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Will school districts lose local control?

VOL. 121, NO. 16




Judge sides with Sen. Erpenbach


School district officials last week continued expressing trepidation about Governor Scott Walkers proposed biennial state budget. Ellen Lindgren, president of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD), was joined by a chorus of voices from other districts during a news conference held April 10 at the State Capitol. Lindgrens speech zeroed in on

Walkers plan to shift oversight of charter schools away from local government bodies. She was one of nine speakers at the event, which was organized by the Dane County School Board and Dane County Superintendent consortiums. Lindgren said Walkers budget would rob locally-elected school boards of their ability to manage publicly-funded education. Specifically, she said Walkers plan has the potenSee BUDGET, page 5

A Grant County Circuit Court judge has issued a decision in the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policys case against Sen. Jon Erpenbach (DMiddleton). Judge Robert P. VanDeHey sided with Erpenbach and will not compel the senator to make public un-redacted versions of emails he received during the prolonged political unrest that surrounded the passage of Act 10. The MacIver Institute sought the information, claiming public employees

using government computers to contact Erpenbach regarding collective bargaining legislation may have violated the law preventing the use of public resources for political purposes. Erpenbach handed over the emails, but he first redacted names and email addresses. VanDeHey, who reviewed unredacted versions of the messages before issuing his order, wrote that public employees in the future would be well-advised to contact their political leaders using their personal computers and while not at work. However, he found the institutes

Current Mayor Kurt Sonnentag was joined by former mayors Doug Zwank (center back), Judy Karofsky (center front) and Dan Ramsey (right) at last weeks kickoff of the City of Middletons 50th anniversary. Special events surrounding Middletons 50 years of city status (it was a village until 1963) will take place throughout the remainder of 2013. The kickoff party, which took place April 9 at Fire Station No. 1 on University Avenue, includedfood and beverages, live music provided by theMadison Brass Band, and plenty of socializing. At the same time,a collection of local history, brought together by the Middleton Area Historical Society, was unveiled at the Museum at the Depot on Parmenter Street. Turn to page 11 for more pictures from the event.

Mayors past and present

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Town could lose 160 acres to city


Share takes over First District seat


Erdman Holdings interest in annexing up to 160 acres of town land into the neighboring City of Middleton prompted Supervisor Roehl, of the Middleton Town Board, to suggest retaining an attorney at its April 15 meet-

Town chair wants to talk with ATC. Page 3


See ANNEX, page 10

Miriam Share used to spend her Tuesday evenings singing in the Madison Symphony Chorus. As the newest member of the Middleton Common Council, shell now occupy those nights using her alto/soprano to vote yay or nay on policy decisions that shape the citys future. Share ran unopposed for the councils District 1 seat after incumbent Paul Kinne chose not to seek another term in the Spring Election. She was sworn in by assistant city administrator John Lehman on Tuesday night. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has lived in the Good Neighbor City since 2007. She works as an account executive for

Spring Supper a hit with music fans. Page 19


See SHARE, page 10

Miriam Share takes the oath of office Tuesday night at Middleton City Hall.

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Soccer team rolls in season opener. Page 12


Dining Guide. . . . . . . . . . 6 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classieds . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Inside this issue:

Working to restore Lakeview Park pond




Top: city employee Bill Byers sets a fish crib on the ice. Above: a father at the Middleton Optimist Clubs Kids Fishing Day learns that hooks can get snagged in more than just Eurasian Water Milfoil.

Top photo contributed, above photo by Matt Geiger

A city employee is spearheading an ambitious plan to transform the pond at Lakeview Park from a morass of overgrown weeds into a sustainable fishery. And he wants to do it without using any tax dollars. Kurt Breunig, a Middleton Public Lands Department worker, is focusing on making the three-acre fishing hole particularly accessible and welcoming for young anglers and disabled individuals. In a sense the project began several decades ago, when a young Breunig began experiencing the great outdoors with his father. Ive been fishing with him since I was five years old, and not just once or twice a year but all the time, he recalled. Wed go to Governor Dodge [State Park], and I remember always stopping for ice cream on the way home. Years later, Breunig still enjoys fishing with his father, who now uses a wheelchair. One day I couldnt get him onto a frozen lake when we were trying to go fishing together, and I realized how many people are probably being prevented from fishing because of issues like that, he recalled. Thats when I really made up my mind. Breunig was reminded of his experiences again last June while mowing at Lakeview, an 80-acre municipal park located at 6300 Mendota Ave. in the City of Middleton. He observed a young boy walking up to the pond with a long fishing pole and an exuberant smile on his face. As he mowed, Breunig saw the

smile fade when the boys hook became instantly and hopelessly entangled in an expansive clump of Eurasian Water Milfoil, an invasive species that was clogging the pond. The boy moved down shore, only to once again see his line end up snagged in the weeds. He was all ready to go fishing, but after a certain time he just ended up defeated, Breunig recalled. He went home dejected. The childs disappointment which the city employee feared would prevent him from growing to love outdoor recreation - spurred Breunig into action. He contacted Penni Klein, Middletons public lands manager, and other city departments. He also got in touch with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries staff. Together, they devised a project that would enhance the ponds ecosystem while adding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps, picnic areas, and another fishing pier. The plan began with weed removal last year. Breunig purchased a polemounted cutter and began manual weed removal. Its a nasty weed, and it will replant itself, he said of Eurasian Water Milfoil. Our goal is to keep on top of it. Basically to mow it if we have to. Next, the team constructed various structures to submerge in the pond. They built fish cribs, spawning beds and more. They placed the items strategically atop the ice during the winter months, letting them sink to the bottom during the spring thaw. (Rock piles are scheduled to be added next month.) The man-made features were designed create better fish habitat, hopefully allowing them to exist in an authentic environment. Eurasian Water Milfoil isnt the only foreign invader in the little pond. The notorious Asian carp, which is causing widespread damage to Wisconsins ecosystem, is also present in the pond. A plan is in place to remove them using bow and arrow hunting this May. The pond will be stocked with bluegills, bass, catfish and fathead minnows. State fishing laws apply, and anglers are also asked to only take a limit of 10 bluegills and one bass and/or catfish. The estimated cost to overhaul the pond is $43,144. The price tag includes one ADA on-shore fishing pier, two ADA picnic tables, fish to stock in the

pond, and DNR permits. Fundraising efforts began in 2012, and the City of Middleton has already spent $10,600 on improvements. (That funding, allocated by the Middleton Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission, came exclusively from developer impact fees and not directly from tax dollars.) Those working on the project hoped local civic groups and citizens would pitch in to bridge the funding gap. And they did. The Middleton Optimist Club recently donated $5,000 to the project. Other contributors have added $2,250, bringing the project even closer to completion. Randy Schmidt co-founded the Optimist clubs annual Kids Fishing Day 15 years ago. He said the event, which takes place at the Lakeview pond, has provided free fishing gear to more than 3,000 children to date. Lakeview is a good place to spend quality time with your child, Schmidt said, but over the years the pond has become degraded. The goal is to restore it to a sustainable condition. Like Breunig, Schmidt has fond memories of fishing as a youth. Parents really need activities that dont cost a lot, with few distractions, where they can spend time one-on-one with their kids, he said. Thats what fishing is, and you cant do it without a good pond. Breunig is appealing to the rest of the communitys generosity to help finish the project. Checks should be made payable to: Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry, 7426 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562. An upcoming brat stand will also raise funds for the project. The sale will take place at Bunbury and Associates Realtors, 6650 University Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. on April 28.

Will ATC meet with town leaders?




Town of Middleton chairman Milo Breunig wants to re-start the municipalitys power line committee because American Transmission Co. (ATC) now seems ready to discuss some minor issues. Theyve been avoiding us, Breunig told the town board last week. We asked for some open meetings here [last year] but they turned us down. Talks between the government-created, for-profit power line builder and the town discontinued last fall after

Parking, Terrace plan, old MOM get second looks


Peter Gardon, an attorney the town retained, asked ATC to consider impacts on the community from multiple power lines it plans to terminate at the Cardinal Substation, located alongside USH 14. ATC said it intended to seek state approval for its proposed BadgerCoulee power line to the Cardinal substation either south along Bronner Road, or from the west. Beginning in 2005, the towns power line committee consisted of deputy town clerk Sara Ludtke, Mel Pope, Tom Krull and Breunig. At the time, it discussed construction of the Rockdale-West Middleton line and expansion of the Cardinal substation.

Now ATCs indication that it wants to renew discussions represents an open door we shouldnt slam shut, Breunig said last week. ATC spokeswoman Kaya Freiman said the company hasnt received any requests for meetings with town officials on the Badger-Coulee line for months. She added that the company would review any request to meet in the future. Whether ATC would meet depends on the timing of the request, she said. Breunig didnt warm to town board supervisor Tim Roehls suggestion to open committee membership to other town residents, saying he doubts ATC would meet in an open forum at this

time. In a phone interview last week, Breunig declined to reveal the issues he wanted to discuss with ATC. The problem the last time was there was too much information out there, he said. I think ATC would prefer to meet quietly and discuss things. He said the topics he wants to address consist of nothing that we havent discussed before. Whether the committee had ad hoc or a continuing status would be checked before putting it on the boards April 22 agenda. Pope said last week that he was satisfied with the work the committee did to keep the Rockdale line out of the

center of town and along USH 12 and USH 14. However, he was undecided about serving on the committee now until he learned what tasks it would undertake. [R]ight now I am inclined to stay retired, he wrote in an email to the Times-Tribune.

-Reappointed Denise Schmidt and Cathy Garfoot to the plan commission: -Awarded a $40,000 bid to Crack Filling Services, Inc., of Cross Plains.

In other action last week the board:

The City of Middleton Plan Commission last week held its second public comment session regarding the possible construction of a downtown parking ramp. The meeting served as a follow up to a February presentation of a study conducted by Walker Parking Consultants (WPC). The consultants data showed plenty of parking spaces that are currently available in downtown Middleton. Saying many of the spaces are underutilized, the study suggested there is no need to pay for a multi-level parking ramp at this time. But some downtown business owners immediately took issue with WPCs study The April 9 meeting illustrated a continued lack of consensus on the issue. Some residents, such as former mayor Dan Ramsey, have not ruled out

the ramp option. Ramsey noted, it is a question of when, not if, a parking ramp will be needed. Ramsey asked the city to preserve the option of adding parking at the appropriate time. Hamid Noughani, a local business owner, worried that the parking structure could potentially diminish the aesthetic charm and friendly atmosphere downtown Middleton is known for. [I]t would be a shame to trade the very

thing that makes this place unique and elegant for convenience, Noughani said. Some residents addressed how parking factors into sustaining the local economy. Beverly Diny, of Dinys Jewelers, said that over the past decade she has seen tremendous growth but worries a perceived lack of parking will harm local businesses. Marilyn Burke, of Marilyns Opera

House, echoed Dinys sentiments. Burke contended there are some things the study cant measure. City alderman Hans Hilbert (Dist. 7) urged his fellow commission members to come up with a list of actions that are feasible and within [their] budget. The commission decided to move forward and prepare a report prioritizing recommendations from the study and public forums.

