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Thursday, February 13, 2014 • Vol. 132, No. 28 • Stoughton, WI •



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Kettle Park West

Plat maps up for review, comment
Unified Newspaper Group

While a developer’s agreement and the tax-increment financing promises within it have taken much of the spotlight for the proposed Kettle Park West development, several steps remain before any development can happen on

the city’s west side. Next is the review and possible approval next week of a preliminary and final plat map for the development area near Hwys. 51 and 138. The city’s Planning Commission will take public comments on the maps at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the city’s Public Safety

Building, 321 S. 4th St., and could then forward the plans to the Common Council. The review of the preliminary and final plats is a combination of what are sometimes two steps. The preliminary plat shows where infrastructure will go and what

If you go
What: Public hearing on Kettle Park West plats When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Where: Public Safety Building Info: ci.stoughton.wi.us and search “Kettle Park West”

Turn to Plats/Page 3

Syttende Mai

Norse Afternoon of Fun

New events re-energize Saturday
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Photo by Mark Ignatowski

Saturday afternoon has typically been a down time for Syttende Mai festival goers, but this year it is shaping up to be one of the weekend’s highlights. Visitors will have a chance to see feats of strength – with a Norwegian flair – along with plenty of activities for kids and games for everyone. Festival coordinator Laura Trotter, now in her second year at the helm, said the changes would help fill out the weekend for people wanting to celebrate the Norwegian heritage festival in Stoughton. “We’ve been hearing from a lot of people that Saturday afternoon is really dead,” Trotter said. “We’ve been trying to add things then, and add more things for kids.” One of the biggest draws will likely be the new strongman competition hosted Saturday afternoon

Gov. Scott Walker sweeps the floor at McGlynn Pharmacy Friday while visit with employee Dan Blomgren. Walker was visiting the store to highlight companies that hire workers with disabilities.

Walker touts employment for disabled
Stoughton visit highlights statewide jobs initiative
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Photos by Victoria Vlisides

Turn to Syttende Mai/Page 5

Norsing around
Cute kids in Norwegian costumes and the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers? Yes, please. The Norse Afternoon of Fun, part of Destination Stoughton, rocked the Stoughton High School gym to make for an eventful Sunday evening. The program had Norwegian treats and other baked goods, information on the Dancers, the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge and more, as well as performances by the dancers. The dances incorporated acting, acrobatics including flips and handstands, and a new dance exclusively done by the men. That dance was done with “swords” (which were blunt enough not to be dangerous) and hadn’t been performed by the dancers in more than a decade. Above, Ben Brandt, Connor Sawyers, Issac Landers, Jace Carlson and Joshua Heimsoth bring back the Sword Dance.

New Saturday attractions
• Viking games – strongman competition • Kubb exhibition • Festival tent • Kid’s activities and games

A darling baby is dressed in Norwegian garb and awaits the start of the Norse Afternoon.

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Gov. Scott Walker visited Stoughton last week to promote one of his latest initiatives. Janitor Dan Blomgren shared some of his daily tasks at McGlynn Pharmacy in downtown Stoughton with the governor Friday as part of Walker’s yearlong initiative aimed at improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Blomgren and Walker broke down cardboard boxes, took out the trash and swept and mopped the floors of the pharmacy. “Individuals like Dan are some of the hardest-working people employers can find,” Walker said in a news release after the event. “Finding opportunities for people with

Turn to Walker/Page 16

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Group offers free meals to build community
Gathering Table meets twice monthly
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If you go
What: The Gathering Table, free community meals Where: Stoughton Senior Center, 248 W. Main St. When: First and third Monday of each month Info: Larry Eifert at 2061178 to garner donations and buy food as locally as possible, and several Stoughton businesses have already chipped in. Eifert said the concept is modeled after McFarland’s “Shared Table,” which is run through McFarland Lutheran Church and has free meals weekly. “We knew that there was a need once we saw McFarland,” he said. “I felt like, “Hey, there’s a need to do the same thing in Stoughton.’” The event is held at the Stoughton Senior Center, 248 W. Main St., and the facility can serve up to 60-80 people, so Eifert hopes participation grows. Although it has sev eral volunteers who go to Churches in Stoughton, Eifert emphasizes this is a nonsecular organization looking to help Stoughtonites in whatever ways they can. They intend to incorporate

Another boring dinner spent alone in front of the TV on a Monday night. That’s something a new organization in Stoughton that cooks community meals wants to change. The Gathering Table is what its name suggests. A place for food and conversation. But volunteers are hoping to help residents with whatever they can, too, whether that’s a need for a ride or just a friendly ear to talk to. Organizer Larry Eifert said this group is a great way to avoid the “red tape” that can be involved with someone going through social services. “If someone needs help, we want to help them,” he said. The event, which started in January, has slowly gained visitors despite the cold weather, with about 25 people at its last meal. Eifert is heading the group of volunteers, who serve meals twice a month, the first and third Monday. A typical meal is an entree, like chicken noodle soup or corned beef and cabbage (coming up in March), a salad, dessert, coffee, milk and lemonade. They aim

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Gathering Table volunteers prepare food at the group’s first event last month at the Stoughton Senior Center. Volunteers are Stef Hammis, Mike Thies, Jason Skar and Pamela Porter.

community groups looking to help out to “prepare, serve and share” meals. The Stoughton Key Club



already volunteer at the Feb. 3 event. However, individuals are encouraged to help out, too. The group operates under the Stoughton Area Community Foundation. Its funds to purchase food and supplies were earned through work at the 2013 Syttende Mai festival, as well as through a private

donor. The group is also hoping to launch a website as it grows but for now uses Facebook as an online way to connect with residents. Most of all, Eifert and the rest of the volunteers hope to create a welcoming, open atmosphere to grow community – a forum where strangers can become

neighbors. “If you’re hungry, come on down,” he said. “Stoughton cares about you.” The Gathering Table welcomes all volunteers and donations. To get involved, contact Eifert at 206-1178 or larryeifert@sbcglobal. net.

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Dane County

Trail to link Stoughton, Lake Kegonsa
Lower Yahara River Trail work slated for ‘15
When it’s all said and done, Stoughton and McFarland will be connected by the Lower Yahara River Trail. For now, the next step in the ongoing, large-scale project will be to link Stoughton to Lake Kegonsa – Phase 2 in the latest project announced by county officials earlier this week. The first phase will connect Madison and McFarland, said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi in a press release, and will be the latest improvement in the county’s extensive and “nationally known” bicycle trails. “The Lower Yahara Trail will be a major route for those who commute by bike, and a regional draw that will help boost our outdoor recreation economy,” he said. The 2014 county budget included $600,000 for the county’s share of next steps to develop the new $5.5 million trail. Parisi said construction could begin as early as next summer, thanks to additional local, federal and state support. Phase 1 will feature a paved surface, boardwalks and bridges from Capital City Trail at Lake Farm Road in Madison to McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. Parisi said the trail will also provide new fishing opportunities on the north shoreline of Lake Waubesa, an area that historically has been relatively inaccessible to shore anglers. Phase two of will connect Stoughton to Lake Kegonsa State Park, with future plans to connect McFarland to Stoughton for one continuous route. Land and Water Resources staff will hold a public meeting to unveil the new trail plans, environmental

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If you go
What: Dane County Land and Water Resources staff public meeting on Lower Yahara Trail work When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 Where: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison Info: 224-3604 recommendations, and to gather public input at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison.

Slow Internet connections are kind of the radio static of the 21st century. Just like finding your favorite station used to be an iffy proposition on some radios, for many people, using a computer at a public library to download information or music can be just as frustrating because of sluggish speeds. Thanks to a $4.2 million-dollar federal “Technology for Educational Achievement” grant, though, things will be running faster and more smoothly on computers at the Stoughton Public Library, one of around 350 in the state that will receive a fiber broadband upgrade this spring. More than 60 percent of public libraries in Wisconsin report “inadequate” Internet speeds, said State Superintendent Tony Evers in a Feb. 4 news release announcing the funding program, which he called a “welcome improvement.” “Many of our libraries are the only public Internet

access in their small, rural communities,” he said. “Our libraries provide online education resources for students of all ages … services for job-seekers and information on government services.” The project enhances the state’s “BadgerNet” broadband network and reduces the cost for libraries to carry faster Internet connections. Fiber installation will begin this April, and is scheduled for completion in November. According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), around 75 percent of school districts in the state connect to BadgerNet. Stoughton Public Library Director Richard MacDonald the primary impact of the changes will be that the library’s network will not slow down when many people are using it to download things like videos or music. “With our previous setup, everything was pretty fast as long as no one was downloading big files,” he said. “Now we won’t have to be concerned about that.”

