-6281 • 7 p.m., City of Stoughton Council meeting, Council Chambers/Public Safety Building, 321 S. Fourth St., 646-0241

Wednesday, July 10

• 9:30 a.m., Summer morning story time, library, 8736281 • 6:30 p.m., Baby evening story time, library, 873-6281 • 7 p.m., Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge meeting featuring storyteller and member Laurie Barrett, 317 S. Page St., 873-7209 • 7 p.m., Town of Dunkirk Plan Commission meeting, Town Hall, 654 Cty. Hwy. N

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

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“The first time I heard about the concept of “future shock,” a state of distress or disorientation due to rapid social or technological change,I was relatively young, still in high school, and I recall thinking that change isn’t that hard to deal with, and in fact can be exciting. As we age, however, there can be too much change in too short a period of time for us to adjust in a healthy way. While the young may adapt easily to their new phones or computers, many of us “old-timers”feel like every time our phone or computer is updated it is an annoyance, and we have to relearn how to do things that were simple yesterday. It doesn’t do much good to tell yourself that this is an opportunity to grow and learn something new, or that it’s helping to keep us mentally flexible.It is still annoying. One consolation is that there are always things to go back to which feel constant in this rapidly changing world, and the greatest of these is God. God, and God’s word, never changes. He is the immutable One which contains all of this change. Reading the Bible and saying our prayers is comforting, in part, because it never changes, and we realize that even if we live a hundred years, God will be there for us.”

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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Ladies have a night out The fifth annual Stoughton’s Ladies’ Night Out 2019 “turned out great,” Jenny Hoffman of Christ Lutheran Church said. More than 225 tickets were sold and 72 businesses participated with 22 stops downtown. Contact Mackenzie at

From left Debi Hanisko and Jo Bartley enjoy a glass of wine during Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, June 27. Bartley recently moved to Stoughton and this is her first year participating. Photos by Mackenzie Krumme

Despite early afternoon storms, crowds gather downtown Stoughton for the annual Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, June 27.

From left, Betsy Folbrecht and De Radloff offer wine tastings inside Autumn Pearl coffee house during Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, June 27.

Richardson wins garden of the month Randi Richardson, 118 Manilla St., was awarded the June Yard of the Month by the Stoughton Heritage Garden Club. She has been developing the landscape since moving here with her family eight years ago she said. The front terrace features a straw bale garden, while cranesbill geraniums flank either side of the front sidewalk. An extensive variety of perennials surround the home, including baptisia,

lambs ear, monarda, ligularia, cimicifuga, and campanula. Interested in all aspects of nature, Richardson has a collection of monarch jars which her daughter loves to observe. The Stoughton Heritage Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month. -Submitted by the Stoughton Heritage Garden Club

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Vikings fall to Goslings MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor


The Stoughton Senior Legion baseball team’s three-game winning streak was snapped last week. Stoughton (4-3) dropped two games last week. The Vikings were clipped by Jefferson 4-3 on Tuesday, June 25. The next day, Stoughton knocked off Jefferson 9-5. Watertown avenged an earlier season loss to Stoughton on Friday, June 28, outdueling the Vikings 4-2.

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Defensive breakdowns in the seventh inning cost Stoughton in a 10-5 loss to Albion in a Home Talent League Southeast Section showdown Sunday, June 30, at Norse Park. Albion had a five-run seventh to pull away for the victory to improve to 8-1, one game ahead of the Merchants (7-2) with seven games left in the Sunday league. The Merchants are still in a good position to make the playoffs as one of the top four teams. Stoughton has a half-game lead on both Evansville and Jefferson (6-2) for second place. “You are playing for the top four spots to get into the playoffs,” Stoughton manager Dale Seffens said. “That is the main gig. It’s nice to have a home playoff game, but it’s not the end of the world.” Stoughton entered the seventh trailing 5-4. The Tigers hit just one ball out of the infield in the seventh. Stoughton committed two errors that led to three runs, and another run scored on Yonardo Herdenez’s wild pitch. After Albion’s Cullen Oren singled off relief pitcher Erick Sperloen, Jake Zeimet was hit with a pitch. Charlie Hatlen then bunted for a single, and the Merchants brought in Herdenez in relief. Aaron Laskowski, who had a go-ahead two-run double to right in the sixth that gave Albion a one-run lead, delivered again lining an RBI single to left off Herdenez to give the Tigers a 10-4 lead. “We didn’t play very good defense and didn’t help the pitchers out at all,” Seffens said. “It was just too many gimmes.” Stoughton’s Ryan Nyhagen said the defensive miscues were uncharacteristic. “Our pitchers were putting the ball in good spots, and they were just putting good swings on the ball,” Nyhagen said. “We definitely need to clean up our defense. We can’t give them extra outs. They are already a tough team to beat.” The Merchants dug themselves a hole in the first, when Zeimet blasted a two-run home run to left off starting pitcher Ben Riffle to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Zeimet was a thorn in the side of the Merchants, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. In 5 2/3 innings, Riffle gave up five runs on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. “He gave up the homer in the first inning there, but that can happen,” Seffens said. “After that, he did a nice job. We made the pitchers throw extra pitches, and sooner or later, a good team will get to you.” Nyhagen said it’s never fun having to play from behind. “We have to do a better job of bouncing back right away when we get down in a game,” he said. “We have to start to get leads and work on getting ahead instead of always relying on our bats to come back in games.” Nyhagen walked leading off the second and scored on a passed