PLAN FOR TERRACE AND HIGH POINT ROADS CHANGED The April 9 plan commission meeting also revisited the ongoing conversation regarding improvement alternatives for Terrace Avenue and North High Point Road. This was the third informational meeting to discuss how construction should take shape. As See PLANNING, page 8



Severe weather drill today

This week is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. The 2013 Statewide Tornado Drill, which is scheduled to occur today (Thursday) will consist of a mock tornado watch and a mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin. Most local and state radio, TV and cable stations will be participating in the drill. Television viewers and radio station listeners will hear a message at 1:45 p.m. indicating, This is a test. The mock tornado warning will last about one minute on radio and TV stations across Wisconsin and when the test is finished, stations will return to normal programming. In addition, alerts for both the mock tornado watch and warning will be issued over NOAA weather radios. DRILL SCHEDULE 1 p.m. National Weather Service issues a mock tornado watch for all

1:45 p.m. - National Weather Service issues mock tornado warning for all of Wisconsin (a warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on weather radar. Move to a safe place immediately). 2 p.m. End of mock tornado watch/warning drill - The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state today, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 19 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday, the drill will be cancelled. Information on the status of the drill will be posted at

of Wisconsin (a watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms).

The Middleton Youth Resource Center has been working with the Kiwanis Builders Club and partnered with Fish & Associates Structural Engineering Firm to design and build a giant-sized structure, made entirely out of cans and packaged goods, for Middleton Outreach Ministrys annual Canstruction competition. All of the food and packaged goods raised in the event go directly to MOMs food distribution center. Please send monetary donations to: City of Middleton Recreation Depart-

Youth Resource Center seeks help to buy cannned goods for local food pantry

ment, Attn: Megan Meyer, 7426 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562. Checks should be made out to the Middleton Recreation Department, with MOM Hunger Drive in the memo line. Donations may be dropped off at the Recreation Department between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This years Canstruction competition will be held Thursday, May 2, from 5-8 p.m. at KEVA Sports Center.

Kalscheur Dodge, Kami Lynn, 29, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/24/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Kaltenberg, Kristy L, 29, Madison, WI 53705, 12/24/2011, Operating While Intoxicated, $731.00 Kapinus, Cree Savanah, 18, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/24/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $128.80 Karatas, Mesut, 41, Madison, WI 53719, 03/07/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Karls, Richard W, 24, De Forest, WI 53532, 03/25/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Kennedy, William R, 61, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/14/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Kennedy, William R, 61, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/14/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Kesler, Beth A, 32, Evansville, WI 53536, 03/05/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Kesler, Beth A, 32, Evansville, WI 53536, 03/05/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Kimball, Clifton C, 32, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Kindt, Misty A, 28, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/21/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Klawitter, Micheal J, 38, Madison, WI 53714, 11/25/2011, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Klubertanz, Jason C, 40, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/09/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Kramer, Thomas A, 60, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Krigbaum, Steven D, 44, Madison, WI 53719, 03/23/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Kuehn, Michael L, 55, Dane, WI 53529, 04/02/2012, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.80 Kuehn, Michael L, 55, Dane, WI 53529, 04/02/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Labella, Christopher J, 23, Madison, WI 53705, 04/01/2012, Method of

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Giving Signals, $88.80 Lah, Marianne C, 59, Madison, WI 53705, 03/28/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Lah, Marianne C, 59, Madison, WI 53705, 03/28/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Lalley, Daniel J, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/15/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Lange-Leung, Karen A, 56, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/22/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Lara Lozada, Eugenio German, 46, Fitchburg, WI 53711, 03/21/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Larsen, Michael J, 58, Madison, WI 53714, 03/15/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Lee, Pearl G, 27, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/03/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Lee, Ryan E, 28, Madison, WI 53718, 03/29/2012, Traffic Control Signal Violation red, $88.80 Leiterman, Zachary J, 30, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Leiterman, Zachary J, 30, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Leiterman, Zachary J, 30, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Lemberger, Robert M, 68, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Leuchtenmacher, Dustyn Daniel, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $139.20 Long, Ryan A, 34, Madison, WI 53717, 02/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Lowe, Kim A, 48, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/28/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.00 Lynch, John F, 50, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Lynn, Erin K, 27, Madison, WI 53719, 03/28/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Lyons, Frances B, 33, Madison, WI

53703, 03/09/2012, Auto Following Too Closely, $114.00 Lyons, Frances B, 33, Madison, WI 53703, 03/09/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Magnan, Sharon D, 39, Madison, WI 53704, 04/02/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Magnan, Sharon D, 39, Madison, WI 53704, 04/02/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Manzo, Kathryn M, 21, Madison, WI 53711, 03/16/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Marek, Alan R, 32, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Eye Protection None, $88.80 Martin, Russell L, 54, Middleton, WI 53562, 04/01/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Martin, Russell L, 54, Middleton, WI 53562, 04/01/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Mathy, Sara L, 62, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/20/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Matiz, Candice Nicole, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Matiz, Candice Nicole, 24, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Mattix, Timothy J, 63, Cross Plains, WI 53528, 03/08/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Matts, Sarah J, 29, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/22/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Matts, Sarah J, 29, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/22/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Matts, Sarah J, 29, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/22/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Mc Adow, Carol M, 70, Madison, WI 53711, 03/08/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Mcguire, Megan Patricia, 30, Monona, WI 53716, 03/16/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Mclean, Ryan D, 18, Fitchburg, WI 53711, 03/18/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Mcleod, Stephen A, 38, Chicago, IL 60622, 03/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Meier, George M, 45, Black Earth, WI 53515, 03/31/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Meier, George M, 45, Black Earth, WI 53515, 03/31/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Meitzen, Kay Lynn, 54, Verona, WI 53593, 03/06/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Mering, Kenneth D, 54, Baraboo, WI 53913, 03/24/2012, Failure to Obey Sign/Signal, $88.80 See COURT, page 21


tial to strip the MCPASD Board of Education of its ability to oversee Clark Street Community School, a thriving local charter institution, as well as any future charters in Middleton-Cross Plains. Lindgren was joined at the event by MCPASD superintendent Don Johnson and MCPASD board clerk Annette Ashley. While much of the criticism of Walkers plan has revolved around his desire to increase funding for private voucher schools, Lindgren said his plans for charter schools, which are currently run by local school districts, are also problematic. Lindgren prefaced her remarks last week by saying how amazing it was to find so many people and organizations including superintendents, board members, teachers, parents and special education groups finding common ground over the perceived harm Walkers budget would have on education. We are all on the same page, she stated. More than 25 superintendents and school board members from 15 districts around Dane County attended the event, which lasted just under an hour. The budget proposal seeks to expand charter schools beyond Racine and Milwaukee, into districts that have at least one school failing to meet standards on the states new school report cards. While none of Middleton-Cross Plains schools are currently flunking the report card, Lindgren viewed the




move as a further step toward the privatization of public education. She added that small tweaks to Clark Streets charter could open the door for outside oversight groups to swoop in. Wisconsin has had charter schools for 20 years, said Lindgren. They are of a high standard compared to many states. Charter schools are public schools that must be authorized by an agency, and are accountable to that authorizing agency for specific performance measures, she continued. Charter schools must employ licensed teachers, involve parents, administer statewide tests, and comply with federal regulations that govern all public schools. Under current state law, school districts can authorize an unlimited number of charter schools. Lindgren contended that charter schools, when overseen at the local level, have the flexibility they need to help at-risk teens and prevent them from falling through the cracks and becoming dropouts. But in addition to local school boards being their authorizing bodies, there are several other agencies designated in law to allow charters: the City of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The charter programs they run are called independent 2R schools. Lindgren criticized Walkers proposal to allow expansion of these inde-

pendent charter schools and add more than $17 million to their coffers. She said the funding would be deducted from money available to public schools. The onus will be on local school boards, who will be forced to raise taxes to make up for this transfer of money, she said. This is a tax increase that is out of [the] control of the local school boards. Lindgren said Clark Street Community School, which was formerly Middleton Alternative Senior High (MASH), was developed by teachers committed to finding ways to reach students. She called it a huge success that enjoys strong support from the local school board. So I am very much a charter school supporter, as a school chartered by and accountable to locally elected school boards, Lindgren said, [but] the governors proposals for the expansion of charters has caused grave concerns. Lindgren said Walkers changes would fly in the face of conservative local control doctrine. The proposed board can authorize the management of these charters to any group, she said. Students do not need to be from the school district these new charters are created in, and the sending school districts will be responsible for paying for the students to go there. Again, cause for grave concern. Lindgren said there is also a proposal in Walkers budget that would

allow the state to dictate the terms a charter, and who governs the charter schools, of any of the 200 currently operating charter schools, including Clark Street. Again, the charter school would lose accountability to the local school district, she said. Lindgren called on legislators to pull the charter school changes from the budget. As a whole, the press conference served as a continuation of educators earlier appeals to change much within the Walkers fiscal plan. The MCPASD Board of Education in March approved a letter to state lawmakers in which it laid out extensive concerns about the 2013-15 budget proposal. In the letter, the district took issue with Walkers push for increased funding for school vouchers, which they said would funnel money away from public schools. They called for a state funding increase of at least $235 per pupil this biennium. The request was reiterated during last weeks press conference. The board believes voucher schools

have not been shown to increase student achievement, and that they lag behind Milwaukee Public Schools in eight of nine categories, citing data from the Department of Public Instruction, the Public Policy Form Research Brief (February 2013), the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, and the University of Arkansas School Choice Demonstration Project. Under Walkers plan, general aid to public school districts would increase by $129 million over the next two years. However, the revenue limit would be frozen, which critics say means the new money would go toward property tax relief and not the cost of public education. Meanwhile, the governors proposal includes $73 million more for voucher schools, $23 million for charter schools, and $21 million in grants for special needs students to receive a voucher to attend private schools. More than a dozen school districts in Dane County have also sent letters and resolutions to state officials about the proposed budget.

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Birds, Birds and more Birds April 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guide: Mike McDowell Meet at parking lot 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue on Pheasant Branch Road (fire number 4864). Please RSVP if you need to borrow binoculars at the

Citizens can join the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy for free Conservancy Day programs on the third Thursday of every month (including tonight). RSVPs are appreciated by organizers, and should be sent to Colleen at 608-767-2394 or All programs are family friendly, unless otherwise noted.

From frogs to fireflies, Friends offer array of educational events



Wisconsin Frog & Toad Survey May 16 from 8-9 p.m. Guide: Andrew Badje, Wis. DNR Meet at the Orchid Heights Park Shelter, 4198 Park Trail, Middleton. The Wisconsin Frog & Toad Survey (WFTS) is a citizen-based monitoring technique used to detect the health of

event. Back again, this spring Conservancy Day Program is sure to be a treat for anyone who enjoys seeing birds usher in the warm seasons. The group will walk about one mile. Young children will need an adult to help them find birds and use binoculars.

