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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vol. 135, No. 28

Stoughton, WI


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Spring election

Hub hosts forum for candidates


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Several candidates are expected to attend the Courier Hub’s primary election forum Thursday, Feb. 9. Both the Stoughton Area school board and Common Council will have prima- ry elections Feb. 21. The top six school board can- didates – competing for three spots – and the top two vote-getters for Dis- trict 2 alder will advance to the April 4 general elec- tion. The Hub’s forum will focus on the unusually large school board race, but alder candidates will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves at the beginning. The forum begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Performing Arts Center of Stoughton High School. It will be televised live by

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What: Hub candidate forum Who: School board and Common Council candidates When: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 Where: Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center, 400 Lincoln Ave. Info: Call 845-9559 or email stoughtoneditor@

Stoughton community-ac- cess network WSTO and rebroadcast multiple times before the primary. It is expected to last about two hours. The Hub is organizing and sponsoring the forum. Editor Jim Ferolie will moderate and keep time,

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City of Stoughton

Demolition OK could shift

Attorney says action won’t affect existing application


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The Common Council took a step toward giv- ing itself authority over the demolition of historic buildings Tuesday. Against the city attor- ney’s advice, alders voted 8-3 to have the Landmarks Commission develop an ordinance that would give the Common Council the

develop an ordinance that would give the Common Council the power to decide wheth- er a

power to decide wheth- er a building that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places could be demolished, once the Landmarks Commis- sion has reviewed it. That authority is presently the Planning Commission’s. Dist. 3 Ald. Tom Majew- ski’s motion would pertain only to buildings listed on the National Register. It also would not affect applications already under review. City attorney Matt Dregne repeatedly warned

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repeatedly warned Turn to Demolition /Page 3 Courier Hub Stoughton Area School District Photo by Derek

Stoughton Area School District

/Page 3 Courier Hub Stoughton Area School District Photo by Derek Spellman River Bluff eighth-grader Eagen

Photo by Derek Spellman

River Bluff eighth-grader Eagen Olson uses a three-dimensional design program for a project for 2-D and 3-D Engineering and Visual Design class on Monday. Students will use the program to design and then make an object using building blocks made with the class’s new 3-D printer.

Future designs

Fab Lab-type technology expands to River Bluff


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When it comes to learning a skill, getting an early start can be a big help. Now, some of the newest tech tools like those used at the Stoughton High School’s Fab Lab are also at River Bluff Middle School, as district offi- cials begin growing a similar program there. The 3-D printers and a laser cutter (on loan from the Fab Lab) arrived last week and are up and running in Jessie Hager’s eighth-grade Technol- ogy for 2-D & 3-D Engineering and Visual Design course, with dozens of

students designing and building proj- ects in new ways. “Before, students were building a lot of things by hand and it took a lot of time to get there; they weren’t able to make things that looked like pro- fessional products,” she told the Hub Monday. “Here, we can go through a lot of iterations very quickly, so it allows them to engage in that process even better.” Fab Lab Stoughton volunteer advis- er Mike Connor told the Hub in an email that district officials decid- ed to expand the program into River Bluff after seeing how well students in that age group did with Fab Lab technology during last year’s summer

programs. “They proved to us they were more than capable of learning this advanced technology,” he said. “These students were born into the digital revolution.” Hager, who teaches STEM (Sci- ence, Technology, Engineering and Math) at the school, said aside from learning to be more “efficient and accurate” in turning ideas into real objects, students are developing important skills. “(They) go through engineering, the process of designing something, print- ing it or cutting it out, testing it, see- ing if it meets the criteria they want it

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City of Stoughton

Council supports developer’s plan for Oak Opening


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One of the biggest blocks to the expansion of the Ket- tle Park West development is getting the city’s sup- port. But it still needs state approval.

Alders voted 7-4 Tues- day, Jan. 24, to allow For- ward Development Group to construct a right-in/right- out only intersection at state Hwy. 138 with a street called Oak Opening Drive, part of the second phase of the west-side development,

which is slated to contain housing and a hotel. The council required the con- nection last May, when it approved preliminary devel- opment plans. Two days after approving the developer’s plan for Oak Opening Drive, the council

met in closed session to dis- cuss the possibility of tax- payer support – about $11 million in tax-increment financing – for the project. The Wisconsin Depart- ment of Transportation has

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February 2, 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub

Stoughton native publishes book on film industry

Hill shines light on history of inequality, labor conditions


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Stoughton native Erin Hill hopes the book she recently published will help her land a full-time job as a tenured professor. Hill, a 1995 Stough- ton High School graduate, worked five years in the film industry in New York City and Los Angeles after earning a bachelor’s degree

at the University of Michi-

gan following high school.

The film experience pro- vided insight and back- ground for a dissertation that Hill began after she enrolled in UCLA a decade ago, pursuing a master’s degree and a Ph.D. The dissertation grew into a book that Rutgers

University Press published and released in October:

“Never Done – A History

of Women’s Work in Media

Production.” It explores what Hill regards as unfair labor con-

ditions that women have faced working in the film industry and the ways in which they were “exploit- ed” through what she calls the “feminization of labor.” “I’m interested in fair- er labor conditions,” she told the Hub in a telephone interview. “I don’t think in general that anybody’s who’s not a middle-class white dude is as advantaged coming into the film indus- try.” Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in theater, drama and film/video, and a mas- ter’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA in film and televi- sion. “I finished my Ph.D.

a couple years ago, and

before I finished it I secured

this book contract with Rut- gers,” she said. “The editor really liked my idea.” Hill, who teaches media studies and history class- es part-time at UCLA and

also Santa Monica College, said she’s been “gigging” to make a living for the past 15 years and struggled over whether to pursue a career

in the film industry or aca-

demia. With the publication

of her first book, she thinks

it’s going to be the latter.

Observing inequality

Hill explained that while

the latter. Observing inequality Hill explained that while Photo submitted College lecturer and author Erin Hill

Photo submitted

College lecturer and author Erin Hill signs copies of her new book, “Never Done: A History of Women’s Work in Media Production.”

working in film production, she noticed there are certain sectors of work that were done almost exclusively by women and gay men. She began thinking about why women get “kind of subtly steered” toward certain jobs and not others. “I was curious about why, because it’s such an out- wardly progressive indus- try,” she said. “I didn’t feel that women were being completely discriminated against, but I was curious why they were being direct-

ed into specific jobs and production areas.” She acknowledges that the issue she’d identified in the film and television industries – the “feminiza- tion of labor” – is a micro- cosm of larger trends in society. Women traditionally have been relegated to what’s often regarded as subservi- ent roles in large organiza-

tions, she said. In the film business, that means jobs like clerk, receptionist and light manu- facturing – in which women do things like cutting nega- tive film and inspecting film – tend to be reserved for

women. Hill wanted to know why, and dug into the history of Hollywood labor and pro- duction to explain it. “I thought I’d push that out into the light with this book,” she said. “I started out being interested in con- temporary Hollywood and how it works, and wound up becoming a historian, to try and figure that out.”

Analyzing the


Hill’s interest in the working conditions in the film industry developed as she observed and expe- rienced it first-hand. She worked in several parts of the industry and learned that being an assistant in Hollywood is “an extreme- ly exploitative labor situ- ation,” she said. “Part of the reason that’s possible is these jobs were grandfa- thered in as things that are done by all women.” For Hill, it goes back to the 1800s, when women started to enter the work- force as clerical work- ers because they offered “cost advantages.” Then

everything was reorganized around scientific manage- ment of production, she explained. “ T h e m o d e l i s t h e Ford assembly line,” Hill observed. “They try to apply that to moving pic- tures as well, and in that system women become the message carriers between production on the floor and management in the front office. “That generates this huge amount of paperwork, and a lot of the jobs were fem- inized,” she continued, “so usually women are brought in as sort of a reserve army that can be hired for cheap.” She said it became a sys- tem that worked for film industry owners and inves- tors, and still does.

Family connection

Hill now lives in Los Angeles and attributes her interest in the entertain- ment field to her parents, who share a passion for drama and passed it along to their children, Erin and her older brother, Matthew (commonly known around Stoughton as Chato). Her dad, Tony, has been

About the book

About the book Author: Erin Hill Title: “Never Done: A History of Women’s Work in Media

Author: Erin Hill Title: “Never Done: A History of Women’s Work in Media Production” Pages: 256 Publisher: Rutgers University Press (2016) Cost: $27.95 paper; $90 cloth Info:

involved with Stoughton Village Players for years, and her mother, Ann, is an avid film buff. “We’re a showbiz fami- ly,” Erin said. “We love the movies. My mother had us watching things like ‘The Godfather’ when I was 11 and my brother was 13. We’re all interested in that side of the culture.” Growing up, she was a good student, sang in choir and had roles in all the school plays. “I went to my first audi- tion for “Annie Get Your Gun” with my dad when I was in fourth grade,” she recalled. “My family was involved in all those Village Players productions. My dad helped bring the com- pany to the former Badger Theater, where it is now.” A t o n e p o i n t , H i l l dreamed of becoming an actor, “until I realized I don’t like being an actor,” she said with a laugh.


These days, Hill makes

a living reading books and screenplays for production companies like Lionsgate Films and Television and OddLot Entertainment, and also teaching classes on media studies and history. “I’ve read like half the movies that have come out this year” for various pro- duction companies, she said. “That was a women’s job in the 1940s, too.” Hill said after “gigging for the past 15 years,” she’s ready for a more perma- nent, predictable career. “Gigging is like a bad habit, but over the years it’s become something I do and have become good at,” she explained. “I would like to be full-time somewhere, but they don’t really do full- time anymore. “Now I’m hoping to get full-time tenure track job somewhere,” she added. “I think the book will help.”

Contact Bill Livick at bill.

