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524 E. Main St., Downtown Stoughton (608) 877-1330

The day
Fire gutted Main Street block
20 years ago
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Twenty years ago this Sunday, downtown

Stoughtons look changed forever in an early
morning blaze that consumed three buildings,
but thankfully no lives.
Where Kegonsa Plaza now sits on the south
side of Main Streets 100 block, Quams Appliance and TV, Stoton Cycle and Shear Teknique
Salon once stood all destroyed by the Dec. 4,
1996 fire. Sundbys Pharmacy and DisplayIt,
a part-time business that had recently opened,
were also damaged, and eight people living in
upstairs apartments were displaced.
The fire was spotted around 2:15a.m. by two
Stoughton police officers, Brian Gowan and
Patrick Frisch, as a separate 911 call came in.
Before the day was over, Stoughtons roughly
30 firefighters were engaged, as well as another 30 from departments in McFarland, Edgerton, Oregon, Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove,

Photo by Scott De Laruelle

Ian Bormett, left, looks on as Jonah Friedrich uses the new artificial arm Bormett built for him to pick up a digital recorder at
Friedrichs house Monday afternoon.

Building a Friendship

Turn to Fire/Page 2

Artificial arm helps connect Stoughton youths

Stoughton Area School District

Staying on path


onah Friedrich now

has a new left arm
thanks to Ian Bormett,
but hes also gained something perhaps even more
precious a new big
brother and likely a friend
for life.

The oldest of six children, including four little brothers, Jonah, 11,
was at the Friedrich familys bustling
home Monday afternoon, testing
and showing off his new purple-andblack plastic mechanical arm that Ian
built at his school.
As Jonah was born without a wrist
or hand on his left arm, the new
appendage fits onto the stub of his
arm, extending from his elbow down.
Special adhesive grips on the fingers

are connected by 100-pound-test

fishing line as he flexes his arm,
the fingers of the hand grab.
Bormett spent the last several
weeks designing and building the
arm at the Stoughton High School
digital fabrication laboratory, or Fab
Lab. Jonah has had it for about two
weeks now and is already feeling
more confident about his new abilities.

To update strategic plan,

district seeks community help
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It might just be you

theyre looking for.
Halfway through a
The board will
10-year strategic plan
a learning
molded by community help, Stoughton
session on povArea School District
erty and its effects
o ffi c i a l s a r e o n c e
on education at its
again asking for assisMonday, Dec. 19
tance in seeing how
meeting, school
its going. Superintendent Tim Onsager
board president
asked board members
Scott Dirks told the
at their Nov. 21 meetHub in an email.
ing for their help in
finding community
members to form a
design team to help evaluate and adjust the
plan as needed.
Are we still on the right path? he asked.
While the district has contact information for

Turn to Arm/Page 12

Spring election

Nomination papers for 2017 out Dec. 1

to vote for on the April 2017
ballot. City officials, school
board members and surrounding town supervisors will be
up for election.
Nomination papers for the
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spring 2017 election are availStoughton area voters will able as of Dec. 1 and must be
have plenty of local officials returned by Jan. 3 with the

3 school board seats

up for election

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required number of signatures,

which vary depending on the
office. Those interested in running for an open seat on city
or town boards can get signature papers from their local
municipal clerk, while school
district candidates can get
them from the district office.

An alder from each of the
citys four districts will be up
for another three-year term.
Council president Tim Swadley (Dist. 1) and longtime

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Fire: Around 60 firefighters from six communities battled blaze that shaped downtown
Continued from page 1
fighting the blaze in temperatures that dipped as low
as 16 degrees.
Then-fire chief Odean
Teigen told the Hub in the
Dec. 5, 1996 issue that it
only took a few minutes
to size up the situation
before calling for mutual
aid. Area bars opened their
doors to firefighters to keep
them warm in the freezing
temperatures as they battled
the elements all day long.
While there were no
reported injuries to business owners or apartment
dwellers, Stoughton firefighters took their lumps
Rick Scheel required
seven stitches after he was
cut by flying glass from
an exploding window, and
Marty Lamers fell several
feet after a ladder collapsed

beneath him, though he

d i d n t r e q u i r e m e d i c a l
The buildings were
thought to be nearly 100
years old, part of a historic
downtown district stretching from the Yahara River
to City Hall listed on the
National Registry of Historic Places.
An estimated 700,000
gallons of water were used.
Uniroyal, a heavy water
user, suspended operations
while firefighters were in

