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Thursday, June 20, 2013 Vol. 132, No. 46 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
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Stoughton Area Leader for Over 40 Years
Peter Sveum205-3223 or pasveum@cbsuccessrealty.com
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Photos by
Derek Spellman
Remember and fight back 
More than 1,000 people attended last weekend’s Stoughton-Oregon-McFarland Relay for Life at Stoughton’s Mandt Park. Above, relay participants run down the final legof their walk, which is lined with memorials (top right). Right, a pair of attendees embrace. The annual relay raised $103,000.
Stoughton kicks off OWI patrols
Jim Ferolie
Hub editor 
An experimental drunken-driv-ing patrol in Stoughton went overso well last summer that the cityis getting ready to do it again thisyear.Though the original plan forhaving two “Capital Area OWITask Force” patrols per com-munity fell through because of paperwork delays, Stoughton getsthe benefit of being the officialkickoff for the slightly expandedtask force on June 29.That night, De Forest Lt. DanFurseth, who has been runningsimilar patrols using only policefrom his department for severalyears, will explain to area mediathe purpose of the task force,which will circulate among 10communities this year. It’s not tocatch drunken drivers so much asprevent them, he explained to the
last year, when his depart-ment first got a state grant to payfor the officers’ overtime.Next weekend’s patrol inStoughton will bring nine addi-tional officers here, as well asthree Stoughton officers, onesupervisor and one dispatcher,all dedicated solely to putting ona display to make people think twice before driving impaired.Officers will cruise the mainroads and make frequent “con-tacts,” or stops, while reflectivesigns alert drivers that they’rebeing watched.Last year’s patrol in Stoughtonwas the only one of the five thatyielded an arrest, which is justfine with police.“The whole idea is to preventcrashes and get the message out,”Furseth said last month. “I think itwas well-received; a lot of people
Relay For LifeHome Talent League
Former teammateslook to build newconcession stand
Derek Spellman
Unifed Newspaper Group 
They have shared friend-ships and a love of baseball.Now, both are coming togeth-er.Five friends and formerHome Talent League team-mates – Mark Nelson, RandyPernot, Dale “Zeke” Seffens,Erik Veum and Ron Vosberg– are mounting an effort tobuild a new concession standand press box at Stoughton’sNorse Park, west of the cur-rent diamond. The five playedtogether on Stoughton’schampionship Home TalentLeague team in 1986, andsome played together on theStoughton High School teambefore that.It’s a project with specialsignificance for Pernot, a1981 graduate of StoughtonHigh School who has been afixture at the existing standand ballpark for a couple of 
Retired teachers reflect on vocation, changes
Derek Spellman
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Bob Holsinger wants to do morehunting, fishing and golf.Jann Kalscheur has visited 30national parks and wants to visitthem all.Both of those recently retiredStoughton educators will havemore time to all that, and not justthis summer.The Stoughton Area SchoolDistrict this year bid farewell to14 educators and staff, as wellthree bus drivers. Some of thosenow-retired teachers started theircareers at the height of 1970sfashion. Steve Sheski, a mathteacher at River Bluff MiddleSchool who started teaching inStoughton in 1976, recalled thathe showed up for his job interviewsporting mutton-chop sideburns,permed hair and a peanut buttercolored-leisure coat.“I looked like Bozo the Clownor the Chrysanthemum,” he saidin a retrospective video displayedby the district.Others recall a time of type-writers instead of computers,“ditto machines” instead of copymachines, floppy disk drives ora period when the “world wideweb” was just coming into being.In interviews with the
, sev-eral retiring Stoughton educatorstalked about how much education
Board OKs school resource officer
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Derek Spellman
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Stoughton school officials on Mon-day night approved an agreement withthe City of Stoughton that would havea police officer working at the highschool beginning next school year.The agreement for a new schoolresource officer now heads to theCommon Council for approval, likelyat that group’s next meeting, policechief Greg Leck told the schoolboard. Leck had previously said theunanimous backing of the city’s per-sonnel and police and fire panels bodewell as far as council support.The three-year agreement with thecity sailed through the school boardon Monday night by an 8-0 mar-gin (Joe Freye was absent from theregular meeting but was to arrivelater), although the board had previ-ously discussed the idea of a schoolresource officer several times sincelast year.In the past, board members hadquestions about the cost and scope
Stoughton Area School District
At a glance
High-visibility OWI patrol
7 p.m.-3 a.m. June 29
Along U.S. 51
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Stoughton Area School District
How to help
For information onthe planned concessionstand/press box atNorse Park, email RandyPernot at verleebird@charter.net, Dale “Zeke”Seffens at zekedog13@yahoo.com, Erik Veumat eveum@ci.stoughton.wi.us or Ron Vosberg atvosberg_rv@att.net.Also search for theStoughton MerchantsHome Talent page onFacebook.