Oregon man killed in crash
A 44-year-old Oregon man was killed in a crash last week, according to news released from the Dane County medical examiner’s office. Raife Melloch was pronounced dead at the scene of the three-car crash. Reports indicate Melloch was southbound on Hwy. 51 when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve. He traveled into the northbound lane and struck a car and a pickup truck. The other drivers suffered minor injuries. According to a news release, Dane County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. The crash occurred on Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa Road in the Town of Dunn. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about four hours. The case remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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The final plat map for the Kettle Park West commercial center shows a 13.8-acre “large retailer” lot that could potentially be occupied by a 153,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Plats: Maps show utility connections, street locations
Continued from page 1 where grading would take place. The final plat shows were lots are placed in the area. The preliminary plat offers no major surprises in terms of planning for future development. Highlights include: • An extension of Jackson Street west of Hwy. 51 that swings south to avoid an existing building near Kettle Park West • Sanitary and water main lines extend along Jackson Street in the new area and head south along the lot lines toward Hwy. 138 • A stormwater line extends north behind existing businesses to a 2.8-acre site that will be used for retention. The final map specifies lot sizes for the commercial area: • The large retail parcel – potentially occupied by a 153,000-square-foot WalMart Supercenter – will be 13.8 acres • Six outlots of 2.6, 3, 1.6, 2.2 4.2 and 1.5 acres will surround the large lot, starting in the northwest corner of the large parcel. • There will be four access points along Hwy. 138 and two along Hwy. 51, including Jackson Street. If the Plan Commission decides to forward the items to the Common Council for approval, the council would review the maps and possibly approve them as early as the following Tuesday. High-resolution copies of the maps are available for public review on the city’s website. Visit ci.stoughton. wi.us and search “Kettle Park West.”

Reports collected from the Jan. 16 logbook at the Stoughton 9:04 a.m. A River Bluff Police Department. Middle School student was found to have nunchucks in Jan. 15 his locker at school. The stu5:12 p.m. A 24-year-old dent reported that he did not man was arrested for resist- bring the item, but had found ing and obstructing an officer them and not turned them in. after a disturbance on the He was counseled on what to 1200 block of Jackson Street. do when a weapon is found in 8:40 p.m. A Pick’n Save a school. employee was struck by a car while gathering carts from Jan. 17 the parking lot. The employ2:56 p.m. A 26-year-old ee reported the license plate man was arrested for outnumber but no charges had standing warrants after a disbeen filed. turbance on the 1800 block of Jackson Street. Jan. 18 5:40 a.m. A woman reported her neighbors on Garden Avenue put their dog out every day at this time and let the dog bark. At the time of the call, the dog had been barking for about 15 minutes. Officers responded but did not find any dog outside. 10:47 p.m. A 29-year-old woman was cited for OWI after a one-vehicle crash on South Page Street near Milwaukee Street.

Anytime Fitness Badger Sporting Goods Barber & Co. – Oregon Banushi’s Bar & GrillStoughton Bill’s Foods – Oregon Cousins Subs – Oregon Creative Canvas Prints

The Icebergs Girls Hockey Co-op and their families thank these generous businesses for their donation to our Pink the Rink Fundraiser for breast cancer awareness!
Culver’s – Stoughton Deak’s Bar & Grill – Stoughton DeBroux’s Diner – Oregon Ed Hefty Construction Firefly Coffee House – Oregon JL Richards Meats – Oregon Koffee Kup – Stoughton Longhorn Steakhouse Lunatics Bait &Tackle – Stoughton McGlynn Pharmacy – Stoughton Pedro’s Mexican Restaurante Radio Shack – Stoughton State Bank of Cross Plains Stoughton Floral Stoughton Garden Center Stoughton Trailers

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Letters to the editor

Kettle Park West deal not good for city
I would like to share some of my many concerns about the Kettle Park West development: 1) Why is Stoughton even considering taking out a loan for up to $7 million to help a for-profit developer that specializes in building shopping centers, working with one of the wealthiest companies in the world, to invest in a risky development scheme called tax incremental financing? 2) Current financial information from the state Dept. of Revenue pertaining to other TIF areas in Stoughton shows that two of them are behind projected valuation by a combined $3.5 million. Why was this information not shared with the city council at the Jan. 28 meeting? 3) Impact studies that reflect the real and actual costs to taxpayers of such a development, which will include a 24 hour a day Supercenter have not been done. Why not? Will we need to expand our police, fire, EMS and other city services? 4) Our city attorney, when asked if this development complied with our large retailer ordinance said he had not read the ordinance! How can this be? Why was he there? 5) A preliminary agreement was signed with the developer at midnight on Jan. 28, after a contentious council meeting. How could the city attorney allow this after admitting earlier that he had not read the pertinent ordinance? These last two points lead me to think that something smells fishy around here and it ain’t Lutefisk. We as taxpayers, business and property owners, parents and citizens are being asked to bear the risk of this project. Why? Where is the evidence that this will solve any of Stoughton’s problems and not just create new ones? This is bad business and bad governance. Many people consider this a done deal. It is not. After studying and talking to people about this whole situation for the last month, I have decided it is time to act. I will run as a write-in candidate for alderperson for the second district in the April election against incumbent Ald. Paul Lawrence. Phil Caravello Stoughton

Letters to the editor

Stoughton needs family-supporting jobs, not Wal-Mart
I am writing this as a concerned citizen in regard to Kettle West and Wal-Mart. Why are we continuing the cancer of America of buy, buy, buy? We already have a WalMart in Stoughton. Wal-Mart has not proven to be an honest citizen. Don’t you remember when Wal-Mart started and its mantra was: Buy American.? Now there is nothing in Wal-Mart that is made in America. We are supporting China by shopping at Wal-Mart. Have you not been to Marshfield or Portage lately? Wal-Mart came in to the edge of town and the downtown died. Are you willing to be the mayor that destroyed the downtown of Stoughton? Of being the mayor when the jewel of the Midwest, the Stoughton Opera House, anchors a ghost town rather than a vibrant downtown? Why are we not supporting an enterprise that will bring real job opportunities? Stoughton’s history rests on the Mandt Wagon Works, morphed now into Stoughton Trailers. Why are we not considering starting a manufacturing business here that will help not only the future of Stoughton by bringing in good paying jobs for skilled workers and help the future of our planet: Stoughton Solar. Let’s make solar panels in Stoughton, made and installed by the people of Stoughton. Be strong, Mayor. Think outside the box of the only option is retail and Wal-Mart. Have the courage to support manufacture and jobs that can support a family. And don’t give in to corporate welfare especially for a company that can pay its way. Have respect for all the family owned businesses in Stoughton who have worked hard all these years to provide their goods and services to Stoughton. Gale A. Stone Town of Dunn

Because of an editing error, a story in last week’s Hub had an incorrect statement regarding Ald. Tricia Suess’ vote on postponing the developer agreement. Suess at one point indicated she could support postponing the vote on the agreement for two weeks, but she ended up voting against it. The version that has been printed online was corrected on Monday.

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Kettle Park West should have citywide referendum
After watching the meeting last week I saw that some of our City Council members were for the new development no matter what anybody said about it. Come on Stoughton, we can do better than this! A giant company with billions of dollars making us pay for some of its costs? Our city leaders seem to think this is a great idea for our city. I don’t. It will bring minimum wage jobs here without any benefits. Is this a good thing for the people that live in Stoughton? No. Why can’t we get a business that pays more and has good benefits for the people that live here? It is very upsetting to watch people ignoring the facts just because they personally want a Wal-Mart super store here. This is a selfish way of thinking and it will not benefit the taxpayers. The most horrible fact about this entire deal is that our tax dollars will be spent to get this store here. It would be nice to have a citywide vote on this project to see what the taxpayers here really want. As of now it doesn’t make any difference because most of our people working for the citizens want this store at any cost to us taxpayers. I believe that there is some personal wants at work here and the voice of the people is not even being heard. Randy Ree Stoughton

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Wal-Mart deal won’t help Stoughton grow
Shame on the city council for approving $5.12 million in TIF to help Forward Development Group build a shiny new store for WalMart (Yes, I know that technically, the TIF money is to Forward Development Group but the ultimate beneficiary is Wal-Mart). As a corporation, Wal-Mart is the world’s biggest retailer with 2013 net income of almost $17 billion (nasdaq.com), yet they need financial help from the city of Stoughton? If the developer needs money that badly to make this work, let them borrow it from WalMart. They have more money than Stoughton. If the city is going to loan taxpayer money for the benefit of Wal-Mart, I suggest they first go door to door and ask local business owners their opinion. How do our locally owned and operated businesses feel about subsidizing WalMart with their tax dollars? Job growth? Is there a commitment from Wal-Mart that job applicants from Stoughton will be given a preference? Or paid a living wage? Some say this is economic development. Well, I guess nothing says economic development like a huge store selling cheap stuff made overseas, bought from workers who aren’t paid a decent wage so the profits can be sent out of state so one of the country’s wealthiest companies can get even wealthier. If the city council has a burning desire to help the city grow, maybe they should find ways to help the businesses that are already here and have invested their own money in the fabric of this community. By the way, when are we going to learn the names of the other “commercial enterprises” who will be in this development, or is that a secret until their sign goes up? Eric Wolf Stoughton

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Norse Afternoon of Fun

Former mayor wins community award
Former Stoughton mayor Helen Johnson was presented with the 2014 Stoughton Community Appreciation Award at the Norse Afternoon of Fun. Johnson and her husband Chet were selected King and Queen of the Syttende Mai in 2001 and was the 2013 inductee into the Stoughton Hall of Fame. Her passion and investment in the community is what assisted her in receiving the award. Johnson has worked to help the community retain its own identity throughout the years and allowed community members to have access to the conveniences and services of a larger urban area. She spent four terms as Stoughton’s mayor after being elected in 1990, 1994, 2002 and 2006 and served as treasurer for the Town of Rutland, Stoughton City Clerk and a Dane County B o a r d member. Johnson also helped initiate Johnson and assist multiple projects around the city such as the Opera House Restoration, a new Senior Center building, the Head Start program’s building and the establishment of the Stoughton Community Foundation, along with many other programs that helped those in need through her time investment in organizations such as the Food Pantry and the Holiday Fund and expanded the city by supporting the industrial parks.