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Board approves open enrollment seats


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The Stoughton Area school board last week approved 496 open enrollment spots for the 2017-18 school year within the district’s 4K-12 program. The number is in the same range as open enrollment spots for the past few years. According to the dis- trict, that number was 452 in 2014-15 and 563 for the 2015-16 school year. For this year, no limitation was set on open enrollment spots. Open enrollment allows students from outside the

district to enroll in school at SASD, or for students inside the district to enroll in anoth- er district. Parents can apply in the regular application period for open enrollment from Feb. 6 until April 28 for the 2017-18 school year. Typically, the district uses only a fraction of its avail- able spots, though they are broken down by grade level and therefore some grades have more openings than others.

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February 2, 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub


PSC approves westside substation

Demand mostly coming from KPW projects


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Stoughton Utilities received state approval last week to con- struct a $2.77 million electri- cal substation needed to power growth on the city’s west side. Site work is expected to begin this summer at the 15-acre prop- erty SU acquired several years ago along McComb Road, south of U.S. Hwy. 138. It’s designed to accommodate commercial and residential growth in demand from Kettle Park West. The Public Service Commis- sion estimated the $2.77 million project would require a 2.3 per- cent rate increase, but that amount

could be decreased if the project final cost is lower, or by using available cash reserves and reve- nue growth. SU director Bob Kardasz said the city’s fourth substation will require about five acres and the balance of the property will be eventually sold. “We look 20 years out and try

to put the facilities where the load

is,” Kardasz told the Hub last Thursday. “This (west substation)

will meet our needs. It will take

a fair amount of growth in the

system … to require another. We now own no other (suitable) prop- erty for another substation.” Demand for more power on the west side is expected to come from the Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kwik Trip gas station, hotel and conference center at KPW, as well as the proposed nearly 500 senior, multi-family or single-family

‘We look 20 years out and try to put the facilities where the load is.’

Bob Kardasz, Stoughton Utilities director

housing units there. A report by consulting engineers Forster Electrical Engineering said those

developments are either nearing completion or proposed to be built this year. The west side is currently

served by long lines from substa- tions located on the city’s north and south sides, but they could not be operated long term to serve the anticipated demand on the west side. Running a new line from the eastside substation is not feasible due to the many proper- ties it would have to cross. Placing the new substation where the demand is anticipated

increases system reliability and efficiency, according to the Jan. 24 PSC order approving the proj- ect. The new west substation is also expected to improve service to rural customers west of the city who experience more frequent outages caused by wildlife, vege- tation interference, and lightning, according to the order. SU is borrowing money to finance the project and Kardasz would not speculate on whether SU would seek a rate increase by the time the substation is sched- uled to go into operation in the third quarter of 2018.

The substation’s two transform- ers have not yet been bid and will take most of a year to build, he said. The construction site has suit- able nesting habitat for a rare but unspecified turtle species. The PSC requires the Department of Natural Resources’ amphibian and reptile exclusion fencing pro- tocol be used during the May 20 to Oct. 15 nesting period. Work can be done within the fenced area as long as the fence is main- tained, according to the PSC order. The westside substation will be built and landscaped to resemble the northside substation on Coun- ty Road B near the railroad cross- ing, said Kardasz. There will be overhead transmission lines com- ing to the new substation but lines leaving it will be undergrounded.

Dunn woman victim of shipping scam, DCSO says

The Dane County Sher- iff’s Office is warning the public about an alleged shipping business scam after a Town of Dunn wom- an unwittingly forwarded packages on behalf of a sham company, accord- ing to a department news release. The woman filled out an online application on what appeared to be a “legiti- mate” website “offering

to pay individuals up to $3,500 per month plus commission, to receive and then forward packag- es to another address,” the release said. Over the next two weeks, she mailed approximately 18 packages before the Appleton Police Department contacted the DCSO about an Appleton resident who was charged for an iPad sent to the vic- tim’s address in Dunn. The

Neenah Police Department reported a similar scenar- io to the DCSO, and the victim was also contacted by an individual in Texas “who stated his credit card was fraudulently used to purchase a computer which was sent to her home,” the release said. After being contacted by a sheriff’s deputy, the victim requested that pack- ages stop being sent to her

address, and subsequent

packages were turned over

to the DCSO, according to

the release. The DCSO requests that those who have been affected by scammers by telephone or online should

report the incidents to their local law enforcement agency, or file a complaint

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Demolition: Council would have say on building demolitions

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such a change would be complicated and expensive. “Whoever works on this has a tall order to make it lawful and consis- tent,” he said. “The language is criti- cal because the ordinance deals with property rights, and when you draft an ordinance, it can’t be arbitrary or capricious.” The issue arose in January when the Planning Commission discussed an application to demolish a histor- ic building at 315 E. Main St. that’s owned by District 1 alder Dennis Kit- tleson and his wife, Amy. The build- ing is located in what’s known as the city’s Downtown Design Overlay Zoning District and also in the Main Street Commercial Historic District, which is listed in the National Regis- ter of Historic Places. Under existing ordinances, the Planning Commission has the author- ity to review and grant a demolition permit for all buildings in the city except for those designated a Local Landmark by the Landmarks Com- mission. The building on Main Street is not a designated Local Landmark. The Kittlesons obtained a permit to demolish the building and want to turn the lot into a public gathering space. The building has been vacant and in a state of disrepair for sever- al years, and at a Planning Commis- sion meeting last month, the Kittle- sons said it’s not worth saving. They reported receiving an estimate of

Adopted motion

To request that the Landmarks Commission develop an ordinance for consideration by the council that would amend existing city or- dinances such that no building in a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be demolished without review and rec- ommendation by Landmarks Com- mission and a decision by the Com- mon Council based on appropriate and lawful standards.

$300,000 to restore the building. Ald. Michael Engelberger (D-2),

a member of the Planning Commis-

sion, attempted during the commis- sion meeting to send the demolition request to the Landmarks Commis- sion for review but failed to win sup- port for the idea. Instead, Majewski – who had attended the Planning Commission meeting and spoke against demol- ishing the historic building – made a motion at last week’s council meeting to have the Landmarks Commission work to develop an ordinance giving

it and the council authority over dem-

olition of historic buildings. The motion was supported by Alds. Engelberger, Tim Swadley, Kathleen Tass Johnson, Paul Lawrence, Greg

Jenson, Pat O’Connor and Matt Bart- lett. Sid Boersma, Regina Hirsch and Kittleson opposed it, and Ald. Scott Truehl was absent. In an email to the Hub, Mayor Don- na Olson said she discussed the coun- cil’s action with Dregne, who said the motion “has no impact on current applications.” Landmarks Commission chair Peg- gy Veregin addressed the council on the role of the commission and also talked about the state and National Register programs. She agreed with Engelberger and Majewski that as elected officials, the council should have the authority to make final decisions on building dem- olitions instead of Planning Commis- sion. Dregne said elected officials should make policy decisions, but not change ordinances in order to assume control over legal matters. He also said the attorney “should be involved from day one” to draft the ordinance, and that it would be hard to predict the cost for legal fees to do so. “My guess is more than $5,000, maybe more than $10,000, before you’re through,” he said. Ald. Lawrence (D-2) said he would vote in favor of the motion, noting that whatever the Landmarks Com- mission drafts and sends forward, the council would have the final say on whether to adopt the ordinance. Contact Bill Livick at bill.livick@

In brief

Fire truck borrowing

The council unanimously approved amending the Fire Department’s budget by $30,000 to purchase a new fire truck. The council had earmarked money in the depart- ment’s 2017 capital improvement budget for a new fire engine, but fire chief Scott Wegner said the price had increased since he last received an estimate.

Finance consultant contract

The council unanimously approved entering a contract of up to $20,000 with financial consultant Baker Tilly to assist the city until a new finance director is hired. Mayor Donna Olson said the consultant would work in the city two half-days per week, and she said the city is not spending beyond what’s been budgeted for financial services. Former finance director Laurie Sullivan resigned last month to take a job with the City of Oconomowoc.

Forum: Set for Feb. 9

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and the Hub will include

coverage and print ques- tionnaires from the candi- dates in its Feb. 9 and 16 issues. The Hub partici- pated in a similar forum three years ago, when there were four write-in candidates for council and mayor positions.

This year’s school board election features three incumbents – Brett Schumacher, treasurer Bev Fergus and Nicole Wiessinger. Two are not expected to attend but have agreed to provide statements. They are joined on the ballot by newcomers Derek West- by, Steve Jackson, Antho- ny Galston, Tim Bubon and Jonathon Coughlin, all of whom have agreed to attend. Candidates will have two minutes to reply to each question, with

one-minute rebuttals, and each will be allowed an opening and closing state- ment. If there is time, the Hub will consider taking questions submitted by the audience. The District 2 race features incumbent Paul Lawrence challenged by Lisa Reeves and James Gorman. For information, call Ferolie at 845-9559 or email stoughtoneditor@

Sandhill candidate forum

The Sandhill Working for Kids School Board Candidate Forum is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the district Administrative and Edu- cational Services Center Board Room, 320 North St. Free childcare is avail- able. Email sandhillwfk@ with questions for candidates.

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Letters to the editor

Vote Tim Bubon for school board

We have known Tim Bubon

and city leaders. Tim feels


over 20 years and admire

strongly that successful


hard work as a teacher and

districts must be built on

administrator in Dane County

this trust, as well as through

schools. Tim has worked on

collaborative and creative


cutting edge of education,

solutions for addressing

focusing on effective reforms

things like declining


not just change for the


sake of change. A good example of this was his recent work as a principal of an agricultural-focused middle school in the Madison

Tim and Jen (also an educator) and their family are planting roots here and both of their children attend Stoughton schools. Tim raves

Metropolitan School District

about his kids’ wonderful


students not interested

teachers and their school, and

or successful in traditional

he knows that the foundation

school settings. Tim comes to this school board race in the Stoughton Area School District with an open mind and cooperative attitude. He offers a welcome blend of a teacher who knows the pressures and problems that they face,

is here to forge forward. It is leaders and educators like Tim – thoughtful, smart, fair, compassionate and results-focused – that every community needs most. Join us in supporting and voting for Tim Bubon on Feb. 21. (Learn more on Facebook by


as an administrator that

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benefits of building trust

and collaboration between

administration, teachers

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In last week’s story on Rutland supervisor candidates, Kelsey Wollin Dunn’s name was misspelled. The Hub regrets the error.