Wisconsins frog and toad species. Volunteers visit 10 sites along a route and listen for five minutes at each one, recording all the species they hear. Each route is monitored three times per year. Come and learn the brief history of the WFTS and how to complete a route. The guide will also help identify all 12 frog and toad species in Wisconsin, both by sight and by their breeding calls. The group will walk to one or a few nearby wetlands and ponds. Fireflies and other beetles June 20 from 8-9:30 p.m. Guide: Colleen Feist, naturalist Meet at the Orchid Heights Park

Shelter, 4198 Park Trail, Middleton. When is a bug not a bug? What message does a firefly send to other fireflies with its blinking light? What is the Lost Ladybug Project? Learn answers to all of these questions and more. This program is packed with educational activities for adults and children. A better home for Northern Pike July 18 from 1-3 p.m. Guide: Jens Jensen and Aaron Steber of Cardno JFNew Meet where Pheasant Branch creek crosses Century Avenue in Middleton, between Dewey Court and Tomahawk Court. This program is geared toward

an adult audience Enjoy a field trip to learn more about wildlife habitat management. In 2011, restoration experts from Cardno JFNew assisted the City of Middleton to create Northern Pike spawning habitat in the Conservancy. Cardno JFNew worked to improve the stream habitat for Northern Pike. Eroding stream banks were leaving few places for fish to hide, eat and rest in the stream. Our guides will show us how habitat was re-built in the stream, why it is important for the fish, and the difference it has made so far. Dress for the weather. There may be up to two miles of walking.


On Monday, April 22, well be celebrating Earth Day. Despite the fact that our late spring means a less colorful, chillier Earth Day than many of us might wish for, we certainly have a lot to celebrate. Worms wriggling in the soil, teensy little plants emerging from the ground, birds chirping here and there, and sunshine - sparse as it may be - are all reminders that we live on a beautiful planet, and that we all have a responsibility to keep it beautiful. Consider checking out a book or two to celebrate Earth Day! The Earth Book by Todd Par is perfect for celebrating what we love about the earth, as well as what we can do to help keep it healthy. Parrs signature bold, colorful illustrations and brief, clear text make this book accessible

Happy Earth Day!

and interesting to even the youngest reader. Children of all colors (including purple!) explain the things they care about: trees, owls, fish, and other familiar favorites. They also explain what they do to help these beloved animals and plants. Suggestions are simple and positive, such as bringing bags to the market, turning off the water while brushing teeth, and using both sides of a sheet of paper. Like Parrs other titles, this is a feel-good book. If you enjoy this one, check out his other books, which celebrate people, families, and feelings! School-age readers will dig up all kinds of interesting facts, as well as a great adventure, in The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole. The Magic School Bus books are a nice mix of science and story, and this title focuses on our planet. Ms. Frizzles class is going on a field trip to the

center of the earth! The class travels via bus through layer upon layer, finally arriving at the earths very hot core. The kids have time to collect a few rock samples before they find themselves in the middle of a volcanic eruption, which delivers them back to school. Fact hounds will find lots to learn in this book, while those who love a great story will enjoy getting to know Ms. Frizzle and her students on this rollicking field trip! Look for other Magic School Bus books to follow the class on outings to other outlandish destinations! Older kids, teens, and adults will find lots of Earth-friendly craft inspiration in Laurie Goldrich Wolfs Recyclo-gami: 40 Crafts to Make Your Friends Green with Envy! Ideas for DIY accessories, jewelry, home dcor, gifts, and more include step-by-step instructions and plenty of photographs illustrating the projects in process. Each project uses recycled materials, such as playing cards, cereal boxes, and paper towel tubes, along with common craft supplies. Try the playing card purse for a one-of-a-kind accessory or unique gift, or build a juice carton dollhouse for a young friend. Crafters will feel good about keeping items out of the landfill, and theyll love having something to show for their efforts!


Entrepreneurs Conference is headed to Middleton

After a successful 10-year run in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference will be held this year in Middleton, organizers announced this week. Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the annual conference is one of the largest events for entrepreneurs and early stage investors in Wisconsin. More than 400 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, to be held June 4-5 at the Marriott West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive. The Middleton Tourism Commission and the Middleton Chamber of Commerce worked with the Tech Council to bring the conference to Middleton. Support for this event in the Middleton area has been tremendous so far, and we look forward to engaging as many entrepreneurs as possible in the event, said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council.


In addition to the Entrepreneurs Conference, the Tech Councils programs include the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network, the Governors Business Plan Contest, the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium and the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium. Its 50-member board includes technology, investor and research leaders from across Wisconsin. Highlights of the 2013 event will include talks by Jason Lucash, cofounder of OrigAudio and Entrepreneur magazines Emerging Entrepreneur of 2012, and Roy Thiele-Sardina, a California-based venture capitalist; 15 panel discussions; presentations by the top 12 contestants in the Business Plan Contest and a variety of networking events. Visit to register and learn more.

After a long winter, Town of Middleton residents often work on cleaning up items from homes and garages. For those gearing up for spring cleaning activities, here are some helpful dates and opportunities:

Plenty of spring cleaning options for town residents



Clean and Green is sponsored by the City of Middleton but is open to area residents. This year it is planned for April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event recycles electronics, batteries, donations of household items and clothing, furniture, and mattresses. Also accepted are building materials and paper for shredding. There are some restrictions.

a way to lend the project historical context, city planner and zoning director Eileen Kelley offered a brief overview of construction in the area over the past 35 years. Kelley highlighted what she sees as the foresight of past commissioners when setting the stage for future


Bulk Pick Up for Town of Middleton residents will occur on their normally scheduled trash pick-up day

Dane County Clean Sweep has moved to the Dane County Landfill site at 7102 US Highway 12 and 18. The new facility will be open year round instead of just seasonally as it has been until now. Hours of operation are: Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Questions on what Dane County Clean Sweep accepts and associated fees can be answered by calling 608243-0368 or visiting

Brush and small limb pick up happens bi-monthly on the first and third full weeks of the month starting in April and going through August. From

during the week of May 13. Bulk items are those that do not fit into trash containers, but still represent no longer wanted/needed items. There are rules around what will and will not be picked up. A simple summary of items not qualifying for bulk pick up follows: Anything electronic, anything hazardous, anything potentially explosive, anything compostable. If you have questions whether a specific item can be placed for bulk pickup, call Advanced Disposal at 608-251-7878.

Yard waste can be dropped off behind the Town Hall (off of Pioneer road) through early November. The material needs to be compostable and not contain woody materials or plastics. Do not place noxious weeds into this area as material left is composted and provided to Dane County residents for use in their yards and gardens. Follow instructions posted at the drop off

September through November the chipping schedule changes to once a month during the first full week of the month. Chipped materials are available for residents to use as mulch. If you have questions or want a load of chipped materials, call the town at 608833-5887.

Outdoor burns can be done year round in the town except when expressly prohibited by authorities due to unusually dry conditions or clean air action days. As a resident, you are responsible for controlling the burns and must be in attendance during the burn. You will be liable for any damages or costs resulting from an uncontained burn. On weekdays dry vegetative material can be burned between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the fire to be fully extinguished by 3:30 p.m. Wind speeds should be below 15 mph. For a copy of the town burn ordinance, call 608-833-5887. specific redevelopment proposals while allowing the city to retain control of the building for the long-term. continued from page 3

shed. This program is for town resident use only.

years of development. After Hilbert noted that realigning the intersection of Terrace Avenue and North High Point Road would help to tie the downtown and the Greenway Center area together and facilitate traffic flow, the commission determined to move forward with realignment,

without additional parking improvements, at this time. However, the Middleton Common Council disagreed. The council subsequently voted to rebuild Terrace Avenue in 2014, but did not choose to move forward with the intersections realignment.

DEVELOPERS SHOW INTEREST IN OLD MOM The plan commission also discussed the future of the former Middleton Outreach Ministry building located at 7432 Hubbard Ave. As developers have recently expressed interest in purchasing the building, the commission deliberated possible avenues for its use. Mayor Kurt Sonnentag emphasized that parking would be an issue for many proposed uses. Commissioners resolved to seek

- Refurbishment of the four existing Welcome to Middleton signs was approved.

-The sidewalk along Donna Drive, between Laura Lane and Parmenter Street, will be extended.

Also from the Plan Commission meeting of April 9:




State must stop GEIGER Counter gerrymandering shell game... Running the
by Matt Geiger, Editor
Guest Column

Today the votes and intentions of individual Wisconsin voters are wrongfully distorted by politicians who redesign voting districts to remain in office and favor their friends. This gerrymandering shell game creates districts with bizarre pattern and island boundaries that make little geographical sense and undermine Wisconsins longstanding, proud tradition of open, honest government. Districts are designed to keep one political party or the other always in office, with the majority party drawing the boundaries, gaining the most political benefit. Current law allows this shameful practice. It must be eliminated from our state. In Wisconsin elected politicians and their cronies currently are legally allowed to meet behind closed doors and craft distorted boundaries. This loophole within current laws led to the scandalous 2010 redistricting process where majority Republican legislators held secret meetings behind closed doors, took secrecy oaths to hide their actions, and constructed constituent maps in private law offices away from public and government eyes. A process that should be straightforward was further dragged out when the 2010 designers refused the offer by federal judges to correct numerous legal problems found embedded within the redistricted maps. Instead, Republican leadership undertook venue shopping and filed a lawsuit seeking a sympathetic courtroom in the highly partisan Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The court found current state law allows gerrymandering, and the distorted district boundaries stood. The decision eliminated competitive elections in 90 percent of legislative seats; only 10 percent of Wisconsin districts are now considered swing seats. Political voting boundaries do not have to be established in this manner. Other states use redistricting proce-

dures that remove corrupting power from those who directly benefit from the results. These states utilize unelected, non-partisan structures to establish voting districts without regard for individual party demographics or priorities. This forces the candidates and issues to stand or fall on their own merits, not on secretive gerrymandering. I believe Wisconsin needs to move forward and embrace this form of good government. I propose the same, non-partisan model effectively used by our neighbors in Iowa. Redistricting would utilize Wisconsins non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) to draw up new districts. A Redistricting Advisory Commission (RAC) will be established to move the remapping through the process. The 5-member advisory commission will be comprised of individuals who do not hold partisan public or political party office. Based on Iowas practice, the LRB will draw district maps based on population and boundary requirements, and the RAC will ensure the public has the proposal available. Public hearings are held throughout the state. Once the bill is introduced, a strict timeline shall be followed in the Senate and Assembly. Amendments wont be allowed. With 25 newly-elected representatives in the Assembly this session, we have the fresh energy needed to repair redistricting and strengthen our state democracy. We must protect the system that lets voters choose their representative; we must move to make this change now; we must never again allow the term, We the people to mean, We the people in this pre-determined, partisan political boundary

Leo stands by comment

To the editor,

Letters to the Editor

Democratic Representative Dianne Hesselbein was elected in 2012 and represents western Dane County, including Middleton, in the 79th Assembly District.