It was quite an
event at the time. It
would be a tragedy
if we ever lose more
of our historic
downtown to fire.
Ald. Paul Lawrence
were pushed back by the
intensity of the blaze. Outside, they battled ice and
freezing temperatures, ultimately containing the fire to
the center of the block.
Great efforts were
made to keep the fire from
destroying the entire block
of buildings both East and
West of the fire buildings,
he said. Main Street was
decorated for the holidays
with the garlands across
Main Street, many of the
garlands had to be taken
down to make access for the
aerial ladder trucks.
Stoughton Fire Department Chief Scott Wegner,
who joined the department in 1982, told the Hub
last week he remembers
spending a lot of time in
a ladder truck 10 hours,
as initially reported in the
Water made it down the
block, he said. It was a
big crowd there.



Town of Dunkirk

Difficult fire

Lamers, who retired from

the department as chief in
February 2015, said the fire
was very difficult to fight,
as crews tried to get to the
area they believed the fire
to be, in the basement of the
Quams Electric Store, but

7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1621 E. Main St.,

Stoughton 873-8112

File photo

Around 60 firefighters from six departments battled an early morning blaze on Dec. 4, 1996
along the 100 block of south side of Main Street. Three buildings were destroyed and eight
people from upstairs apartments were displaced but there were no serious injuries reported.

the fires origin appeared

to be at or near the top
o f t h e b a s e m e n t wa l l
between Quams and Shear
While the state fire marshal inspected the scene,
investigators were unable
determine the source of
the fire due to the severe
Later that December, the burning and collapse of the
Stoughton Fire Department building. Investigators said
released a statement, saying no sign of arson had been

Ald. Paul Lawrence was
fairly new to the Common Council when, in the
aftermath of the fire, the
city created a TIF district
to help the area rebuild.
Across the street, he said,
the Stoughton Cinema Cafe
(itself built on the site of
a past fire that destroyed a
building) was essentially
untouched for several years

while, presumably, insurance companies did their

It was quite an event at
the time, Lawrence said.
It would be a tragedy if we
ever lose more of our historic downtown to fire.
Email Unified Newspaper
Group reporter Scott
De Laruelle at scott.

Taxes rise by 17 cents

Town of Dunkirk electors made no changes to the
preliminary 2017 budget
at the towns annual public
hearing on Monday, Nov.
21, leaving the mill rate
for next year at $2.98 per
$1,000 of assessed value.

Lunch or Dinner

That number is up slightly from this years mill rate

of $2.81. The owner of a
$200,000 home would pay
$596 in town taxes for next
year, about $34 more than
last year.
The overall budget

increased $57,000 from

last year as assessed values
rose slightly. The towns
assessed value in 2015 was
just under $197 million. In
2016 the assessed value was
just under $198 million.
Scott De Laruelle

By the numbers
Item 2016 2017 Difference
Tax levy $513,887 $570,887 $57,000
*Mill rate
*(per $1,000 of assessed property value)

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Town of Dunn

Budget includes $15 tax increase

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The Town of Dunns 2017 budget was

adopted Nov. 15 and calls for $15.30
increase 2.2 percent in the town tax
for a home assessed at $250,000.
Town business manager Cathy Hasslinger said highlights of the budget
include an increase of $45,000 to the
Stoughton Fire Department for the
towns share of a new fire truck debt.
Also, the Parks Commission requested $9,000 from the general fund to pay
for a portion of a full-court basketball
installation at Spartan Hills Park, Hasslinger said. Remaining funds to build
the court will be provided by a fundraiser, reserve park funds, and a town
match of the fundraising, she said.
The budget also includes a $6,100
increase for eight replacement windows
and six new lights for the town hall.

The town is increasing its road maintenance budget by $80,000, but will
have an overall decrease of $178,000
in capital projects from last year. The
budget provides $350,000 for road
reconstruction and routine equipment
Those include 1.5 miles of new pavement on Lake Farm Road, a half-mile
on Alma Road, and a half-mile on Henshue Road.
Equipment upgrades include converting the towns skid steer to a track
system for $23,000, trading in a 2011
Ford 550 truck for a newer model for
$21,000, and trading in a parks mower
for a net cost of about $4,800.
Despite the proposed mill rate
increase equivalent to $6 on a
$200,000 home the budget shows
the tax rate dropping compared to the
equalized value, meaning home values
are rising faster than taxes.