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Triangle Troopers 4-H Club had their annual banquet on Nov. 16.

Triangle Troopers hold banquet, donate to pantry
The Triangle Troopers 4-H Club had its annual banquet Nov. 16. The banquet was held in the basement of First Lutheran Church and throughout the evening, awards for doing various projects (ranging from animals and art to woodworking and fishing) were given to members, as well as the introduction of new club officers. Finally, the club’s “Essentials Pantry Challenge” culminated with the delivery of boxes of soap, toilet paper and Triangle Troopers Shelby and Sydney Tone delivered personal other household products to Stoughton’s Essentials Pan- essentials to Tim Markle, a representative of the Personal Essentials try, located at 129 E. Main St. Pantry, located on Main Street.

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Syttende Mai: New events
set for Saturday afternoon
Continued from page 1 in the Kegonsa Plaza parking lot. A few dozen people who regularly compete in strongman competitions will show their strength in events like lifting tires, carrying concrete-filled milk canisters and pulling a truck. Trotter said the idea came from seeing a Highland Games type event – where Celtic men show their strength through a variety of activities and competitions. “I said, ‘Vikings have to have something like this,’” Trotter told the Hub. Tim Strandlie has taken the reins in planning the inaugural event, Trotter said. If hulking Vikings moving heavy things don’t appeal to you, some other changes are also planned to make Saturday afternoon more appealing. The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Kubb (rhymes with “tube”) exhibition at Division Street Park in order to drum up support for an event later in the year. Kubb is a Scandinavian yard game where two teams try to knock over a line of blocks with wooden dowels. The Chamber will have many sets of the game ready for people to try their hand at “Viking chess,” Trotter said. The Chamber plans to use this event to get people interested in a Kubb and corn hole tournament slated for July 19.

Birth announcements
Tab Alan Shields Hollibush III
Elizabeth Shields and Tab Alan Hollibush Jr. of Stoughton announce the birth of their son Tab Alan Shields Hollibush III, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Tab came into the world Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He has one sibling, Isaiah. Grandparents are Michael and Brenda Shields and Patty Disch of Stoughton and Tab Hollibush, who is deceased. Great-grandparents are Betty Vinje, Gary Disch and Rita Flueter of Stoughton, Duane Sperstand of Oregon and Theodore R. Vinje, who is deceased.

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Mark your calendar
What: Syttende Mai Norwegian Heritage Festival When: Friday-Sunday, May 16-18 Where: Downtown Stoughton Info: stoughtonwi.com/ syttendemai Kids will be able let lose and burn some energy in an amusement area where the street dance was formerly held. Bouncy houses and other games will be available for a small fee in the old St. Vincent de Paul parking lot on Jefferson Street, Trotter said. Throughout the festival, attendees will be able to take a break from outdoor activities under the new festival tent Division Street just north of Main Street. The area has traditionally held the opening ceremonies and the Norwegian Dancers street performance. Those events will remain, Trotter said, but they’ll just be under the big top this year. Because the festival has added so many events to the area behind Kegonsa Plaza, Jefferson and Water streets will be shut down. There will also be fewer parking spots because of the events downtown, but Trotter said visitors are encouraged to use the shuttle from the high school to get downtown.

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Beatrice (Bea) Fagan Goplen
Amanda (Fagan) Goplen and Kevin Goplen of Deerfield announce the birth of their daughter Beatrice (Bea) Fagan Goplen, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 20 inches. Beatrice came into the world on Oct. 7 after a home birth. She has one 2-1/2-year-old sister, Lily. Grand parents are Bonnie and Tim Fagan of Madison and Sandy and Gary Goplen of Stoughton. Great-grandmas are Ruth Dietzman of Stoughton and Ginny Goplen of Madison.

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All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
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Saturday, February 15 3:00-6:00 p.m.
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to staying open late on the third Thursday of each month, Feb. 23 at the church. Meals are provided each month by creating both a convenient and festive shopping and din- Stoughton area churches. Stoughton Public Library presents “Music on the ing experience. Carry-outs are not available. If you need a ride or for Mezz,” featuring Christina (guitar) and Ben (banjo) Dollmore information, call 873-1705 by noon on Feb. 23. hausen Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in a free performance at the Stoughton Public Library. What is acupuncture? A guitar, a banjo, voices, a minute or two of inspiration, At noon on Thursday, Feb. 20, Anne Adametz, School referendum information heart, harmony … and above all … songs. The Stoughton Area Senior Center will host a school Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, will lead an interactive discussion on acupuncture and referendum session starting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. its amazing results. She will provide an overview of acu- Stoughton Area School Superintendent, Dr. Tim OnsagThe British Invasion puncture and how it works. er will present information related to the upcoming local The Madison chapter of Citizens United for Research in Anne will bring the hair-thin needles, the glass cups, school referendum. Everyone is welcome. Epilepsy and Joey’s Song Fundraiser present “The Brit- and other ancient tools for participants to see and touch. ish Invasion,” from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 15 To register for this free class, please contact Anne at 577at Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, YOGA (9642), anneadametz@gmail.com or visit adamet- Adult book discussion Verona. The event features live entertainment and a silent zorganichealthcare.com. The Stoughton Public Library is hosting an adult book auction. discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. This month’s book is “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter, a novel that spans Family board game open house 50 years about an Italian housekeeper and his long-lost Zounds hearing The Stoughton Public Library is hosting this fun event American starlet, the producer who once brought them The Stoughton Senior Center will host an informational from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. People are invit- together and his assistant. presentation on hearing at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. ed to bring their families to the library and learn how to Following the presentation, free hearing screenings will play some new board games. People who bring a food be available for up to five people. Call today to register pantry donation can enter a random prize drawing. Tax assistance and make an appointment to have your hearing screened. Children ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by a The Stoughton Volunteer Income Tax Assistance For more information, call 873-8585. family member. No food is permitted. (VITA) Site
will officially be open on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the TRI COR/Schroeder building, 724 East Main St. Third Thursday ‘Our Daily Bread’ The site will be open every Thursday through April Visit historic downtown Stoughton 5-9 p.m. on ThursFirst Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington St., Stough- 3. To participate, people will need to go in and make an day, Feb. 20. Dozens of specialty merchants and artists in ton, is hosting a community meal from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, appointment, as there is no phone access. the heart of historic downtown Stoughton have committed

Music on the Mezz

For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911 or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 www.us.bahai.org Stoughton study classes. All are welcome. 2095 Hwy. W, Utica • 873-7077 • 423-3033 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship 700 Cty Tk B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: office@clcstoughton.org Sunday: 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship 9:10 a.m. – Family Express followed by Sunday School

Baha’i Faith

Bible Baptist Church

1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton • 873-7494 covluth@chorus.net • www.covluth.org Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Come As You Are Worship Sunday: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Worship Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. www.ezrachurch.com 129 E Main St, Stoughton | 834-9050 Sunday: 9 and 10:30 a.m. 310 E. Washington, Stoughton • 873-7761 www.flcstoughton.com Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m. worship 9209 Fulton St., Edgerton | 884-8512 Worship services 8, 10:30 a.m. coffee hour 9 a.m. - Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Varsity 12:07 p.m. - AWANA 3 p.m. www.fultonchurch.org

Covenant Lutheran Church

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10 Fellowship Meal follows service on first Sabbath Phone: 561-7450 or email: albionsdb@gmail.com forministry.com/USWISDBGCASD1

Seventh Day Baptist Church Of Albion

Community calendar
• 11 a.m., Senior center Lunch Bunch Group, Sugar and Spice Eatery

Friday, Feb. 14

Ezra Church

Stoughton Baptist Church

Christ Lutheran Church

First Lutheran Church

Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton 873-6517 Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Evening Service

• 5 p.m., bingo and food, Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge

Saturday, Feb. 15

Christ the King Community Church
401 W. Main St., Stoughton 877-0303 • www.christthekingcc.org Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship

Fulton Church

323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton Weekday Mass: At Nazareth House and St. Ann’s Church - call 873-6448 or 873-7633. Weekend Mass: Saturday - 5:15 p.m.; Sunday - 8 and 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving mass 8 p.m., Nov. 28

St. Ann Catholic Church

Christian Assembly Church

1844 Williams Drive, Stoughton, 873-9106 Saturday, 6 p.m. worship Sunday, 10 a.m. worship

United Methodist of Stoughton
525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton E-mail: Stoughtonumc@Wisconsinumc.org Sunday: 8 a.m. - Short Service; 10 a.m. - Full Worship 1911 Koshkonong, Stoughton Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship

• 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Homemade sauerkraut and pork hock dinner, St. James Catholic Church, 1128 St. James Court, Madison, 271-1571 • 6 p.m., Movie Night, “Paper Clips,” Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church
1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton 873-5924 Sunday Worship: 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Education Hour for all ages: 9:15 a.m.