Long before I was your local newspaper editor, I was an actor. On the first day of filming, my character was being chased across a grassy field. Cut! yelled Ben, the director, beckoning me over to him. As he cradled his pronounced chin between his thumb and forefinger, Ben offered a gentle piece of direction. Just run normally in this scene, he advised. You dont have to run so weird. I nodded, feigning thoughtful agreement. Ahhh, I replied. I see. But I was secretly perplexed. I hadnt been trying to affect my movement. I was just running. I wasnt even really acting; I was merely trying to get from one side of the field to the other. We were in middle school, and owning a video camera magically transformed anyone into a director. Being an actor required two things: speaking English and getting a ride to the directors house. We had named our film LAventure, hoping some French would give the action flick a sophisticated air. Ben sent us to our starting positions. He hoisted the camera onto his shoulder, took aim and yelled. Action! I took off across the field, pulling up short when the word cut! reached me a second later. No, Ben called out. Just run like a normal person. You dont have to do all that other stuff with your arms, and your legs, and your face. This was distressing, in large part due to the fact that our movie was basically just a series of scenes in which my character fled from an assailant. Kids spend much of their free time running, and it had never - until that moment - occurred to me that I had been doing it incorrectly all those years. That days shoot spanned from sunrise to sunset. Actors and crew members gathered around, offering words

wrong way

of encouragement and pantomiming what normal running looked like, in case the problem was that I had never seen it before. Do the same thing you are doing now, except dont look so goofy, offered one chum with a friendly pat on the back. Various enthusiastic hypotheses were posited. Was I holding my breath while I jogged, starving my brain of oxygen so it couldnt appropriately direct my extremities? Was I injured? Was one leg shorter than the other? Was I having a stroke? Shoes were checked to make sure they were on the correct feet. He kind of looks like hes drowning, suggested a rotund kid who had stolen his sisters makeup to get us all camera ready that morning. Everyone went home perplexed that evening. Except me. I was more concerned than curious. I had spent my childhood completely absent of self awareness, and this had been a cruel awakening. We began day 2 by filming one of the only scenes that didnt involve running. My character, having been struck on the head by a villain wielding a tree branch, was unconscious. Hed been discovered by a kindly old farmer, who was nursing him back to health. The scene opened as my characters eyes did. Where am I? I muttered to the geriatric farmer, who was played by a 12-year-old. Cut! I looked up and waited for direction. Matt, can you just speak normally? We dont need you to say your lines in that weird voice. I think he has something stuck in his throat, suggested an extra. Why is he making those silly faces when he speaks? asked a scowling co-star. I dont like it. I wish I could say they were cruel, but a viewing of the tape the following day confirmed their criticism. Why am I running like that? I mused as we watched footage on Bens parents TV. Is that what my voice usually sounds like?

We spend so many of our early years imagining that we are other people. For the first decade of my life, whenever I performed any act, no matter how banal, my minds eye envisioned Madmartigan, or Batman, or Bo Jackson doing it. The youthful imagination is so powerful that it allows these personas to give every activity an added sense of adventure.(By the way, if you dont know who Madmartigan is, you need to go watch the movie Willow right now.) Then, sitting in your friends living room, you find out you are a gangly kid whose closest approximation of a run is an inefficient lope that would entice any predator within a five mile radius. You dont sound anything like Batman when you talk. You certainly dont resemble Bo Jackson. By the time I landed my next acting role, I was in college. A friend, who I feel obligated to point out went to film school and now teaches at a university in Florida, asked me to play a character in a short scene he was filming. Is there any running? I asked hesitantly. No, yours is a scruffy, unkempt character who just needs to smoke cigarettes, drink whiskey, and say a couple words, he said. Hes a little messed up, so it would help if you could say the dialogue in an, uh, weird way. I nailed it. I even got to watch it on a massive screen, in one of our classrooms. I was reminded of my short but eventful career as a thespian recently, when I interviewed a local filmmaker. His name is Robert Love, and his first feature length movie, Dead of the Night, premiered at Sundance Madison a few weeks ago. It was made on a low budget, but the special effects, acting, and writing are all surprisingly good. Its a fun movie, and well worthpurchasing on DVD. (You can order it through the Dead of the Night Facebook page.) On second thought, the movies excellence actually shouldnt come as a surprise. After all, Love is a writer at Raven Software, the Middleton video game company that helped make some of the biggest hits in the industry. Its worth noting that Raven started as a tiny, two-man operation, with a pair of brothers making video games in their apartment. Its a reminder that great things often do grow out of humble beginnings. It almost makes me want to resurrect my acting career.

I would like to thank Bill Richardson for taking the time to locate and painstakingly transcribe a long forgotten comment I made almost four years ago on Paul Soglins fine, if obscure, weblog Waxing America. For those of you who missed it, the comment that drove Bill to his fainting couch is: Im an alderman in Middleton, and I read your blog every day. I especially appreciate your posts on governance and the challenges of being a

practical lefty elected official in a political climate strewn with the detritus of three decades of unconstrained free market fundamentalism. Bill goes on to sneer: guess hes not a capitalist. One definition of capitalist is a wealthy person who uses money to invest in trade and industry in accordance with the principles of capitalism. I am not a wealthy person. I support my family on my salary, and my investments are confined to a few retirement accounts I have accumulated over a lifetime working as a privatesector engineer. If I am not a capitalist, odds are neither is Bill. Free Market Fundamentalist is a phrase I use to describe the stampeding herd of independent thinkers who dog-

matically advocate and defend the kind of unhinged economic policies that drove the housing bubble and brought on its inevitable collapse. Another term I use is Free Market Fetishist, which describes those who would divide Americans into makers and takers, demanding the imposition of economic pain on the latter while unleashing the constraints of the former. I suspect Bill knows the type. And yes, I do consider myself a lefty. I believe regulations that prohibit commercial banks from using their depositors savings for risky financial speculation are very good things, and that the repeal of the GlassSteagall Act in 1999 prohibiting such practices was a very bad thing. I believe the economic collapse of

2008, which came after thirty years of ongoing financial deregulation, put a stake through the heart of the quaint notion, commonly held in conservative circles, that unfettered free market capitalism is somehow inherently self-regulating. I believe denying collective bargaining rights to public workers like my dear wife is bad policy and - judging by Wisconsins terrible job numbers worse economics. I stand by my comment. Written in haste and then promptly forgotten years ago, it holds up quite well. Indeed, it was the most coherent, informed, and well-written part of Bills letter. Stephen M. Leo

No matter what you call it, a storm water utility is a fancy way to create a property tax increase without calling it a tax increase. Nothing but smoke and mirrors. A tax is a tax and that is what it is and to top it off as an end run around property taxes this type of tax can tax religious facilities, schools and many non-profits that otherwise were exempt from the property tax. Everyone pays. If they want this hidden tax the politicians of Middleton should admit what it is and proceed accordingly. A tax is a tax. Norm Arendt

Utility = tax
To the editor,


ing. The loss of 160 acres located between Pleasant View Golf Course and USH 14 is a very serious matter, said Roehl. suggestion the practice was wrongful conduct was questionable. He wrote that he was required by law to defer to Erpenbachs decision to withhold the information even if he may not have arrived at the same conclusion. Even assuming the worst case scenario, the emails indicate NCAA office pool-level conduct and certainly nothing approaching caucus scandal-level conduct, the judge continued.





According to Roehl, Erdman has had extensive discussions with the city about a mixed-use development envisioned for the steeply sloped property, and the city is the process examining Erpenbach hired an outside attorney to represent him in the case, claiming the Department of Justice under GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen might not provide adequate representation. He said it was MacIver that cost taxpayers nearly $140,000. This case was about the Republican front group the MacIver Institute and their conservative financiers on a personal witch hunt against citizens who

zoning ordinances to help the project come to fruition. Town administrator David Shaw said Erdman approached the town several years ago about putting a low-densimply exercised their constitutional right to petition elected officials, Erpenbach said. The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), which filed the suit with MacIver, issued a statement expressing indignation over the courts decision. [W]e respectfully disagree that the public does not have a right to know which of its employees used taxpayer

sity development on the land in question, but the company later dropped the idea. The board couldnt act on Roehls

request to retain an attorney to represent the town in a possible annexation request because it hadnt been included on last weeks agenda. continued from page 1

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Clear Channel, Madison While shes a freshman councilor, Share is no stranger to the inner workings of city hall. She served as a citizen member on Middletons sustainability and arts committees, as well as running an unsuccessful campaign for the District 4 common council seat back in 2010. Ill say now what I said when I first decided to run for this seat, she said three days before taking the oath of office. I see this as a natural extension


provided resources to engage in political activity, the statement said. When employees, often in violation of specific workplace policies, use public computers to communicate with public officials on matters of public policy, the public is entitled to know without regard to whether a politician or court believes that the conduct is important enough to be subject to disclosure. WILL went on to say this was only

round one of the fight to make the records public. The organization also criticized Erpenbach for his use of a private lawyer. [He] should explain to the taxpayers why he used an expensive private law firm and did not rely on representation from lawyers at the Department of Justice, which would not have cost the taxpayers additional funds, WILL wrote. continued from page 1

as the next step in the work Ive been involved in here in Middleton for a number of years. Shares ascent means the eight-person council which was all male until Susan West (Dist. 6) first won her seat in 2008 - now has three female members. The trajectory toward gender equity is a good thing, Share observed. In fact, she sees much of whats happening in the city right now in a positive light. Middleton is growing, and from a

sustainability standpoint, in terms of stewardship of natural resources, balancing beauty and resources when making decisions, its leadership has been terrific, she said. In terms of public safety, I think we have some of the finest police, emergency medical services and firefighters anywhere. Share said the common council has an open door policy when it comes to ideas. On most issues, public input is requested and honored, she said. I think that policy is really important and its something that should continue. Share is a 2013 graduate of Emerge Wisconsin, a training program committed to getting more Democratic women into elected office in the state. She is also former marketing and public relations chair for Wisconsin Women En-

trepreneurs. Share said her governing style will be fluid rather than written in stone, allowing her to learn as she works. Ive had the privilege of helping form public policy at the committee level, and now Im ready to listen, learn and take part in a group effort, she said. Im ready to consensus build. In fact, Share said her unsuccessful bid to unseat alderman Jim Wexler (Dist. 4) three years ago, before she moved to the First District, actually exposed how much she has in common with those already guiding the city. Running against Jim was a terrific experience for me, Share said, in part because I learned how to and more importantly how not to run a cam-

paign. Against Jim, I was really opposing someone with very similar views on many issues. I realized when it was over that there wasnt enough differentiation between us to convince voters to make a change. Share said she ran a second time in an attempt to give back. Ive lived in other cities, but this is the only one thats ever truly felt like home to me, she said. Mayor Sonnentag talked at the [citys] 50th birthday celebration [last week] about the fact that there is a reason Middleton is consistently recognized as a great place to live. My goal is to help keep it that way. Shares involvement in community initiatives and politics is not limited to the local level. Shes a member of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureaus Community Resources Committee. Shes a member of the Democratic Party of Dane County, serving on the Executive Board and Campaign Committee. Shes volunteered for the campaigns of State Representative Dianne Hesselbein, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. Share is also a dog lover (she owns two rescued Boston terriers, Reggie and Becky), a gardener, and an avid reader of historical non-fiction. She was sworn in alongside incumbents JoAnna Richard (District 3), Howard Teal (District 5) and Hans Hilbert (District 7), all of whom were unopposed in the Spring Election.