Expenditures on planning are also

dropping because of completion of the
comprehensive plan update.
No new borrowing is proposed for
2017. Designated reserve funds would
provide for spending on road infrastructure, upgrading equipment and maintaining target fund balance of about
$345,000 in the general fund.
The towns overall indebtedness
at the end of 2017 will be about $1.7
million, down from previous levels of
almost $3.2 million in 2009.
The towns total levy is projected to
increase from $1.78 million to $1.83
Property tax bills will be mailed out
around Dec. 15, and residents should
receive them within a few days of mailing.
Contact Bill Livick at bill.livick@

Election: April 2017 election nomination papers released

Continued from page 1

and Fergus and Schumacher nominate candidates to suctold the Hub Tuesday they ceed incumbent town chair
incumbent Paul Lawrence also intend to run again.
Mary Haley and supervi(Dist. 2) both plan to run in
sors David Pfeiffer and
April. Dist. 3 Ald. Greg Jen- Town of Rutland
Tom McGinnis. Terms are
son said hes leaning toward
The Town of Rutland will for two years, beginning
running for another term but have a caucus in early 2017 April 18, 2017.
hasnt definitively decided. to determine candidates for
The caucus will be held
In Dist. 4, Matt Bartlett, who offices. Town clerk Dawn no sooner than Jan. 2 and
in October was appointed by George told the Hub in not later than Jan. 21.
the council to a seat vacated an email Monday that so Notice of the scheduled
after Tom Selsor resigned, far, she has no indication date will be given at least
told the Hub he plans to run incumbent board members five days prior to the caufor the full term.
will not be running again. cus.
People must be nominatSchool
ed and seconded to be con- Town of Dunkirk
Three of nine Stoughton sidered. If more than two
All Town of Dunkirk offiArea School Board seats people are nominated for cials positions are up for
will be up for re-election.
one office, there is a vote to election: chair Norm MonI n c u m b e n t s N i c o l e reduce the number of candi- sen, Sup. 1 Eric Quam, Sup.
Wiessinger, treasurer Brett dates to two per office at the 2 Ted Olson, Constable
Schumacher and clerk Bev caucus meeting. The caucus Gregory Holte and TreasurFergus have until Dec. 23 to date will be set later this er Bonnie Smithback. The
declare non-candidacy, dis- month, but George said its term for all offices is two
trict clerk Becky Egan told usually the third Tuesday of years.
the Hub in an email Mon- January.
Clerk Melanie Huchthauday.
sen told the Hub in an email
Wiessinger who was Town of Pleasant
Monday afternoon she has
appointed earlier this year Springs
not received any non-candito fill a vacancy told the
dacy paperwork, nor heard
The town will hold a cau- from any current elected
Hub in an email Tuesday
she would run for election, cus sometime in January to official that they do not

Parisi vetoes part of

board salary increase
Declining to make a stand
against what he called a vetoproof majority, Dane County
Executive Joe Parisi has left
alone a pay increase for supervisors while nixing one for the
county executive position.
On Nov. 23, Parisi issued
a partial veto of the pay raise
for county elected officials
approved 26-6 by county supervisors at their annual budget
meeting Nov. 17. The veto will
remove a proposed pay raise to
the county executive over the
next four years, from $134,200
to $144,900. County board salaries will increase from $8,200 to
$10,900 and the board chair salary will increase from $37,000
to $51,500; both by 2020.
In a news release Wednesday,
Parisi said while he didnt agree
with the proposal to increase the
wages, he didnt have the ability
to stop all of it.
Going through the motions of
issuing a full veto only to see it
overturned would serve no purpose other than to subject people
in our community to even more
political negativity after what
has been an extremely negative

political period in our nations

history, he said. Just as when I
voluntarily returned a portion of
my salary when my employees
pay was cut by Governor Walkers Act 10, I am now rejecting
this raise because believe its the
right thing to do given the uncertain times in which we live.
Last week after the vote, Parisi
issued an unusually frank press
release, noting that in a changed
political climate and recovering economy, the last thing the
countys elected officials should
be doing right now is giving
themselves a raise.
Board chair Sharon Corrigan
quickly responded with a press
release of her own, saying Parisi never gave any indication he
was concerned about increasing
pay for elected officials when
the board discussed it in recent
months, and that it had been a
decade since the last increase.
If we want our elected officials to be more representative
of the populations they serve
they need to be fairly compensated, she said.
Scott De Laruelle

intend to run.