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Watertown 4, Stoughton 2

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Stoughton third baseman Jake Wenzel makes a throw to first base after fielding a grounder in the fifth inning in a 10-5 loss to Albion on Sunday at Norse Park.

What’s next Stoughton hosts McFarland at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Norse Park. Southeast Section Team Albion Stoughton Evansville Jefferson Fort Atkinson McFarland Utica Cambridge Waterloo Lake Mills

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ball to cut the A’s lead to 2-1. The Merchants took the lead by manufacturing two runs with some small ball in the third. Ervin Medina led off with a single and then stole second. Albion starting pitcher Lucas Gregory then walked Chris Lund and Nyhagen to load the bases. Stoughton’s Jake Wenzel turned late for a squeeze bunt and knocked in Medina. He picked up a single when no one

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Stoughton’s Ryan Nyhagen smokes a double to center in the fifth inning on Sunday. covered first base. Winder Fuentes then bunted in Lund to give the Merchants a 3-2 lead. Nyhagen, who went 1-for-2 with three walks, crushed a double to center in the fifth. Fuentes drove in his second run on an RBI single to right to extend the Merchants’ lead to 4-2. Stoughton stranded six runners and was 2-for-9 hitting with runners in scoring position. “We left some runs out there,” Seffens said. “They have a good pitcher, and you have to give him credit.”

Lund crushed a solo home run to center in the ninth. Stoughton hosts McFarland in a Sunday league game on Thursday and then hosts Jefferson on Sunday. After the Merchants play Jefferson on Sunday, they will finish a suspended Thursday Night League game that is tied 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning. “We just have to have a short memory with this game and try to work from ahead and put the pressure on these teams like Albion did to us,” Nyhagen said.

S t o u g h t o n ’s Pa r k e r Milbauer had two hits, but Watertown jumped out to an early lead to hand the Vikings a 4-2 loss on Friday. Watertown scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Stoughton’s Ryan Curry had one RBI. The Goslings limited the Vikings to four hits. C u r r y p i t c h e d fiv e innings and gave up four runs and struck out six. Watertown had 10 hits off two Stoughton pitchers. Stoughton’s Owen Lynch pitched one shutout inning and struck out one.

Stoughton 9, Jefferson 5 Derek Karlen had two hits and two RBIs to lead Stoughton to a 9-5 win over Jefferson on Wednesday on the road. Stoughton scored three runs in the first and three in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Brady Estervig added two hits and Kadin Milbauer drove in two runs. Ly n c h p i t c h e d five innings to get the win. He gave up two runs and struck out five. Hayden Schigur tossed one inning in relief and surrendered one run.

Jefferson 4, Stoughton 3 S t o u g h t o n c o u l d n ’t hang on to a two-run lead as Jefferson had a threerun seventh inning in a comeback 4-3 victory over the Vikings on Tuesday at Norse Park. Stoughton scored one run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. The Vikings were limited to four hits. S t o u g h t o n ’s R y a n Ellingson pitched six innings and gave up one run. He struck out two.

Alan Jon Fortney

Alan Jon Fortney

Alan Jon Fortney, writer, teacher and Native American scholar, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2019 at home in Bennington, Vt., with his family at his side. Alan was born in Nov. 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to Pastor Albin and Anita

Nancy Patricia (Furseth) Dahl Nancy Patricia (Furseth) Dahl passed away peacefully on June 20, 2019, in Cheney, Washington. Nancy was born on January 28, 1932, in Stoughton, Wisconsin to John and Doris (LaFleur) Furseth. Nancy later married Carol

dog, Joey. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchild, Michel Carpenter; sistersin-laws, Ginny McGee and Kay (Dave) George; brothers, Jerry (Kay) McGee, Glenn McGee and Chuck McKinlay. A private memorial gathering was held. Special thanks to Natalie Callander, Dan’s oncologist, his doctor, Dr. Agni and to the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for all of the care provided. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh. com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Cremation Care 1358 Hwy 51 873-4590

(Sodergren) Fortney as the second child of four. His father Albin served with distinction as a Major Chaplain in the US Army in World War II. His family was relocated by the Army to Schweinfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria (194749). He later served as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Stoughton. Alan graduated from Stoughton High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963 with a degree in English. During his time as a student he lived in Copenhagen, Denmark where he learned fluent Danish and explored Germany, France and Spain by folk singing and writing a newspaper column about his travels.