WestKoshkonongLutheranChurch Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church

825 S. Van Buren, Stoughton • 877-0439 Missionaries 877-0696 Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday school and Primary

• 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Gathering Table free community dinner, Senior Center, 248 W. Main St., 206-1178 • 7 p.m., Stoughton Area School District Board of Education meeting, administration building, 320 N. Street, 877-5000

Monday, Feb. 17

Office: 882-4408 Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - Worship and Sunday School

Cooksville Lutheran Church

2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton 873-9838 • www.lakevc.org. Sunday: 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. - Worship

LakeView Church

2633 Church St., Cottage Grove, Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship 11 a.m. Bible study

Thought for the week
Resistance Bacterial infections, cancer cells, and pests all have something in common, besides the fact that they are all seen as hostile to human life and our interests, and that is that all of them have the tendency to develop resistance, to antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and to pesticides, respectively. This is a result of the fact that they all evolve rapidly, mutating and thus changing so rapidly that the original weapon used against them no longer works for that purpose. Mutation, and thus evolution, seems built into the very fabric of nature as a protective mechanism. It may seem odd to say that cancer is somehow built into the fabric of life, but that seems to be the upshot of oncogenes, which are abundant in nature. What allows life to adapt and change rapidly, thus protecting our species from toxins and infectious agents is also what makes us prone to cancer. Life is resilient, and not easily vanquished, just like cancer, the common cold, and the cockroach. But don’t be too quick to lament that fact, for what makes it hard to annihilate cancer is also what makes it hard to annihilate us. – Christopher Simon via Metro News Service “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit.” Psalm 103:2-4

• 10 a.m. “Coffee With the Coaches,” senior center • 7:30 p.m., “Stories from the middle of nowhere,” author Michael Perry, Stoughton Opera House, 8774400

Thursday, Feb. 20

Doctors Park Dental Office
Dr. Richard Albright Dr. Phillip Oinonen Dr. Thor Anderson Dr. Thane Anderson

• 7:30 p.m., Harry Manx, Stoughton Opera House

Friday, Feb. 21


Skaalen Retirement Services
400 N. Morris, Stoughton (608) 873-5651

• 10 a.m., small animal advocates rabies clinic, Stoughton city garage, 515 S. Fourth St., 873-9851

Saturday, Feb. 22

1520 Vernon St. Stoughton, WI

• 9:30 a.m., school referendum session with district superintendent Dr. Tim Onsager, senior center

Tuesday, Feb. 25

A Life Celebration Center

1358 Hwy 51, Stoughton
Mike Smits • Dale Holzhuter • Jodi Corbit Laurie Dybevik, Pre-Need Specialist • Paul Selbo, Office Manager

221 Kings Lynn Rd. Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-8888 www.anewins.com

• 1:30 p.m., Parkinson’s support group, Stoughton Senior Center, 873-8585 • 4-7 p.m., Affordable Health Care Act assistance, presented by Public Health of Madison and Dane County, library

Wednesday, Feb. 26

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• 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Gathering Table free community dinner, Senior Center, 248 W. Main St., 206-1178 • 7 p.m., Stoughton Area School District Board of Education meeting, administration building, 320 N. Street, 877-5000

Monday, March 3

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Wind-powered weight lifting
River Bluff Middle School students in Jessie Hager’s science class built recently built power-lifting windmills to hoist a cup full of washers. Students put a fan in front of the windmills and then timed how long it took for the washers to travel to the top, and also measure how much electricity their creations would produce. Students, including Brianna Drafall, above, learned scientific concepts about energy, used math to measure the angle of the blades, applied some engineering to build a turbine that doesn’t fall apart, and used problem-solving skills to refine their designs.

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Kegonsa students sing in all-state choir
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Many kids love to sing. But not all kids can sing as well as some of Lissa Benson’s fifth-graders at Kegonsa Elementary School. Last month, 12 of her students performed in the Wisconsin Choral Directors’ Association (WCDA) AllState Choir in Milwaukee. The annual event featured performances by the Children’s, Middle Level, High School Men’s, High School Women’s and Collegiate All-State Choirs. Benson, Kegonsa’s music teacher, said most schools are allowed to nominate their top six students, but this year, she was allowed to nominate 12 students because of the students’ excellent track record with the program. Only the top students from each school in the state can attend. Once a student is selected, he or she has about a month

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Kegonsa Elementary students sing at the WCDA All-State choir.

to learn the music. Students are expected to come to the event with all music completely memorized so that the director can focus on details and musicality. Benson said students spent the day rehearsing with an experienced choral educator and director who selected the music. At the rehearsal, they are paired with other students, and by the end of the day, they put on a public concert that is professionally photographed and recorded. She credited parents and teachers at Kegonsa for the students’ accomplishments. “Families and staff help

with everything from adjusting schedules, sharing rides and lending students concert clothing, to contacting other families when they need support, and even funding students who would not otherwise be able to attend,” she said. “It’s wonderful to feel the outpouring of support for these students and their musical goals.” The WCDA is a non-profit professional organization comprising choral musicians from schools, colleges, universities, churches, community and professional groups, and the music industry, according to its website.

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Jessica Wendt and partner Ben Brandt during Norwegian Weaving.

Stoughton High School junior Macy Fuller teaches younger audience members how to dance Tretur with her.

Photos by Victoria Vlisides

Above, a family checks out the program before the event. Below, Brooklyn Bristol, 1, of Stoughton, decides to dance along during the performance. Kristen Nett and Joshua Heimsoth are ‘gathering the sheep’ during the Norwegian Weaving Dance.

Abby Joannes gives partner Jace Carlson a hard time during Snus Dance.

ABOVE: Isaac Eugster and Jace Carlson show off with their back handsprings to woo their partners back in Finnish Katrille. RIGHT: A woman purchases some goodies at intermission. The baked goods sale was part of the fundraiser.

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Girls hockey

Icebergs earn No. 4 seed for WIAA playoffs
Sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Joe Nelson (145 pounds) gets congratulations from co-head coach Bob Empey on the podium after winning a conference title Saturday, Feb. 8, at Baraboo High School. Nelson defeated Austin Fjoser (Sauk Prairie) 6-4 in the finals. Fjoser won the 132-pound championship last year.

A journey back to SHS
Nelson –matching Kraus and Hasselberger – wins conference title after a year away from Stoughton

The MSO Icebergs received a fourth seed when last week’s WIAA sectional seeding bracket was released. As a result, the Icebergs will host the fifth-seeded Badger Thunder at 7 p.m. Thursday inside Stoughton’s Mandt Community Center. The winner advances on to face fifth-ranked Onalaska, which as expected, received the top seed. Onalaska will face eighth-seeded Beaver Dam or ninth-seeded Viroqua in the regional finals, but isn’t expected to be challenged by either. “The girls know that we played Onalaska really well when they came down to McFarland,” head coach Mike Jochmann said. “They also know that we have the only goalie that can shut them down. “First, we have to show up ready to play against the Thunder, but everyone has to get past Onalaska to reach state anyway. “To be honest, I feel like at any level of hockey, a good goalie can steal your way to the championship. I think Kenzie’s got what it takes and she’ll be ready.” Sun Prairie, despite having a worse record and sharing the conference title, were awarded the No. 2 seed ahead of the Middleton co-op. Middleton and Sun Prairie wouldn’t face each other until the sectional semifinals.

Sun Prairie 5, Icebergs 1
A combined 58 seconds of penalties and a relentless offense was all it took for the host MSO Icebergs to fall 5-1 against the visiting Cap City Cougars in a Badger Conference tilt Tuesday evening. Already down 2-0, the Icebergs drew within a goal off the even-strength shot of Katie Glover late in the first

If you go
What: Division 1 Sun Prairie regional When: 10:15 a.m. Saturday Where: Sun Prairie High School

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Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa., after making state in 2011, and he planned on ANThONY IOZZO remaining there for the rest of high Assistant sports editor Joe Nelson, who won Saturday’s school. That all changed after Nelson 145-pound Badger Conference title Wrestling for Stoughton High at Baraboo High School. suffered two concussions last seaSchool this season was not in Nelson left Stoughton to go to son. He returned to Stoughton for the immediate plans for junior

medical reasons, rejoined the team and quickly was back to being one of the leaders on the team, earning a No. 1 ranking on wiwrestling.com. “It was a good experience,” Nelson said. “I took a lot from it, and I matured as an individual and grew up. It was like college but was like high school.” Nelson was one of three Stoughton champions Saturday – joining

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Boys swimming
Sports editor

Several medal at conference
If you go
What: Division 2 Baraboo sectional When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Baraboo High School freestyle to finish more than a 120 points ahead of last year’s D2 state champion and fifthranked Monona Grove (410). Edgewood only finished worse than second in the 100 breaststroke where Austin Darien took third. Stoughton meanwhile took fifth, finishing 24 points ahead Stoughton boys swimming saw three individuals and all three relays medal at the Badger South Conference meet Saturday inside Monona Grove High School. Undoubtedly one of the toughest conferences across the state, Madison Edgewood, ranked atop the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Division 2 poll, dominated the meet. The Crusaders (533 points) won seven of 11 events, including 1-2 finishes in the 200 IM, 500 and 50-yard of last place Oregon with a team score of 217. The Vikings highest finish of the day came in the 200 free relay where the team of sophomore Isaac Eugster, senior Connor Sawyers, junior Gabe Ross and sophomore Sam Hynek placed third overall in 1 minute, 35.54 seconds behind Edgewood (1:29.11) and MG (1:33.88). Hynek nearly matched the team-best finish in the 100 free, but instead settled for fourth with a time of 52.05. The underclassmen later capped the meet with his third