Town of Dunn
Town of Dunn voters
will vote on the chair and
both supervisor positions.
Incumbents Ed Minihan, Jeffrey Hodgson and
Steve Greb will all run for
re-election, town business
manager Cathy Hasslinger
told the Observer.

School: Feedback requested

Continued from page 1
people invited to the planning sessions five years
ago, he wants to add more
to get a better cross section.
Its good to have people who were at the last
one, but also people who
werent, because they
b r i n g a n ew p e r s p e c tive; represent different
groups, Onsager said,
noting he hopes board
members will personally
contact people. Its a lot
more meaningful coming
from the board saying, we
need your help in helping design this to set our
Hed like to finalize the
list in the next few weeks
to get the process started.
(Then) the sooner we
can get the design team
working, he said. We
have to give them input
on the date to make sure
theres not something we
missed before sending.
Onsager said the last
time the district held a
strategic planning session,
around 160 invitations

were sent out, with around

125 people showing up to
participate for the threeday event. This time, the
event would be just one
day; likely a Saturday.
District officials are
considering meeting
sometime in late February, March or April. The
consensus appeared to
be avoiding the week of
spring break, which begins
March 27.
We would have to get
moving pretty quick for
February, he said.
Onsager recommended several goals for the
session, including helping the community better
understand recent district
accomplishments; identifying issues and trends
impacting the district and
how they differ from five
years ago, providing direction on how to refine district priorities for the next
five years and strengthening relationships among
community members.
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Group reporter Scott
De Laruelle at scott.


Dane County
Incumbent Dane County
Executive Joe Parisi will
also run for re-election,
and the seats of Sups. Carl
Chenoweth, who covers the
City of Stoughton, Patrick
Miles, Bob Salov and Danielle Williams are up for
The executive election is
for a four-year term, while
supervisors are each elected
for two years.
Unified Newspaper Group
reporters Scott De Laruelle
and Bill Livick contributed
to this story.

Squats for tots

fundraiser set for
Dec. 10
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Want to lift up some

heavy things and put
them back down to
help area families in
need? Or just cheer
on and sponsor some
folks who will take
care of all that hard
Primal Strength and
Fitness is hosting its
third annual Squats
for Tots powerlifting
event. Owner James
Brooks said the first
two events were great
successes, with competitors raising gifts
and hope for some
very deserving families in Stoughton
We w e r e b l e s s ed to hear about the
impact that this event
made upon local families, he told the Hub
in an email.

If You Go
What: Squats for
Tots fundraiser
When: 10a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Where: Primal
Strength and Fitness, 150 Business
Park Circle, Unit 2
Info: 515-4057,

Come test your

squat strength while
celebrating the holidays and helping
with a toy drive for
local families in need.
Entry fees are covered by a donation of
a new, unwrapped toy
for children up to age
Email Unified
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reporter Scott De
Laruelle at scott.

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Stoughton Courier Hub

Letters to the editor

No, election was not stolen or rigged

A little melodramatic? I am
responding to two letters to the
editor in the Nov. 17 issue of the
Courier Hub. There is nothing
illegal, immoral or unethical
about the Electoral College, and
the election was not rigged or
The popular vote is recorded,
but it does not and never has been
used to elect the president of the
United States. The electoral college is part of our Constitution
and prevents the country from
being governed exclusively by the
most populated urban areas of the
country. Certainly, the needs and
concerns of heavily-populated
urban centers are different than
the needs and concerns of many of
the people in our country. Without
the electoral college, states with
lower populations would have
virtually no say in their federal
In the second letter, the writer imagines all sorts of doom
and gloom, using terms such as
unspoken intentions, untold

havoc, fade to black and

nuclear first strike. He predicts
Donald Trump will bring nothing
but tragedy and lawlessness, and
he blames Trump supporters for
all these perceived maladies.
The executive branch is not
and was never intended to be the
exclusive power in our country.
We should expect our legislative
and judiciary branches to do their
job to check the power of the
executive branch. As voters, we
need to hold our representatives
accountable. That is the way it is
supposed to work.
I dont know if Mr. Trump will
be a good president or not, but I
think we owe it to him, and the
millions of people who supported
him, to give him a chance. He was
elected in a lawfully conducted
election. No matter what the next
four years brings, I am proud to be
an American. And I trust the Constitution will be there to protect all
of us.
S. Luellwitz,
Town of Pleasant Springs

Shoppers can strive to be local, buy local

Small Business Saturday was
Nov. 26, which reminds me
that the new Wal-Mart is soon
to open. For many it will be an
asset and help, and overall, it
will probably be a plus for our
Yet, we are a unique community separate from Madison

in so many ways. Our local

business owners fit in that mix.
So if the values are fair and the
service is special, why not be
local, buy local?
Rich Albright,
City of Stoughton

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something you know or even think is in error, please contact editor
Jim Ferolie at 873-6671 or at so we
can get it right.