As a journalist, he worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago and then as the editor of the School Edition of the New York Times. He moved to Bennington to work as Director of Publications at Bennington College. He worked as editor for Hemming Motor News and then Vermont Summer Magazine (Bennington Banner) and taught journalism and Native American Philosophy at SVC, writing at CCV, and taught English at MAUHS until his retirement. Once retired, Alan refocused on his devoted study of Native American history and philosophy. He was known among many local students for his tipi visits to schools. He published the book Go Light: Exploring

the Tao of Native America while working tirelessly on multiple novels, a memoir and plays. A l a n i s s u r v ive d b y ; his wife of 45 years, Jill; daughter, Rachael Fortney (Calif.); son. Kendall Fortney (Vt.); brother Steven (Ruth) (Stoughton) and sister, Anita (Bill) Harms (Muskegon, Mich.); in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends. There will be a private memorial service and burial at Bennington in Aug.. Donation in Alan’s name may be made to VNA-Hospice and the Bennington Rescue Squad. Cremation arrangements by E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home. For a complete obituary go to

(Rusty) Dahl, and the two were married for 62 years. Nancy is preceded in death by her husband Carol (Rusty) Dahl and her brother Marty Furseth. She is survived by her daughter Melvie (Dahl) Strampe and son Mark Dahl; immediate family Jean (Furseth) Benson, sister, and brother John Furseth; grandkids, Tim Dahl, Heidi Dahl,

Miles Strampe and Yvette Strampe; great-grandchildren, AJ Trautz, Casey Richardson, Skylar Dahl, and Murray L.D. Strampe. Nancy has been living in Cheney, Washington for the last five years and has been cared for by the wonderful folks at Bess Quality Care in Cheney, Washington. The family would like to thank the staff at Horizon Hospice

of Spokane for the wonderful care they provided her. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Nancy’s name to the Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N Havana St, Spokane, WA, 99217 (509467-5235). Cheney Funeral Chapel, Cheney, WA. Online guest book at

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Terry Eifert

Terry L. Eifert, 65, died suddenly of a heart attack on June 26, 2019 at the Stoughton Hospital. He was born on July 27, 1953 to the late Roy and Johanna (Offerdahl) Eifert. He grew up in Stoughton and was a

1971 graduate of Stoughton High School. In his early career, Terry was a District Manager over southern Wisconsin Stop N Go stores for many years. Later he worked for Dream Kitchens for several years. He always had a love for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks and all things music. He loved his dog, Riley who was always by his side. He is survived by his daughters; Caryn Olson, Chaunte’ and Keyonna Eifert, four grandchildren; brother Louis (Susan) Eifert and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his daughter Marcy Eifert and his brother Larry Eifert.

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Rhea A. Wethal

Rhea A. Wethal, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born July 24, 1928 in Edgerton to the late Roy and Gertrude (Vaughn) Pearson. She married Orlin R. Wethal on June 24, 1948 in Edgerton. Together they started a family of seven children and she lived on the farm life in rural Stoughton area. Rhea is a member of Cooksville Lutheran Church. Rhea was always a mom and a very kind and sweet woman, enjoyment was found reading the newspaper and watching TV. Rhea is survived by her seven children; Ronald (Linda) Wethal, Sandra (Alan) Page, Susan (Robert) Lee, Mark (Rhonda) Wethal,

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Michael (Kathy) Wethal, Teresa Veum, Lisa (Rob) White; 20 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; brother Irl Pearson; brother-in-law Bryant (Pat) Wethal; sisterin-law Joan (Stanley) Sperry and she is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by; her parents, her husband of 62 years Orlin and two brothers Wayne Pearson and Vaughn Pearson. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Cooksville Lutheran Church, 11927 W. Church St. Evansville. Burial will be at Graves Cemetery. A catered luncheon will follow the burial at Viking Lanes, 1410 US-51, Stoughton. Visitation will be from 4 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday July 8, 2019 at Cress funeral home, 206 W. Prospect St. Stoughton, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Cooksville Lutheran Church. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 206 W Prospect St. Stoughton 873-9244 Please share your memories at CressFuneralService. com


With much love and great memories in his wake, Daniel McGee passed away after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma. Dan had his loving son, Christopher with him when he left us.

