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Stoughton Courier Hub 5-29-14
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Thursday, May 29, 2014 Vol. 132, No. 43 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Courier Hub
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Memorial Day
Photos by
Joe Koshollek
Honor the fallen
Stoughton celebrated Memorial Day Monday with a parade and memorial service honoring our nation’s war dead.Above, the 2014 Memorial Day Parade makes its way up Main Street on Monday morning.Right, both Boy and Girl scouts line Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade. Colin Butler, a Cub Scout from Pack 162, salutes as the flag goes by Monday.Below, American Legion’s Honor Guard fires its rifles during the Memorial Day ceremony outside the Mandt Community Center.
SASD graduation
Ceremony set for Sunday
Going forth into the world with their class motto, “Today decided tomorrow,” 263 stu-dents will graduate from Stoughton High School 1 p.m. Sunday at Collins Field at the high school. Three foreign exchange students will also receive honorary diplomas.The 2014 class speakers will be Maren Schultz, Paul J. Rosowski and William Clark. Class officers are: President Alexis Argall, vice president Margaret Lessor, Secretary Abby Joannes and Treasurer Isaac Landers.If the weather is bad, the ceremony will be held in the main gym, with overflow seating in the auditorium.
City of Stoughton
Another year, another clerk 
Hougan quits; city seeks fifth person for the job in four years
Unified Newspaper Group 
The city is posting a job opening for city clerk internally for five business days before seeking an outside candidate to replace Pili Hougan, who resigned suddenly Tuesday, May 20.Hougan’s successor will be the city’s fifth clerk in four years.The Personnel Committee held a special meeting last Wednesday and decided it did not need to appoint an acting clerk because deputy clerk Kim Richmond is authorized to handle the clerk’s responsibilities until a new clerk is hired, said Ald. Tricia Suess (Dist. 3), chairwoman of the committee.“Since it’s not a department head, the hir-ing will be done by staff and doesn’t need the full council’s approval,” Suess said.She lamented Hougan’s resignation, which alders learned of in an email that Hougan had sent to the council.“It’s regrettable that we lost somebody who was dedicated and worked really hard and had a lot of experience,” Suess said. “Through the previous losses of clerks, she stepped up and did their job and then got
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If you go
 SHS graduation
 1 p.m. Sunday
 Collins Field (or main gym)
Students graduating:
Your Family Summer 2014 edition!
• Ethnic food markets• A trip to Bayfield County• Small-town museums• Foreign exchange student stories
May 29, 2014
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Norwegians relatives make trek to Stoughton Syttende Mai
Unified Newspaper Group 
Imagine going to a foreign country to see how they cel-ebrate Fourth of July.That’s what a Norwegian couple who visited Stoughton for Syttende Mai experienced during Stoughton’s Syttende Mai festival two weekends ago.But, Morten Stranno Myhre and his wife Berit Larsen Myhre didn’t come to Stough-ton just to see the sights and taste American lutefisk. The couple got to meet relatives in Stoughton after Patricia Frank got help from an online gene-alogy community to contact them. A Norwegian man helped Frank locate the names and addresses of his family, trac-ing them through her great-grandfather Strandlie.“He said, “Well if you can give me a name, we’ll see what we can do – and it led to them,” she said.Morten said last August, the couple was surprised and hap-py to find the letter waiting for them after they got back from “holiday.”“I said to my wife, “We got a letter from Wisconsin,” he said. “Which was unbeliev-able. So, I opened it, and it had some names which I rec-ognized.”Frank and the Myhres talk-ed frequently online and made plans for them to come stay for Syttende Mai. Frank said she and the rest of her family are elated to meet and get to know Morten and Berit.“I never would have dreamed it would end like this,” said Frank, who got to show her new relatives around at Stoughton’s Syttende Mai.
Coming to the U.S.
The couple stayed at Donna and Roger Strandlie’s house in Stoughton, and Morten and Berit said they were thankful and gracious for their family in Wisconsin.They have traveled to the United States several times including states on the East and West coasts. They arrived in Stoughton the week of Syttende Mai and attended as many events as possible accompanied by their new-found family.
Norwegian traditions
Syttende Mai in Norway differs from Stoughton’s cel-ebrations, they explained to the Hub. For instance, everyone gets off work for the Norwegian Independence Day. Many choose to celebrate by wear-ing strictly traditional bunad dress, including bunad shoes that are not wooden clogs. Morten said tradition dic-tates you do not carry any-thing while wearing a bunad, although women can have a small purse to carry. On Syttende Mai, they said, there is always a parade and around 100 of the schools come to the Myhres’ home city of Oslo, the national capi-tal, to be a part of the display. They said Syttende Mai is very important for the chil-dren of Norway to take part in, as well.Another notable tradition is that the King and Queen of Norway wave at people for three hours on Syttende Mai. They stand in the balcony with only their immediate family and wave to everyone the entire time.The Myhres said there are many ways to celebrate Syt-tende Mai, and they often chose to celebrate in a more peaceful manner, with a walk in the forest together. Morten described ribbons they wear to represent the Syttende Mai spirit, that might be similar to the booster pin and coin the Stoughton Syttende Mai fes-tival has.“We have silk ribbons that we wear, in Norway,” he said. “We put this on, and then we go in the forest, and we meet many happy people all with these ribbons. That’s the way we celebrate.”