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45 Stoughton Courier Hub Oregon Observer • Verona Press Legislative Opinion Let voters choose legislators, not

Legislative Opinion

Let voters choose legislators, not the other way around

A lthough I am new to the Wisconsin State Assembly, I am very familiar

with gerrymandering and its detrimental effect on democracy. As a teacher of U.S. history and advanced placement government at Milton High School, I led many discussions about how politicians for decades have been drawing district boundaries to put their own party at an advantage. The word gerrymander was first used in 1812 in the Boston Gazette

to describe the way the


state senate

districts were

drawn. The

districts were

designed to keep power in the hands of the party that drew the maps. Gov. Elbridge

Gerry signed the bill that created the districts. One district was said to resemble the shape of

a salamander. Thus, the term “gerrymander” was born. My conversations about gerrymandering have gone

beyond the high school classroom.

I have heard concerns from people

across my Assembly district and across Wisconsin. One only needs to look at our legislative districts to know that manipulating political boundaries to favor one party has very real consequences. Communities as small as the

has very real consequences. Communities as small as the Vruwink Village of Oregon are divided into


Village of Oregon are divided into two different legislative districts, leading to confusion as to who represents who. When districts are tilted unnaturally in favor of one political party or the other, the incumbent becomes entrenched and may have little incentive to work hard on behalf of his or her constituents. The outcome of elections in the majority of legislative districts is pre-ordained because of the convoluted way the district boundaries were drawn. This leads to a sense of disenfranchisement. For example, Republicans in a district that was artificially created to favor Democrats may feel that their vote does not count. Making districts competitive lowers the level of partisanship because candidates need to run campaigns that appeal to voters in a bipartisan way instead of simply appealing to one party or the other. Sure, some districts will naturally favor one party over

another, but making legislative districts as competitive as possible will require candidates to be closer to the center in their political philosophy. I believe this

would lead to more collaboration and bipartisanship from our legislators. It is my duty as an elected official to find solutions to the problems facing our community and state. That is why I introduced legislation that would create a

non-partisan redistricting process. The bill also creates a five- person redistricting advisory commission and provides greater transparency to ensure the process is open and the results are fair. These measures will move us toward the goal of voters picking their politicians, not the other way around. As much as I would love to see my first bill work its way through the legislative process and become law, I recognize it is unlikely. There are more than three dozen co-sponsors, none of whom is a Republican, and they are the party in control. No matter who is in charge, it is virtually impossible to get a bill passed that does not have support from the majority party. It is my hope that my redistricting reform bill at least becomes a topic of conversation at the dinner table, in the classroom, and around the water cooler in communities across Wisconsin. I think most people would agree that our politics have become too partisan and that the divisiveness hurts our democracy. I will continue to advocate for non- partisan redistricting reform as long as I have the privilege to serve the good people of the 43rd District in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Rep. Don Vruwink represents District 43 of the Wisconsin State Assembly, which includes the towns of Dunkirk and Rutland and part of the Village of Oregon.

Jackson’s ‘compassion, commitment’ worthy of school board vote

On Feb. 21, a primary is scheduled to select candidates for the Stoughton Area School District board. I encourage you to consider voting for Steve Jackson. I met Steve in 1999, when approximately 123 Albanian refugees fleeing the Serbian/Kosovo War came to settle in Stoughton. I had the pleasure of working with Steve and his wife, Lisa, who volunteered many hours to not only welcome some of the Kosovar families, but to help them transition to their new home in Stoughton by connecting them with needed resources and to bring to them warmth, hospitality and care. It is my belief Steve would display the same compassion, commitment and concern to help students and families from our school system. Steve believes strongly in collaboration in order to understand pressing issues facing the district and develop meaningful solutions. He’ll work hard to implement new and revised policies to improve

the outcome for all students and educators. He also believes in digging deeper into opportunities such as grants that can improve the district’s budget situation. Steve strongly supports a fair and just teacher compensation model, and understands that a respectful work environment benefits the entire district and community. As the husband of a 4K teacher, father to three children who graduated in the district, and an employee for over 20 years in environmental compliance for Alliant Energy, I believe Steve has the skill and expertise to tackle difficult issues facing our district combined with the knowledge base and sensitivity to work with others for what is best for our students, educators and district. Please cast your vote for Steve Jackson on Feb. 21.

Sharon Mason-Boersma, City of Stoughton

February 2, 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub


Hot Club returns with hot jazz, Western swing


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Western swing and hot jazz come together in a blend of instruments, virtu- osity and voices when the Hot Club of Cowtown takes the stage. The trio returns to the Opera House Thursday, Feb. 16, with almost two decades of touring and per- forming experience. The band features Elana James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar, and Jake Erwin on double bass. James and Smith sing leads, and all three merge voices in har- mony on tunes ranging from Western songs – “Ida Red” and “Oklahoma Hills”

– to Gypsy jazz pieces such

as “Douce Ambiance” and American songbook stan- dards like “I’m in the Mood for Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The group is known for playing that’s timeless, seamless and seemingly effortless as they strike a balance between the Tex- as swing of Bob Wills and the French Gypsy jazz of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, who played in the Hot Club of France in the 1930s and


James and Smith met in 1994 through an ad in The Village Voice and per- formed together in New York City before moving

to San Diego in 1997. They relocated to Austin, Tex- as, the following year, and Erwin joined the group in


The group has released about a dozen studio albums, including “Mid-

night on the Trail” last year,

a mix of 12 Western swing

songs and cowboy ballads. James, who grew up in Kansas and began taking violin lessons as a 4-year- old, spoke with the Hub from her home in Montana last week. She said the band tours almost continually and was on the road about 250 days in 2016. “That’s the testament to how much we actually like to play,” James observed.

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The Hot Club of Cowtown (from left), Jake Erwin, Elana James and Whit Smith, bring hot jazz and Western swing to the Opera House Thursday, Feb. 16.

“It’s a shocking tour sched- ule, but that’s how we make

a living, and we love to play.” “I’m always amazed at

the people who continue

to come out to see us,” she

added. “That is pure gold that our audience has stayed with us.”




The following is an excerpt of the Hub’s inter- view with James. Hub: It strikes me that the Gypsy jazz from Par- is in the 1930s/40s is so

culturally different from the Texas swing of Bob Wills

and the Texas Playboys. It’s interesting how these two strands of music came together.

James: I’ve got to say that in my own background, they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. I’ve never felt like they were opposing at all. The reper- toire is actually really simi- lar. I’ve had opportunities to play with Gypsies in France and old-time Western swing guys in retirement commu- nities in San Diego or Tex- as, and once you sit down to play this music, the con- versation is completely the same no matter who you’re playing with. The soloing ideas, the chords – it’s like a trove of collective mem- ory that doesn’t have any boundaries. Hub: I discovered a couple of albums from Stephane Grappelli in the

1970s at a time when I was listening to Led Zeppelin and that kind of hard rock. Most of my friends at the time couldn’t understand the attraction, but I didn’t feel a contradiction. What do you think? James: I think energeti- cally it’s the same. In some ways, I consider our band like a 1930s’ rock band because the tools were dif-

ferent but the energy really

is what animates any group.

Whether it’s a string quartet or Black Sabbath, the ener- gy is what people respond to, I think. So to me it doesn’t sound like a contra- diction. We used to be like the

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swing, in that our songs were superfast. And I still love to play that way, but we’ve come to appreciate

that audiences like to have

a conversation. Or it’s like

a meal: You don’t want to

keep heaping it on; you pace things to keep them interesting and tasty. I know that when I go to see a show, even if it’s somebody known for their virtuosity, the song that I walk away remembering or

feeling the most affected by

is often the antidote to what

they’d been doing all night. And that’s often a slow bal- lad. Hub: The band performs something like 200 shows per year and is on the road more than that. How do

you maintain your interest and energy and keep things musically fresh? James: We have a show coming up this weekend, and it’s like being a chef in that every day you cre- ate the show from nothing. No matter how long you’ve been playing something, there’s still the excitement or the pressure or the hope that it comes off like you want it to. Every single night that we play is differ- ent. To be a musician and to be able to make a living playing music is a gift of the highest order – an order so high that it’s a sort of

a calling. It’s like you’ve

been given a gift, and I believe the only way to keep such a gift is to contin- ually give it away. To be given a musical gift, you just want to con- tinue being a conduit for that for as long as possi- ble, because what’s more important than that?

As far as individual gifts in this lifetime, if you’ve got that one, it’s not some- thing that you want to let go or take for granted.

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When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
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13th ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER & RAFFLE Friday, February 3rd, 2017 • 5-8 p.m. Hosted by
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live music by “Second Swing Around”
Adults: $10.00 kids: $7.00 Children under 4: Free
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GOTR returns to Stoughton with two sites! Spring program starts Monday, March 20 Registration opens
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Spring program starts Monday, March 20
Registration opens Monday, February 13.
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a wonderful after-school program for 3rd-5th
grade girls that teaches life skills and self-confidence through an
interactive curriculum and physical activity. The 10 week, twice weekly
session culminates with the girls participating in a community service
project and the Girls on the Run 5K held Saturday, June 3.
The Spring Program be held at:
Lake View Church--2200 Lincoln Ave
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
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Coming up

Yoga Sundays

Visit the library each Sunday through the end of February for a free yoga class offered by Stoughton Yoga. The class begins at 2 p.m. and

is open to adults and teens ages 16 and up. Comfortable clothing is rec- ommended as well as a yoga mat or

a towel. For information, call 873-6281.

Ski trips

The Stoughton Recreation Depart- ment is planning multiple trips to Devil’s Head, Tyrol Basin and Cas- cade Mountain Friday nights in Feb- ruary. The trips are for middle- and high school-age children. Those interest- ed can sign up the week of the trip at River Bluff Middle School or at the recreation department. The events vary in cost between $36 and $39. For information or to register, vis- it and click “online registration” for the complete list of events.