his grandchildren. Grandpa Dan was very much a star in the eyes of many. We truly lost one of the good ones on Friday, June 28, 2019. Daniel is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, Chris (Adrienne) McGee and Jason (Heather) McGee; grandchildren, Aidan McGee, Cael McGee, C o n n e l l M c G e e , M o rgan McGee, Jacqueline McGee, Destiny McGee and Erika McGee; brothers, Rick (Peg) McGee, Dave McGee and Jack (Susan) McGee; sister, Sue (Ken) Rose; sisters-in-law, Patricia Millard and Sue (Terry) Pratt; brothers-in-law, Dick (Kathrine) McKinlay, Scott (Renee) McKinlay and Tom (Lori) McKinlay; and his

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Strongman: Attendees will watch competitors flip telephone poles, lift atlas stones at fair Continued from page 1 fingals finger is practiced in only two places throughout Wisconsin, Brooks said, and requires participants to flip a telephone pole 12 feet long. This event is a “last man or woman standing,” meaning the competitors flip the telephone poles back and forth until someone gives up. The event can last five minutes to fifteen minutes. “Pretty much anyone in Stoughton is going to know a telephone pole is heavy,” Brooks said. “So, it gives people a frame of reference to think, ‘That is really heavy, those people must be really strong, this is really cool.’” Winners get prizes such as a gladiator helmet, an axe with skulls or a barbarian axe. Competitors compete in three different divisions; open division, for anyone who wants to compete in their respective weight class; novice, for new competitors; and masters class, for competitors in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Brooks, an elite level competitor whose best squat is 860 pounds and who serves as the state chair of the U.S. Strongman, said at age 42 he can sometimes feel like the grandpa in the warmup room but advocates that age does not diminish ability. “One of the competitors (in the masters class) is just an animal,” Brooks said. “His lifts look almost surgical. He is a very good competitor and someone fun to watch.” The largest class during the competition is the heavy-weight males, in the open class division. There are eight men, ranging in weight from 242 to 275 pounds. Some competitors train year

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Vanessa Kleiss, from Milwaukee, competes in the Truck Pull during the Syttende Mai Viking Strongman Competition on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Kleiss did not compete with any team and it was her first time competing in Stoughton.

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Legals CITY OF STOUGHTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT Notice is hereby given that the City of Stoughton will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, Second Floor, 321 S. Fourth Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 53589. The proposed plan amendment recommended by the plan commission modifies the future land use maps pertaining to the Kettle Park West Development to increase the amount of land area illustrated for future single family residential uses, reduces the areas illustrated for future multi-family residential and office development, and reconfigures the areas and locations of future parks, open spaces and stormwater management facilities. The proposed plan amendment also modifies the general alignment of the planned collector street network that will facilitate planned land uses within the Kettle Park West development and future development of adjacent lands within section 1 of the Town of Rutland, that are within the City of Stoughton’s peripheral planning area. The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the short-range and long-range growth, redevelopment, and preservation of the City and will be used by City officials as a policy guide to help make decisions regarding the growth and development of the City. This is a proposed amendment of the City’s existing Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2005, amended in 2012 and updated in 2017. The draft City of Stoughton Comprehensive Plan document is available for review on the City’s website https://, at the Stoughton Public Library and at the City Clerk’s office located at 207 S. Forrest Street. Written comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan should be submitted to Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 207 S. Forrest St. Stoughton, WI 53589 or email to All written or electronic comments will be forwarded to the City of Stoughton Common Council members for their consideration. Holly Licht, City Clerk Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** NOTICE Please take notice that the following retailers have applied for alcohol beverage licenses within the City of Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin. The Public Safety Committee met to consider application recommendations to the Common Council on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The City Council will consider their applications at the Regular Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard J&S Nordic Enterprises, d/b/a Cheesers, located at 183 East Main Street., Stoughton, has applied for a Class “A” Fermented Malt Beverage and “Class A” Intoxicating Liquor license. Holly Licht City Clerk Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** NOTICE TOWN OF PLEASANT SPRINGS This is to notify anyone it may concern that Thomas Christopher Pena,

agent for Base Camp Resorts LLC, doing business as Badgerland Campground, located at 2671 Circle Drive, Stoughton WI, 53589 has applied for a Class B Liquor and Fermented Malt Beverage License in the Town of Pleasant Springs, Dane County, Wisconsin, for the period of July 16, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Springs, Dane County, Wisconsin. /s/Maria Hougan Clerk/Treasurer Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** MEETING OF: COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF STOUGHTON DATE//TIME: TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 @ 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: Mayor Swadley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Clerk Licht called the roll and noted that there were 11 alders present. Riley was absent and excused. Minutes and Reports: the following minutes were entered into the record. Landmarks Commission (4/11/19); Finance Committee (5/14/19); Personnel (4/1/2019) Public Comment Period: Dale Kittleson, 111 Chalet Dr., spoke regarding the liquor license application for Shakers Saloon and encouraged the council to approve it. CONSENT AGENDA A. May 28, 2019 Council Minutes B. R-81-2019- Resolution Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to issue Operator Licenses C. R-82-2019- Resolution Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to renew various Operator Licenses for the 2019-2021 Motion by Jenson, second by Bartlett to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried 11-0. OLD BUSINESS R-72-2019- Approving the registration forms for chicken keeping and honey bee keeping Motion by Ligocki, second by Hirsch to approve R-72-2019.Motion by Boersma, Jenson to amend the form to allow for the initial inspection and to have consent to enter the property for subsequent inspections. Motion failed 1-10. Original motion carried 10-1 with Boersma voting no. NEW BUSINESS R-83-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to approve the Liquor License renewals for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 Motion by Jenson, second Bartlett to approve R-83-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-84-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to approve the outdoor consumption permits for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 Motion by Jenson, second by Bartlett to approve R-84-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-85-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to issue a Class “B” Fermented Malt Beverage License