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Community Voices

Working with and for kids

is rewarding, necessary

or the last eight years,

I have been the coach
of Beloit Turner High
Schools Mock Trial team.
Mock Trial is a state-wide
competition where students take
on the roles of witnesses and
attorneys in a case. At the tournament in February, they will be
graded on how well they play
their parts as witnesses and how
well they act as attorneys in their
I love teaching the kids
and watching
them learn. But
honestly, a lot
of the reason I
do it is because
my soul is
renewed by
working with
teenagers who
are headed to college instead of
In Stoughton, Im the president of the Stoughton Area
School District Board of Education. But it is the things I
have seen happen to kids in my
day job, as a prosecutor in the
Rock County District Attorneys
Office, that helped motivate me
to work for kids on the board and
on the mock trial team.
Early in my career, I was the
juvenile court prosecutor for
Rock County. That meant that if
a kid broke the law to the point
where I felt some sort of court
intervention was necessary, I
filed the petition asking that
the child be found delinquent.
I represented the state in those
proceedings and saw many kids
in truly awful situations.
There was the boy who had
to spend Christmas weekend in
the juvenile detention facility
because his mother didnt want
him home. The only presents he
got that year were the ones his

probation officer brought him.

There was the 13-year-old runaway who was pregnant. With
her second child.
Maybe the most disturbing
cases were those kids who
graduated along with me from
the juvenile court to the criminal
court. Many of these people have
been on my caseload off and on
for over 20 years now.
One woman I used to see frequently in juvenile court (along
with her sister and brother) is
now on her third trip to prison
for residential burglaries. There
were two brothers, one or the
other of whom I would see every
week for acting up in school or
running away from home, whose
dad used to get drunk and beat
them, their sister or their mom
almost every night. I am now
prosecuting one of those boys,
now men, for getting drunk and
plowing his car into the side of
a van with four people on their
way home from a fish fry. One of
those four people is dead
There was another boy who,
on hearing his mom tell the
judge that she didnt feel safe
having him home, started hitting himself in the face. He was
recently convicted in federal
court on terrorism charges and is
now awaiting sentencing.
A common thread running
through all these cases was a
lack of caring, responsible adults
in these kids lives. It could be
that there was a parent, but she
had such big problems of her
own, such as a violent domestic
partner, mental illness or substance abuse, that she couldnt
be a good mom. Or maybe there
was no parent in the picture at
To avoid that cycle of bad
decision-making, which can lead
from juvenile court to prison,
kids need adults to give them

the things only adults can give.

That is one of the reasons I feel
so strongly about supporting our
schools and giving our educators
the resources they need to do
their jobs.
For quite a few kids in our
school district, the only square
meals they get are the ones they
eat at school. For some of our
students, school is the only place
where they encounter adults who
truly care about them and have
the wherewithal to give them the
mentoring they crave.
School is where these kids get
the structure all children need. I
am on the school board to help
make that happen.
And as a school board member, I appreciate the efforts of
local organizations and the hundreds of people who volunteer
their time and money to support
our schools and kids. Thank you!
But there are so many ways we
all can help our kids that dont
have anything to do with school.
Be a good friend to a child or
a super-stressed parent. Help
coach a sports team or volunteer
with a kids theater group. Take
a kid fishing. Teach Sunday
Youll be helping a child grow
up into a responsible adult. And
youll feel good, too.
Weve all heard the phrase,
Our children are our future.
Maybe youve heard it so many
times its become meaningless,
but its true.
Our youth are the future of our
society. We owe it to them and to
ourselves to give them the things
they need to grow up well.
Scott Dirks is the president of
the Stoughton Area school board
and a prosecutor in the Rock
County District Attorneys office.