Pastor lecture series

Local pastors are participating in

a lecture series about the history and

impact of the Reformation at First Lutheran Church, 310 E. Washington St., at 8:30 and 10 a.m. every Sunday through February. Kirk Morledge, lead pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Waunakee will lead the program Feb. 5; Graham Blaikie, former lead pastor at Lake

View Church Feb. 12; John Shep, vis- itation pastor at First Lutheran Church and former Lutheran Bishop in the

Ukraine Feb. 19; and Gerard Healy, retired former pastor of St. Ann’s, Feb.


For information, call 873-7761.


Visit the senior center from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, for reflexolo- gy. Heidi Fromi provides this form of massage that applies deep pressure to reflex points on the feet. Prices are $25 for 30 minutes or $45 for 60 minutes. The massage opens nerve pathways to increase circulation and create a sense of balance within the body. Sign up at the senior center reception desk. For information, call 873-8585.

Chili and movie

The Sons of Norway-Mandt Lodge, 317 Page St., will screen the movie “The Falun-Roros Expedition” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Begin- ning at 7 p.m., Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society will present a pro- gram about history of the Norwegian settlers on the Koshkonong Prairie. There also will be a chili cook off, bring chili and a recipe by 6:45 p.m. For information, call 873-7209.

Beer tasting

Visit Banushi’s Bar and Grill, 800 Nygaard St., for the Lions Club fifth annual beer tasting event from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Over 75

varieties will be featured and partici- pants will receive a commemorative glass. Appetizers are included as well as a limited amount of wine. Tick- ets are $35 and can be purchased at Banushi’s Bar and Grill. Checks can be made payable to Stoughton Lions. Tickets will also be available at the door. For information, call 575-7680.

Norse Afternoon of Fun

The Stoughton Norwegian Danc- ers will present their annual “Norse Afternoon of Fun” at 1:30 p.m. Sun- day, Feb. 12, at the SHS gymnasium, 600 Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $1 for children under 14. This annual event is the Norwegian’s answer to “cabin fever,” and the combination of Norwegian costumes, music and eth- nic folk dancing produces elements to relieve the “winter blues.” Members of the audience are encouraged to wear their national costumes. A bake sale featuring Norwegian pastries is also part of the afternoon as well as the announcement of the Community Appreciation Award and 2017 Syt- tende Mai Royalty. There will be a Norse Afternoon raffle for 33 different prizes. Admission tickets can be pur- chased at the Chamber of Commerce, Diamond’s Direct, McGlynn Phar- macy, Koffee Kup, Nordic Nook, Stoughton Floral, Stoughton Lumber or Radio Shack. For information, call 873-7209.


Baha’i Faith

Covenant Lutheran Church

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton 561-7450 •

For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911 or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 Stoughton study classes.

1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton • 873-7494 • Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Worship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School

Ezra Church

Bible Baptist Church

2095 Hwy. W, Utica 873-7077 • 423-3033 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship

Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10 Fellowship Meal follows service on first Sabbath

515 E. Main St., Stoughton • 834-9050 Sunday: 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Stoughton Baptist Church


Christ Lutheran Church


Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton



700 Hwy. B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:30 a.m. • Traditional Worship. 9:10 a.m. • Family Express, followed by Sunday School

First Lutheran Church

310 E. Washington, Stoughton 873-7761 • Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m. worship

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Evening Service

St.Ann Catholic Church


N. Van Buren St., Stoughton


Fulton Church

873-6448 • 873-7633 Weekday Mass: Nazareth House and St. Ann’s Church Weekend Mass: Saturday - 5:15 p.m.; Sunday - 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Christ the King Community Church

401 W. Main St., Stoughton • 877-0303 • Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship

9209 Fulton St., Edgerton 884-8512 • Sunday: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services Coffee Fellowship: 9 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Varsity (High Schoolers): 12-3 p.m. AWANA (age 2-middle school): 3-5 p.m.

Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church


Christian Assembly Church


United Methodist of Stoughton

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


Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton

Sunday: 8 a.m. - Short Service; 10 a.m. - Full Worship


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton

825 S. Van Buren, Stoughton 877-0439 • Missionaries 957-3930 Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday school and Primary


West Koshkonong Lutheran Church

Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Education Hour for all ages: 9:15 a.m.

1911 Koshkonong, Stoughton Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship


Cooksville Lutheran Church

LakeView Church

11927 W. Church St., Evansville

2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton 873-9838 • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship

Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church


Pastor Karla Brekke Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship and Sunday School

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

    Do Something Nice for Someone The advice to do something nice for someone follows

Do Something Nice for Someone The advice to do something nice for someone follows logically from the golden rule, i.e., to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12), and is, in effect, a summary of the Bible’s teach- ing on morality. We all know how good it feels when someone does something nice for us, and so we should return the favor, or perhaps “pay it for- ward,” as the saying goes. This can be done in so many simple ways, from helping someone with their chores, to inviting someone to eat with you or otherwise sharing your food, to just being there for others. It doesn’t have to be expensive; sometimes the best gift is the gift of our time. A patient and understanding listener is often the best thera- pist. On the other hand, gifts are also nice. Who doesn’t like to be the recipient of a thoughtful gift? And monetary gifts are always practical. Sometimes the nicest things we do are the things we do for those who don’t expect it, or deserve it. If someone deserves to be forgiven, then it’s not a big deal to forgive them. But if someone doesn’t deserve to be forgiven and we forgive them, that is a big deal. Do something nice for someone each and every day and occasionally do something really nice for someone who doesn’t necessarily expect it, or deserve it. – Christo- pher Simon, Metro News Service

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” —Matthew 7:12 NIV


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Community calendar

Thursday, February 2

• 1-4:30 p.m., Reflexology, senior center, 873-8585

• 1-5 p.m., Personal Essentials Pantry open, 343 E. Main St.,

• 6:30-8 p.m., Adult Craft Club: String Art, library, 873-


• 3:15 to 4 p.m., Chess Club (ages 9 and up), library,


Friday, February 3

• 9:30 a.m., Winter/Spring StoryTime (ages 0-5),

library, 873-6281

• 1 p.m., First Friday Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets”, senior center, 873-8585

Saturday, February 4

• 10 a.m. to noon, Yahara River Hootenanny (repeats

first Saturdays through November), Yahara River Gro- cery Cooperative, 229 E. Main St., 712-2976

Sunday, February 5

• 8:30 and 10 a.m., Pastor lecture series, 310 E.

Washington St., 873-7761

• 2-3 p.m., Yoga Sundays (ages 16 and up), library,


Monday, February 6

• 7 p.m., Stoughton Area School District Board of Edu-

cation meeting, District administration building, 320 North St., 877-5000

Wednesday, February 8

• 10 a.m., Winter/Spring StoryTime (ages 0-5), library,


• 6:30 p.m., Bi-weekly Baby Storytimes (ages 0-2),

library, 873-6281

• 7 p.m., Chilli on the Prairie, Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St., 873-7209

Thursday, February 9

• 2 p.m., “Concerned and Caring: Am I a Caregiver?” program, senior center, 873-8585

Friday, February 10

• 9:30 a.m., Coffee with the Mayor, senior center, 873-


• 9:30 a.m., Winter/Spring StoryTime (ages 0-5),

library, 873-6281

• 7:30 p.m., Davina and the Vagabonds, Stoughton

Opera House, 381 E. Main St., purchase tickets at

Saturday, February 11

• 10-11 a.m., LEGO Club, library, 873-6281

Sunday, February 12

• 8:30 and 10 a.m., pastor lecture series, 310 E. Wash- ington St., 873-7761

• 1:30 p.m., Stoughton Norwegian Dancers’ Norse

Afternoon of Fun ($7, tickets available at the door), SHS gymnasium, 600 Lincoln Ave., 873-0515

• 2-3 p.m., Yoga Sundays (ages 16 and up), library,


Monday, February 13

• 6:30-8 p.m., School board candidate forum, 320 North St.,

Wednesday, February 15

• 6:30 p.m., Bi-weekly evening story times (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281

• 7:30 p.m., Pokey LaFarge (tickets $12.50 regular or $25 reserved), Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., purchase tickets at

Support groups

Diabetic Support Group

6 p.m., second Monday,

Stoughton Hospital, 628-


Dementia Caregivers

2 p.m., second Thursday, senior center, 873-8585

Crohn’s/Colitis/IBD Support Group

5:30 p.m., third Wednes-

day, Stoughton Hospital,


Grief Support Groups

2 p.m., third Wednesday, senior center, 873-8585

Low Vision Support

1-2:30 p.m., third Thurs- day, senior center, 873-


Parkinson’s Group

1:30-2:30 p.m., fourth

Wednesday, senior center,


Multiple Sclerosis Group

10-11:30 a.m., second Tuesday, senior center,


Older Adult Alcoholics


2 p.m., Tuesdays, senior

center, 246-7606 ext. 1182

Submit your community calendar and coming up items online:

Jeremy Jones, sports editor

845-9559 x226 •

Anthony Iozzo, assistant sports editor

845-9559 x237 • Fax: 845-9550


Thursday, February 2, 2017


Courier Hub

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Player of the week

From Jan. 24-31

Player of the week From Jan. 24-31 Name: Tommy McClain Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Position: Center/Forward

Name: Tommy McClain

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Position: Center/Forward

Highlights: McClain finished with a sea- son-high 23 points in a win over Fort Atkinson Friday to move the Vikings to 6-0 in the Badger South Conference

Honorable mentions: Cassidy Bach (girls basketball) had nine points and six rebounds in a loss against Madison Edgewood Saturday; Aodan Marshall (wrestling) defeated Kyle Walter, ranked No. 5 in Division 2, 3-2 in overtime to help Stoughton beat Monroe 45-18 Friday; goaltender Carson Roisum (boys hockey) stopped 36 shots on goal Friday against Badger South Conference rival Monroe; Taylor Nisius (girls hockey) had a goal and an assist last week for the Icebergs; Ian Bormett (boys swimming) won the 100-yard freestyle and then joined Hayden Hammond, Connor Clark and Chase Millam to secure the 200 free relay Thursday to help Stoughton beat the rival Oregon Panthers.

