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Thursday, January 2, 2014 Vol. 132, 22 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Courier Hub
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Stories of 2014
All signs point to April referendum
The coming year will likely be filled with important decisions for Stoughton Area School District (SASD) residents and board mem-bers, with a multimillion-dollar ref-erendum looking like a certainty this spring.The school board will finalize what they will ask for later this month, but members are discussing a four-year, $20 million recurring referendum for the April ballot as the best way to solve the district’s financial shortfall.The shortfall is somewhat predict-able, as a pair of April 2010 referenda is set to expire after next year. A recurring referendum would avoid that sort of dilemma in the future but might be tougher for voters to swal-low.A non-recurring referendum, like last time, would have a set time limit, and board members are also consider-ing that. But in a recent email to the
, district superintendent Dr. Tim Onsager said that “based on the totality of information,” includ-ing long-term financial projections, a
Hub forming editorial board
At the
Stoughton Courier  Hub
, we believe a strong editorial page is an impor-tant part of the foundation of a newspaper and a vibrant community.So the
 will be looking to form a community-based editorial board to add to the diversity of our opinion page. We are looking for people willing to get involved in dis-cussions about issues affect-ing Stoughton, the surround-ing towns and the Stoughton Area School District. The wider your range of interests – schools, city government, business – the better.The board will comprise members of the community and
 staff. There are no requirements for serving on the board, other than an inter-est in community affairs.The discussions will be held regularly, perhaps monthly, and will be small-group discussions that will hopefully lead to either edi-torials or columns written by our staff members. Some of the discussion might be held through email. Meetings would start in the first few months of this year.Our intent is to foster dis-cussion and community engagement and represent as broad a cross-section of Stoughton residents as pos-sible. If you’re interested but not sure, give us a call anyway and talk it through or shoot us an email at stoughtonedi-tor@wcinet.com. Call editor Jim Ferolie at 845-9559.
Hub file photo
Voters were urged to support a referendum in 2010, and will likely have to vote again in April to fund the school district beyond what’s currently allowed to be taxed.
Photos by
Victoria Vlisides
Bluegrass Fritz and Donna Jaggi croon during Fritz’s Stoughton Bluegrass Jam earlier this year. The group will host live music and dancing from noon until 5 p.m. the first Sunday of every month this year through June (except for March when the show is moved to March 9). The public is welcome to attend at VFW Post 328, 200 Veterans Road.
Puttin’ on the Fritz
Bluegrass, country music  jam finds new home at VFW
Unified Newspaper Group 
Fans of bluegrass and country music have a place to go in Stough-ton once a month to participate in the music making, dance or just watch and tap their toes.Fritz and Donna Jaggi, of Brodhead, have been hosting a bluegrass and country music jam since 2001. For years the jams, which began in 1986 and are open to “all musicians and pickers,” were held near Brod-head or Orfordville. For the past 10 years they were held at the Ameri-can Legion in Orford-ville, but a scheduling conflict caused Fritz Jaggi to start looking for a different venue last summer. In July, Jaggi, on the advice of local realtor and bluegrass musician Sid Boersma, checked out the VFW in Stough-ton. Jaggi liked the ven-ue and thought it would work, so since October the monthly jam and band performances have moved here to the VFW.The events are nor-mally held the first Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m.Jaggi said about 200 people – mostly senior citizens – turned out for the October event. There was a slightly smaller turn-out in November, but he said it’s common to have 180 to 200 people attending.Each jam begins with a performance by the Mill Road Band, a The deadline to nominate someone for the
Courier Hub
’s Citizen of the Year is fast approaching.The
 will accept nomina-tions through Friday, Jan. 3.The annual award recognizes someone whose presence in Stoughton made a noticeable and positive impact on the qual-ity of life in the community during the calendar year. The newspaper announces the winner in January. The easiest way is by filling out the form on our website, at ConnectStoughton.com. Click “Submit an Item” and follow the link to Citizen of the Year.If you’d prefer, you can drop us a line at the Stough-ton Courier Hub, 135 W. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589, or stop by our office (in Kegonsa Plaza) with the information. And you can always email us at stoughtoneditor@wcinet.com. Nominations should include your thoughts about why you think your nominee is worthy of consideration for his or her efforts in calendar year 2013 and your contact information.