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June 20, 2013
Courier Hub ConnectStoughton.com
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Stoughton Opera House PerformancesJune 21st & 28th at 7:30 p.m.
Te City o Stoughton Redevelopment Authority has beenawarded CDBG loan unds in the amount o $100,000 or MajorHome repairs or residents within the boundaries o the City o Stoughton. Tese unds are 0%, deerred loan dollars availableor qualiying owner occupied housing improvements.Qualiying improvements include:Code repairs and upgrades or plumbing, heating,or electrical systemsExterior paintingFoundation repairGutter and downspout repair or replacementPlumbing xture repair or replacementRoo repair or replacementSiding repair or installation o new siding to increaseenergy efciency Window and door repair or replacement including storm doors
Please contact Lisa Aide at Stoughton City Hall;(608) 873-6677; or an application or more inormation.
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Skaalen Nursing & Rehabilitation CenterPRESENTS
“What’s It Worth?”
Saturday~June 22, 2013Appraisals begin at 9:00 a.m.Skaalen Chapel
First Come First ServedRegistrations 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
$5.00 fee for each item you have appraised
 No limit on the number of items you may bring
Experienced appraisers offer a learned educated opinionSkaalen will not provide carts or assistance in moving itemsNot responsible for theft and/or damage
Proceeds from the event will be used for Specialized Resident Programming
If you have any questions, please callPam Parsons at 873-5651, extension 215.
Appraisers Include:Joni Bozart - Carousel Consignments, JanesvilleFred Waldburger - Remember When, StoughtonLyle Wanless - Wanless Auction Group, BrooklynTracy & Pam of Diamonds Direct Jewelry, Stoughton
Photo submitted
Star Power
Mikela Hilger, an eighth-grader at River Bluff Middle School, peers through a telescope at the planet Venus during the school’s Star Partyon June 3 at Sandhill Elementary School. The annual stargazing program drew 110 community members, students, siblings and parents.
Photo submitted
Students sing songs at the Martin Luther Christian School 4K graduation.Students walk through a cardboard cutout that says “Inching ourWay to College.”
Students complete 4K program
Martin Luther ChristianSchool held its 4-year-old Kindergarten gradua-tion ceremony earlier thismonth.About 70 4K studentsmade their way through theprogram, now in its fifthyear of partnering with theStoughton Area SchoolDistrict.Students sang some of their favorite songs for theirparents and then receivedtheir graduation certifi-cate as they walked over abridge.Several staff memberswere recognized becausethey are retiring or movingon to different careers:• Judy Simmonds,administrative assistant, isretiring after eight years of service to MLCS.• Fran Point, a 4K edu-cational assistant and pastpreschool teacher, is retir-ing after 33 years of serviceat MLCS.• JoAnn Gilbert, MartinLuther Christian School andChild Development Centeradministrator, is retiringwith 13 years of service toMLCS.• Julie Florence, child-care director, is leaving andmoving on to a new career.• Kari Kojo, a 4K teacher,has accepted the position asthe new childcare directorat MLCS.