Celebrating a half century of cityhood



Scenes from Middletons April 9 celebration of its 50 years as a city, clockwise from top left: Alderman Jim Wexler (right) chats with Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton),the Madison Brass Band provides live music, visitors enjoy the Middleton Area Historical Societys new display at the Museum at the Depot on Parmenter Street, Robin Higgins (left) and Stephanie Goth pour beverages during the party, a cake commemorates the day Middleton changed from a village into a city.

Times-Tribune photos by Matt Geiger




Girls soccer team rolls in season-opener


Getting their kicks

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They were going stir crazy. They wanted to get outside. They wanted to face someone other than their own teammates. When it finally happened for Middletons girls soccer team last week, they were ready. The Cardinals scored early and often and blistered visiting Beloit Memorial, 6-0, last Thursday in the season-opener for both teams. This has been really hard the

worst spring weather-wise that I can ever remember, said Cardinals assistant coach Cathy Patton, who has assumed the head coaching position while Mary Duffy is away on maternity leave. I cant remember us being inside this long. But the girls have handled it very well. Theyve been very adept at handling change and adversity. That was apparent against the Purple Knights, as Middleton dominated and had four players score goals. Junior Leia Peterman scored three goals, while juniors Ellen Jesse, Liz Ihrig and sophomore Macey Kalscheur all scored, as well. Keeper Liz McMahon notched a shutout for Middleton, although she See SOCCER, page 17

Middletons Leah Peterman (23) scored three goals in the Cardinals season-opening win over Beloit Memorial.

Mezera, Bremser will be co-coaches for cross country


Two is better than one

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middletons Natalie Staples, who nearly lost her left arm and her life in an ATV accident, will play college basketball at UW-Platteville next season.

Staples will play basketball at Platteville next year


The Comeback Kid

added the latest chapter on her incredible voyage. Staples, a senior girls basketball player at Middleton High School, committed to play at UW-Platteville beginning next season. Staples, who nearly lost her arm and her life after an ATV accident in Aug. 2010, didnt appear to have much of a basketball future before this season. But Staples had a breakout senior year, caught the eyes of the Platteville staff, and has become a poster child for courage, strength and perseverance. After my injury I had a feeling that my basketball career was going to be cut shorter than I had hoped for, Staples said. But after making a lot of positives strides in my game this past season I thought I would have a chance. I got just that. Rightfully so. Staples was Middletons secondleading scorer this year at 8.3 points per game. She was a deadly threepoint shooter, a solid defender and developed into a strong leader for a Middleton team that went 15-9 overall. Staples scored a season-best 20 points during a win against Beloit

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When her remarkable journey finally ends, Natalie Staples wants to become a motivational speaker. Staples would like to write a book, as well. But there will be time for all of that down the road. For now, Staples

Memorial early in the year. And Staples drained a game-winning three-point shot against Milwaukee King on Dec. 28. As Staples game continued to improve, colleges began taking notice. Millikin (Ill.) University, UWSuperior and Smith (Mass.) College all showed interest. But Platteville was interested in Staples early on, and the Middleton standout developed a bond with Pioneers coach Megan Wilson. See STAPLES, page 17

Theyve worked together for 11 years now. Egos arent an issue. And both wanted the family approach inside the cross country program to remain. So Middleton staples Isaac Mezera and Cindy Bremser will team up beginning this fall and share the boys and girls head cross country positions. Both are long-time assistants and will replace Joe Spolar, who retired last fall after 20 years in the program. Because of our close work together, Isaac and I felt that co-head coaching would be the best way to continue the cross country program, said Bremser, a former Olympian. We feel we have a very successful program having the boys and girls together. Cross country is a participatory sport, and even though our numbers have grown, we are passionate in keeping everyone involved. To me success is not only measured by having competitive teams and athletes, but by allowing each athlete to participate and grow as a person. Middletons program certainly grew under Spolar. The Cardinals had 20 athletes See XC, page 16


Baseball team tops Sun Prairie

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Off and running



Manager Tom Schmitt takes a lot of pride in his Middleton baseball team executing the basic fundamentals. So Schmitt couldnt have been more pleased with the results of the Cardinals long-awaited season-opener on Tuesday afternoon. Senior right-hander Brian Lochner scattered five hits as Middleton executed its small ball strategy on offense to perfection. That plan of attack helped Middleton topple Sun Prairie, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champs, in a Big Eight Conference prep baseball game. Junior right fielder Matt Ash and senior center fielder Kenji Passini executed sacrifice bunts on back-toback at-bats in the fourth inning to help Middleton rally from an early deficit. We had the right situation with the right kids up, Schmitt said. It was the right time and in that situation its easier to get a run. Kasey Miller was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth and Zach Kasdorf drew a walk to set the table. Ash then followed with a sacrifice bunt to move both base runners into scoring position. Passini delivered a perfect squeeze bunt on the next pitch to score Miller with the game-tying run. Pinch runner Jordan Lueck scored moments later from third base on a wild pitch by Sun Prairie right-hander Ryan Curran to give Middleton a 3-2 lead. Weve been stuck inside, but everyones been working hard on our bunts and that really pays off in a game like this with a tough opponent, Passini said. Our coach preaches it every day and when it comes to game time, you just have to execute. Despite waiting nearly three weeks to play its season-opener, Middleton quickly showed it was ready for action. It was unfortunate we couldnt get outside and get a game before playing (Sun Prairie), but we played extremely well so were happy with it, said Lochner, who also finished with three hits at the plate, including a pair of infield singles. Meanwhile, Lochner walked only two and struck out four en route to notching his first career complete

game. Brian, when hes on, hes one of the easiest guys to catch, said junior catcher Jackson Keeler, who also picked a baserunner off second base to complete an inning-ending double play in the top of the third. When he has his slider and fastball working, he is right there. Schmitt, though, said Lochners complete game was an added bonus. I didnt think wed run him out there for seven innings. But he was in command and he threw a very good game and kept his pitch count down, Schmitt said after Lochner threw 96 pitches. With all of the cancellations we talked about not overworking guys early. But hes going to be fine. Middleton opened the scoring when junior shortstop Luke Schafer reached base on a fielders choice, stole second and scored on Lochners two-out single to right field for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Sun Prairie (2-2 overall, Big Eight) countered with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning to grab a 2-1 lead on a two-out throwing error after Carter Brekke reached base on a fielders choice and Ryan Curran walked. After Middleton regained the lead in the fourth, it finished off the scoring with a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning. Schafer lined a lead-off single to left, stole second and scored on Keelers booming double to center field. Miller followed two batters later with a single to right to score Keeler for a 5-2 lead. We had (Miller) 0-2 in the bottom of the fourth with the lead and then hit him in the back and walk the next guy, Sun Prairie manager Rob Hamilton said. They ended up scoring. Credit to them, they capitalized on our mistakes right there. Then they put a couple more runs up there and we couldnt counter.

B r i a n Lochner threw a fivehitter to lead Middletons baseball team past Sun P r a i r i e Tu e s d a y afternoon.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Sun Prairie .......................... 000 200 0 2 5 2 Middleton ........................... 001 220 x 5 8 2 SUN PRAIRIE (ab-r-h-rbi) Funnell 4-0-1-0, Assalone 4-0-1-0, Fairchild 2-0-0-0, Butler 0-0-0-0 Brekke 3-1-0-0, Curran 2-1-1-0, Garvey 3-0-0-0, Marchese 2-0-1-0, Krebs 3-0-00, Soma 3-0-1-0. Totals: 26-2-5-0. MIDDLETON (ab-r-h-rbi) Schafer 4-2-1-0, Keeler 4-1-1-1, Lochner 3-0-3-1, Meinholz 2-0-0-0, Tanin 0-0-0-0, Miller 2-1-1-1, Kasdorf 2-0-0-0, Lueck 0-1-0-0, Ash 2-0-0-0, Passini 2-0-1-1, Dimmig 2-0-1-0. Totals: 23-5-84. 2B Keeler (M), Marchese (SP). Sun Prairie IP H ER BB SO Curran (L) 6 8 5 2 3 Middleton IP H ER BB SO Lochner (W) 7 5 0 2 4

Middleton fifth at University School Invite


Tennis Cardinals off to solid start



Middletons boys tennis team opened its season with a fifth place finish at the University of Milwaukee School Invitational last Friday and Saturday. University School won the meet with 31 points, w h i l e G r e e n O U N D U P Bay Notre Dame was second at 23. Arrowhead was third with 22 points, followed by Brookfield Academy (12), Middleton (11.5), Kohler (11), Racine Prairie (10.5) and Madison Edgewood (8.5). Pretty good for our first matches of the year, Middleton first-year coach Deke Bradley said. We were stacked up against some of the best teams in the state. Middletons top performance came from No. 4 singles player Tyler Markel, who won his flight. Markel opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Madison Edgewoods Patrick Croake. Markel then defeated Arrowheads Mitch Praelle, 6-1, 6-0, and toppled Notre Dames Zach Janssen in the finals, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Middletons


Brian Bellissimo finished in third place. Bellissimo defeated Edgewoods Conner Maloney, 6-0, 6-3, in his opening match. After losing to an Arrowhead player, Bellissimo downed Brookfield Academys Ajay Doniparthi, 6-1, 6-

Oscar Biggs and Middletons boys tennis team finished in fifth place at the University of Milwaukee School Invite last weekend. Middletons Ben Luskin and Oscar Biggs both played matches at No. 1 singles and each lost. At No. 2 singles, Middletons Joey Niesen and Harish Veeramani both suffered defeats. 2.

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In doubles action, Middletons top team withdrew after suffering an injury. The Cardinals No. 2 team of Andy Webber and Brett Anderson won the consolation bracket. That duo lost their first match, but battled

back to defeat Prairie Schools Ryan Andersen and Charles Rosholt, 6-2, 6-1, and Edgewoods John Hengel and Thomas Thelen, 6-4, 5-7, 10-8. And at No. 3 doubles, Middletons Dan Jin and Cody Markel lost both of their matches. We played better as the weekend went on, Bradley said. I think once the weather cooperates were going to improve quickly, just in time for the conference season. This week, Middleton travels to Beloit Memorial Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The Cardinals then head to the Madison Memorial Invitational Friday and Saturday, and also travel to Madison East next Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. Boys golf: Middletons boys golf team kicked off its season Monday by finishing in a tie for fourth place at the WPGA Invitational held at Hawks Landing. Madison Memorial won the event with a 324 team score. Edgerton was second at 332, while Verona was third (333) and both Middleton and Onalaska tied for fourth (336). Junior Josh Haunty and senior Mike Wiebe bth shot 80 and shared scoring honors for the Cardinals. Jared Baltes shot an 86 and Jack Mayers carded a 90. If weather allows, Middleton be at the Sheboygan North Invite held at Blackwolf Run Friday at 9 a.m. The Cardinals then host a triangular Monday with Janesville Parker and Madison West at Pleasant View at 2:30.


