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Thursday, May 15, 2014 Vol. 132, No. 41 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Courier Hub
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Scientists: Lower Kegonsa expectations
At the bottom of a troubled
watershed, Stoughton’s lake is
tough to clean up
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism 
All lakes are not created equal. And in the Madison area’s Yahara chain, Lake Kegonsa is the redheaded steplake.Watershed managers and scientists from Green Bay to Japan are watching Madison’s current efforts to clean up its algae-beset chain of lakes — Mendota; Monona, and its contributor, Wingra; Waube-sa; and Kegonsa, in order of drainage.“What’s going on in our watershed is actually cutting-edge,” said Steve Carpenter, director of the Center for Lim-nology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “If we can do it here, then our portfo-lio of tools can be exported. It is a laboratory for innovation.”The plan for the lakes is to starve the algae and clear up the water. Led by the nonprof-it Clean Lakes Alliance and involving many watershed
“Kegonsa is a sad story, and I wish I could think of something more positive to say about it.”
Steve Carpenter, UW-Madison Center for Limnology
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Grad rates on the rise
Stoughton has gone from average to far above in seven years
Unified Newspaper Group 
When it comes to measuring the success of schools, the percentage of students who graduate is at the top of the list. And both across the state and in the Stoughton School Dis-trict, those numbers have continued a recent trend of improvement.According to a press release last week from the Wisconsin Depart-ment of Instruction (DPI), public schools in the state have continued an upward trend in high school gradua-tion rates, reaching 88 percent during the 2012-13 school year. State superintendent Tony Evers said the numbers confirm national reports that put the state among the best in the nation for graduation rates. According to the National Cen-ter for Education Statistics, Wiscon-sin is tied for second with its 2012-13 rate of 88 percent.“Earning a high school diploma is critical to the next steps in a young person’s life – (getting) ready for col-lege and careers,” he said. “Through the hard work of teachers, school staff members, parents and the stu-dents themselves, we are making progress to improve graduation rates for all students.”Nowhere is that more evident than the Stoughton School District, where high school graduation numbers have risen each year from around the state average in 2006 (85.6 percent) to 97.3 percent during the most recently calculated 2012-13 school year.
Citizens against ‘Citizens
Volunteers work to overturn Supreme Court decision, starting with Stoughton ballot
Unified Newspaper Group 
Another grassroots movement is afoot in Stoughton.A group of citizens calling itself Stoughton Move to Amend is part of a statewide – and nationwide – effort to enact a Constitutional amendment to reverse the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. FEC.Stoughton residents Tami Veith and Linda Muller are organizing a petition drive asking the Common Council to adopt a resolution sup-porting Move to Amend’s goal of
Murky Waters
This is the last install-ment in a four-part series, Murky Waters, produced collaboratively by The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
Part 1, April 24:
 Beach closures persist despite cleanup efforts
Part 2, April 31:
 Manure digesters could help, but reliability, cost, politics are in the way
Part 3, May 7:
 The effect of urbanization and the role of developers
This week:
 Hopes are tempered by hard reali-ties, particularly at Lake Kegonsa, as experts and residents join forces to clean the Yahara lakes. Success stories can be found.
Higher and higher
Stoughton High School’s gradu-ation rates have risen each year since 2006.Stoughton Statewide2006:
 85.6 percent
 94.2 85.7
 95.1 87
 95.8 87.5
 97.3 88
(Sources: Stoughton School District, National Center for Education Statistics)
Syttende Mai 2014
Look for information about this weekend’s events in the special section of the Stoughton Courier Hub.
ConnectStoughton.com #SyttendeMai2014
Photo by
Mike DeVries
 /The Capital Times 
Above, Peter Foy, president of the Friends of Lake Kegonsa, says “when we have algae blooms out there, that is the worst thing. You can’t even let your dogs go in there. We don’t get concerned if the water’s a little green.” Below, the Yahara River watershed is influence by land use in Dane, Rock and Columbia counties.
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May 15, 2014
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Fitchburg Days kicks off Soon!
Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18McKee Farms Park - Fitchburg
6pm – music by
9pm –
 light up the sky by Krueger Pyrotechnics9:30pm - 12am – a romping good time with
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10pm - 12am – music by
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Thrilling carnival rides, a children’s tent with tons of fun activities for kids of all ages. Food by many local vendors. Saturday and Sunday events include: Heartland Farms Animal Sanctuary petting zoo Children’s Tent and the Police Auction. 
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The ‘hurricaneof 1914 recalled
Deadly storm leveled ski slide, hundreds of farms
Unified Newspaper Group 
Many folks remember the Class F3 tornado that cut a half-mile swatch of death and devastation through the Stoughton area on Aug. 18, 2005, but nearly 100 years ago, a similar storm that’s all but faded from local memory caused quite a mess. According to the May 11 edition of the Stoughton Daily Courier-Hub, one man was killed, two were injured and “hundreds” of farms were wrecked by what the newspaper termed a “hurricane.”“ … The gale uprooted or snapped off scores of trees, wrecked numer-ous chimneys, laid low the immense steel ski slide that had been the pride of the local ski club, inflicted damage on the high school to the extent of several hundred dollars and throughout the city wrought damage to prop-erty in various ways.”The storm hit a home where John and his brother Ole Sveum were at, killing John and causing severe scalp and arm wounds to Ole. John Sveum was the only listed fatality from the storm.A Mr. Showers describes holding onto a barn post for dear life when the winds struck, and said he thought the force would break his legs. At the high school, Clara Alme was injured by flying debris. At the Mandt wagon works, a 450-foot shed was destroyed, with lum-ber blown across the river into a nearby pasture. Mrs. John Hogie was caught outside and was “blown a distance of some ten rods, landing against the porch of a dwelling with such force as to fracture a rib,” according to the article.Mail carrier Roy Shet-ter said 46 tobacco sheds and two barns on his route alone were damaged. Some 300 telephones were put out of service, includ-ing “practically every farm line on the local exchange,” and telegraphs were down as well. With power knocked out, the newspaper also was “under somewhat of a handi-cap getting out our Daily today.”Even the mayor wasn’t immune to the damage, having an “immense” oak tree snap and fall “onto the porch of the mayor’s handsome new residence, completely crushing it.”
Main Street closures planned for parades
Through traffic along U.S. Hwy 51 will have to take a detour during certain times this weekend.Main Street will be closed in downtown Stoughton twice in order to allow for two parades.Stoughton Police Depart-ment Lt. Pat Conlin wrote in a news release the Wis-consin Department of Transportation approved to closures:• 1:15-2:15 p.m. Satur-day, May 17, for the youth parade• 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May, 18 for the Norwegian paradeDetour signs will be in place during both parades. Traffic is advised to use Hwy. B north of the city to avoid the downtown area.The Saturday parade will close Main Street between Monroe Street and Fourth Street. The Sunday parade will block the thoroughfare from Fifth Street to Gjert-son Street.Traffic traveling into Stoughton is encouraged to use the free shuttle from the high school parking lot to get downtown. The free shuttle makes several stops downtown including the fire station, River Bluff Middle School and near the festival tent.Signs will also direct vis-itors to designated parking areas downtown.
 – Mark Ignatowski
Bigger than the ’05 tornado?
According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the August 18, 2005 tornado that blew through the area was one of 27 docu-mented in the state that day, the most in Wisconsin’s recorded history. The most significant, by far, was the one that developed near Fitchburg, pass-ing through Stoughton with “maximum intensity,” damaging 240 homes, causing an estimated $44 million in property damage, killing one person and injuring 23 others. Debris from Stoughton was found as far away as two counties to the east.
Map courtesy
City of Stoughton
Traffic will be detoured twice this weekend to make way on Main Street for two parades. Through traffic should use Hwy. B north of the city to avoid the downtown during these two events.
Photos submitted 
Scouts are on it
Scouts from Cub Scout Packs 161 and 162, Boy Scout Troops 164 and 167, and Venture Crew 559, at right, collected 3,114 pounds of food and personal care items for The City of Stoughton Food Pantry last month. A smaller group of Scouts, above, helped weigh, check expira-tion dates, and sort and shelve the collected food. The City of Stoughton’s Food Pantry Mission is to assist those in need of food who reside in the Stoughton Area School District. The City of Stoughton Food Pantry distributes 12,000 pounds of food to approximately 200 families each month.