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June 20, 2013
Courier HubConnectStoughton.com
City of Stoughton
Kettle Park West developers eye zoning variances
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mark ignatowSki
Unifed Newspaper Group 
While a problem at thestate level prevented Ket-tle Park West from beingannexed into the city, lastweek questions from thePlanning Commissionshowed there might stillbe some local haggling tobe done over the 142-acreproject on the west side of Stoughton.The commission had sev-eral questions about varianc-es that the developer, For-ward Development Group,might be seeking when itsubmits its general develop-ment plan.Jim Bricker of JSD Pro-fessional Services spoke tothe commission last Mondayabout the concept plan. Andpart of the discussion wasabout variances to the city’sbig-box ordinance (largedevelopment zoning stan-dards) for screening, land-scaping, parking and signagethe developer might want toavoid.All of those are issues thatpotential commercial busi-nesses might have if they tryto build in Kettle Park West,Bricker explained. The firstphase of the planned devel-opment calls for one 11.5-acre lot and five outlots vary-ing from 1.5 to 4.3 acres.The lots would be a mixtureof large retail – as big as120,000 square feet – andother commercial and officespace. The smaller lots couldhave buildings from 5,000 to20,000 square feet.“The reason we’ve beenlooking at the various alter-natives … is because (of)what I’d characterize as ...relatively strong confidenceand interest in users that arenow looking at particularlocations within the KettlePark West commercial area,”Bricker said. “The site doespose some design issues.”The idea of these variancesmet with a somewhat chillyreception from some com-missioners, including coun-cil president Ald. Eric Hohol(Dist. 4).Hohol said he would liketo know what retailers planon moving into the spacebefore making exemptionsfor the company.“I support developmenthere in Stoughton, but …there’s a lot of people in thecommunity that would won-der why we, as the PlanningCommission, would voteto approve a bunch of zon-ing changes … if we don’tknow who the retailer mightbe,” Hohol said. “When isthe time right (to reveal thecompanies)?”Bricker said he didn’tknow when retailers mightbe in a position to say theywere looking to build inStoughton.“The end-user is the onewho is going to be drivingthat discussion,” Brickersaid, referencing whatevercompany chooses to pur-chase or lease land in thedevelopment. “I just cannotrepresent what they’re plan-ning.”Other commissioners, likeAld. Ron Christenson (D-2)were more receptive andcited Stoughton’s need fordevelopment as a reason tocontinue discussions aboutmaking the Kettle Park Westdevelopment a reality.“I don’t need the name of aspecific retailer to be able tomake some of these chang-es,” Christenson said, add-ing that the commission andcouncil will likely rehash alot of the same issues that thecity faced 10 years ago whenWal-Mart wanted build anew store. “This communityneeds an economic kick inthe pants. To make some,not all, but some altera-tions to make it acceptablefor a retailer to come to thiscommunity … I really don’thave any reservations in thataspect.”Future phases of the devel-opment as planned for the295-acre area in the WestsideDetailed Neighborhood Planwould include single andmulti-family residential lots,office space and green space.Preliminary plans indicateabout 78 acres of residentialspace and about 44 acres of open space. Streets and right-of-way area take up about 71acres, while total commercialspace is about 55 acres.For the first phase alone,the developers identifiedmore than a dozen potentialexemptions, including:• The number of parkinglot islands might need to bereduced to allow for storm-water drainage, snow remov-al and more parking.• Screening requirementsof mechanical apparatus suchas heating or ventilation unitsare set at 1,000 feet, whichdevelopers thought wasexcessive.• A solid screening wall,rather than a landscapedberm, might be needed insome spots between lotsbecause of the geography of the area.• Landscaping tree sizemight need to be reduced (atleast for initial planting) togive the trees a better chanceof survival.• The requirement of hav-ing 25 percent of each lot belandscaped might not work given the size of the lots.Actual landscape percent-ages could be as low as 18percent for some lots.• Lighting heights mightneed to be raised for securitypurposes.Christenson said the com-mission hasn’t made anychanges yet, and there’snothing that says it can’tamend any changes theymight make in the future.