The Madison Mallards will host the inaugural Home Talent Classic game on July 3 at 6:05 p.m. Former Milwaukee Brewers standout Paul Molitor will sign autographs from 46:30 p.m. The Rhythm & Booms Fireworks show is tentatively scheduled for July 3 following the Home Talent Classic. The Home Talent Classic will replace the MLB/Mallards Alumni Game that was previously scheduled for June 29. Molitor, who was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, played for the Brewers for 15 seasons (1978-1992) and was a five-time All-Star during that span. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1995) and Minnesota Twins (1996-1998). Molitor led the Blue Jays to a World Series title in 1993 and was named World Series MVP after becoming the first player to hit two doubles, two triples, and two home runs in a World Series. He finished his career with a .305 batting average, 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 RBIs, and 504 stolen bases. The Home Talent Classic will feature the best young players from all 44 Home Talent League teams. The Home Talent League is Wisconsins largest adult amateur baseball league.

Molitor in Madison



Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America. In 2013, the Northwoods League will celebrate its 20th season.

The league started in 1929 and now has grown to 44 teams in southcentral Wisconsin. The Home Talent League will also play its annual AllStar game at the Duck Pond on July 19 at 7:05 pm. Mallards season and Package A 7Game Pack holders will receive tickets for the Home Talent Classic. Tickets will be sold the same as a normal Mallards home game for this event. The Mallards are part of the 16team Northwoods League. The


The inaugural Alzheimers Association Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game will be held May 5 at noon at Middletons Otto Breitenbach Stadium. Two teams, divided based on their hair color, will battle it out while also increasing awareness of Alzheimers disease among a new generation. Redheads are free agents, permitted to play for the team of their choice. Funds raised will benefit the care, support, advocacy and research efforts of the Alzheimers Association. Alzheimers disease is a growing

Blondes vs. Brunettes

epidemic and is now the nations sixth leading cause of death. New data shows that one in three seniors dies with Alzheimers disease or a related dementia. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimers and this number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050. In Wisconsin alone, there are 110,000 people living with Alzheimers. There are currently open spots for players, fundraisers and sponsors. For more information go to or call 608-203-8500.

20-23. On May 20, there will be a mandatory informational meeting from 5:30-6:15 p.m. There will be a clinic May 21-22 from 4-6 p.m., and tryouts will be on May 23 from 4-6 p.m. All events will be held in the small gym at MHS.

Co-curricular carnival Dance team tryouts

The Middleton High School cocurricular carnival will be held April 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All elementary aged students are invited.

There will be dance team tryouts at Middleton High School from May


when Spolar began coaching in 1993 and 106 last fall. Middletons girls program won four state titles under Spolar and finished in the top four at state seven times. The Cardinal boys were always among the Big Eight Conferences best, as well. When Spolar retired, Middleton athletic director Bob Joers could have assigned a different head coach to both the boys and girls teams. But Spolar with the help of Bremser and Mezera always tried creating a family atmosphere throughout the program. And thats something that should continue with the co-head coach arrangement. I know neither of us wanted to split the program into a boys or girls team, Mezera said. We have too much fun with the family atmosphere and the kids really enjoy being able to practice together. The great part about our team is that we can do fun activities like scavenger hunts, pancake breakfasts, homecoming floats, pot lucks, etc. and still train hard and have successful programs.I think you can expect more of that this season. That makes sense especially when you consider Bremser has been with the program since 1999 and Mezera came on board in 2002. Spolar often said there were three head coaches. Now, there will be two and some slight changes in duties. I think it will work quite well,

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Mezera said of the new coaching arrangement. Ive been working with Cindy for the last 11 years, so I dont think well surprise each other too much. It will just be a matter of knowing who is responsible for what and conveying that information to the kids. Both Bremser and Mezera have long and successful backgrounds in the sport. Bremser was a standout runner at the University of Wisconsin who finished fourth in the 3,000 meter run at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Bremser also won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1983 Pan American games. Bremser was urged to join the Middleton staff in the late-1990s by former Cardinals coach Laurie Kleisinger. And once Bremser started to coach, she wondered why hadnt done it earlier. Once I was urged to try it, I fell in love with coaching, Bremser said. I feel I have a very good eye for movement, and if they are willing,providing each athlete stepping stones for success. I discovered that I can make a difference and loved watching athletes grow as athletes and people.This was a learning process. I am competitive by nature and it took some experiences to learn that although it is important to win, so is the emotional development of each athlete. Adolescents need to feel

good about something they do. With these good feelings comes growth in self-confidence, which carries into all aspects of their life. Mezera has a terrific background, as well. He ran at Waupaca High School, then received a scholarship to run for four years at UW-Green Bay. In addition to being a cross country assistant for 11 seasons now, Mezera has been the boys head track and field coach for seven years. If you havent figured this out already, I look up to Joe Spolar as a mentor, Mezera said. While I developed my training program for track distance, I worked closely with Joe. Whenever I had an issue or tough decision, I would go down to his room. But Im glad that Cindy and I get to work together and share both teams. I think it makes us stronger that way. Bremser certainly agrees and is excited to try moving the program forward with Mezera. I feel Isaac and I will continue to grow the program, develop athletes and leaders, Bremser said. I feel the program will continue to be successful because Joe was a great leader and teacher, and as a coaching team we shared similar beliefs and philosophies.I will miss Joe and his laid back approach, but I feel we have the knowledge and skills to keep our athletes happy and competitive.

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Cindy Bremser (center) and Isaac Mezera (right) will take over as Middletons cross country coaches for Joe Spolar (left).

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Staples took an official visit to the school on April 5, and committed last week. When I took my official visit it was just reassurance that this is where I wanted to play for the next four years, Staples said. It felt like my second home and I felt very comfortable being there. Roughly 2 years ago, no one could have seen this coming. On Aug. 2, 2010, Staples and a group of six friends went for an ATV ride on the familys 16-acre property in Cross Plains. They hit a patch of gravel and the vehicle flipped. The six passengers went to the right. Staples, who was driving, flew to the left. The ATV landed on Staples and nearly severed her left arm. Initially, doctors told the Staples family that there was a 5% chance of saving Natalies arm. Doctors couldnt promise that Natalie would live either. Amazingly, though, a team of surgeons was able to save Natalies arm and her life. Staples spent 28 days in the hospital that summer, and has undergone a remarkable 24 surgeries since.



didnt have to make a single save. I thought we played really well, Patton said. We literally ran two lines, which is awesome. It was like, Here we go. To have four different goal scorers is great. And most of the game was played in their half. Jesse struck first, scoring on a feed from sophomore Megan Sullivan just six minutes into the game to make it 1-0. Ihrig scored at 16:10 and Kalscheur scored on an assist by Ryleigh Wolff at 30:00 to make it 3-0. Then it became the Peterman


Staples, who was one of the bright stars in Middletons program before the accident, was cleared to play late in the 2010-11 season. Middleton coach Jeff Kind added Staples to the roster, and she enjoyed the ride as the Cardinals reached the state finals that season. Staples was a valuable reserve during the 2011-12 season when Middleton reached the state semifinals. This year, Staples arm kept improving and she took on a greater role than ever. I was very happy with my senior season, even though it got cut shorter than I had hoped for, said Staples, whose team lost in the regional finals. The team, and myself as a player, grew a lot throughout the season. I think I showed people that if the opportunity presented itself to step up in tough situations, I showed that they could count on me. Kind certainly agreed. Im happy for her, Kind said. She worked very hard to be able to play after her accident and it was a long road to get to the level she played at this year. I dont think shes at the end of

the road as shell have to continue to improve when she gets to the collegiate level. Its a whole new set of challenges, but its exciting that she has that opportunity. Im sure shell continue to work hard inpursuit ofher dream. Staples said her arm continues to improve. She has more motor function in her left hand and fingers than doctors anticipated. And doctors tell Staples she still has a lot of improving to do. With my arm getting stronger I will hopefully become the best I can be, she said. Right now I am barely scratching the surface of where my game could lead too, and I should keep improving from here on out. Which amazingly would mean Staples incredible story will only get better. The message I want to share and give to others is that even though one door closes of opportunity, one more door opens, she said. And never give up on yourself because you can truly amaze yourself of what you can do if you persevere through the tough times.

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Friday, April 19

4 p.m. Boys freshman tennis vs. McFarland (Lakeview Park) 5 p.m. Boys JV baseball vs. Janesville Craig (Coyle) 5 p.m. Boys freshman baseball vs. Janesville Craig at MHS 5 p.m. Varsity baseball at Janesville Craig 5 p.m. Boys varsity lacrosse vs. Verona (Connor Field) 5 p.m. Girls varsity lacrosse vs. Oregon 5 p.m. Girls freshman soccer vs. Madison East (Demetral) 5 p.m. Girls JV White soccer vs. Madison East (Demetral) 5 p.m. Girls varsity softball at Madison West (Jefferson) 5 p.m. Girls JV softball at Madison West (Jefferson) 6:15 p.m. Girls JV lacrosse at Oregon 6:30 p.m. Boys JV lacrosse at Verona (Connor Field) 7 p.m. Girls varsity soccer at Madison East (Lussier)

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Show. Peterman scored at 36:00 to make it 4-0 at halftime. In the second half, Peterman scored in the 70th and 78th minutes as the Cardinals ran away and hid. I think were deep, deeper than weve been the past couple of years, Patton said. We can sub and not lose much. Middleton took some hits in graduation. But Patton said shes been extremely impressed with how this group has handled this unpredictable spring. Patton has also been thrilled

with the leadership Middletons senior class has provided. We have seven seniors and I think they can all help us, she said. We need them to be leaders and help us on and off the field. This whole group is capable of helping and leading off the field. If they can do that, we are going to be good. On deck: Middleton is at Madison East Thursday at 7 p.m., then hosts the eight-team Cardinal Classic Friday and Saturday at the Middleton Soccer Complex. Middleton hosts Oshkosh West Friday at 7 p.m. The rest of the field includes Waunakee, Verona, Milwaukee Pius, Eau Claire Memorial, DePere and Rhinelander. The teams will be split into a winners and consolation bracket based on Fridays results. Play begins Saturday at 9 a.m., and the championship match is at 3 p.m. Well go up a notch in competition this week, Patton said. It will be a lot tougher.