Photo by Jeremy Jones

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Senior Connor Sawyers was seeded fourth overall in the 200-yard IM Saturday at the Badger


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Girls basketball

Tough second half leads to loss at Monona Grove
An 11-point lead at halftime was not enough to hold off first place Monona Grove in a 53-49 loss last Saturday in a Badger South Conference game. The host Silver Eagles outscored the Vikings 19-9 in the fourth quarter after cutting their deficit to six after three. Senior guard Alexa Kelsey, who had 20 points, got hot on the perimeter in that quarter, draining two 3-pointers to give Monona Grove the lead. She later connected on three free throws to clinch the victory. Stoughton was held to 14 points in the second half. The first half was much different for the Vikings’ offense. After a back-andforth first quarter, Stoughton was able to jump out to a big lead led by sophomore forward Hannah Hobson, who

Boys basketball

Badger South
Team W-L Monona Grove 7-1 Oregon 7-2 Madison Edgewood 5-3 Stoughton 4-3 Monroe 2-6 Milton 2-6 Fort Atkinson 1-7 finished with 16 points. Senior Payton Gross added nine points, while senior Maren Gross chipped in eight. Stoughton traveled to Monroe Wednesday after the Courier Hub’s Tuesday deadline. Look for results next week. The Vikings host Fort Atkinson at 7:30 p.m. Friday and travel to Oregon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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Junior Nick McGlynn (right) and senior PJ Rosowski (32) celebrate with senior Will Clark after a basket and a foul in the second quarter Tuesday in a Badger South Conference game against Monona Grove. The Vikings won the game 49-41 to tie the Silver Eagles for first in the conference.

Vikes spurt past MG for first-place tie
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It may have only been the second quarter, but a big shot was needed for the Stoughton boy’s basketball team Tuesday against Monona Grove. The offense was coming off a tough game against Fort Atkinson, and the first quarter was equally as tough, leaving the Vikings down by six. But then freshman Troy Slaby came to the rescue, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game and key a 17-5 run to end the half as Stoughton went on to win 49-41. The win put the Vikings (14-4 overall, 8-2 conference) and Silver Eagles (13-5, 8-2) into a tie for first place in the Badger South. “We knew it was going to be an upand-down game. There are going to be a lot of runs, especially in this conference,” said Slaby, who finished with 10 points. “You have to stay confident. P.J. (Rosowski) looked up the floor and got a nice pass to me. I knocked it down. We ran a set. I knocked it down, and it sparked us a lot.” That run didn’t clinch the win right away, especially after Monona Grove cut the lead to 22-21 a little over three minutes into the third. In the previous game against Fort Atkinson, the third quarter proved detrimental in the loss as Stoughton was held in check offensively. That wasn’t going to happen Tuesday, though. Senior Will Clark knocked down a 3-pointer, senior River Hoaglin added two free throws and junior Nick McGlynn added a 3-pointer in an 8-2 stretch that put Stoughton up 30-23. “We talked about getting better after the Fort game on Friday night, when things didn’t exactly go our way and we had dry spells,” head coach Matt Hockett said. “Our guys were able to do that tonight. “We were better in this game than we were last game. That is all you can ask for when you are coaching 15, 16 or 17-year old kids.” McGlynn did more than just contribute offensively. He also dominated defensively, nearly reaching a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks. McGlynn had two of those blocks in the final minute as Monona Grove cut

Senior Will Clark is fouled on a drive to the basket in the third quarter Tuesday. He finished with 12 points.

Stoughton’s lead to six. But his presence on the inside and the help defense from the rest of the team proved too much for the Silver Eagles forcing outside shots. Monona Grove was 5-for-16 from beyond the arc. “A big emphasis was that we had to help out early and help across the board,” McGlynn said. “We had to be able to rebound better ... I feel that we did a lot better on team defense, and I feel that we put ourselves in position to make plays like that.” The Vikings on the other hand were

6-for-14 from downtown, but they also created offense on the inside. Senior Will Clark followed a McGlynn basket in the second quarter with a steal, a drive to score and got fouled. A few second later, Clark, who finished with 12 points, pulled up for a jumper to make it 21-13. That offense was a recovery from a slow start as Monona Grove went on a 7-0 run to finish the first quarter. Stoughton travels to Milton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday before hosting

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11 Boys hockey Adams earns roster spot on Vikings earn sixth seed in WIAA playoffs Football ELITE squad
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Stoughton boys hockey received a sixth seed when the WIAA postseason bracket was released last weekend.

Stoughton 6, Monroe 1
Senior forward Brandon Erickson scored twice and captain Aussie Miller netted a goal and two assists Friday as the Vikings cruised to a 6-1 Badger South Conference win over the Avalanche inside Monroe’s SLICE Arena. Seniors Andrew Ether and Shaun Parisi and Junior Arin BonDurant also each chipped in a goal for Stoughton (10-11-0 overall, 5-4-0 Badger South). Senior goaltender Taylor Lyons meanwhile stopped 17 or 18 shots on goal for the win. Monroe’s Ethan Studer on the other hand faced 55 shots, turning aside 49 for the Avalanche (5-8-0, 0-8-0).

Stoughton 7, Monroe 1
The Vikings faced winless Badger South foe Monroe for the second

time in three days Monday inside the Mandt Community Center. Erickson once again scored twice as Stoughton prevailed 7-1 against the Avalanche. Senior Aaron Shanklin scored once and assisted on two more goals, while Brett Byrne, BonDurant and Ether added a goal and an assist. Miller setup four goals in the blowout. Stoughton junior goaltender Matt Murphy stopped 14 shots on goal in the win, while Studer turned away 47 for the Avalanche. The Vikings host Madison Edgewood (13-9-0, 7-2-0), which has earned at least a share of the Badger South Conference title, at 7 p.m. Friday. Stoughton concludes the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, inside the Mandt Center against the University School of Milwaukee Wildcats (15-4-2). “The keys to success against any team the rest of the way out is playing Stoughton hockey,” head coach Kris Rosholt said. “I always tell my players to not get caught up in the opponent, crowd and the officials.

“All I want them to worry about is playing our way of hockey: fast, physical, smart position hockey.” Rosholt added, “Preparing for the opponents is left up to us coaches. I just want the players focusing on giving an all out effort all the time and just being able to relax and play the game.” Another key will be staying out of the penalty box. “While we are in the top five in the state in short handed goals, we can compete with anyone if we stay 5-on-5 for the majority of the game and play Stoughton hockey,” Rosholt said. The ninth-ranked Waukesha Wings (16-4-1) co-op earned the top seed, while the Kettle Moraine co-op (118-3) received the second seed. Third-seeded Marquette University (7-11-3) hosts the Vikings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. “I think we can play Marquette tough,” Rosholt said. “They are a very good team but I believe in my boys and I know they are very capable of making a statement as long as they play like they can and just have fun.”

Stoughton senior football player Jesse Adams will represent the United States as part of the American Football Worldwide ELITE team in a game against the national U19 team of France scheduled to take place in Paris on March 29. The game pits US high school select seniors against the French team. Last year was the first year a scholastics team from the United States competed on French soil. USA-AFW ELITE defeated France 19-0 in that game. It was also the first a scholastic US team had traveled overseas to play another country’s national team that had previously qualified for the World Championships of American Football. France finished sixth at the U19 World Championships of American Football in Austin, Texas, in July of 2012.

AFW ELITE team members will meet either in Chicago on Saturday, March 22, or in Paris on the morning of Sunday, March 23. In between daily practices, the players will tour many of the historical icons of France, including Paris, Versailles and the Normdandy coast. Two days prior to kickoff the players will tour the D-day beaches, US Cemetery and Peace Memorial on the bluffs overlooking the English Channel. To assist Adams with the cost of the tour, donations can be made on his behalf through the American Football Worldwide Education Foundation. Donors can go to the website atamerican footballworldwide.com and utilize the DONATE link, typing in and identifying Adams, Stoughton as the gift recipient.

Swimming: JV team takes third at Janesville Invite
Continued from page 9 medal as part of the 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Ian Trautman, junior Ben Schleppenbach and Sawyers which finished fourth in 3:37.06. Other medalists (top eight finish) came from the 200-medley relay, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. Stoughton opened the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 200-medley relay behind Schleppenbach, Ross, Sawyers and Hynek’s time of 1:50.46. Schleppenbach (1:00.63) and Ross (1:11.57) followed that up by finishing eighth in the 100 back and with a best time in the 100 breast, respectively. The Vikings’ JV team finished fourth, moving up one spot from last year. Overall, the team finished with 18 best times: Brody Trainor (100/200 free), Connor Rosium (100 free), Dylan Flynn (200 free), Dylan Childs (500 free), Erik Hansen (100 breast), Jack Lonnebotn (50/100 free), Spencer Weeden (50 free and 100 back), Tristin Heisig (200 free), Aaron Meyers (50/100 free), Alex Ripkey (200 IM), Levi Robbins (200 IM/100 breast) and Trautman (50 free).