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December 1, 2016

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Holiday variety show features People Brothers and friends

Other shows

Unified Newspaper Group

7:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
Tickets: $20
Traditional bluegrass, four-part harmonies, modern instrumentation and catchy
melodies are on tap Friday, Dec. 2, when
the North Carolina-based quartet Mipso
makes its Opera House debut.
The band features Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby
Rodenbough on fiddle and Wood Robinson on double bass delivering a sound
thats often described as an intoxicating
blend of Americana.
Sharp and Terrell began making music
together at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill during open mic nights as
an acoustic duo. They recruited Robinson
to form a trio in 2011 and began playing
on campus and around town. Rodenbough
began playing occasionally with the group
the following year, and Mipso quickly
became a campus staple known for its
many sold out performances.
Last year, the band released the album
Old Time Reverie, which The Guardian
included in its list of the best albums of
the year.

The Way Down Wanderers

7:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 9
Tickets: $15
Up-and-coming Americana standouts,

the Opera House in 2013.

The following year, the
band released the studio
album Middle of the In
Between. The album features 15 tracks mostly written Gronna and Scrivens,
and received several music
The band won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry
Award for 2014 Soul/R&B
Band of the Year, the Madison Area Music Award for
2015 Pop/R&B Album of
the Year, the 2013 Blues
Album of the Year and 2013
Blues Song of the Year.
Tim Lochner said band
members were happy to be
recognized by our peers,
despite the band not having
much of a presence in the
Milwaukee area.
The bands music is an
upbeat mix of soul, R&B,
rock and jam-band improvisation.
Lochner, who co-founded

the group with drummer

Greg Schmidt in 2009, said
the Opera House provides
an opportunity for the band
to take a different approach
to performing. Instead of
playing clubs and music
festivals where theres lots
of room to dance, the band
gets a chance to play in a
hall with great acoustics
and sightlines, he observed.
O n e o f o u r favo r i t e
things about playing music
in this band is that were
so diverse, he said in a
telephone interview. Getting to play there gives us
an opportunity to show the
diversity in our music.
The People Brothers
o rga n i z e a n d h o s t t wo
annual music festivals
The People Fest and Bonfire Music Festival along
with organizing a charity
jamboree every year, with
proceeds going to fight cancer, multiple sclerosis and

Medieval meal magic

Unified Newspaper Group

One of the more elaborate

events of the Stoughton Area
School District school year
is the annual Madrigal Dinner, where students dress up
in Renaissance-style clothing and serve a multi-course
dinner during an evening
of entertainment. The SHS
Madrigal Singers highlight
the event, which raises money for the schools music
The shows, which generally sell out quickly, will
run for three nights from
6-9p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
through Monday. Dec. 12, in
the SHS cafetorium. Tickets
are sold out for the shows

Saturday and Sunday, but

limited tickets remain for
Monday. Call director Ryan
Casey at 877-5746 for ticket
The Madrigal Singers will
also perform at the Stoughton Area Senior center at
noon on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
People are asked to make
reservations by noon on Friday, Dec. 2. The cost for the
event is $8.
Scott De Laruelle

If You Go
What: Stoughton High
School Madrigal Dinner
When: 6-9p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 10 through Monday,
Dec. 12
Where: SHS cafetorium,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Info: 877-5600 or

2016 Craft Fair

arranging new music, and

touring throughout the
All we really want to do
is make the world a better
place with music, she said.
Its a blessing every time
we hear anyone say were
their favorite band, because
it means that were reaching people and there is definitely a chance that we can
go farther. Its a fun time
every single time we play.
Contact Bill Livick at bill.




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The Isthmus Brass presents
a varied program of virtuosic
arrangements of tunes popular
with the holiday season. From
early classic Christmas carols,
to banging big band versions
of todays most popular
holiday fare, the Isthmus Brass
never fails to impress. Their
holiday recordings received
the following review from
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The nicely varied program
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established in 2009 by some
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players in the region who were

looking for a way to collaborate

and perform together. They
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Last summer, the band
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Annual SHS
Madrigal Dinner is
Dec. 10-12

What: People Brothers

Band holiday variety
Where: Stoughton Opera
House, 381 E. Main St.
When: 7:30p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Tickets: $20
Info: 877-4400