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Saturday, April 20

TBD Boys varsity tennis at Madison Memorial Invite 9 a.m. Boys varsity golf at Sheboygan North Invite (Black Wolf Run) 4:15 p.m. Boys varsity track at Watertown Invitational 4:15 p.m. Girls varsity track at Watertown Invitational 5 p.m. Girls freshman soccer vs. Madison West Blue (Cherokee) 5 p.m. Girls varsity soccer at Middleton Invitational 5 p.m. Girls JV soccer at Middleton Invitational

Monday, April 22

8 a.m. Boys varsity tennis at Madison Memorial Invitational 8:30 a.m. Boys JV tennis at Sheboygan North Invitational 9 a.m. Girls varsity soccer at Middleton Invitational 9 a.m. Girls JV soccer at Middleton Invitational 10 a.m. Varsity softball vs. Verona 10 a.m. JV softball vs. Verona Noon Varsity baseball vs. Beloit Memorial Noon JV baseball vs. Beloit Memorial Noon Freshman baseball at Beloit Memorial Noon Boys freshman lacrosse at Hartland Arrowhead 2 p.m. Boys JV lacrosse at Hartland Arrowhead 4 p.m. Boys varsity lacrosse at Hartland Arrowhead 2:30 p.m. Boys varsity golf vs. Madison West and Janesville Parker at Pleasant View 2:30 p.m. Boys JV golf vs. Madison West and Janesville Parker at Pleasant View 4 p.m. Boys freshman tennis vs. Madison Memorial Green at Lakeview Park 4:30 p.m. Varsity softball at Madison La Follette (Olbrich) 4:30 p.m. JV softball at Madison La Follette (Olbrich) 5 p.m. Girls JV White soccer at Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Girls freshman softball vs. Madison La Follette

Tuesday, April 23

Thursday, April 25

4:15 p.m. Boys varsity tennis at Madison East 4:15 p.m. Boys JV tennis at Madison East 4:45 p.m. Boys and girls varsity track at Janesville Craig 4:45 p.m. Boys and girls JV track at Janesville Craig 5 p.m. Boys varsity baseball vs. Madison La Follette 5 p.m. Boys JV baseball vs. Madison La Follette 5 p.m. Boys freshman baseball at Madison La Follette 5 p.m. Girls varsity lacrosse at Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Boys varsity lacrosse at Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Girls varsity softball vs. Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Girls JV softball vs. Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Girls freshman softball at Sun Prairie 5 p.m. Girls JV soccer vs. Waunakee 5 p.m. Girls freshman soccer vs. Waunakee 6:15 p.m. Girls JV lacrosse at Sun Prairie 7 p.m. Boys freshman lacrosse at Sun Prairie 2:30 p.m. Boys freshman golf vs. Janesville Craig, Sun Prairie & Madison Memorial at Glenway 4 p.m. Boys freshman tennis at Madison West Gold 4:15 p.m. Boys varsity tennis vs. Madison West 4:15 p.m. Boys JV tennis vs. Madison West 4:15 p.m. Boys freshman tennis vs. Madison Memorial (Rennebohm) 4:30 p.m. Varsity softball at Janesville Craig 4:30 p.m. JV softball at Janesville Craig 5 p.m. Varsity baseball at Madison Memorial 5 p.m. JV baseball at Madison Memorial (Olson) 5 p.m. Boys freshman baseball vs. Madison Memorial 5 p.m. Girls varsity lacrosse vs. Madison West (Garner) 5 p.m. Girls JV Red soccer vs. Madison West Blue 5 p.m. Girls freshman soccer vs. Madison West 5 p.m. Girls freshman softball vs. Janesville Craig 6:15 p.m. Girls JV lacrosse vs. Madison West (Garner) 7 p.m. Girls varsity soccer vs. Madison West


April 12-13 University School Invite Team scores - 1, University School 31; 2, Green Bay Notre Dame 23; 3, Arrowhead 22; 4, Brookfield Academy 12; 5, Middleton 11.5; 6, Kohler 11; 7, Racine Prairie 10.5; 8, Madison Edgewood 8.5. Championship matches No. 1 singles : Tyler Lewis, KOH, def. Michael Lukas, USM, 6-0, 6-4. No. 2 : Robin Engel, USM, def. Peter Kopanon, ARR, 6-2, 6-1. No. 3 : Jake Coran, USM, def. Tommy Schubert, ARR, 6-4, 6-2. No. 4 : Tyler Markel, MID, def. Zach Janssen, GBND, 6-1, 6-0. No. 1 doubles : Mark Cullen / Nick Del Moral, GBND, def. Tim Valicenti / Kyle Struck, KOH, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. No. 2: Nate Calewerts / Nick Williams, GBND, def. Andrew Buchanan / Ben Sampson, USM, 6-0, 6-2. No. 3 : Spencer Haas / Tom Calvy, USM, def. Kurt Ringwalt / Chris Porter, PRA, 6-0, 6-1. April 11 Middleton 6, Beloit Memorial 0 Middleton ... 4 2 6 Beloit Memorial . 0 0 0

Boys tennis

First half: Middleton Jesse (Sullivan), 6:00; Ihrig, 16:10; Kalscheur (Wolff), 30:00; Peterman, 36:00. Second half: Middleton Peterman, 70:00; Peterman (Kalscheur), 78:00.



Boys golf

April 15 WPGA Invitational at Hawks Landing

Team scores: Madison Memorial 324, Edgerton 332, Verona 333, Middleton 336, Onalaska 336, Madison Edgewood 346, Eau Claire Memorial 348, Stoughton 353, Oregon 356, McFarland 363, Janesville Craig 372, Madison East 374, Janesville Parker 384, Kewaskum 386, Sun Prairie 387, Madison La Follette 391, Madison West 409. Middleton scores: Josh Haunty 80, Mike Wiebe 80, Jared Baltes 86, Jack Mayers 90.

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Approximately 600 people attended the MHS Band and Orchestra Spring Supper on Saturday night to hear nonstop music by the MHS bands, orchestras and jazz bands and to enjoy an Italian meal, served by band and orchestra students, and finished off with fantastic desserts. Cardinal Band kicked off the evening with several pieces, including selections from Phantom of the Opera. Philomusica, the after school orchestra, followed with the two songs they will be playing at the State Solo/Ensemble competition on April 27. Concert band and the New Orleans tour band followed with a taste of music from their recent tour, ending their portion with On Wisconsin. Two student led ensembles, Falling in A Capella and Autumn Underground, performed before and after the Combined Orchestras. A highlight of the orchestras performance was Pirates of the Caribbean; many orchestra students dressed as pirates to accentuate the piece. Wind Ensemble, conducted by two students, Trevor Powless and Quinn Mettel, played Les Miserables. The evening ended with rousing performances by the 6:00 OClock and 7 OClock Jazz Ensembles featuring many student soloists. The accompanying silent auction was a great success with so many items that organizers adapted their plans to accommodate all of them. Proceeds from the Spring Supper and Silent Auction will be used to support and enhance band and orchestra programs throughout the year.

Spring Supper thrills music fans

A team from Middleton High School has won second place in the Wisconsin Future Problem Solving Program State Conference. In doing so, the team has qualified to compete at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference, which hosts teams from all over the United States and world (including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan,

Problem solving team wins 2nd School year set

Clockwise from top: Philomusica under the direction of Mr. Steve Kurr; the MHS Seven OClock Jazz Ensemble; Falling in A Capella (left to right) Sonia Urquidi, Eden Girma, Meron Aydiko and Christie Cheng.

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Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and Great Britain). The qualifying team competed in the senior division (for grades 10-12), is comprised of the following Middleton High School 10th graders: Heidi Knoche, Amanda Powers, Ivraj Seerha and Michelle Xie. The team is coached by Ruth Frawley.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Districts waiver request has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which means the calendar for the 2013-14 school year is now finalized. Start and end times for each level next year are: elementary school: 8:15 a.m. to 2:59 p.m.; middle school: 8:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.; high school: 7:55 a.m. to 3:32 p.m.; 4K: (morning) 9 to 11:30 a.m. and (afternoon) 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. The District has added 10 minutes of instructional time at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The District had to request a waiver from DPI to reduce the total number of instructional days from 180 to 177. The District is eliminating the five Collaborative Release Time (CRT) days that

are currently partial instructional days but also are counted in the 180 school days for 2012-13. These partial CRT days were viewed by many parents, teachers and administrators to be significantly less effective due to the shortened schedule. Its important to remember that because of the increase in the school day, students at all levels will get significantly more instructional time than they have in the past, Community Relations Specialist Perry Hibner said. The Middleton Education Association teachers union and the MCPASD Board of Education have agreed on the final calendar. The waiver from DPI is good for four years, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis said.

Sunset Ridge first-grader Braxton Wild won the Using Energy Sustainability in my Community sticker design contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the pK-2 division. Wild drew a picture of two wind turbines next to a farmhouse. Sunset Ridge will also receive $500 for energy-related sustainability projects.

Wild wins

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There are no retirements to approve and brief interviews. MHS by Greer to approve the Regular surveys and Present: President Ellen Lindgren, at this time. has received a lot of positive - com Closed Minutes of March 11,2013. Vice President Diane Hornung, Clerk ments from students and parents. v. Approval of Lay Offs - There Annette Ashley, Treasurer Bob Motion carried unanimously, 8-0. are no lay offs to approve at this 5. CONSENT AGENDA 3. COMMUNICATIONS Green, and Board Members Anne time. MOVED by Green SECONDED by a. Correspondence/Board Com Bauer, Jim Greer, Leeanne Hallquist Ashley to approve the following c. District Consent Items munication (arrived at 7:05 p.m.) and Bob - Hes items for consent agenda: 5.1 .a. i. Approval of 4K 66.03 Intergov Annette Ashley distributed flyers selbein ernmental Agreement with Madison Approval of Bills Payable. Motion for the musical at MHS in May. They Not Present: Board Member Terry Metropolitan School District carried unanimously, 8-0. will be presenting The Music Man. Metzger MIDDLETON-CROSS PLAINS a. Administrative/Business- Serv The board discussed several Annette attended the WASB advo Others Present: Superintendent AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT items on the agreement. MOVED by ices Don Johnson, Assistant Superin - cacy seminar and day at the Capitol Regular Board of Education Hornung, SECONDED by Hesselbein, i. Approval of Bills Payable last week. Ellen will share a video tendent George Mavroulis, Assistant Meeting Minutes of March 18, Superintendent Tom Wohlleber, to table this item until the April with the board on the Relay for Check Life numbers 227173 through - Di 2013 Regular Board meeting. Motion - car event at MHS. Ellen distributed 227266 a list totaling $495,685.27 were rector of Employee Services Tabatha reviewed by the Board Treasurer ried unanimously, 8-0. for board members to sign up for Gundrum, Director of Student- Serv 1. CALL TO ORDER REGULAR BOE ices Jerry Nicholson, Principal 6. ITEMS FOR at Relay for Life. and The approved under consent - volunteering Mon MEETING AT 7:00 p.m. INFORMATION/DISCUSSION agenda. (Exhibit A) ica Schommer, Principal Denise Education Foundation is asking for The regular meeting of the- Mid a. 2013-2014 Budget Develop Herrmann, Principal Tim Keeler, - board Fis members to contribute for ii. Approval of Treasurer s Report dleton-Cross Plains Area School cal Services Manager Lori Ames and ment to flow through dollars. Pledges - There is no Treasurer s Report District Board of Education was Scott Gralla from PMA. Tom and Lori presented informa approve at this time. should be received by April 1. Ellen called to order at 7:01 p.m.- by Pres tion on the estimated budget- sur b. Employee Services participated in a budget discussion 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES ident Ellen Lindgren. MOVED by Hesselbein SECONDED with people around the state last i. Approval of Resignations - plus balance. This information was There are no resignations to- ap shared to be used throughout the week. discussions. Lori reviewed the prove at this time. b. Citizen Comments - None budget assumptions included on ii. Approval of Leaves of Absence 4. SUPERINTENDENT S REPORT the - There are no leaves of absence to estimated surplus information a. Upcoming Events and Updates page. Preliminary salary increase at this time. Access for All program at MHS approve is - up - options were discussed for the underway. Last Thursday was the iii. Approval of Staff Appoint coming year. George Mavroulis - dis ments first distribution date and over 80 tributed projected enrollment There are no staff appointments students were there to pick up their information for the 2013-2014 to approve at this time. computers. We will follow up- inter mittently with the students with iv. Approval of Retirements - school year and projected staffing for the enrollment growth. Next, th group discussed the budget consid eration priorities. Many of the pri orities reflect programs and increases to deal with the district achievement gap. Elementary,- mid dle, high school and special- educa tion representatives presented information on the budget consid erations pertaining to their areas/levels. The board had a con versation encompassing the infor mation presented. b. Achievement Gap This item was a part of the budget discussion due to the many items needed to help with achieve ment gap in our district. 7. ITEMS FOR ACTION a. Approval of Budget Parameters, Planning Assumptions and Timeline MOVED by Green SECONDED by Hornung to approve the budget - pa rameters, planning assumptions and timeline as presented. Motion carried unanimously, 8-0. b. Authorizing Additional Staff f 2013-14 MOVED by Greer SECONDED by Bauer to authorize the additional staff as requested by administratio for the 2013-14 school year.- Mo tion carried unanimously, 8-0. c. Board Resolution Regarding the Proposed State Budget Ellen gave an overview on the process of developing the budget letter. MOVED Greer, SECONDED by Green to approve the proposed state budget letter. MOVED by Greer and SECONDED by Green to amend the motion with the two suggested



