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Thursday, January 9, 2014 Vol. 129, No. 27 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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STAFF REPORT
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After a couple of mild winters the last two years, dangerous cold has returned to Wisconsin.High temperatures of 11 degrees below zero – with wind chills falling below minus-40 – prompted schools to be canceled Monday and Tuesday in Oregon and city officials to prepare for weather emergencies. Tempera-tures dipped as low as minus-18 during Monday night.The weather was pro- jected to be the coldest air to hit the state in nearly two decades, according to the National Weather Ser-vices.“This will be the cold-est air we have experi-enced since the arctic blast in February of 1996,” the National Weather Service said in a wind chill warn-ing Friday.The state was gripped in cold weather all last week, with windchill advisories throughout the week. A winter weather advisory went into effect Friday with sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph forecasted to blow snow throughout the region.“Roads oriented east to west and out in rural areas will be most affected by the blowing and drift-ing,” The Weather Service warned. “Be prepared for unexpected and rapidly changing road conditions.”Blowing snow continued to be a factor earlier this week with sustained winds around 15 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.The National Weather Service predicted that the ‘life-threatening’ cold would only last for a day or two – the wind chill warning was to be lifted at noon Tuesday.High temperatures were slated to remain in the single digits Wednesday, but jump into the 20s on Thursday. A 30 percent chance of precipitation was forecasted Friday with a high temperature around
Luebke sells share of bank 
Community Bank and Trust now held by La Crosse family
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
With Jerry Luebke’s decision to sell his share of Oregon Community Bank and Trust in late November, ownership of the bank he helped estab-lish 37 years ago is no longer in local hands.But nothing about the way the bank operates will change, said Luebke and the man who replaced him as bank president and chief executive officer, Steve Peotter.“Who we are as an organization and how we do busi-ness isn’t changing at all and has been very consistent through-out this entire time that Jer-ry and I have worked together,” said Peotter, whom Luebke hired as the bank’s CEO in January 2011.
Candidates abound for village, school
STAFF REPORT
Unified Newspaper Group 
Village of Oregon resi-dents will have a chance to cast a vote for change in April, with two first-time candidates vying for Village Board and seven  people running for three school board seats. After three school board challengers turned in their nomination papers within the last week, there will also  be a primary run-off Feb. 18 for Area IV, covering the towns of Oregon, Montrose, Brooklyn and Union and the village of Brooklyn.
Oregon School Board
Three members of the Oregon School District Board of Education will  be up for re-election. In Area II, covering the City of Fitchburg, incumbent Courtney Odorico has filed papers to run again. Charles Uphoff will chal-lenge Odorico for her seat. In Area III, covering the towns of Dunn, Blooming Grove and Rutland, incum- bent Lee Christensen has filed papers to run again, as has challenger Barbara Feeney. In Area IV, incum- bent Wayne Mixdorf has filed papers to run again and will run against new-comers Gwen Maitzen and Justin Zander, meaning a  primary will be necessary.Uphoff, a co-founder of the Oregon Area Progres-sives, served on the school  board from 1993-2002, and in 2012 ran unsuc-cessfully to represent the
Spring election
Bitter Chills
‘Life threatening’ cold snap hits Oregon
Turn to
Weather
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Photos by
Scott De Laruelle
Patrick Molzahn and “Marley” braved the cold Monday afternoon for a brisk walk down Main Street. Oregon’s main drag was quieter than normal because of the weather, though plenty of people stopped by to quickly get inside downtown shops and restaurants during lunchtime.Monday’s weather was fit for snowpeople, including this “family” of five that looked comfortable and right at home on Netherwood Drive.
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Election
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Bank
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This month’s business section
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Schools closed
All schools in the Ore-gon School District were closed Monday and Tues-day due to the severe weather, which saw wind chills at nearly 50 degrees below zero. District super-intendent Brian Busler said as of this week, there will be three “snow” days to be made up. While snow days are not uncommon in these parts, it’s rare to have school cancelled because of cold weather, much less on con-secutive days. He said he remembered in the 1990s when similar weather closed down schools for two days.Public schools in Dane County recently created a standard for schools to close – whenever the wind chill factor is expected to be sustained at or below -35 degrees, which triggers a wind chill warning from the National Weather Ser-vice. “Wind chill warnings do not happen too often in southcentral Wisconsin,” Busler said.