“My main concern at thispoint in time is that we geta development that fits wellwith the architectural themeand heritage of this com-munity,” Christenson said.“That, to me, is more impor-tant than the name that is sit-ting on the front side of thestore.”Commissioner ScottTruehl, whose professionalbackground is in construc-tion management, saidhe respects the desire forcompanies to keep quietabout their plans, but he not-ed that different companieswill drive design styles andcolor palates for the entirecommercial area.“It shapes parking circu-lation, hours of operation,all those kinds of things,”Truehl said. “While I can cer-tainly appreciate that we maynot know all the answers,certainly understanding howthey’re going to be market-ing this and to whom givesus a better understanding of what the goal is overall.”There was some apprehen-sion from other commission-ers. Ald. Greg Jenson (D-3)echoed Hohol’s concerns.“I would encourage (theretailers) to be up front withall of this,” Jenson said. “Itwould be really hard to votefor any of these exceptionswithout knowing who thatperson is.”No action had been sched-uled on the potential changeslast week. Bricker said thepurpose of the discussionwas to gauge how open thecity would be to exemptingsome of the zoning require-ments. Discussions betweenthe developer and potentialretailers will continue.“Hopefully the next itera-tion comes with more infor-mation,” Bricker said. “(Thisis) just to advance the con-versation along.”
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Buildingpicturedisnotpricedin ad. Crew travelrequiredover 50 miles. Localbuildingcodemodifcationsextra. Pricesubjecttochangewithoutnotice.
Happy 50th Anniversary Lonnie and Gloria (Pedersen) Hayne! Lonnie and Gloria were married on June 22, 1963. Their family is happy tocelebrate their 50 years together.With ALL of our love,
Vicki, Lisa, Mitchell, Megan,Andrew,
Chrisian, Noah, and Matthew 
 Thank You Stoughton!
This community has shown its true colors and they arebright! Our family will begin its journey to Boston forspecialized radiation therapy for our 7 year old daughterElla. This community has come together to support uson that journey. We can’t thank you enough for yourgenerosity, kind words and support!
 The “Ella Bella Cinderella” Team!
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Stoughton Rotary  Accepting Scholarship Applications
June 15 – July 15
Applications available atStoughton High School OR downloadat: www.stoughtonrotarywi.com
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Several projects getplanning commission nod
The city’s Planning Commission recommended approv-al of several projects last week, and approved several siteplans for other projects. Final decisions for several of theprojects rest with the Common Council, which will take upthe items at its next meeting, June 25.
RDA survey map
At issue:
Combine the properties at 314 W. Main Streetand 217 S. Prairie St. into one parcel to make it more attrac-tive to future development. The Planning Commission alsovoted to recommend rezoning the Prairie Street lot fromresidential to Planned Business.
Unanimous approval, council deci-sion will be July 9.
El Patron
At issue:
Allow outdoor seating along the front and sideof the restaurant on U.S. Hwy. 51.
Add a 6-foot tall solid fence to create a buf-fer from residential properties along the north end of thearea.
Unanimous approval, but city staff will work on creating another exit for fire safety. Recco-mendation sent to council.
Warehouse addition
At issue:
Adding 6,750 square feet to a warehouse in thebusiness park to allow the company, Thermal Design, Inc.,to improve operations.
Unanimous approval, but city staff will work on making sure driveway complies with code or is given avariance
Sons of Norway
At issue:
Approving a site plan to allow for handicapaccess with a small enclosure addition to the front of thebuilding.
Unanimous approval
Kensington Square
At issue:
Rezoning a residential property on the 500block of Kensington Square to allow for a 60-square-footdeck addition.
Unanimous approval; sent to council
‘This community needs an economic kick in the pants.’
Ald. Ron Christenson (D-2) 
‘There’s a lot of people in the community that would wonder why we, as thePlanning Commission, would vote toapprove a bunch of zoning changes … if  we don’t know who the retailer might be.’
Ald. Eric Hohol (D-4) 

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