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Truehl named Rookie of Week, again
For the third time in six weeks freshman Chris Truehl been named Rookie of the Week for the Atlantic Hockey Conference. The Stoughton native helped lead Air Force to a sweep of first-place Mercyhurst last weekend and held the top-scoring team in the conference, and the seventh ranked offense in the nation, to just three goals in two goals. Last Friday Truehl made 34 saves in the 5-3 win, the second most saves of his career. On Saturday, recorded his third shutout in the last 13 games as he stopped all 24 shots he faced. For the season, ranks second in the AHA among all goalie with a 1.96 GAA and is fourth with a .923 saves percentage.

Boys BB: 8-2 in conference
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Badger South
Team W-L Monona Grove 8-2 Stoughton 8-2 Madison Edgewood 7-4 Fort Atkinson 4-6 Monroe 3-7 Oregon 3-7 Milton 3-8 quarter after leading by one at halftime. McGlynn led the way with 18 points, while Slaby added 14. Senior guard Alex Bakken scored 15 to lead Fort Atkinson.

Stoughton junior Gabe Ross swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard medley relay at the beginning of the conference meet. The Vikings relay of Ben Schleppenbach, Connor Sawyers, Sam Hynek and Ross finished sixth overall in 1 minute, 50.46 seconds.

non-conference Janesville Craig at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

posting 15 best times. Stoughton also had four top three finishes from Aaron Meyer in the 50 and 100 free and then the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Janesville Invite “I’m happy with all the lifetime bests The JV boys finished third at the and the huge drops by some of the Janesville Craig Invite on Feb. 3,

guys,” Kruszewski said. “It gives the boys positive momentum heading into conference this weekend. “I know a lot of the boys enjoyed this meet and getting medals. It’s those little victories that we take for the bigger end result.”

Ft. Atkinson 50, Stoughton 48 (OT)
A Vikings’ comeback against Fort Atkinson fell a little short in a 50-48 loss in overtime last Friday. McGlynn hit a game-tying free throw with under a second remaining in the fourth to cap a six-point comeback. But the Blackhawks were able to get one more basket in overtime after trading shots. Stoughton was held to four points in the third

MSO: Icebergs drops conference game to Cap City
Continued from page 9 period. The Cougars, however, answered with the second of three powerplay goals in the game. “We got caught watching the puck a little bit on the penalty kill when we are generally very aggressive,” Icebergs head coach Mike Jochmann said. “We talked a little bit about that between the second and third period, but by that point it was already 4-1.” Capitalizing on a Glover head contact penalty 35 seconds into their first power play thanks to Jada Ward, Sun Prairie needed just 22 seconds following a Tasha Martin tripping call to regain a two-goal lead just over four minutes into the second period. The Cougars never looked back following Payton even further to try and get the right people on the ice for that 5-on-3 chance and the remaining 5-on-4,” Jochmann said. “It was frustrating we couldn’t get control of the puck, but we just couldn’t get it done.” Waunakee junior Claire Johnson added a meaningless powerplay goal with just under a minute-and-a-half remaining in the game despite the play of Oregon junior goaltender Kenzie Torpy, who had 39 saves in the loss, including 17 in the third period. Following the loss Jochmann said, “We just kind of brushed this game under the rug. Everyone already has their seeds for the playoffs, so as nice as it would have been to win this game and maybe move up a spot on them in the conference, we can’t win conference as it is.”

Photo by Jeremy Jones

McFarland senior Katie Glover scores the MSO Icebergs lone goal with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the second period to pull Stoughton two within a goal. The Icebergs went on to lose the game 5-1, however.


Herwig’s goal, adding a second goal from senior forward Alexis Peterson, who also had two assists. Stoughton had a chance to

regain some momentum late in the second period with a 5-on-3 advantage for 53 seconds. “I shortened the bench


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Conference: Vikings finish third overall, second in the Badger South
Continued from page 9 teammates junior Zach Hasselberger (126) and sophomore Collin Kraus (132). He had to defeat last year’s 132-pound champion Austin Fjoser (Sauk Prairie) in the finals and had to battle back from an early takedown. Nelson was able to get an escape for a one-point lead in the second period, and he added a takedown to eventually pull out a 6-4 decision. Earlier in the day, Nelson was able to pick up two wins by fall. He pinned Mitchell Brus (Ft. Atkinson) in 34 seconds and pinned Trey Haugen (Reedsburg) in 1:44. Despite that success, Nelson said he will not be satisfied until he is on top of the podium at the state tournament. “I like where I am going, but I am not satisfied with what I have done so far,” Nelson said. “… I want to win state. I want to be dominant. I want to go out there and leave everything on the mat every match. I enjoy it, so it is not that much of a grind for me.” Hasselberger defeated Wyatt Davidson (DeForest) 15-8 in his finals match to go with a 26-11 technical fall over Nick Richards (Milton) and a 21-8 major decision over Kyle Herbrand (Sauk Prairie). Kraus edged Nate Erbs (Reedsburg) 6-2 in his finals match. He also pinned Kyle McTier (Portage) in 2:25 and won by a 16-5 major decision over Sean Gohlke. Those three titles were only part of the success Stoughton had Saturday, as the Vikings were 8-for-14 in place matches with everyone finishing in the top eight. But there were a few matches that left points out there, allowing Sauk Prairie (331 1/2) and Milton (287) to finish ahead of Stoughton (279 1/2). Since Stoughton also lost to Milton during the dual season, the Red Hawks were named conference champion ahead of the Vikings. “The goal was to try and win the tournament and for sure place ahead of Milton, but we came up short,” cohead coach Dan Spilde said. “We lost a few too many in the middle, and we need to go for a place higher here and there … It is hard to say they didn’t wrestle well. We

Photos by Anthony Iozzo

Above, sophomore Collin Kraus (132 pounds) gets a takedown and keeps control in his semifinals match Saturday at the conference meet. Kraus finished first after a 6-2 win over Nate Erbs (Reedsburg) in the finals; (right) Junior Zach Hasselberger keeps control in his finals match against Wyatt Davidson (DeForest). Hasselberger won the match 15-8 to win the 126-pound title.

just needed to wrestle really great, and we were just a little short.” Freshman Brandon Klein (106) took second overall with sudden victories over Nate Lorenz (Waunakee), 9-7, and Trevor Hanson (Baraboo), 6-4, to make the finals. He went down to Dalton Shea (Milton) in the finals in a 3-0 decision. Freshman Garrett Model (120) was the lone thirdplace winner for the Vikings. He won 10-2 in a major decision over Logan Lewerenz (Reedsburg) in the thirdplace match. He also won an 11-0 major decision over a 14-1 major decision over Jawon Turner (Oregon) and Andrew Jung (Ft. Atkinson). Senior Brian Wagner (195), junior Austin Benton (182) and freshman Tristan Jenny (113) all took fourth LOG HOME KITS place. AMERICAN LOG HOMES IS ASSISTING LIQUIDATION OF Wagner fell to Abe BonnLAND DEVELOPER’S ESTATE eville (Sauk Prairie) 8-3 in 3 Log Homes selling for BALANCE OWED. FREE DELIVERY the third-place match. He BALANCE OWED $17,000 BALANCE OWED $22,900 defeated Bonneville earlier BALANCE OWED $15,700 7-3 in the quarterfinals. Wag ner also won a 12-4 major decision over David Gunder son (Portage). Benton fell to TraitView at www.thegreatamericanlogco.com Ready Only Reply. Call 704-602-3035 ask for Accounting Dept. en Gorr (Monroe) in the

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5-3, while Helland edged Tyler Brandt (Reedsburg) 4-2. Reilly needed a tiebreaker after overtime to win 3-2 over Hermes Duran (Baraboo). “It has to be 14 guys working together,” Spilde said. “It is an individual sport, but it is amazing how much it has to be a team effort. A lot of guys did their job, but we came up a few points short, which means we needed someone to pick up those points.” Freshman Josiah Nelson (heavyweight) added a

seventh-place finish, while sophomore Erik Haried (220) and freshman Kaleb Louis (138) both took eighth. The Vikings next hit the mat at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Sun Prairie High School for regionals. The team sectional will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stoughton High School and feature the winner of the Sun Prairie regional and the winner of the Janesville Craig regional. “We expect next week to be a big week for us,” Spilde said.