Fun in Stoughton
One Syttende Mai event you wouldn’t see in the Nor-wegian celebrations is the canoe race, Berit said.But as for their favorite part of Stoughton Syttende Mai -- they said it was too hard to pick just one event.“The Norwegian Dancers were awesome, and also the parades,” they said during an email correspondence with the Hub after they arrived back in Norway. “We enjoyed all the activities we saw.”
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Syttende Mai community photos
For the first time, we asked readers to submit your Syttende Mai 2014 photos online to share in the festival photo fun. Thanks to all who participated. We received several submissions via Twitter and elsewhere online. Here are a few.
Photo by
Victoria Vlisides
Morten Stranno Myhre and his wife Berit Larsen Myhre (back row) traveled from Oslo, Norway, to Stoughton to see the Syttende Mai festival. There, they met, for the first time, family members (from left) Patricia Frank, Carolyn Schultz and Roger Strandlie.
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Mariah Wooster-Lehman
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May 29, 2014
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 Happy Belated 16th Birthday to
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swept up in this reorga-nization and got kind of knocked around over the last few years.”Hougan was promoted from deputy clerk to clerk in January. She began working for the city in April 2006 as a part-time reception-ist. She became deputy clerk in January 2008.Hougan first served as acting clerk when Luann Alme resigned in late 2010. She filled that role until the city hired Kelly Michaels in January 2011. Michaels worked as clerk until late September 2011, and Hougan served again as acting clerk until Nick Probst was hired Feb. 1, 2012. He stayed with the city 11 months and left in January 2013. Hougan then was called upon a third time to serve as acting clerk, a role she assumed until January 2014, when she officially became Stoughton’s city clerk.That followed the Com-mon Council’s approval of Mayor Donna Olson’s plan to reorganize staff-ing at City Hall as part of last year’s budget process. Part of the reorganization included creating a new human resources/risk man-ager position, covering tasks that had until then, in part, been the clerk’s responsibility.Olson thought reduc-ing some of the clerk’s workload would help to stabilize the position, but Hougan might have gotten tired of waiting. The city’s new HR director has been hired and is expected to begin work-ing at City Hall on June 26.In her email to the coun-cil, Hougan mentioned that the job was stressful and “has started to affect my health and well-being.”“Due to events beyond my control over the past several years, including the restructure at City Hall along with several events that have occurred recent-ly, it is in the best interest for me to resign,” Hou-gan wrote. “These events have caused a great deal of stress on me and my fam-ily … Therefore it is time for me to make the diffi-cult choice of resigning.”
 Deputy clerk  Richmond will act in interim
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Crews get lesson on treating ash trees
Unified Newspaper Group 
Stoughton city officials got a demonstration last Wednesday of how the city’s new Emerald Ash Borer treatment works.The city began treating its trees Tuesday.Paul Bolan, vice presi-dent of BioForest Tech-nologies Inc., showed how the TreeAzin treatment and EcoJet application system would be used during the demonstration at Norse Park.The product, though a bit less effective than standard pesticides for killing the invasive tree-killing beetle, is one of the most environ-mentally friendly on the market, and still has around a 95 percent success rate.The beetle has not yet been found in Stoughton, but was identified late last year in Madison, putting all of Dane County on alert for its presence.Bolan commended city streets superintendent Karl Manthe and arborist Randy Nelson for dealing with the EAB issue early.“I have never seen an insect do this much damage in this short time,” Bolan said. “Proactive versus reactive is the only way to go. This costs you money regardless.”Late last year, the city council approved spending up to $27,000 on the prod-uct and treatment of 125 ash trees in 2014.The treatments will work for two years, and then the trees will need to be inject-ed again.
Photos by
Scott Girard
Above, left: BioForest Technologies Inc. vice president Paul Bolan talks to a crowd, including city arborist Randy Nelson and streets super-intendent Karl Manthe, about the benefits of TreeAzin.Right, top: Bolan puts the TreeAzin canister into an ash tree at Norse Park in Stoughton.Right, bottom: Bolan shows a small crowd how to inject the TreeAzin agent into the canisters, which is what directly puts the solution into ash trees.
City of StoughtonStoughton Area School District
Energy savings pay off for district
Saving money on energy continues to reap benefits for the Stoughton Area School District (SASD). The district was one of just nine in the state to have all its K-12 schools earn the Energy Star certification, meaning buildings average 35 percent less energy use than typical buildings. During the past six years, SASD has received more than $30,000 in incentives from Focus on Energy for improvements that reduce energy use by more than 425,000 kilowatt-hours – equivalent to the energy use of about 50 average-sized Wisconsin homes for one year. Representatives from Stoughton Utilities and the statewide program Focus on Energy have assisted the school district with measur-ing and tracking its energy use, identifying and imple-menting energy-efficiency updates in the schools and securing financial incen-tives. Stoughton Utilities Direc-tor Bob Kardasz said it’s a well-deserved honor for the school district. “Each of our local schools has made a com-mitment to using energy wisely, which saves the community money year after year,” he said. Energy Star buildings throughout the nation achieve more than $2 bil-lion in savings each year. In Wisconsin, there were 582 Energy Star-certified build-ings at the end of last year, up from 43 in 2000.
Thanks, Stoughton
At last week’s board meet-ing, district superintendent Tim Onsager thanked com-munity members and busi-nesses for their financial sup-port for scholarships at the May 14 honors night.“With the generous sup-port of our community, we were able to award several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of scholarships,” he said. “I speak on behalf of students that this support is greatly appreciated in their endeavors and their next step. We can’t thank our community enough for their support in helping our stu-dents reach their dreams.”
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