Your name here
Go to ConnectStoughton.com to nominate ‘Citizen of the Year’
If you go
 Fritz’s Stoughton Bluegrass Jam
 Noon–5 p.m. the first Sunday of the month, January – June. (Except for March, when it’s the second Sunday, March 9.)
 VFW Post 328, 200 Veterans Road, Stoughton
More info:
 214-4682; 897-4286
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Stories to watch
1. SASD referendum looms2. Kettle Park West plans advance3. RDA looks to revitalize downtown4. Dream Park fundraising continues5. Emerald ash borer comes to town?
January 2, 2014
Courier Hub ConnectStoughton.com
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Woman faces felony alcohol charge
An Edgerton woman faces up to six years in prison for a felony alcohol charge after a traffic stop in Stoughton.According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court:Police stopped Macken-zie M. Dauber, 22, on Oct. 26 for driving without a front license plate on East Main Street in Stoughton.The officer “detected an odor of intoxicants” and conducted a breath test that showed the woman had .06 blood-alcohol content. A blood draw was also done.State statutes lower the acceptable blood-alcohol limit for motorists from .08 to .02 following his or her third OWI conviction.Online court records show Dauber was most recently convicted of her third OWI in September.Dauber was released in December from Dane County jail on a $1,000 signature bond. She is due in court Jan. 13 for a sta-tus conference.
 – Mark Ignatowski
Dane County snowmobile trails closed until further notice
All Dane County snow-mobile trails including State trails will remain closed until additional snow is received, accord-ing to a Dec. 28 news release by the Dane Coun-ty Parks Department. Sunny weather and unseasonably warm tem-peratures in the lower 40’s on Saturday dimin-ished snowmobile trail snow cover and resulted in closure of the trails, the release said. County and state snow mobile trails opened Dec. 22, but were closed for a 24-hour period from 6 a.m. Dec. 28 to 6 a.m. Dec. 29. They were going to open on the 29th but remain closed as of Monday until further notice.Dane County Parks and the snowmobile clubs will continue to monitor the trails as more snow is received and reopen the trails as soon as trail base conditions allow. For latest information on all the Dane County trails call the Trail Information Line anytime at 242-4576 or visit the website at: countyofdane.com/lwrd/ parks.
Winter Wonderland
Winter is in full swing in Stoughton - as is winter break. Here’s how a few locals are making the most of the snow.Right: Annelise and Sara enjoy the snowy weather.Below: Addison Schechter, 5, does some shovelin.
Photos submittedPhoto by
Kimberly Wethal
Easter Island-type statues grace the front lawn of a home on Vea Court. The statues were built by SHS graduate Emily McCune, were done with minimal help from her siblings.
Reports collected from the log book at the Stoughton Police Department.
Oct. 19
1:19 a.m.
 A 37-year-old man was cited for his third OWI after a traffic stop on West Main Street near Water Street.
Oct. 20
1:52 a.m.
 Dane County Sheriff’s deputies issued disorderly conduct citations to two women after they were called to a fight outside the Nevermind Saloon.
4:33 p.m.
 A 20-year-old man was arrested for delivery of an imitation controlled substance and delivery of Salvia, a type of synthetic marijuana. Police were called to investigate a burglary and found the sub-stance on Rowe Street.
11:05 p.m.
 A 21-year-old woman was arrested for bat-tery after a disturbance on Sixth Street. A 19-year-old man was hit and received care from EMS. The woman was also cited for procuring alcohol for minors.
Oct. 21
7:04 p.m.
 A 19-year-old man with many prior police contacts was arrested for retail theft after police reviewed video footage of him stealing liquor. The theft occurred at Pick’n Save.
Oct. 22
9:50 p.m.
 A 19-year-old man with prior police con-tacts was arrested for bail jumping and criminal tres-passing after a loud party was reported on the 400 block of Sixth Street.
Oct. 237:38 a.m.
 An iPod touch was reported stolen from Stoughton High School.
11:57 a.m.
 A platinum ring was reported stolen on the 900 block of Roosevelt Street.