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Mering, Kenneth D, 54, Baraboo, WI 53913, 03/24/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Meyer, Katherine E, 22, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/27/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Micheau, John P, 38, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Middleton, Patricia A, 65, Waunakee, WI 53597, 04/07/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Mohamed, Zamzam A, 23, Minneapolis, MN 55405, 04/01/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $240.00 Moore, Jacob R, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/11/2012, Display Unauthorized Registration Plates/Tags, $151.80 Moore, Jacob R, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/11/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Moore, Jacob R, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/11/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Moralesespinosa, Hector, 35, Madison, WI 53711, 03/10/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $114.00 Morris, Krystal M, 26, Baraboo, WI 53913, 03/06/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Morris, Krystal M, 26, Baraboo, WI 53913, 03/06/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Morrison, Nicole M, 29, Madison, WI 53704, 03/13/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Morway, Carolyn Anne, 24, Madison, WI 53711, 03/07/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Motisi-Olah, Sara J, 60, Mazomanie, WI 53560, 03/19/2012, Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control, $126.00 Mroczek, Wojciech R, 30, Madison, WI 53719, 03/22/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Mueller, Nicole L, 23, Madison, WI 53717, 03/05/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Mulhern, Sean T, 22, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/31/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Nankee, Constance Lee, 32, Mount Horeb, WI 53572, 03/19/2012, Violation of Traffic Signal Yellow, $88.80 Nardini, Matthew J, 34, Madison, WI 53719, 03/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Nigbor, Kurt W, 55, Fitchburg, WI 53711, 03/27/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Nonn, Randy G, 49, Mazomanie, WI 53560, 03/19/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Nonn, Randy G, 49, Mazomanie, WI 53560, 03/19/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Olajide, Jelili K, 31, Brooklyn, MN 55443, 04/01/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $240.00 Oleson, Christopher C, 40, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/07/2012, Deviation from Designated Lane, $88.80




Oleson, Christopher C, 40, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/07/2012, Possession of Controlled Substance, $271.50 Olson, Charles D, 32, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Olson, Derek J, 28, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/25/2012, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.80 Olson, Derek J, 28, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $240.00 Olson, Kristina M, 40, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/03/2012, FYR while Making Left Turn, $88.80 Olson, Michele K, 21, Milwaukee, WI 53202, 03/16/2012, Inattentive Driving, $101.40 Ortiz, Ingrid, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.80 Ortiz, Ingrid, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/24/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Passarella, Gina M, 45, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Patenaude, Judith A, 68, Madison, WI 53713, 03/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Pentinmaki, Robert W, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/10/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Pertzborn, Erin M, 40, Cross Plains, WI 53528, 02/25/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Pertzborn, Erin M, 40, Cross Plains, WI 53528, 02/12/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Petersen, Tracy A, 34, Madison, WI 53704, 04/21/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Pfeffer, Leah M, 22, Madison, WI 53718, 03/23/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Phistry, Philip E, 24, Madison, WI 53715, 03/23/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Pitz, Bethany A, 21, Verona, WI 53593, 03/25/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Pribbenow, Dean A, 48, Mc Farland, WI 53558, 03/04/2012, FYR from Yield Sign, $88.80 Pulvermacher, Cody J, 28, Madison, WI 53718, 03/17/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Reilly, Erin Marlow, 23, Madison, WI 53711, 03/10/2012, Possession of Controlled Substance, $271.50 Reilly, Erin Marlow, 23, Madison, WI 53711, 03/10/2012, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $177.00 Reinke, Daniel J, 45, Middleton, WI 53562, 04/04/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Reynolds, Matthew M, 32, Black Earth, WI 53515, 04/21/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $0.00 Rhodes, Audrey G, 63, West Allis, WI 53219, 02/19/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Ripp, Christopher R, 21, Madison,

WI 53711, 03/15/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Ripp, Sarah K, 37, Lodi, WI 53555, 03/09/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Roberts, Barry V, 59, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Failure to file Accident Report with DMV, $114.00 Roberts, Barry V, 59, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Failure to Stop-RR Crossing w/ Crossbuck Sign, $135.50 Roberts, Barry V, 59, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Inattentive Driving, $101.40 Roberts, Barry V, 59, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Rocquemore, Santeon D, 31, Madison, WI 53713, 03/16/2012, Intoxicant In Motor Vehicle Passenger, $177.00 Roewer, John Eldert, 56, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/09/2012, Operator Fail/Have Passenger/Seatbelted, $10.00 Roland, Gregory D, 23, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $240.00 Schaaf, Kory L, 29, Mineral Point, WI 53565, 03/24/2012, Resisting or Obstructing Officer, $429.00 Schmitt, Peter J, 50, Madison, WI 53711, 03/19/2012, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.80 Schultz, Joseph M, 33, Neillsville, WI 54456, 03/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Shah, Roopa K, 38, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/21/2012, Obstructing Traffic, $101.40 Shidell, Laura A, 31, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/17/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Shomberg, Curtis L, 44, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/30/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Silbar, Joseph S, 20, Madison, WI 53704, 03/14/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $0.00 Silbar, Joseph S, 20, Madison, WI 53704, 03/14/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Skibba, Stacy L, 34, Evansville, WI 53536, 03/31/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Smith, Cody Patrick, 20, Spring Green, WI 53588, 03/28/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Speth, Brenda A, 40, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/31/2012, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.00 Spinelli, Carlos A, 28, Madison, WI 53716, 03/22/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Srem, Savoeuth, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/19/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Stauffer, Adam G, 36, Madison, WI 53717, 03/18/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Stauffer, Adam G, 36, Madison, WI

53717, 03/18/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $0.00 Stellick, Timothy J, 28, Madison, WI 53704, 03/19/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Stone, Daniel C JR, 61, Madison, WI 53717, 04/01/2012, Speeding 25 MPH Zone, $88.80 Stone, Daniel C JR, 61, Madison, WI 53717, 04/01/2012, Non Registration, $88.80 Stutz, Kate Steinnagel, 29, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/27/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Swinney, Percell T, 18, Madison, WI 53711, 03/18/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Tabbutt, Megan M, 19, Madison, WI 53705, 03/14/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Taylor, Latasha, 28, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/26/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Taylor, Latasha, 28, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/26/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Tellez Giron, Marisela Melisa, 21, Madison, WI 53719, 03/09/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Tesch, Barbara N, 54, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/23/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.00 Thiel, Jennie A, 41, Weston, WI 54476, 03/25/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Torrijos Navarrete, Norberto, 32, Madison, WI 53704, 03/31/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Torrijos Navarrete, Norberto, 32, Madison, WI 53704, 03/31/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $76.20 Van Rens, Matthew R, 28, Madison, WI 53719, 03/23/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Vargas, Mercedes J, 39, Madison, WI 53704, 03/23/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $114.00 Volkmann, Elise M, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/16/2012, Method of Giving Signals, $76.20 Volkmann, Elise M, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 02/16/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 Wahr, Judy M, 61, Verona, WI 53593, 03/03/2012, Ownrs liability fail to stop after accident, $114.00 Walker, Alfonso Nmi, 40, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 03/31/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Walker, Alfonso Nmi, 40, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 03/31/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00

Walker, Alfonso Nmi, 40, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 03/31/2012, Operating after revocation, $114.00 Warren, Kirstin Lynn, 23, Sauk City, WI 53583, 03/30/2012, Prohibited Noise Disturbance, $177.00 Wasylik, Leah, 19, Waunakee, WI 53597, 03/28/2012, Inattentive Driving, $101.40 Way, Joseph J, 31, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/27/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Wegener, Michael D, 23, Middleton, WI 53562, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Wickersham, Michael S, 45, Williams Bay, WI 53191, 03/24/2012, Unlawful u/y turn-erected signs, $88.80 Wilcox, Buffey J, 44, Madison, WI 53705, 03/28/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Wilson, Joshua L, 26, Caledonia, WI 53108, 03/31/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Wisniewski, Trisha K, 44, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 03/17/2012, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Yan, Susan Yieshoung, 45, Madison, WI 53717, 03/16/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Yan, Susan Yieshoung, 45, Madison, WI 53717, 03/16/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Yeager, Bryan K, 38, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 03/18/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Yngsdal, Amy L, 36, Cross Plains, WI 53528, 03/16/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Young Clay, Donaldson B, 51, Middleton, WI 53705, 03/24/2012, Operating While Intoxicated, $731.00 Young Clay, Donaldson B, 51, Middleton, WI 53705, 03/24/2012, Deviation from Designated Lane, $88.80 Young Clay, Donaldson B, 51, , , , Operating With/PAC .08-.099, $0.00 WI 53705, 51, 03/24/2012, Donaldson B, Operating while Suspended, Young Clay, $114.00, Middleton Zanzig, Barbara Ann, 36, Madison, WI 53705, 03/22/2012, Seatbelt Required Oper/Pass, $10.00 Ziegler, Donna M, 56, North Freedom, WI 53951, 03/07/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Zimmerman, Melanie Rae, 32, North Freedom, WI 53951, 02/21/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80.

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