and a Reserve “Class B” Intoxicating Liquor License to Shakers Saloon, LLC, Dale Kittleson, Agent, dba Shakers Saloon located at 111 Chalet Drive Motion by Jenson, second by Hirsch to approve R-85-2019. Motion carried 110. R-86-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to approve a Temporary Class “B”/Class “B’ Retailer’s License and Special Event License to the Stoughton Opera House Friends Association for the Catfish River Music Festival Motion by Jenson, second by Heili to approve R-86-2019. Motion carried 10-1 with Boersma voting no. R-87-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to enter into an agreement with Recreation Engineering and Planning to complete Phase II of design and engineering services for the whitewater park Motion by Schumacher, second by Jenson to approve R-87-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-88-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to enter into an agreement with MSA to complete a master plan for Mandt Park Motion by Schumacher, second by Reeves to approve R-88-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-89-2019-Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to enter into an agreement with Baker Tilly to complete a park impact fee study Motion by Schumacher, second by Hirsch to approve R-89-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-90-2019- Approving an Agreement with True North Consultants for Services related to the testing and demolition of former Public Works building on Fourth Street Motion by Schumacher, second by Reeves to approve R-90-2019. Motion carried 11-0. O-20-2019- Amending the zoning classification of certain lands located west of US Highway 51 and north of State Highway 138 in the City of Stoughton from RH—Rural Holding to SR5—Single Family Residential, and I—Institutional (Planning Commission meets on June 10, 2019) Caravello offered O-20-2019 as a first reading. It will be back before the council on June 25th. R-91-2019- Confirming the Mayor’s Citizen Appointment of Pete Manley to the RDA, pursuant to 2-127 of the Stoughton Municipal Code Motion by Boersma, second by Caravello to approve R-91-2019. Motion carried 11-0. ADJOURNMENT Motion by Boersma, second by Heili to adjourn at 8:34 p.m. Motion carried 11-0. Respectfully Submitted, Holly Licht, City Clerk Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** BOARD OF EDUCATION STOUGHTON AREA DISTRICT BOARD-REGULAR MEETING (MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019) 1. Regular Board Meeting Opening-A regular meeting of the Stoughton Area School District was called to order on June 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Board President Francis Sullivan. A. Roll Call-Members Present: Joe Freye, Jon Coughlin, Francis Sullivan, Kathleen Hoppe, Jill Patterson, Allison Sorg, Tim Bubon, Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Steve Jackson.

B. Public Comment-None. C. Legislative Update-Coughlin provided an update on the May 23 press conference he attended at the Capitol; Hoppe provided information about new bills in the Assembly & Senate. 2. Spotlight on Learning-SHS DECA Program, Maggie Heck, SHS Business Teacher, and two DECA students provided information about the program, goals, competitions, and their participation in community service projects. 3. District Administrator Report-Dr. Onsager recognized and thanked Ms. Heck for her dedication/relationships with the students and DECA; Viking View district magazine will be in mailboxes this week; Class of 2019 Graduation was yesterday and was a great event, and the 18-19 school year is winding down but planning and preparation for 201920 school year is underway including professional development plans for the summer. 4. Consent Agenda-A motion was made by FitzGibbon, seconded by Sorg, and was carried unanimously to approve the May 20, 2019 Regular Board Meeting Minutes as presented; approval of the May 18 - June 18, 2019 check register as presented; We would like to say thank you to the following individuals and groups and move approval of their donations to the district: $6,000.00 from the Stoughton Sports Boosters Inc. for the pole vault pit, $2,200.00 from the Stoughton Youth Running Club for the pole vault pit, $1,250.00 from the FFA for Chapter registration fees, supplies & travel, $500.00 from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation for Scholarship, $500.00 from Edward Jones for the Kristi Hund Memorial Scholarship, $145.00 from Stoughton FFA Alumni for the FFA Banner, a Madrigal Singer Costume from Sylvia Lewis valued at $200.00, 4 books to share among Fox Prairie classrooms from the Little Feminist Book Club valued at $54.92, a Madrigal Singer Costume from Cindi Birch valued at $50.00 and related cash donation budget adjustments for $10,595.00; approval of professional educator contracts for Katherine Koterman, Christopher Ketterhagen, Alyse Weber, Melissa Paulson, Vanessa Lee, Kylie Kinney, Andrea Oelke, Kathleen Kasberg, and Paul Sander Hansen for the 2019-2020 school year, and approval of the resignation of Molly Reidy at the end of the 2018-19 school year. 5. Discussion A. Committee Reports - Bubon provided an update from the Policy Committee and the projected plan for completing the policies by December 2019. Sorg reported on the CESA 2 Delegate Convention on May 21, 209 she attended; next year’s convention will be June 16, 2020. B. Safety Committee - Luke Butz, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, provided the Board with an update on the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) program. Luke answered several questions and board members requested information about receiving online and physical ALICE training for them. C. Employee Handbook- Jessa Hart Andrle, Director of Human Resources, presented the Board with the proposed 19-20 Personnel Policy Handbook. Her presentation included an overview of the handbook revision process and proposed changes. The board asked questions and provided suggestions as the proposed changes were discussed and reviewed section by section. The 1920 Personnel Policy Handbook will be brought forth at the next board meeting for a second reading and vote.