May 15, 2014
County announces early childhood program for Stoughton
Unified Newspaper Group 
An early childhood initia-tive to promote readiness for Kindergarten will come to Stoughton.The program, a partner-ship between Dane County and United Way of Dane County, was announced in the fall as a way to close the county’s achievement gap, or the difference in test scores along racial or socio-economic lines.The “Born Learning Mobilization Plan” will focus on 13 county commu-nities, including Stoughton. United Way will contribute $1.7 million in 2014 to the program, along with around $1 million from the county for the initiative.The plan creates an “Ear-ly Childhood Zone” for those 13 areas. The Madi-son Leopold area, Verona and Sun Prairie have begun or will begin the programs in the near future as the first three communities.The most visible part of the plan is a “play and learn” for children 5-year-old and under and their caregivers. The two-hour sessions must be attended by both the child and a caregiver, at no charge.United Way director of community impact Kathy Hubbard said the sessions focus on teaching parents or caregivers how to build relationships with their children, with a focus on children from lower-income families who are often taken care of by “families, friends or neighbors” rather than in a structured daycare environment.The time includes group activities such as “circle time” as well as free time for children to play with toys, which Hubbard noted are always non-electronic and “encourage imagina-tion.”The program aims to ensure children are “cared for and have fun” as they prepare for school, United Way of Dane County presi-dent Leslie Ann Howard said at a press conference earlier this month in Vero-na.“We’ve got to impact children and their brains before the age of 3,” How-ard said. “Disparities in achievement really start early.”Howard pointed to statis-tics showing that the differ-ences for children from pro-fessional families to more financially troubled ones can be as large as having had 1,000 hours of reading experience compared to just 25 hours or a 10,000-word vocabulary versus 800 words. Those disparities can leave children already two years behind some of their peers by the age of 5, she said.The plan calls for five targeted areas to improve children’s readiness, with a goal of 80 percent of 4-year-olds at age-expected development and ready to begin school by 2020. According to United Way statistics, only 60 percent of children in the Madi-son Metropolitan School District scored “ready” for kindergarten on a screener given in 2013. The scores for African-Americans (38 percent) and Hispanic chil-dren (29 percent) were the lowest.The initiative will also aim to help parents find stable employment and pro-vide a “one-stop shop” for parents seeking help raising their young children, Unit-ed Way assistant director of community engagement Sarah Listug told the Hub.She said the next step will be to get people out into the communities to hear from parents what sup-port they need and requests for proposals in the differ-ent neighborhoods.“We’re not doing a one-size-fits-all,” Listug said, adding that parents who have ideas can call the United Way to make sug-gestions by dialing 211.The plan came out of nearly 12 months of work by the “Born Learning Del-egation,” which included more than 40 “community leaders” from around the county, and the group hopes to see continued support from around the communi-ties, including the business sector.One example of early support from the business community comes from BMO Harris Bank, which has funded “Books for Babies” bags to be distrib-uted through local hospitals to parents of newborns. The kids include books for the child, tips for parents on how to engage with their child during the first five years and a list of resources in the county.
City of Stoughton
Applications sought for EMS director
The City of Stoughton is looking for a new EMS director following the retirement of Cathy Rig-don earlier this year.The job was posted April 23 after city officials had agreed a few weeks ear-lier that the fire and EMS departments should have separate leaders.Candidates for the EMS director position need to file their application by May 22. Applicants need to have five years of expe-rience as an EMT with an “EMT-Basic IV-Tech” level of certification. Can-didates with “supervisory and budget development experience” are preferred, according to the city’s job posting.The EMS director posi-tion became vacant in early March after Rigdon retired. She has served the Stough-ton Area EMS in some capacity since 1992. The city had decided to look at the possibility of joining the EMS and fire depart-ments under one leader, but chose not to merge the departments because there were very few perceived benefits. Former SAEMS administrative assistant Lisa Schimelpfenig has served as interim director. The posted salary for the director position is $61,000 per year.Employment applica-tions and position descrip-tions are available online at www.ci.stoughton.wi.us under Employment Oppor-tunities. Applicants should return a cover letter, application and resume to the Office of the City of Stoughton, Human Resources Dept., 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589.