Girls basketball

Bach in the race

Junior guard leads Vikings over third- ranked Monroe


Assistant sports editor

Junior Cassidy Bach is one of the newcomers to the Stough- ton High School girls basketball varsity team this season, but you wouldn’t have known it Tues- day. After hitting one free throw in the first half, Bach took over the second half on both ends of the court, including spinning in the lane for a go-ahead running layup and later knocking down a big free throw to lead the sixth- ranked Vikings to a 52-50 win over third-ranked Monroe. “I was not planning on it because I had big Sydney (Mathiason) right in front of me, and I was like, ‘Oh no, I put myself in a great spot here.’ But then I faked her out a little bit and thought I might as well try,” said Bach, who finished with 12 of her 13 points in the second half and added six rebounds, six assists and three steals. “It went in, so I guess it was the right choice.” Stoughton (14-3 overall, 7-2 Badger South) trailed Monroe 37-33 with 11 minutes to play, but sophomore Emma Kissling (8 points) hit a shot, and Bach and senior Kendra Halverson (9 points) hit back-to-back 3-point- ers to give Stoughton a 41-38 lead. The Vikings led 47-40, but Monroe clawed back, and junior Sydney Mathiason (15 points) hit a three to put the Cheesemak- ers up 50-49 with 1 minute, 11 seconds to go. After Bach gave the lead back to Stoughton, sophomore Syd- ney Hilliard (13 points) missed

a driving layup for Monroe, and

Bach ended up with the ball. She was fouled and went to the line with 3.3 seconds to go

and hit the front end of a 1-and-


with 3.3 seconds to go and hit the front end of a 1-and- 1. Photo by

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Cassidy Bach drives into the paint in the second half Tuesday in a Badger South conference game against first-place Monroe. Bach scored 12 of her 13 points in the second half, including a go-ahead shot in the paint and a free throw in the final seconds as the sixth-ranked Vikings handed third-ranked Monroe its first conference loss, 52-50.

Bach missed the second free throw, but senior Marissa Rob-

son (16 points) was there for an offensive rebound. “The first shot fell for me, and actually I would like to say I missed the second shot on

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What’s next

Stoughton hosts Milton (8-8, 2-6) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and trav- el to non-conference and second-ranked West De Pere (14-0) at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The Vikings close the week against non-con- ference Middleton (14-2), which is ranked fifth in Division 1.

Boys basketball

Vikings bounce back from Waunakee loss


Assistant sports editor

The fifth-ranked Stoughton High School boys basketball team played in its first game following a loss Friday against Fort Atkinson and dominated in a 91-63 win. The Vikings (12-1 overall, 6-0 Badger South) led 48-33 at halftime and didn’t let up in the second half. Senior Tommy McClain finished with a season-high 24 points, and senior Troy Slaby and junior Jordan DiBened- etto each collected 18 points. Senior Darvell Peeples added seven points. Senior Preston Strasburg led Fort Atkinson with 17 points.

Stoughton 72, Watertown 47

Stoughton added a 72-47 win over

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Boys hockey

Stoughton hands Edgewood first conference loss


Sports editor

Seniors Justin Gibbons, Zeth Zeichert and Jeffrey Huston will never forget the final game they played on their home ice. Tues-

day evening’s 5-4 upset over first- place Madison Edgewood guar- antees it. Edgewood had won 33 straight Badger South Conference games

– last losing to Stoughton back

on Jan. 9, 2014. Gibbons and Zeichert were the only Viking players on that team. “I remember being on that team (three years ago) and how great it felt,” Gibbons said. “Beat-

ing them again on Senior Night made it that much sweeter.” While Tuesday night was a cel- ebration of what the three seniors have meant to the Stoughton pro- gram, the win also showcased an

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pro- gram, the win also showcased an Turn to Hockey /Page 8 Photo by Jeremy Jones

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Sophomore defenseman Sam Wahlin celebrates his second period power-play goal which tied Tuesday’s game against Madison Edgewood 2-2. Stoughton scored three-unanswered goals and then held on to win 5-4.


February 2, 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub


Vikings finish undefeated during dual regular season

Boys swimming

Depth carries Vikings to first conference victory


Sports editor

Statistically, it wasn’t a perfor- mance that looked that impressive on paper, but the Stoughton boys

swimming team still got the outcome


The Vikings won two individual events and one relay out of 11 on Thursday, but managed to have just enough depth to sneak out the team’s first Badger South Conference win of the season, 87-82 over Oregon. “I don’t put a lot of emphasis on winning dual meets, but I’ll let the guys enjoy this,” Stoughton head coach Katie Talmadge said. “It’s fun to win, but we have bigger goals. We have conference in eight days and

sectionals after that. “We’re going into our taper with

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was hoping for.

into our taper with Turn to Swim /Page 9 was hoping for. Photo by Jeremy Jones

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Hayden Hammond swims to a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke Thurs- day against Oregon. Stoughton won its final Badger South dual meet of the sea- son 87-82.

Girls hockey

Icebergs drop close contests, three regular season games left


Sports editor

Hannah Smith pulled the Stoughton girls hockey co-op within a goal late Fri- day inside the Mandt Com- munity Center, but the Ice- bergs were unable to find the equalizer. Stoughton dropped the nonconference make-up game against the Northern Edge co-op 3-1. The game was origi- nal supposed to take place during the Rhinelander Hodag tournament over Christmas break, but a Whooping cough outbreak forced the game to be can- celed. That tournament left Rhinelander looking to

What’s next

The Icebergs (0-8-0) travel to Madison Ice Arena at 8 p.m. Thursday for a Badger Conference game against the second-place Madison Metro Lynx (5-1-2). Stoughton finishes out the regular season 1 p.m. Saturday at non-conference Onalaska (8-9-0) and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, against the first-place Cap City Cougars inside the Sun Prairie Ice Arena (6-0-1).

make up some games, while weather had cost the Ice- bergs a couple of games. Although the Northern Edge scored a goal in each period, Smith gave the Ice- bergs a chance to draw even with her power-play goal 59 seconds into the third peri- od. Stoughton only had two

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up-and-coming young roster full of talent. Sophomore forward Brody

Hvalacek added two goals and two assists in the win, while sophomore defenseman Sam Wahlin added a pair of goals Fellow sophomore goal- tender Carson Roisum was

a big part of that success,

and had the Viking helmet

to prove it following the win

– given to the most valuable

player following the game. Roisum made several spec- tacular saves throughout the game, including a back- wards sprawling effort in the final two minutes of the sec- ond period, which allowed

What’s next

Stoughton closes out the Badger South Conference season with a 7:15 p.m., Feb. 26, game against Milton (3-3-0) and a 7 p.m. game Friday, Feb. 10 at Oregon (6-1-0). The Vikings travel to Beaver Dam Family Ice Cen- ter at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 for a non-conference game against the Golden Beavers (7-8-2).

Stoughton to carry a 3-2 lead

into the second intermission following a Quinn Link goal.

“Carson played a great

game, and never got down even after Edgewood came back and scored a couple goals,” Stoughton head coach Kris Rosholt said. “He strug- gled during the first half of the season, but he has been playing much better as of late.” Rosholt said that the entire team has been playing bet- ter since trying to change the team’s mindset midway through the season. “We want to focus on effort, and playing our hard- est, instead of on mistakes,” Rosholt said. “We have a lot of young guys that are playing better, gaining confi-

dence, and as a result, elimi- nating mistakes.”

The victory was a stark contrast to Stoughton’s 9-3 loss to the Edgewood in early January. Rosholt said the difference was his team’s attention to detail. “Tonight was the first

time we had the whole team focused and giving the effort we needed,” he said. “Every- one wanted to win this – whether it was because of Senior Night or because it was our final home game - there was a different mind- set.” Roisum, who finished with 55 saves, compared to 16 by Edgewood’s Shane Ryan, said Tuesday was the first time Stoughton was finally able to carry everything over from practice into a game. “I can’t take anything from Edgewood, they’re a very tal- ented team, and they played well,” Roisum said. “There was never a point in the game tonight were I was confident that we had a big enough lead.” The power play went a long way toward helping Stoughton earn the win, pick- ing up the first Wahlin, who went five-hole on Ryan late in the first period to tie the game 2-2. Hlavacek added a second midway through the second period to push the Vikings out to their biggest lead, 5-2.

The Crusaders battled back with a power-play goals of their own. Defenseman Jack Royer got things rolling, scor- ing with just over the final 10 1/2 minutes. Stoughton followed that up on the penalty kill before Edgewood pulled their goal- ie with 1:45 remaining. Link had a shot to ice the game, but instead rang an empty-net shot off the post in the final minute. The Crusaders rallied for one last goal with 31 seconds remaining, but were unable to find the equalizer. “Having only beaten Mon- roe in our sectional, and play- ing Milton after the seeding meeting, we’ll end up as the 10th seed,” Rosholt said. “But if we play the way we showed we are capable of playing tonight, I 100 percent think we are capable of making a run in the playoffs.”

Stoughton 9, Monroe 0

The Vikings scored multi- ple goals in every period Fri- day and goaltender Carson Roisum stopped 36 shots on goal for Stoughton, which shut out Badger South Con- ference rival Monroe 9-0 on the road. Senior Justin Gibbons scored four goals and set up another for Stoughton, which also got two goals from Bro- dy Hlavacek. Jeffrey Hus- ton had a goal and an assist, and Cam Furseth and Zeth Zeichert each added a goal.


Assistant sports editor

The Stoughton High School wrestling team concluded the Badger South Conference dual

season Friday with a 45-18 win over Monroe Friday in a make-up dual from Dec.