6. Meeting Closing A. Recap of Action Items-President Sullivan confirmed that Erica Pickett would send board members information to offer online ALICE training as well as the schedule for the physical ALICE training and thanked the board members who attended the graduation ceremony and Honors Night. Sullivan thanked the board members for their contributions to the SASD School Board Scholarship and to Steve Jackson for coordination of the scholarship. B. Future Meetings/Events: Board Meeting: June 17 & July 1, Policy Committee Meeting: August 5 Finance Committee Meeting: July 15, Executive Committee Meeting: June 12. C. Adjournment-A motion was made by Freye, seconded by FitzGibbon, and carried unanimously to adjourn at 8:37 pm. _____________________ Yolibeth FitzGibbon, Clerk Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** CITY OF STOUGHTON ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL An ordinance amending the zoning classification of certain lands located west of US Highway 51 and north of State Highway 138 in the City of Stoughton from RH Rural Holding to SR-5 Single Family Residential, and I Institutional Committee Action: Planning Commission recommend Council approval 6 0 with the Mayor voting Fiscal Impact: Increased Tax Base, Parkland and Park Facilities File Number: O-20-2019 First Reading: June 11, 2019 Second Reading: June 25, 2019 RECITALS 1. Kettle Park West, LLC, (the Applicant) has applied to change the zoning classification of certain lands located west of US Highway 51 and north of State Highway 138 in the City of Stoughton. The Applicant proposes to subdivide the lands proposed for rezoning using a plat and a certified survey map. A copy of Applicants proposed final plat of Kettle Park West North Addition (the North Addition Plat) is attached as Exhibit A. A copy of Applicants proposed certified survey map (the CSM) is attached as Exhibit B. 2. Applicant proposes changing the zoning classification of the lands within the proposed North Addition Plat from RH Rural Holding, to SR-5 Single-Family Residential and I Institutional. Applicant proposes changing the zoning classification of Outlot 2 in the CSM to Institutional. 3. On June 10, 2019, the City of Stoughton Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding Applicants proposed zoning changes. The public hearing was preceded by the publication of a class 2 notice, and other notice required by law. 4. The Planning Commission found that the proposed zoning changes are consistent with the City of Stoughton Comprehensive Plan, and recommended that the zoning changes be approved, subject to certain conditions. 5. The Common Council has considered the proposed zoning changes and the Plan Commissions recommendations, finds that the proposed zoning changes are consistent with the City of Stoughton Comprehensive Plan, and finds that the proposed zoning changes have the potential for enhancing the use of the lands and increasing the Citys tax base.