Village streets, pipes
While Wisconsin win-ters can seem unpredict-able, Oregon public works director Mark Below said the village follows the same pattern each fall to get its trucks and plows ready for whatever they may face.He called broken water mains and other “unforseen” complications the “biggest challenge” throughout the winter season, mentioning that the village had two main breaks just between Christ-mas Day and New Year’s, though the village still has not reached the six to 10 it sees in a typical winter.On days like Monday and Tuesday, they take additional precautions by adjusting water lev-els in water towers and at the wastewater treatment facility more regularly to avoid it freezing.When they can, they limit outside work and take advantage of warmer days, like those projected to come later this week, though at times Below said they have to respond to whatever comes up.“There’s things that we do to keep the guys safe” in those situations, he said.
Emergency protocol
Oregon Fire and EMS Capt. Tom Eithun said the department would take steps to limit the amount of exposure on medical calls.“We’re going to take every precaution we can to get them from scene to ambulance to hospital as quickly as we can,” Eithun said.On fire calls, there would be concern about fatigue since respond-ers wouldn’t be able to remove a lot of their gear. Verona fire chief Joe Giv-er said departments would likely see a lot of mutual aid calls for fires, so that crews could frequently rotate in and out of the scene and stay warm.Besides concerns for first responders, Eithun said he hoped many resi-dents would stay inside and not risk going into the cold. He reminded home owners to keep vent pipes clear of snow and ice dur-ing the winter to prevent carbon monoxide poison-ing.
UNG staff reporters  Mark Ignatowski, Scott De  Laruelle and Scott Girard contributed to this report.
 Weather:
 Subzero temperatures force schools to close Monday, Tuesday
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By the numbers
Day High Temp Low Temp Wind chill
Sunday 14 -9 -30Monday -10 -18 -43Tuesday 2 -15 -31
Source: National Weather Service at Dane County airport
Photo by
Scott De Laruelle
Vehicle batteries were stressed to the limits with the cold snap, with temperatures plunging well below zero.
Chart courtesy
National Weather Service
Sustained winds and gusts can make the outdoors feel colder than the air temperature shows on a thermometer. The above chart shows how quickly frostbite can set in given an air temperature and wind speed.
 
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Town of Rutland
New law spurs company to push for radio tower
SETH JOVAAG
Observer Correspondent
The battle to build a 488-foot radio tower in the Town of Rutland appears to be back on.Last week, an attorney for Tomah-based Mag-num Communications said the company would reap-ply for a zoning permit to build the tower in a farm field between Oregon and Stoughton near Old Stage Road. The tower would service a future Stough-ton-based FM radio sta-tion.Magnum has failed for years to get town and Dane County officials to approve the tower. But this time, it may have the law on its side.In September, a Dane County judge refused to overturn a 2011 decision by town and county offi-cials blocking the com-pany from building the tower. The company could have appealed, but instead it hopes to submit a new application “within the next 30 days,” said Wil-liam White, an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich, one of Wiscon-sin’s most prominent law firms.White said a provision in Act 20, the state budget bill signed into law last June, could be the com-pany’s ace in the hole. According to the state law, municipalities or counties can’t block the building or placement of radio broadcast “sup-port structures” unless they prove the structures would harm public health or safety.Rutland’s town board in 2011 sided with oppo-nents of the tower who claimed it would mar the rural landscape and harm nearby property values.Town chair Dale Beske said Monday he wasn’t aware of Magnum’s plans to reapply but acknowl-edged that health and safe-ty weren’t among the rea-sons the town voted down the tower in 2011.The change in state law “reduces the town’s abil-ity to control the siting” of communication tow-ers, Beske said. But he declined to predict wheth-er the new law would change the town board’s position.Opponents of the tower have also claimed it could harm migratory birds. In a news release, White said the company has addressed those concerns by reducing the number of lights.
Federal waiver
Specifically, it received a waiver in late 2012 from the Federal Aviation Administration to elimi-nate all “steady burning lights, which some stud-ies show may disorient birds.”The tower would service FM channel 95.9 WBKY, currently in Portage. The change from Portage to Stoughton was approved by the Federal Commu-nications Commission in April 2006.Proponents of the tower – including many munici-pal and school officials in Stoughton and Oregon – have said a radio station could improve communi-cation during emergencies and pave the way for local broadcasts of football games and other sporting events.The site is owned by siblings Sue Wollin and David Soldwedel, who have agreed to sell Mag-num the land for the tow-er.The site was chosen because it fits inside a small segment of land that wouldn’t interfere with other area FM radio fre-quencies, Magnum has said.