The win moved Stough- ton to 22-0 in duals and 5-0 in the Badger South. The match started at 160 pounds, and Monroe led 18-6 before junior heavy- weight Aodan Marshall won 3-2 in overtime over Kyle Walter, who is ranked No. 5 in Division 2. The Vikings won the next eight matches, includ- ing senior Brandon Dan-

iels (138) 3-1 victory over Cole Murray, who is ranked No. 12 in Division

2. Junior Tyler Dow (170)

gave Stoughton its first win of the evening with a pin over Dempzy Foley in 1:49. Foley is ranked No. 11 in Division 2. Senior Kaleb Louis (132) pinned Alex Witt in

If You Go

What: Badger Confer- ence meet When: 9 a.m. Saturday Where: Monona Grove High School

3:27, and sophomore Luke Geister-Jones (152) edged Patrick Rielly 2-1. Sophomore Cade Spilde (145) won a 10-2 major decision over Travis Wolf, and sophomore Freeman Detweiler (120) won a 6-2 decision over David Andrews. S o p h o m o re H u n ter Lewis (113) won a 19-3 technical fall over Gabe Witt, and freshman Nathan Rein (106) pinned Dakota Wickstrum in 1:24. Senior Tristan Jenny (126) added a win by for- feit. Monroe’s other ranked wrestler was No. 3 Hayden Arneson (195). Junior Gavin Miller lost a 10-6 decision to Arneson.

Top-ranked Badger Conference wrestlers

106: No. 2, Hunter Lewis, Stoughton; No. 4 Zeke Smith, Sauk Prairie; No. 7, Caden Fry, Reedsburg; HM, Mason Dutcher, Milton 113: No. 4 Dalton Shea, Milton; No. 8 Dylan Herbrand, Sauk Prairie 120: No. 2 Tristan Jenny, Stoughton; No. 5, Mason Mc- Millen, Reedsburg; No. 12, Nolan Kraus, Fort Atkinson 126: No. 5, Kaleb Louis, Stoughton; HM, Pablo Ramirez, Baraboo 132: No. 1, Brandon Klein, Stoughton; HM, Draven Sigmund, Fort Atkinson 138: No. 8, Cade Spilde, Stoughton 145: No. 2, Garrett Model, Stoughton; No. 3, Drew Fjos- er, Sauk Prairie; HM, Austin Rauls, DeForest; HM, Vince Digennaro, Milton 152: No. 12, Will Gahnz, DeForest; HM, Nick Richards, Milton 160: No. 2, Tyler Dow, Stoughton; No. 7, Nate Lorenz, Waunakee; No. 10, Bryant Schaaf, Sauk Prairie 182: No. 2, Jackson Hemauer, DeForest; No. 3, Billy Pitzner, Milton; HM, Trey Haugen, Reedsburg 195: No. 2, Dalton Hahn, Reedsburg; No. 3, Logan Moore, Sauk Prairie; No. 8, Jerry Lipke, Milton; HM, Reed Ryan, Waunakee 220: HM, Brian Brooks, Reedsburg HW: No. 12, Alan Olkowski, Waunakee; HM, Aodan Marshall, Stoughton; HM, Tom Rakestraw, Milton; HM, Konnor McNeal, Sauk Prairie


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Dancers just shy of state meet

The Stoughton varsity dance team traveled to Watertown High School on Saturday to compete in the State Dance Regional competition. The team competed in Division 1 Jazz and Division 2 Pom. The dancers missed the opportunity to compete at the State Dance Championships by one point out of a possible 500. The Dance Team will be performing competition routines at halftime of the upcoming boys and girls varsity basketball games.

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power-play opportunities in the game, while the North- ern Edge went 0 for 4. Though the Icebergs con- trolled much of the game, outshooting the Edge near- ly 2 to 1, they continued to struggle putting the puck in the net. “We didn’t use as much of the ice as we have start- ed to do and it cost us some opportunities,” Icebergs head coach Matt Gallagher said. “Going into the play- offs I am looking for one or two girls to step up and

be the one to score when we need it. “We have a couple girls show promise but we’re inconsistent. I am looking for outstanding senior leadership to step it up and finish the regular season strong and carry us into post-season play.” Abby Oettinger added a Northern Edge insurance goal two minutes later, and Shea Petersen made the lead hold with 37 saves. Alicia Turunen and Ellen Padgett scored in the first two periods to give the Edge a two-goal lead. McKenzie Nisius stopped 19 shots for the Icebergs

(3-16-1 overall).

Badger Lightning 3, Icebergs 2 (OT)

The Icebergs forced over- time against the Badger Lightning on Jan. 24, but were unable to secure the team’s first Badger Con- ference win of the season, falling 3-2. Goals by Taylor Nisius and Aeryn Olson helped the host Icebergs go ahead 2-1 midway through the second period. Kayle Engel tied the game midway through the second period and Lizzie Patton added the

eventual game-winner a lit- tle over 4 1/2 minutes into overtime for the Lightning. McKenzie Nisius fin- ished the game with 40 saves, while Gabby Chris- tensen stopped 33 shots on goal for the Lightning. “The goal of the team is to finish strong. We have gotten incredibly better since day 1, and we are going to continue to do that,” Gallagher said. “If we finish strong we put ourselves in a good posi- tion to win some hockey games and keep our season going for a longer time.”

Swim: Conference meet set for Friday

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some confidence.” Having not won any of the four events enter- ing the break, Stoughton trailed Oregon by 10 (36-


“We swam well, but with the number of guys we have (12) it’s hard to compete with the depth of these other teams,” Oregon head coach Scott Krueger said. The Vikings began chip- ping into the lead over the course of the second half of the meet, however, starting with Ian Bormett’s 100-yard freestyle victory by .32 seconds over Collin Braatz in 54.1 seconds. “It felt really awesome to be able to contribute to the win,” Bormett said. “The guys have all been working so hard. “We’ve come close to winning a couple of times, but to be able to get the victory tonight was very exciting, especially during the most difficult part of our season.” Teammate Hayden Ham- mond helped Stoughton to a decisive turn over ends,

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What: Badger South meet When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Monona Grove High School

leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the 100 backstroke. It was a 13-2 point swing, which helped secure the Vikings’ first dual meet victory of the season in 1:08.71. Luke McLaury (1:10.02) and Jacob Turner (1:14.61) helped Stoughton score 13 points in the event – by far their most of any race. Bormett and Hammond were later joined by Con- nor Clark and Chase Mil- lam, posting a time of 1:42.67 for the Vikings’ final victory on the 200 free relay. Despite not winning the event, Stoughton out- scored Oregon 9-6 in the 100 butterfly as Clark (1:02.79), Jacob Foldy (1:12.13) and Jack Gard- ner (1:16.19) finished sec- ond, third and fourth. Stoughton’s JV team dominated a handful or Oregon JV swimmers,

What’s next

The defending state champion and top-ranked Division 2 team in the state, Monona Grove is a heavy favorite to win the meet. Fourth-ranked Madison Edgewood will be among the teams fighting for second place.

32-4. Nick Walker won the junior varsity 50 free and Tanner Gutche added the 100 free. Isiah Row- ley, Dylan Gross, Traeton Kooima and Gutche, and Jack Ebner, Gross, Gutche and Kooima also won the 200 and 400 free relays, respectively. Stoughton travels to M o n o n a G r ov e H i g h

School at 6 p.m. Friday for the Badger South Confer- ence meet. “My times have been kind of stagnant, so I’m really looking to take a chunk out of my sea- son-best,” Bormett said. “I ‘d really like to get a lit- tle closer to my personal bests before sectionals.”

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Stoughton travels to Badger South Confer- ence rival Oregon (6-7, 2-4) at 7:30 p.m. Sat- urday and then gets a rematch at third-ranked Waunakee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Badger crossover.

3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Stoughton was 20-for-35 from the free-throw line and added a dozen 3-pointers. Senior Alex Easterday finished with 18 points and sophomore Vince Umnus collected 14.

non-conference Watertown Saturday.

The Vikings led by 16 at halftime and once again had three players in dou- ble-digits. Slaby was the leader this time with 24 points, and Peeples added 16. But

19 of Slaby’s points were

in the first half, and 12 of Peeple’s were in the sec- ond half. Junior Max Fernholz collected 10 points, and DiBenedetto finished with eight. Senior Faron Voigt led Watertown with 15 points,

10 of which came in the

first half.

Stoughton 92,

Elkhorn 56

The Vikings traveled to non-conference Elkhorn on Tuesday and cruised to a 92-56 win. Stoughton led 38-28 at halftime and dominated the second half with 54 points. Slaby finished with 28 points and had four 3-point- ers. McClain added 18 points and DiBenedetto col- lected 13. Senior Nick Hutcher- son knocked down three

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purpose and Marissa had a really awesome rebound,” Bach said. Robson finished with eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and Halverson and senior Sydney Johnson picked up six and five rebounds. Monroe (14-2, 9-1) was handed its first conference loss.

Edgewood 65,

Stoughton 50

but I missed it

The Vikings had their eight-game winning streak snapped Saturday in a 65-50 loss against Madison Edgewood. Stoughton could not con- tain seniors Estella Mosch- kau (23 points) and Katie









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Meriggioli (11 points) and junior Caitlin Link (17 points) who combined for more points than all Vikings combined. Robson had 13 points and five rebounds, and junior Paige Halverson added 10 points. Bach collected nine points and six rebounds.

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Patricia Disch

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Patricia Disch

Patricia “Patty” Disch, age 42, of Stoughton, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, with her loving family by her side. She was born on Aug. 15, 1974, in Madison, the daughter of Gary (Donna) Disch and Rita Fleuter. Patty fought a courageous battle with cancer, which she defeated three years ago. Recently she was diagnosed again, and sadly it was too

much for her to continue the fight.

She worked at numerous places during her life, but raising her four children was

her main pride and joy. Patty

is survived by her children,

Tab II (Elizabeth), Joseph, Daniel (Shylo Krebs) and Zachary; grandchildren, Tab

III and Isaiah; best friend

and partner, Curt Peterson;

her parents; siblings, Jennifer

(Scott) Koberle, Richard Disch, Nicole Noyce and Mark (Jill) Noyce; and nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Betty Disch; step-grandmother, Charlotte Robson; and uncles, Alton Newton and John Robson. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh. com.