ORDINANCE The Common Council of the City of Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin do ordain as follows: Section 1. The recitals set forth above are material to and are incorporated in this ordinance as if set forth in full. Section 2. Subject to the conditions set forth in section 4 below, the zoning classification of the lands within the North Addition Plat is changed from RH-Rural Holding, to the following zoning classifications: A. Block 1, Lots 1 through 8 and Block 2, Lots 1 through 4, and Block 3, Lots 1 through 6 are zoned SR-5 Single-Family Residential 5; B. Outlots 2 and 3 are zoned I Institutional. Section 3. Subject to the condition set forth in section 5 below, the zoning classification of the lands within the Certified Survey Map is changed from RH-Rural Holding, to the following zoning classifications: A. Outlot 2 is zoned Institutional. Section 4. The changes to the zoning classifications of the lands within the North Addition Plat provided for in Section 2 of this Ordinance shall not be effective until the Applicant has obtained approval of and recorded a final plat in substantially the same form as the North Addition Plat attached as Exhibit A. The zoning classifications provided for in Section 2 shall conform to the final configuration of lots in the recorded final plat. Approval of this ordinance does not constitute approval of the North Addition Plat. Section 5. The changes to the zoning classifications of the lands within the Certified Survey Map provided for in Section 3 of this Ordinance shall not be effective until Applicant has obtained approval of and recorded a certified survey map in substantially the same form as the CSM attached as Exhibit B. The zoning classifications provided for in Section 3 shall conform to the final configuration of lots in the recorded certified survey map. Approval of this ordinance does not constitute approval of the certified survey map. Section 6. This ordinance shall take effect upon publication pursuant to law. Dates Council Adopted: June 25, 2019 Mayor Approved: June 25, 2019 Tim Swadley, Mayor Attest: June 25, 2019 Holly Licht, City Clerk Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP *** NOTICE TOWN OF PLEASANT SPRINGS This is to notify anyone it may concern that Cynthia S. Christofferson, agent for Thundercat Fireworks & Pyrotechnic Display Company, Inc., d/b/a Thundercat Fireworks, located at 2771 County Highway N, Cottage Grove, WI, 53527, has applied for a Class “A” Retailers Liquor License for the sale of intoxicating liquor, for off premises consumption, for the sale of Liquor and Wine, in the Town of Pleasant Springs, Dane County, Wisconsin, for the period from July 16, 2019 through June 30, 2020. /s/Maria Hougan Clerk/Treasurer Published: July 4, 2019 WNAXLP ***

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Riverfront: Developer proposes housing development to push people toward the downtown Continued from page 1 Hirsh discussed the design principles that were crafted to adhere to what the RDA said it wanted to hear during the request process: Those included team vision, review of the master development process, public interaction process, feeling for the development phasing and priorities, feel for market capabilities and a look at financial capabilities for completing a project of this scale. Hirsh highlighted several ideas, including riverfront restoration and increased access for the entire community, creating green spaces, a mix of housing types and a preservation of the authenticity of Stoughton, including respect for the city’s history and a rebuild of the blacksmith shop. RDA chair Roger Springman seemed enthusiastic about the vision presented but questioned the timeline. Brink expressed several times during the presentation his group was ready to start the development as early as this fall. But for as long as the city has been actively working to redevelop the riverfront – at least since MillFab closed in 2014 – it remains early in this development process. The Brink development team has yet to confer with the commission to narrow the scope and adhere to what both the RDA and the community have so far expressed wanting in the riverfront area. And the planned development process can take several months or more. But Springman said it’s a promising start. “He has the exact kind of Motorcycles FANTASTIC 2003 HONDA Shadow 750, excellent condition, low miles, new battery, tires, custom purple paint. Fully inspected, nice side saddle bags. $3,299. 608-778-9249.

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The development proposal, which is in the earliest stages, includes connecting streets to follow the existing grid. It includes three-story apartment buildings, townhomes and owner occupied houses. There are green spaces throughout, and areas for fishing along the Yahara River. vision and energy we need to do a project of this magnitude and regional impact,” Springman told the Hub in an email after the meeting.

Commission concerns Early flags went up during the meeting, as commissioners and RDA consultant Gary Becker pushed Brink whether the vision is realistic. Questions included sustainable practices, the length of the development process and how the development would fit into the Stoughton market. The development team used examples of past projects in Madison, and Becker cautioned that the housing market in Stoughton is not comparable. “If your underwriters are looking at the Stoughton market and looking at the kind of project you’re looking at building, they are going to say ‘Are you nuts?’” Becker said. Brink said his team is MINI-GOLDENDOODLES, CAVAPOOS, Teddy Bears, MiniPoodles, Pomshi, Wheaton Terriers, $695-Over $1,000, (Lic #474872) Brenda 608-574-7931. FOR SALE: Beagle puppies, tri-colored, AKC registered, vet checked. My dogs are typically fast starters and quick learners, great hunters and companions, and field champions in the pedigree. $400-$450 each. 608437-8957.

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“willing to take the risk” and that his team wants to build the first building of apartments, “with the right look and good quality,” to start “resetting the market.” “What helps us take the risk is the proximity to the water,” Brink said, adding that there are no apartment projects on the water happening around Dane County. “If you live here, you’re on the water, you have a lot of activities, and here’s the downtown. Stoughton has a ton of great stuff going on.” Another possible sticking point is the fate of one of the last remaining buildings in the targeted area, the blacksmith shop. The RDA remains in a legal battle with the company that demolished most of the Highway Trailer complex, and the outcome could determine whether that building will be reinforced or taken down. Brink’s team proposed