Fitness challenge adds free classes
VICTORIA VLISIDES
Unified Newspaper Group 
A community health pro-gram in its sixth year will offer new community fit-ness and cooking classes to start off the new year right. Health Trip 2014 is a fit-ness challenge organized by the community recre-ation department at the Ore-gon School District that’s open to residents and their friends and family. It runs Jan. 1 to May 10 and invites participants to exercise 2-3 hours per week, after form-ing teams of 2-6 people. This year, the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition got involved to add a new element to the health trip -- free fitness classes each month for those who form a team. A priority for the coalition, which formed in May and is made up of Ore-gon-area community repre-sentatives, is to offer fitness opportunities throughout the calendar year and this one helps community mem-bers stay motivated through the winter, said OAWC member Amy Miller.Miller said they aim to have classes, including yoga, deep-water exercise, water volleyball and even healthy cooking in Oregon and Brooklyn. Classes will be held one to two times from January through May at the Oregon Pool, Oregon Area Senior Center and at facilities around the school district. There will also be ongoing classes like Pi-Yo and Zumba to try for free at any point in the program.Many of the program’s sponsors put their heads together to make the new features happen.“As a community, we need to be out moving,” she said. “All of us are working together.”The program is designed for youth and adults of all ages as well as for-mal or informal groups – card clubs, water exercise friends, office mates, fami-ly members, etc., said Scott Lein, Community Educa-tion and Rec assistant direc-tor. The challenge typically gets 15-20 teams, and regis-tration goes through the end of January, Lein said.The fees are $12 for adults and $9 for youth, which includes a T-shirt, free classes, and proceeds are invested in the pro-gram. The fees from reg-istrations and the sponsor-ships cover T-shirts, classes and workshops, incentives (may include pedometers, tire gauges, resistance bands, and other items that are connected to fitness or wellness). All teams that complete the program (average of 2-3 hours of exercise per week) will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Chamber bucks per team member.Anyone in the commu-nity can join and they are welcome to include friends or family members from outside the Oregon area. Team members are wel-come to exercise togeth-er or individually. The accountability comes from reporting hours a few times throughout the program and the encouragement from Community Ed/Rec and other team members, he said.Registration is open through Jan. 31. Register by going to the community ed and rec page at oregonsd.org. Contact Scott Lein at srl@oregonsd.net or 835-4097 with ques-tions.
At a glance
What:
 Health Trip 2014
Who:
 Community mem-bers
How much:
 $12 for adults, $9 for youth
Register:
 Go to the Community ed and rec page at oregonsd.org
Contact:
 Scott Lein, srl@oregonsd.net or 835-4097
Become an e-reader expert
Library offering classes this month
BY SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group 
Have you joined the e-reader revolution yet?The Oregon Public Library will be offering new eReader and Tablet classes this month to help people get up to speed on the latest reading technol-ogy. The classes will cover using a free library service, called Overdrive, which allows users to download free ebooks and audio books to their devices. People can learn how to search for free ebooks or audio books using Over-drive, check out or place holds on ebooks, create a list of books you want to read and delete or return books early from their devices.Participants will need a library card and email address. People are invited to bring their eReader or Tablets to the class, with the battery fully charged, and those without devices are welcome to take the classes. Kindle and Kindle App users will need their Amazon login and pass-word. Classes will be held in the Sue Ames Room from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, for Nook e-readers and tablets and 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 16 for iPad, iPhone and iPods.To register, stop in the library, call 835-3656 or email orelib@scls.lib.wi.us. The library also offers one-on-one help with Ereaders and tablets by appointment. For more information contact Susan Kosharek at 835-3656 or visit oregonpubliclibrary.org.Don’t have time to attend the class? The library’s web page has some information and tips. Through the Wiscon-sin Public Library Con-sortium (WPLC), library customers can download ebooks and audio books from “Wisconsin’s Digital Library” using a service called OverDrive. The OverDrive ebooks work on most ebook read-ers like Kindles, Tablets, Nooks, Sony Readers and iPads, plus most smart phones. Library direc-tor Susan Santner said the newest feature from Over-Drive is called “See book. Read book,” where people can find the book they want, click on the title, select “borrow,” and then start reading immediately by clicking the “read” but-ton. Or visit your “Book-shelf” to download the ebook.For more information, call 835-3656 or visit ore-gonpubliclibrary.org.“The library staff is always pleased to be of assistance in person so stop in and pick up a bro-chure and the current events calendar,” Santner said. New library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Survey spurs OPL hours change
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group 
Looking to further sat-isfy its patrons, the Ore-gon Public Library has changed its hours this year, adding additional time to visit on Saturdays. The library’s board of trustees decided to make the adjustment as of Jan. 2, based on feedback from a patron survey and study-ing “countless library use statistics,” said library director Susan Santner. From Monday through Thursday, the library will close a bit earlier than in the past; at 8 p.m. instead of 8:30, with those hours made up on Saturdays, on which the library is now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., instead of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library’s Friday hours will remain 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Many library users requested longer open hours on Saturdays,” she said. “We hope this shift in hours will make it more convenient for our library patrons to check out mate-rials on the weekends.”

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