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Lisa Littel

Lisa Littel, age 40, of Edgerton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. She was born on April 24, 1976, in Madison, the daughter of Fredrik Loga and LuAnne Littel. Lisa worked as a department manager for Walmart in Stoughton. She was a volunteer at local food pantries, and loved dogs, cats and baby goats. Lisa

will be remembered as

a very caring and giving

person, sharing smiles and hugs with everyone she knew. Lisa is survived by her son, Calvin Geishirt; brothers, Chris Loga, Kelly Loga and James Matteson; grandmother, Wanda Littel; aunts, Carmen Jean Borland and Robin Richards; uncle,

Bill Littel; boyfriend, Sean Plank; and cousins, Ashley Borland and Brian and Rodney Richards. She was preceded in death

by her mother, LuAnne

Littel; father, Fredrik B.

Loga; grandfathers, Rodney Littel and Fred Wagner; grandmother, Pat Wagner;

a n d c o u s i n , A m a n d a Borland. A Celebration of Lisa’s Life will be held from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3,

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The City of Stoughton Planning Commission+ will hold a Public Hearing on Monday February 13, 2017 at 6:00 o clock p.m., or as soon after as the mat- ter may be heard, at the Public Safety Building, Second Floor, 321 S. Fourth Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 53589, to consider a proposed preliminary plat for Park Place Condominium, 160 Busi- ness Park Circle. The preliminary plat was submitted for review and approval on January 16, 2017. The land within this condominium development is proposed for planned industrial uses. For questions regarding this notice please contact Rodney Scheel, Director of Planning & Development at 608-873- 6619. A copy of the preliminary plat and a map of the area adjacent to the proposed plat can be viewed at the Planning & De- velopment Office, City Hall, 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin or at www. Rodney Scheel Director of Planning & Development Published January 26 and February 2, 2017 WNAXLP

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The City of Stoughton Planning Commission will hold a Public Hear- ing on Monday March 13, 2017 at 6:00 o clock p.m., or as soon after as the mat- ter may be heard, at the Public Safety Building, Second Floor, 321 S. Fourth Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 53589, to consider a proposed preliminary condo- minium plat for Larry and Sandy Stenner, 1908/1910 Hilldale Lane, Stoughton, WI. The preliminary condominium plat was submitted for review and approval on January 31, 2017. The condominium is proposed to split a duplex. For questions regarding this notice please contact Rodney Scheel, Director of Planning & Development at 608-873-

6619. A copy of the preliminary plat and a map of the area adjacent to the proposed plat can be viewed at the Planning & De- velopment Office, City Hall, 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin or at www. Rodney Scheel Director of Planning & Development Published February 2 and 9, 2017 WNAXLP

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Case No. 2017PR09


1. An application for Informal Admin-

istration was filed.

2. The decedent, with date of birth

August 4, 1925 and date of death Decem-

ber 6, 2016, was domiciled in Dane Coun- ty, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1309 Holtan Road, Stoughton WI 53589.

3. All interested persons waived no-

tice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim

against the decedent’s estate is April 28,


5. A claim may be filed at the Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000. Lisa Chandler Probate Registrar January 23, 2017

Michael D. Rumpf PO Box 1 Cambridge, WI 53523 (608) 423-3254 Bar Number: 1015663 Published: February 2, 9 and 16, 2017 WNAXLP

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Glenn J. LaZotte

February 2, 9 and 16, 2017 WNAXLP * * * Glenn J. LaZotte Glenn LaZotte O

Glenn LaZotte

O n J a n . 2 3 , 2 0 1 7 , Glenn Joseph LaZotte passed away in his home in Stoughton. Glenn was born on Dec. 3, 1930, in the home of his parents, Glenn Joseph LeZotte and Eva Amanda (Habrel) LeZotte in Merrillan, Wis. During his 86 years, Glenn loved his family and was dedicated to his work. In 1948, after graduating from Neillsville High School and marrying Shirley Ann Haugen, Glenn started working at the Neillsville plant

of the Nelson Muffler

C o r p o r a t i o n , w h i c h

was headquartered in Stoughton and years

later became the Nelson

D iv i s i o n o f N e l s o n

Industries, Inc. Glenn

stayed with the company for nearly 53 years, performing a variety of tasks starting with unloading steel when the original Neillsville plant was expanded. Thereafter, Glenn worked as an assembler on the factory floor, as a salesperson traveling the country on behalf of the company, as the plant manager in Neillsville, and eventually h e s i m u l t a n e o u s l y served as president of t h e N e l s o n D iv i s i o n and vice president and board member of Nelson Industries while living in Stoughton. In January 2001, three years after Nelson Industries was acquired by Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Ind., Glenn retired at the age of 70. Glenn deeply admired, respected and cared about the m en and wom en who started, built and continued to grow Nelson Industries during the half century he worked with them. In particular, Glenn was always grateful for the confidence placed in him by Edwin E. Bryant,

one of the three founders of the Nelson Muffler Corporation in 1939. Likewise, Glenn was

inspired and especially moved by the character,

skill and work ethic of those making the mufflers and filters in the Nelson Division’s manufacturing plants in Neillsville, Black River Falls, Mineral Point, Bloomer, Viroqua, Wautoma and Arcadia, Wis., as well as in Burk’s Falls, Ontario; Hinckley, England; and Mexico City. Glenn is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley Ann (Haugen) LaZotte; their children, Bruce Arthur LaZotte

a n d B r u c e ’ s w i f e ,

Rhonda (Rein) LaZotte, D e n i s e A n n L a Z o t t e and her husband, Kirby Fredericks, and Paul Glenn LaZotte; grandchildren, Ky l e L a Z o t t e , K a t e (LaZotte) Langfeldt and her husband, Charles Langfeldt, Eric Gross and Eric’s wife, Lindsi Weber, and Heather (Gross) Somoye and her husband, Christopher Somoye, and their son, Aaiden Somoye, and Heather’s son, Dante

Neal. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Eva, who he

always credited for all that was good in him; parents- in-law, Arthur Haugen

a n d H e l e n ( Weg n e r ) Haugen; his sole sibling and incredibly kind older sister Lorraine (LaZotte)

Francis and her husband

Harold Francis; and his and Shirley’s eldest child, Linda Lou (LaZotte) Gross of Scottsdale, Ariz., who passed away on Nov. 24, 2016, after battling cancer. Glenn’s family offers their heartfelt thanks

t o G l e n n ’s l o n g t i m e physician Dr. Guirish Agni, and to Glenn’s hospice care team leaders Tara and Ingrid of Agrace HospiceCare, as well as

each and every person from Agrace who helped Glenn and his family during the past six months. Again, thanks so very much for your skilled and unfailingly kind and compassionate help. Glenn’s family will hold

a private memorial service. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare

I n c .’s C a r e f o r A l l Endowment Campaign, or to the Agrace Foundation, or to any other charity of choice.

s h a r e

y o u r m e m o r i e s o f Glenn at: www.


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Ruth M. Rushlow

Street Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-9244 Ruth M. Rushlow Ruth Rushlow Ruth M. Rushlow, age 84,

Ruth Rushlow

Ruth M. Rushlow, age 84, went home to be with

her Savior on Wednesday,

Jan. 25, 2017, surrounded by her family.

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Shawano, Wis., on Dec. 14, 1932, the daughter of Richard and Elsa Tonn. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at St. James L u t h e r a n C h u r c h i n Shawano, and graduated f r o m S h awa n o H i g h School. On Feb. 7, 1959, Ruth married Frederick Rushlow. Together they moved to Stoughton in 1969, where they were active in the community and served as Syttende Mai King and Queen in 1988. Central to Ruth’s life were her faith and her family. Together with several dedicated families Ruth and Fred helped establish Good Shepherd by the Lake Lutheran Church, where they were active

members. Ruth is survived by her four children, Fritz (Sheila), Paul (Jana), David (Kial) and Sarah (Erik Ebert) Rushlow; and 10 grandchildren, Maddie, Fritzie, Carter, Eliza, Shae, Joseph, Benjamin, Kimberly, Tate and Isaac. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred; brother, Robert (Marge) Tonn; and sister, Connie (Lou) Sprissler. M e m o r i a l s e r v i c e s will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Good Shepherd by the Lake Lutheran Church, 1860 Hwy. 51, with the Rev. Todd McVey officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon

immediately following, in the church fellowship hall. Friends may greet the family at church from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday. Ruth will be laid to rest beside her husband in Woodlawn Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd by the Lake Lutheran Church or to the Stoughton Senior Center. Please share your memories of Ruth at:



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Jeanne E. Nelson

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Jeanne Nelson

Jeanne E. Nelson (nee:

Brickson) passed away peacefully surrounded by

her family in the comfort of

her own home in Minocqua, Wis., on Sunday, Jan. 22,


Jeanne was born on March

13, 1932, in Stoughton to Earl and Irene (nee:

Seamonson) Brickson. She enjoyed her youth growing up in Stoughton surrounded by numerous family, friends and activities. She attended UW-Stout for two years and gained employment as a secretary for an architectural firm.