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Pearl H. Elvekrog
They also traveled around the United States with their Euchre Club. Pearl belonged to the Pythian Sisters for over 35 years and was chosen to be Grand Chief of the state of Wisconsin. Pearl was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Pearl was a life member of the Sons of Norway. Pearl and Oscar were chosen by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce to be King and Queen for the Syttende Mai in 1992. Pearl spent many years of her life employed as a cook for several restaurants and also cooked for students on the UW-Madison campus. Pearl spent over 20 years volunteering at the Stoughton Hospital gift shop. Pearl was known by many for her wonderful lefse making. Pearl is survived by her children, Harlan (Sue), Stoughton, Paul (Jeannine), Cottage Grove, Jane Conner, Stoughton, Kristie (Dennis) Swalheim, De Forest; ten grandchildren; fourteen greatgrandchildren; and one 1968, and he passed away in 1988. Helen was a member of Covenant Lutheran Church in Stoughton. She worked as a nursing aide at a local nursing home. She was a wonderful cook, especially Norwegian pastries and lefse. Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, always looking forward to holidays and reunions. Helen is survived by her daughter, Linda (Terry) Christianson; nine grandchildren, Peggy (Mike) Carmody, Dennis Ryan, Karen (Don) Peterson, Greg (Julie) Ryan, Jeff (Jane) Ryan, Tim (Ann) Ryan, Eric (Laurie) Christianson, Tracy Pierce and Kelly (Nate) Zastrow; 19 greatgrandchildren; seven greatgreat grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Eleanor Torke; son-in-law, Joe Ryan; a brother, Philip Bjornstad; step-son, Stanley (Patricia) Frank; other step family members, nieces, nephews United States Navy Nurse Corps during World War II. It was during wartime that she met her husband of 46 years, Ralph Herendeen, Jr., M.D., who preceded her in death in 1992. Together, she and “Doc” built a wonderful life in a community they loved. Their rich stories reflected caring for others, public service, and lives well lived. “Millie” was preceded in death by sisters, Nora Hoppe and Marian Derwae, and brother, Andrew Ellickson. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and American Legion, John Tague Post #188 of New Lexington, Ohio. She is survived by many family and friends who will miss her dear companionship, including a son Stephen (Mary) of Somerset, a daughter Judy (Molly Muth) of Columbus, a son Robert of Washington, D.C., a nephew John V. (Debbie) Hoppe of Kenosha, and a great niece Shelley (Matt) Hoppe-Meyer. great-great-grandchild. Pearl is further survived by her sister, Ruby Dalsoren; sisters-in-law, Anna Schulz and Clarice Elvekrog; brother-in-law, Donald Visaas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings, Arthur, Roy, Norman, Percy, Cora, Lydia, Hazel, Mabel and an infant sister, Ruth. The family requests that memorials be made to First Lutheran Church and the Stoughton Hospital. Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington St., Stoughton, with the Rev. Bill Lehman and Pastor Jerry Pribbenow officiating. Private family burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery South. Please share your memories at cressfuneralservice. com. Cress Funeral Home 206 W. Prospect Street Stoughton, WI 53589 873-9244 and many special friends. Helen was preceded in death by her two husbands; daughters, Diane Torke and Clarice Ryan; son, John Torke; a granddaughter, Kathleen Jo Ryan; sister, Marion Holtan; and stepdaughter, Marietta Havey. Funeral services were held at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren, Stoughton, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, with the Rev. Mark Petersen presiding. Burial will be held at Prairie Mound Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or Covenant Lutheran Church. A special thank you to the caregivers these past few years for Helen. On-line condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Cremation Care 1358 Highway 51 N. 873-4590

Adoption announcement
Levette Lorraine Croyle
Mia and Joel Croyle of Stoughton announce the adoption of their daughter, Levette Lorraine Croyle, and son, Levell Raymond Croyle, on Jan. 22. Levette was born on Aug. 4, 2009. Levell was born on July 3, 2010. Grandparents are Joe and Ruby Cabibbo of Stoughton; Sherry Croyle of Medina, Ohio; and Dennis Croyle and Andrea DiManno of New Brunswick, Ohio.

SHS grad completes Air Force basic military training
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Pearl H. Elvekrog

Pearl H. Elvekrog, age 93, passed away peacefully at the Stoughton Hospital on Feb. 4, 2014. Pearl was born on Aug. 29, 1920, daughter of Hans and Petra (Westby) Nelson. She married the love of her life, Oscar Elvekrog on June 8, 1940. They had 56 happy years together. Oscar died on Oct. 10, 1996. Pearl missed him every day until she died. Together they had four children. Pearl and Oscar loved to travel and visited Germany, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Austria and Hawaii.

Gerald Harvey “Jerry” out their family with the (Patrick) Frisch, Michelle addition of daughters, Kris- (Scott) Race, and Andrea Olsen ten, Margit, Michelle and (AJ) Arnett; grandchildren,
Andrea. Many pets came and went throughout the years, each a blessing to a big happy family. Times were not always easy, but we all had one another. Jerry loved his role of Grandpa “Papa” to Sarin Race, Ahnika, Sawyer and Jackson Frisch, and Aiden and Anders Olsen Arnett. He adored and celebrated each of his grandchildren in a special and unique way. He was a terrific father, but an amazing grandfather! No braver fight was ever fought then when he survived his first battle with cancer, against all odds. This earned him the title of Dr. Hegeman’s “miracle child.” Four years later Dr. Hegeman was as saddened as we that it had returned. Those four years were such a gift. Jerry’s fierce determination and dedication to all he loved fueled him for yet another round. His brave and admirable attempt was met with a more aggressive disease that showed no mercy. Through no fault of his own, his body could tolerate no more and the Lord welcomed him home. Those of us lucky enough to know him, suffer the loss of a truly great man. A husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, and a loyal friend like no other. He was our hero and inspiration. If love were a cure for cancer, it would have been eradicated. Jerry loved his Packers and Badgers. He had a deep appreciation for all animals. His meticulously kept yard was envied by many. He was so intensely proud of his Norwegian heritage. The knowledge and experience he had with his many classic cars was nothing short of astonishing. We relish the memories of traveling with Dad on vacations and cruises to various destinations. Jerry is survived by his wife, Karen Olsen; son, Brian Olsen; daughters, Margit Sarin Race, Ahinka, Sawyer, and Jackson Frisch, and Aiden and Anders Olsen Arnett; sister, Gail (Gene) Ring; sister-in-law, Teri Melson; cousins, Pastor Roger (Sharon) Olsen and Kenneth Olsen; special friends, Dave and Shari Adrian, Elvin “Sonny” (Linda) Swangstu and many other dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Semon “Sam” and Ruby Olsen; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Catherine “Kitty” Chase; and children, Scott, Kristen, and Kevin Olsen. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann Catholic Church, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, with Monsignor Gerard Healy presiding. Burial will be at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery. A special heartfelt thank you to the team from Janesville Agrace. Only with all of you were we able to respect and honor his wishes. Erin, Amy, Angie, Barb, Julie, Jeri and Angie were our Angels there to guide and comfort us all. We are so blessed and grateful for all you have done for our family. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. He loved all of you and you earned your wings. Words cannot describe our appreciation of Monsignor Healy. He was such a blessing during our journey and gave Dad such peace and comfort. Monsignor was a constant fixture, always sustaining our family through the good and the bad. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Stoughton Funeral & Creamtion Care 1358 Hwy. 51 @ Jackson St. 873-4590

Helen E. (Torke) Frank

Gerald Harvey Olsen

Helen E. Frank

Helen E. (Bjornstad) Frank, age 96, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Harmony Living Center. She was born on April 22, 1917, in Utica, the daughter of Constance and Carl Bjornstad. She married Albert Torke in 1935, and he passed away in 1959. She then married Melvin Frank in

Mildred E. Herendeen

Mildred E. Herendeen

Mildred E. Herendeen, age 92, a New Lexington, Ohio, resident, died peacefully at home, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Her loving nature and warm smile touched all who knew her. She loved to laugh, and to celebrate life! Born in Stoughton July 13, 1921, to parents Victor and Rachel Ellickson, she graduated from Columbia College of Nursing, and served in the

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. at the Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill St., New Lexington, Ohio. A private burial will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name can be made to Perry County District Library, 117 S. Jackson St., or First United Methodist Church, 126 S. High St., New Lexington, Ohio 43764. Obituary and online register book at robertsfuneral homenewlex.com

Gerald Harvey “Jerry” Olsen, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at his home. Gerald was born on Aug. 16, 1940, to Semon “Sam” and Ruby Olsen, in Madison. He was the older brother to Gail Olsen Ring. Gerald graduated from Stoughton High School, where he excelled in basketball. On Oct. 3, 1962, Gerald enlisted in the Air National Guard. He proudly served his country as a staff sergeant, specializing in vehicle maintenance operation and dispatching. He served until May 25, 1970. Jerry graduated from Madison Business College with a B.A. in accounting. He worked in the Dane County Controllers Office in Madison for 25 years. With so much pride in his hometown of Stoughton, he held the position of 3rd Ward Alderperson for 16 years. On April 20, 1963, he married the love of his life, Karen Lilian Chase. They built a house in 1966 in Stoughton. Their promise to each other was to make it to their 50th Anniversary and that they did. They had the best and the worst times but their unwavering love endured always. Jerry and Karen were blessed with sons, Scott, Kevin and Brian. Eventually they rounded

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Members: David Kneebone, Sonny Swangstu, Tim Swadley, Michael Engelberger, Ron Christianson, Paul Lawrence, Tricia Suess, Greg Jenson, Eric Hohol, Tom Majewski, Tom Selsor, Ross Urven Mayor Donna Olson presided at a Regular Meeting of the Common Council of the City of Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin, held in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Building, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, convening