 – Mark Ignatowski
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Due to the Memorial Day holiday,  the display ad deadline for the May 28, 2014 Great Dane Shopping News will be Wednesday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Classified ad deadline will be Thursday, May 22 at NoonDeadlines for the May 29, 2014 Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub and Verona Press will be Friday, May 23 at Noon
In observance of the holiday, our offices will be closed Monday, May 26.
City of Stoughton
Car lot, training center get planning commission nod
Council action needed, duplexes proposed
Unified Newspaper Group 
City of Stoughton Plan-ning Commission mem-bers made quick work of a few routine approvals for several businesses Mon-day.A couple public hear-ings drew no comments and the city was able to forward recommendations of approval for a new fit-ness business, a car lot and changes to a façade on Main Street. Commission-ers also had a preliminary talk about a residential development along Hwy. B and North Page Street.
Car lot
Plans to sell a few cars at an existing auto detail shop on North Page Street were recommended for council approval. Eli Pitney made the request for his business and commissioners found the conditional use would fit in the area.
Training center
The commission gave a positive recommendation for a new fitness training business operated by James Brooks in the Kegonsa Pla-za shopping center. The 1,000-square-foot business would focus on personal training, group fit-ness classes, powerlifting, boot camps and strongman training, according to docu-ments filed with the city. PRIMAL Strength and Fit-ness still needs approval of their conditional use permit by the council, but commission members had no objections to any of the business plans.
Downtown façade
Commissioners approved plans to renovate the facade of the State Farm Insurance building at 274 E. Main Street.Changes include a new bay window on the second floor, new siding, a shake-style shingled awning and some stone veneer.Commission members approved the changes and do not need council action.
Residential lots
Developer AJ Arnett spoke with the commission about plans to develop a roughly 2.5-acre lot on the corner of North Page Street and County Hwy. B.The discussion was pre-liminary in order to get feedback on what sort of design and amenities com-mission members might like to see. Arnett’s ini-tial proposal called for between 10 and 15 duplex units along a private drive. He said he envisioned an affordable neighborhood where residents could own their own duplexes, typi-cally known as zero-lot-line homes. Arnett will likely bring detailed plans to the com-mission in the coming months for further review, City of Stoughton planning and development direc-tor Rodney Scheel told the commission.
Town of Rutland
Public hearing on radio tower expected
A public hearing tenta-tively set for next month will give area residents a chance to weigh in on a controversial proposal to build a 486-foot radio tower in the Town of Rutland.Tomah-based Magnum Communications wants to build the tower near Old Stage Road to service Stoughton’s first FM radio station. Town and Dane County officials denied the request in 2012, but chang-es to state law last spring opened the door for Mag-num to try again.Town officials discussed the proposal at two sepa-rate meetings last week but took no action. The pub-lic hearing is expected to be held 6:30 p.m. June 12 at the Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Rd. A joint meeting of the town’s plan commission and board of supervisors will fol-low, said town clerk Dawn George.A separate public hear-ing was held April 29 by a Dane County committee that drew proponents and opponents of the tower. The town has 60 days from that hearing to vote on the pro-posal, though Rutland offi-cials are expected to ask for a 40-day extension beyond that, George said.
 – Seth Jovaag
How to apply
Applicants should return a cover letter, application and resume to the Office of the City of Stoughton, Human Resources Dept., 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589.More info online at ci.stoughton.wi.us under Employment Opportunities.
Born Learning Mobilization Plan
Five focuses:1. Engage, inform and support parents on being their child’s first teacher2. Focus holistic family supports on 13 neighborhoods in Dane County 3. Screen children for developmental delays and provide support for families with children showing delays4. Create a community among practitioners, case managers and resource centers that serve families with children under 55. Ensure healthcare professionals are knowledgeable about community support systems and can direct parents to them easily.

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