She married the love of

her life, Robert D. Nelson, on Feb. 15, 1958. They relocated first to Milwaukee, where they began their family. Jeanne loved being a wife and stay-at- home mother to her eldest daughter, Wendy Schoepke, who now resides in Erin, Wis., and her youngest daughter, Patti Nelson, who relocated to care for her and resided with her in Minocqua. The family moved from Milwaukee to Menomonee Falls, where Robert built the family home and many happy memories were made. Jeanne loved to sew, craft, lead 4-H groups, knit, crochet, stencil and shop at rummage sales. She had many talents she passed on to her children. After retirement, they relocated to Minocqua, where Robert built their retirement home on Bolger Lake. She was the first president of the Minocqua Womens Aglow, which kept her very busy. She was blessed to help raise her grandson, Russ Schoepke, in the Minocqua home. This kept her young

and active creating yet more cherished moments and memories. She was also so proud to be a great-grandmother to R. J. Schoepke. He is the apple of her eye and his visits would light up her world. Jeanne has been an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend and “adopted” mother to many of her devoted Christian friends. Jeanne wanted you all to know she has loved and cherished you all so much. She expressed how each of you have touched her life in so many ways. Jeanne leaves behind her two daughters, Wendy Schoepke (Ed) and Patti Nelson; grandson, Russ Schoepke, (Erin Gross); great-grandson, R. J. Schoepke; brother, Phil (Betty) Brickson; two nephews, Scott and Tim Brickson; and two nieces, Nancy (Mel) Harried and Susie Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Irene Brickson; husband, Robert

Nelson; and niece, Kathrine Nelson. Jeanne and her entire family wish to express our sincere gratitude and love to Ministry Home Care and Hospice for the most outstanding and compassionate care they gave to Jeanne. We love you Jeralynn, Chris, Angie and Lenora. You made her final pages of her chapter and journey so comfortable, peaceful and truly loved. Celebration of life services will be held at Nimsgern Funeral Home in Woodruff, Wis., at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon will be provided after the services. Donations to the family would be appreciated so we can allocate to her favorite Christian organizations and Ministry Home/Hospice Care. Online condolences may be shared at www. Nimsgern Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

February 2, 2017 Stoughton Courier Hub



150 Places To Go

MADISON ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE SHOW, Sunday, February 12, 9am-3pm, TURNER HALL, 3001 S. Stoughton Rd. FREE ADMISSION. Antique and collect- ible sale showcasing 25 local vendors. (608) 444-0649

402 HelP WanTed, General

~HELP WANTED: Full time waitress. Experience a plus! Apply within at Koffee Kup 355 E Main St. Stoughton PART-TIME CLERICAL Position. Now hiring a part time clerical assist in the safety dept. Duties would include data entry, filing, answering phone, etc. Com- puter and phone skills required. 30 hrs per wk Mon-Fri. to apply please email resume to

PART TIME- ON Call Drivers needed. No weekends. Drivers will pick up and deliver customer vehicles within a 100 mile radi- us to and from Evansville, WI. Candidates should be flexible, dependable and have

a good driving record. Retired individuals

are encouraged to apply. Please apply in person weekdays from 9-5. Premier Evansville Auto Auction, 320 Water St. Evansville, WI. No Applications will be taken on Wednesday. TAXI DRIVERS. Must be friendly, reliable, have clean driving record. Must be at least 23-years-old. 608-415-7308

431 educaTion

LA PETITE Academy in Belleville is hiring for childcare teachers. Compete- tive wages/benefits. Please call 608-424- 6319 or email us at lpawibk@lpacorp. com for more information.

434 HealTH care, Human services & cHild care

GREAT PART time opportunity. Woman

in Verona seeks help with personal cares

and chores. Two weekend days/mth

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A driver’s license and w/comfort driving

a van a must! Please call 608-347-4348

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440 HoTel, Food & BeveraGe

FULL TIME/PART TIME Front Desk/ Housekeepers. No Experience Neces- sary, must work weekends. Apply in per- son. Quality Inn & Suites, 660 Nygaard Street, Stoughton WI 53589

451 JaniTorial & mainTenance

PART TIME evening cleaning help need- ed in OREGON, WI. Dusting, vacu- uming, mopping, bathrooms, etc. NO WEEKENDS! Apply at DIVERSIFIED BUILDING MAINTENANCE, 1105 Tou-

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516 cleaninG services

TORNADO CLEANING SERVICES LLC- Your hometown Residential Clean- ing Company. 608-719-8884 or garth@

548 Home imProvemenT

A&B ENTERPRISES Light Construction Remodeling No job too small


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554 landscaPinG, laWn,

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602 anTiques & collecTiBles

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642 craFTs & HoBBies


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Craftsman Soldering Gun (w/case)


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Dowel set-up kit $35

Call John 608-845-1552



Furnaces/Wood, Fuel

FOR SALE Oak firewood, seasoned and split. Delivered. 608-843-5961 SEASONED SPLIT OAK, Hardwood. Volume discount. Will deliver.


648 Food & drink

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 2293 will be at OFroyo, 856 Janesville St, Oregon for our annual Drive Thru Cookie Booths. Saturday, February 4, 3-5pm,

Sunday, February 12, 2-5pm,

Sunday, February 19, 2-5pm


sPorTinG Goods

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FOR SALE 1 SET OF MEN'S AND 1 SET OF WOMEN'S GOLF CLUBS. EACH COMES WITH GOLF BAG, PULL CART AND HEAD COVERS. $100 PER SET Men's full set (for tall right handed player) Women's full set (left handed player) Contact: 608-845-1552

696 WanTed To Buy

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705 renTals

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720 aParTmenTs

ROSEWOOD APARTMENTS for Seniors 55+. 1 & 2 bedroom units available starting at $795 per month. Includes heat, water and sewer. Professionally managed. Located at 300 Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 608-877-9388

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Oak: Plan still requires state approval

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thus far not approved the intersection because of safety concerns it has about allowing too many access points along Hwy. 138 to KPW. But the DOT has signaled a willingness to consider the plan if it’s lim- ited to right-in/right-out, versus a more convention- al intersection or a round- about, the developer and city officials said. Alders had met as a com- mittee Tuesday, Jan. 10 and voted to recommend the Common Council approve the right-in/right-out con- nection. FDG manager Dennis Steinkraus said he needs the city’s support for the idea when he meets again with the DOT to get its approval. Alders who voted in favor of his request rec- ognized that the DOT is unlikely to allow a full-ac- cess roundabout at that location, based on what city officials and FDG have learned in discussions with state highway officials. Fo u r a l d e r s vo t e d against the developer’s plan – Michael Engelberg- er (D-2), Tom Majewski (D-3), Dennis Kittleson (D-1) and Kathleen Tass Johnson (D-2) – for a vari- ety of reasons. The four have generally opposed the development, and espe- cially using tax-increment financing assistance from the city to help build it.

Alders gathered as a committee Thursday night in a closed meeting to discuss the developer’s request for $11.2 million in TIF assistance for pub- lic improvements to Phase 2. The council previously approved about $5 million in TIF for the project’s first phase, the 35-acre com- mercial center at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 51 and State Hwy. 138. Engelberger said alders should know whether the DOT will approve the con- nection before the coun- cil votes on it. To vote to approve the connection first would be “putting the cart before the horse,” he said. But two alders who have voted against the devel- opment in the past, Regi- na Hirsch (D-3) and Sid Boersma (D-1), sided with the council’s pro-KPW fac- tion Tuesday in approving the developer’s plan for the intersection. Hirsch said she didn’t think it would be fair for the council to demand that Forward Development Group establish a connec- tion at Oak Opening Drive to the highway, but then not endorse the connection for the developer when it meets with the DOT. “It’s not putting the cart before the horse,” she countered. “We asked the developer to do this and need to allow them to go forward.” Steinkraus said FDG

would have to acquire a property directly west of its property in order to build an intersection at Oak Opening and the highway. He told the council FDG had the property “under contract” for six months and the contract had expired a few months ago, but the property is still for sale. If the DOT approves the proposed configuration, the developer still has oth- er city-required conditions to meet before it can begin work in most of Phase 2:

installing the streets, util- ities, sidewalks, street lighting, and other public improvements required to serve the area, and reach- ing an agreement with the Town of Rutland for improvements to roads in the township adjacent to KPW. That includes bike and pedestrian accommo- dations and traffic signals at the Roby Road/Deer Point Drive and U.S. Hwy. 51 intersection. Last May, the council authorized the developer to begin working on a hotel, conference center and a senior living facility on the north side of Jackson Street in Phase 2. But the council said all other work in the second phase cannot go ahead until the DOT approves a highway con- nection with Oak Opening Drive.

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River Bluff eighth-grader Grace Milton, left, and classmates talk with River Bluff STEM teach- er Jessie Hager, right, about a three-dimensional prototype of a car during the Technology for 2-D and 3-D Engineering and Visual Design class on Monday.

Fab Lab: 3-D printers arrived last week

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to meet,” she said. “And if not, they have a chance to reevaluate and brainstorm solutions, so they can find a better way of doing it.” While the new additions don’t constitute a “full- fledged Fab Lab,” Hager said, the new equipment (and software) is similar to that used at the high school, which has multiple advan- tages. For starters, some of the students have already had experience working with the SHS Fab Lab during family nights and summer programs. And when they get to the high school, they’ll already know the software involved and a “basic knowledge of how to use the tools,” which Hager said will give them a head start at the Fab Lab there. “They’re really ready to take off,” she said.

Planning session

More about the pro- gram’s future path will be known soon – Hager was scheduled to meet Tues- day with district officials about potential additions to the area and “what the full direction of the program is going to be.” She noted “plans to definitely buy” a laser cutter for the middle school to replace the one currently on loan from the high school. The equipment – cur- rently in a temporary spot – will only be used by eighth-graders this year, but Hager said she’s “hoping to get access to the rest of the student body” for the equip- ment. She said so far, there has been “a lot” of student

ment. She said so far, there has been “a lot” of student Students display samples of

Students display samples of building blocks made from a 3-D printer they will use for an upcoming class project.

Finding funding

Funding for the new equipment was provided through grants from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Bryant Foundation. District superintendent Tim On- sager said in an email to the Hub the funding will allow the district to take STEM programming “to another level.” “(The grants are) another example of a great commu- nity partnership that will help provide new learning oppor- tunities for our kids and build their skills in critical thinking and problem solving,” he said.

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interest, from “particular- ly the sixth-graders,” about using it during lunch hour and after school for their own projects. W h i l e t h o s e t y p e s of hours have not been

established, she said that’s a future possibility. In the meantime, while the pro- gram looks to be one to grow in the future, Hager said the start has already been a “huge boon” for the middle school and its stu- dents. “It’s really exciting for them to envision something and have it made,” she said.

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