2:55 p.m.
 A 51-year-old woman was cited for her second OWI after a traffic stop on Roby Road.
4:36 p.m.
 Several rings were reported stolen at Insty Cash on Hwy. 51.
5:33 p.m.
 Playstation 3 video games were reported stolen from a home on West Chicago Street.
– Mark Ignatowski 
January 2, 2014
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Brenny: Stoughton Hospital ready for challenges and a ‘bright future’
Annual report indicates increased community benefit, more patients served
Unified Newspaper Group 
Stoughton Hospital has been serving Stough-ton residents and those of neighboring communities for 109 years.This year, the hospital was again recognized with awards for patient satis-faction in both general hospital services and its emergency department, for information and manage-ment systems in its elec-tronic medical records, and also as a healthy workplace for employees.In an interview about the hospi-tal’s annual report to the commu-nity, Presi-dent and CEO Terry Brenny said data indi-cate that in its 2012-13 fiscal year Stoughton Hos-pital continued a trend of serving more people and increasing its value to the community.The report says the hos-pital served 17,472 people during its fiscal year, from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. Brenny said the hospital serves more people each year.“We’re having growing numbers of encounters,” Brenny said. “Because of our increased community health education, more out-patient service and the fact that we have more physi-cian clinics affiliated with us and more physicians affiliating with Stoughton Hospital, we’re encoun-tering their patients with increased frequency. So that number is trending upwards.”The
Courier Hub 
 spoke with Brenny last Thursday, when we recorded some of his responses to our ques-tions.
Courier Hub:
Are there certain benchmarks that you look at to assess the hospital’s annual perfor-mance?
Terry Brenny:
 In terms of an operating margin, we budget and try to achieve a 3 percent operating mar-gin financially. That means that after we collect a net dollar of revenue – and that’s after discounts, char-ity subtraction, bad debt, people that don’t pay their bills – when we’re left with an actual dollar of revenue and then we subtract our expenses, we have about 3 cents left on a dollar to reinvest back into the hos-pital. So this past year, and this is based on our audit and financial information, we achieved a positive mar-gin of 3.7 percent, which is good but not excessive, and well in line with industry norms on overall financial performance. In regard to patient sat-isfaction quality measures, all places try to achieve 90 percent satisfaction or bet-ter. Stoughton Hospital for years now has been at 95 percent or better in patient satisfaction and in many quality safety indicators when compared with our norms. That’s why we achieved a lot of those awards you see on the inside cover of the annual report to the community.
 So when you’re assessing the hospital’s annual performance, you look at both that profit margin and also levels of patient satisfaction?
 Yes, and quality safety measures, how well we’re serving the commu-nity, the community ben-efit and our commitment to wellness. We’re seeing our role and mission shift to wellness more and more. In the past hospitals were responsible for treating people for sicknesses and injuries and making sick or injured people better. But a major part of our role and mission now is population health – optimizing patient health so that we actually keep well people from get-ting sick, which is kind of a different application of the mission. We’re still here to make sick people well, but we also see it as important to keep well people from getting sick.And so we’ve been doing a lot in community health education.
 Is that a recent shift in the hospital’s focus?
I’d say over the last five years the health indus-try in general has been becoming more commu-nity-minded and promot-ing wellness proactively, because to contain the escalating cost of health care, we have to do more preventive and proactive health and do what we can to prevent people from get-ting sick in the first place.That would reduce demand for our healthcare services and reduce acute and chronic diseases, etc. That’s a major shift in the country right now.
You mentioned that the hospital has a “triple aim” in its mission. Can you explain what that’s about?