CITY OF STOUGHTON OFFICIAL MEETING MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL Date/Time: JanuaRy 14, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M. Location: Council ChamBeRs/PuBlic Safety Building

at 7:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. City Clerk Maria P. Hougan called the roll and noted 12 alders present, constituting a quorum: Christianson, Engelberger, Jenson, Kneebone, Lawrence, Majewski, Selsor, Suess, Swadley, Swangstu, Urven, Hohol. Roll Call, Communications, and Presentations: Alderperson Jenson stated this is the first meeting of the New Year and wanted to thank the Mayor, staff and volunteers for all their dedication and hard work. Mayor Olson welcomed our new City Clerk, Maria Hougan. Mayor Olson announced EMS Director Cathy Rigdon’s retirement effective March 1, 2014, and thanked Cathy for all of her years of service and dedication to the City of Stoughton. * Kettle Park West Update: Planning

Director Scheel stated plat materials have been submitted, and the Planning Commission will hold a meeting and public hearing in the near future. They continue to work with the developer. Public Comment: Denise Duranczyk, 324 Sherman Ave, spoke in opposition of TIF Funding-Kettle Park West. Buzz Davis, 1021 Riverview Dr, Stoughton, spoke in opposition of TIF District-Kettle Park West. Consent agenda: Approval of Council minutes of: 09/24/2013, 11/12/2013, 11/26/2013, and 12/10/2013. Moved by Jenson, second by Christianson, to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously by acclamation. R-04-2014: Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to approve a Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Stoughton-PJB-II, BUD-MAR and BEEANDBEE Investment Company LLP. Planning Director Scheel explained

changes to the Pre Annexation Agreement. (Removal of one of the parties previously involved) Further discussion followed. Moved by Lawrence, second by Hohol, to approve the revised agreement. Motion carried 10-2 on a roll call vote with Kneebone and Engelberger voting in opposition. Discussion regarding negotiating Tax Increment Financing and a development agreement relating to the proposed Kettle Park West development. Ronald M. Trachtenberg, the attorney for Kettle Park West, LLC, stated the Kettle Park West Commercial Center, a proposed seven lot retail center located at the northwest corner of the intersection of USH 51 and STH 138. The commercial center is to act as the anchor for a multi-phase development, compromised of single family, multi-family and office buildings. He stated there has been significant speculation as to who the

anchor tenant will be, and that on a professional and personal basis no major retailer wishes to disclose a new store until all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. This is a standard procedure in the industry. As the developer they have been subject to a confidentiality agreement and for that reason they have been unable to disclose the name of the anchor to anyone, including city officials. They have asked the anchor for authorization to release the anchor’s name. The anchor pursuant to standard protocol would still prefer confidentiality, has given consent to release the name of the Kettle Park West Commercial Center. The anchor is Wal-Mart. They will continue to use standard protocol at this time and are not authorized to disclose any other terms of the agreement between Kettle Park West, LLC and Wal-Mart. Moved by Hohol, second by Lawrence, to meet in closed session per State Stat-

ute 19.85 (1) (e), when competitive or bargaining reasons require closed session discussion or deliberation regarding the terms and conditions of possible Tax Increment Financing and the terms and conditions of a development agreement relating to the proposed Kettle Park West development. Motion carries 7-5 on a roll call vote, with Kneebone, Majewski, Engelberger, Urven, and Selsor voting in opposition. The meeting convened into closed session at 7:25 pm. ADJOURNMENT Moved by Lawrence, second by Urven, to adjourn at 9:25 p.m. All in favor. Published: February 13, 2014 WNAXLP ***

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The City of Stoughton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, (population 12,646) has an opening for a full-time Human Resources Generalist/Risk Manager. The purpose of this position is to provide Human Resources, Personnel, and Risk Management responsibilities to the City of Stoughton and its employees. This position is a full-time non-represented position and will report to the Mayor. This position requires knowledge of human resources rules, regulations and state laws, insurance programs relative to employee benefits, along with the city property insurance programs. Requires an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Personnel Management, Accounting or closely related field. Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred, but not required. Three to five plus years in progressive leadership experience in a Human Resource position or similar position. The ideal candidate will have experience or specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning and development, employee relations, and safety training. Background check and pre-employment physical will be required. The City of Stoughton offers a competitive salary and benefit package. Employment applications and Position Descriptions are available from and must be returned to the Administrative Services Director, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014. Applications are also available at www.ci.stoughton.wi.us/clerk/

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Do you have excellent communication skills? Creative ideas? The ability to develop and maintain client relationships? An interest in print and web based media? We have an established account list with growth potential. If you possess excellent communication and organizational skills, a pleasant personality, and the ability to prospect for new business we would like to speak to you. Previous sales experience desired. Media experience a plus. Competitive compensation, employee stock option ownership, 401(k), paid vacations, holidays, insurance and continuing education assistance.

The City of Stoughton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Stoughton Utilities Wastewater Operator I. This position will function under the direction of the Utilities Wastewater System Supervisor. Candidates must possess: • High school diploma or equivalent, and preference given to a candidate who possess one or more of the following: graduation from a vocational/ technical training program in wastewater systems, two to three years of wastewater treatment facility maintenance experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. • Extensive experience in written and verbal communications and team building. • Considerable working knowledge of computers. • Ability to obtain Forklift certification, CPR/First Aid certification, and a Commercial driver’s license with tanker and airbrake certifications within 6 months of assuming the position. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The offered salary for this position is $20.13-$24.51 per hour, with a competitive benefits package. Employment applications are available from 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 or at http://employment.stoughtonutilities.com. All applicants must complete an application for employment, even if submitting a resumé and cover letter. Resumés are welcome, but must be accompanied by a completed application form. Submit resumés and applications to the City Clerk at 381 E. Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014. UN334261

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The Verona Police Commission is accepting applications for Patrol Officer. The 2014 salary range is $45,260.76 to $66,367.52, depending on qualifications. If you are a police officer who is looking for a “lateral transfer” opportunity, preference may be given to candidates who are certified and/or have experience. Application deadline is March 31, 2014. An application kit is available from our website at www.ci.verona.wi.us.
Questions can be directed to Business Office Manager Nilles at (608) 845-0924. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For consideration, apply online at www.wcinet.com/careers
Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub, Verona Press, The Great Dane Shopping News Unified Newspaper Group is part of Woodward Community Media, a division of Woodward Communications, Inc. and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

600 SOUTH FOURTH STREET P.O. Box 383 • Stoughton, WI 53589-0383

The City of Stoughton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Stoughton Utilities Electric System Apprentice Lineman. This position will function under the direction of the Utilities Operations Superintendent. Candidates must possess: • High school diploma or equivalent, and preference given to a candidate who possess one or more of the following: enrollment in a local four-year line technician apprenticeship, graduation from a nine-month vocational/technical training program in electrical systems, two to three years of electrical system maintenance experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities leading journeyman lineman status. • Extensive experience in written and verbal communications and team building. • Considerable working knowledge of computers. • Ability to obtain Forklift certification, CPR/First Aid certification, Hilti gun certification and a Commercial driver’s license with tanker and airbrake certifications within 6 months of assuming the position. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The offered salary for this position is $29.24-$32.11 per hour, with a competitive benefits package. Employment applications are available from 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 or at http://employment.stoughtonutilities.com. All applicants must complete an application for employment, even if submitting a resumé and cover letter. Resumés are welcome, but must be accompanied by a completed application form. Submit resumés and applications to the City Clerk at 381 E. Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014.




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February 13, 2014

Courier Hub


Walker: Visit highlights new
state plans for employment
Continued from page 1 disabilities benefits everyone involved – the individual finds dignity through work and contributing their talents, and the business gains a dedicated, productive employee.” Walker introduced his “A Better Bottom Line” initiative last month in the annual State of the State address. The goal is to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles that prevent them from employment. In his address, Walker said the initiative “is not about charity … (it) means helping both the individual and the company do well.” Part of the initiative is to highlight companies that are already partners to people with disabilities. McGlynn Pharmacy was the first stop in the yearlong tour, Walker’s aides told the Hub. The governor plans to tour other businesses – about one each month – the rest of the year. While in Stoughton, the governor praised owner Dan McGlynn for his support of Dan “The Man” Blomgren. Blomgren has been employed by the pharmacy for about seven years and got the job through a connection to Community Living Connections, a nonprofit support organization for adults with developmental disabilities. Community Living Connections teaches people the skills they need to be selfadvocates and provides what it calls high-quality residential services to help them live independently with dignity and respect. The expansion of such programs would be a great opportunity for people all across the state, disability advocate Tom Veek told the Hub during Walker’s visit. “The fact that (Walker) initiated this is really encouraging to us,” Veek said. Another aspect of the initiative is to expand Project SEARCH – a program that helps young people with disabilities transition from high school to the workplace. Project SEARCH has seven participating business in the state. Walker hopes to bump that number to 20 in the next three years. Walker also signed legislation in 2013 that increases the number of people served by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation by 6,000. The division is part of the state’s workforce development agency and aims to connect disabled job seekers with employers who will hire them. The state contributed roughly $4 million toward this division in order to secure about $14 million in federal funds. “This will allow the state to reduce or eliminate the waiting list of persons with disabilities, who are seeking assistance with jobs skills training and advocacy, so they can enter the workforce,” a news release from the governor’s office said.

Photos by Mark Ignatowski

Scott Walker visits McGlynn Pharmacy last week to talk with Dan Blomgren (in blue). Blomgren works as a janitor at the pharmacy. Walker was visiting to highlight a new state initiative to get employers to hire workers with disabilities.

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