The Redevelopment Authority gave itself an end of summer deadline to decide whether to move forward with any developers that submitted development proposals. Of the six that contacted the RDA, only Curt Vaughn Brink, LLC remains. Three were rejected and two stepped away from the project in the last two weeks. If the RDA decides to not pursue Brink, it would need to start its search over and pursue other developers. It could also reconsider how it plans to package the riverfront area, as some of the development agencies that sought proposal opportunities were turned away because they only wanted portions of the area. Some specifically sought to build smaller-scale affordable housing projects. That did not appeal to the RDA, which sought a master developer to take on the entire area. The RDA had planned to meet in August to discuss the proposals, and Brink said during its project presentation June 26 it wanted to move forward immediately and start work in the fall. Any project would need to go through the planned development process, which could take months of meetings with the Plan Commission and Common Council. demolishing the building and using its bricks to re-create the structure closer to Fourth Street, where it would be used for housing. The possibility of reclaiming bricks seemed to appeal to commissioners, who nodded and smiled when the history and familiarity with such an undertaking was explained. “We really liked this blacksmith shop as far as the building form, though we can’t keep it the way it is,” he said.

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Brink said they want the business emphasis to come with the riverfront’s proximity to downtown Main Street. And as several businesses have closed on that stretch in the last six months, Brink said he felt the businesses along Main Street would be emphasized with a housing-oriented development and that any commercial properties at the riverfront location would fail, with the exception of the brew pub that would pull people to the terrace on the riverfront. “It would be very hard for retail to survive down here,” Brink said. “We’re thinking, let’s drive everything to the downtown. You’re very RENT SKID LOADERS MINI-EXCAVATOR STELE-HANDLER and these attachments. Concrete breaker, posthole auger,landscape rake, concrete bucket,pallet forks, trencher, rock hound,broom,

fortunate, look around this whole area, there’s not a Main Street like that.” To satisfy that housing focus, Brink’s proposal includes a high-density mix of apartments, townhomes, rental and owner-occupied housing, with the goal of appealing to all segments of the population. This includes single-family townhomes and owner-occupied homes on South Street, three-story apartment buildings with internal and external courtyards in the center and development with “an industrial flavor” to the western side of the development. Brink said it could be around 300 units including the townhomes, but that could change throughout the planning process once the RDA has a chance to provide input on how it envisions the area. The three-story apartment buildings would be surrounded by townhomes, Hirsh said, to help ease into the style of housing in the surrounding area. The proximity to downtown was emphasized in the proposal plans with connection streets following the city’s grid that would loop through the development, linking to Sixth and South Fourth streets, and allow more walkability between the riverfront area and Main Street. “This one is exciting for us because you are creating a neighborhood and adding to the history of Stoughton” Hirsh said. “It’s the next chapter for the downtown area.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

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Viggo Stanton, 10, speaks into a microphone, explaining some information about Sony’s Playstation consoles to his future listeners. “PS4 is not backwards compatible to the PS3,” Stanton said during the first episode of his podcast. Stanton’s “Tech Minute” podcast is part of the first time “Intro To Podcasting” offering. In “Tech Minute,” Stanton reviews new technologies like gaming systems, computers and home devices. In third grade he was named the “technology wizz,” meaning he helped other students with their Chromebooks. Using equipment like microphones, headphones, Chromebooks and the free online audio editing software, Soundtrap,

students produce one episode a week with Kegonsa Elementary School’s head librarian Kristin Rosenberg. She tells students to make a podcast that makes them happy. “At Kegonsa we always tell students to use their student voice and student choice,” Rosenberg said. “(Podcasting) is literally the student voice.” Topics for students include riddle decoding, fiction stories and facts about dogs. Rosenberg said podcasting is a way for students who have trouble with writing and reading to find another way to be successful in the classroom. “Some students are better at talking things through. (Podcasting) is another avenue for student achievement,” she said. Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie. A student works on podcast called “Schnauzer Something,” which will include personal stories of her dog Hank on Wednesday, June 26.

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Students learn simple Spanish commands like sit down and stand up during summer excel courses on Wednesday, June 26.

¡Exploramos! Let´s explore Spanish

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A group of more than 10, first, second and third graders played “Simon Says” Wednesday, June 26. “Simon dice levanta tu mano,” Ackley yelled. All students raised their hand. “Simon dice silencio,” she said next. And all students put their finger over their lips to show silence. “Simon dice” is Spanish for “Simon says,” and the

students are part of a Spanish Excel class in the Stoughton Area School District, new to this summer’s class offerings. The benefits of being bilingual are immense, Caitlin Ackley, the summer Excel Spanish teacher, said. In the summer Excel program, students practice simple questions, vocabulary and commands, in addition to colors, numbers and letters. “Learning a new language helps students think critically about their own language,” Ackley said. “And it is such

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an asset going into the workplace.” SASD offers Spanish classes starting in sixth grade during the regular academic year, but getting students familiar with other languages at a young age is important, Ackley said. “At this age, students are like language sponges,” Ackley said.

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Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.krumme@

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