Our goal, and the National Institutes of Health, promote the triple aim, which is basically three goals: optimizing population health (which we just talked about – pro-active wellness), optimiz-ing the patient experience – having exceptional qual-ity, safety and high patient satisfaction with outcomes; and then value-based pur-chasing where Medicare/ Medicaid third-party pay-ers are shifting to pay us more for demonstrated evidence-based quality outcomes rather than just volume of procedures ren-dered.Historically, and even to some extent today, doc-tors and hospitals are paid by the volume of work that we do – the more patients we see, the more x-rays we do, the more lab work done, the more procedures rendered by doctors renders higher charges and more reimbursements. However, third-party payers now are shifting away from that and pay-ing more on value and outcomes. They are giving incentives to hospitals that achieve better outcomes and withholding or assess-ing some penalty payments to healthcare providers that don’t measure up to indi-cated norms and targets. We’re doing fairly well at that with our HMO con-tracts and with Medicaid. We’ve achieved some val-ue-based compensation, moreso than just being paid for volumes of procedures or numbers of patients admitted. I think that’s the right way to go in the future, and we all feel an obligation toward achieving that triple aim and bending the cost curve and containing future healthcare cost increases.
 How would you sum up the overall assess-ment of the hospital from the annual report?
 I feel confident that we’re up for the chal-lenges of the Affordable Care Act and the healthcare exchanges and health and repayment reform that are coming down the road. We feel that we are well posi-tioned to face those chal-lenges and we feel that we have a real solid, bright future.In regard to wellness, I also want to acknowledge some other organizations who are on board with us. Stoughton Hospital is a charter member of the Stoughton Wellness Coali-tion. We were formed in 2006, and it’s a coalition of the hospital, the City of Stoughton and the Stough-ton Area School District. We meet monthly to plan community health events and activities for the com-munity. For example, the unused medication disposal drop and the syringe drop, health fairs, and Stough-ton in Motion activities at the school district. We’re working on keeping the community healthy. It does take a community to raise a child but we also think it takes a community to opti-mize public health.And so we’re working with our constituent part-ners along these lines and we’ve also partnered with Oregon and Evansville and McFarland wellness coali-tions around us, because they’re part of our service area and we want to export our mission to them as well.
Stoughton Hospital
Statistics for current fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013)
Stoughton Hospital age:
 109 years old
Patients served:
Patient satisfaction:
 greater than 95 percent
Total community benefit:
 $1.7 million
Number of employees:
 370, about 265 full-time equiva-lents
 about $16 million
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Spring election
Nomination papers due Jan. 7
Unified Newspaper Group 
Just a few days remain for candidates to gather signatures need to get their name on the spring elec-tion ballot.Familiar faces – includ-ing four alders and the mayor – will all be on the ballot.Stoughton Mayor Donna Olson is up for another four-year term. Alders Tim Swadley (D-1), Paul Lawrence (D-2), Greg Jen-son (D-3) and Tom Sel-sor (D-4) have seats set to expire, as well. Recently appointed alder Ross Urven’s seat will be up for a 2-year term.Three members of the Stoughton Area School District Board of Educa-tion are up for re-election in April – board president Liz Menzer, Brett Schum-acher and recently appoint-ed Bev Fergus. People run-ning for school board posi-tions do not have to gather signatures, but no one else has turned in completed candidate paperwork to the district.
Two seats are up for reelection in the Town of Rutland – Sup. Jim Lunde and Sup. Jeanette Walker. The town will hold a cau-cus at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, at the Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road, Stough-ton.Town of Pleasant Springs supervisors Jay Damkoehler and Janiece Bolender are up for reelec-tion. The town board will hold a caucus this month.No elections are sched-uled for the Town of Dunkirk, as the town holds elections in odd-numbered years.Town of Dunn voters have no municipal officials up for election this spring, but will be able to vote for school board seats.
Dane County
Dane County Sup. Carl Chenoweth (Dist. 35) has submitted papers for reelection, however no challengers have filed doc-uments, according to the county clerk’s office.Dist. 36 Sup. Cynda Sol-berg – who covers the area north of Stoughton and into Cottage Grove – has also filed for reelection. Dist. 37 Sup. Bob Salov has also announced his intention to seek reelec-tion. Salov covers the towns of Dunkirk and Rut-land.Dist. 34 Sup. Patrick Miles – who covers the Town of Dunn – will seek reelection, as well.Dane County Circuit Court judges John W. Markson and William E. Hanrahan also face reelec-tion. Nomination papers for the seats went out Dec. 1 and must be returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.The spring election will be held Tuesday, April 1. A Feb. 17 primary will be held, if necessary. Nomination forms and election materials are available from your local clerk, or online at gab.wi.gov.

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