The Way Down Wanderers bring youthful exuberance and high energy to the
Stoughton Opera House on Friday, Dec.
9. The five-piece band formed in Peoria,
Ill., and is now touring the nation with a
sound popping with originality and good
Frontmen Austin Thompson and Collin Krause met in Peoria, their hometown, four years ago when they joined
the same folk band. They embarked on
their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18
years old. They became fast friends and
soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers two years ago, when Collin was 16
and Austin, 20. They share songwriting
responsibilities, with Thompson on lead
guitar and vocals, and Krause on mandolin, fiddle and vocals.
They recruited drummer John
Merikoski, upright bassist John Williams and banjo player Travis Kowalsky
to complete the band.
The Way Down Wanderers released a
self-titled debut album last year that was
produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett
Brothers. Their music is acoustic and
fast-paced, with lots of harmony vocals.
The band created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage
encores and propensity for performing
self-titled restSTOMPS free acoustic sets at rest areas and truck stops
along their tour routes.
Bill Livick

Hwy. 12

One of Madisons most

popular bands has invited a
host of friends to help them
kick start the holiday season Saturday at the Opera
The nine-piece People
Brothers Band returns to
perform not only its individual take on holiday
songs, but also stage some
original skits and show a
few videos, said Teresa
Marie Scrivens, one of the
bands lead singers.
Were not doing People Brothers songs; were
doing holiday songs the
People Brothers way, she
Scrivens told the Hub
she and her bandmates
have invited three wellknown area bands to join
them at the Opera House:
Wheelhouse, Gin Mill
Hollow and the Reverend
Eddie Danger. Other guests
include Jamie Cash, of the
band Moonhouse, vocalist
Craig Baumann and quite
a few instrumentalists as
Weve never done anything like this variety show
before but have wanted to
for a long time, Scrivens
said. Well have Gabby
Parsons as our narrator.
Despite some changes
in the bands membership,
the People Brothers music
is virtually unchanged,
Scrivens said, with five of
the bands original members in the lineup: Tim
Lochner on lead guitar
and vocals, Scott Lochner
on bass, Bobby Gronna on
lead vocals and keyboards,
Greg Schmitt on drums and
vocals, and Teresa Marie
on lead vocals. Scrivens
and Gronna are recognized
as two of the top singers in
the Midwest.
The bands new members have added to the horn
section and include three
saxophonists and a trumpeter. Scrivens described
Baumann (of The Smoking
Bandits) as having one of
the greatest voices Ive ever
The People Brothers
Band released a live album
in 2012, and first played

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December 1, 2016

Stoughton Courier Hub

Coming up

Community calendar

Prince and Princess

Third grade students can apply to

be considered in a drawing to serve
as the 2017 Syttende Mai Prince and
Princess by returning a form to the
Stoughton Chamber of Commerce,
532 E. Main St., by Wednesday, Dec.
All third graders living in the
Stoughton Area School District
service area are eligible for the
random drawing. The Prince and
Princess will be announced Sunday,
Feb. 12, during the Norse Afternoon
of Fun. The form can be accessed on and
can also be returned once completed
via email to
For information, call 873-7912.

Button design contest

Submit a hand-drawn or computergenerated design for the 2017
Syttende Mai Festival Booster Button
contest for consideration to the
Stoughton Chamber of Commerce by
Monday, Dec. 5.
The design can be in full color,
should be round and must include
Syttende Mai, Stoughton WI,
May 19, 20, 21 2017, and Booster.
The chosen designer will receive a
free dinner at the Syttende Mai kickoff dinner on May 15 2017, free
buttons and recognition on chamber
Submissions can be mailed to or
dropped of at the chamber, located
at 532 E. Main St., or emailed to
Bahai Faith

For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911

or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 Stoughton study classes.

Card making

Create watercolor holiday cards to

send to friends and family during two
workshops from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays,
Dec. 6 and 13, at the senior center.
All skill levels are welcome and
materials will be provided. The cost
for both classes is $40, which includes
five cards and envelopes. Registration
Decorating tips
is required by Dec. 2.
Design consultant Sara Washicheck
For information or to register, call
will give tips on holiday decorating
at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the
Tree decorating
senior center.
Washicheck will provide creative
Help St. Anns second graders
decorate the Christmas tree at the and affordable decor ideas, as well as
senior center from 9-11 a.m. Friday, discuss how to update the decorations
you already own.
Dec. 2.
For information, call 873-8585.
There will also be ornament making
and holiday games.
Chorus performance
For information, call 873-8585.
The Edvard Grieg Chorus will
START volunteers
perform a Christmas concert and singHelp support the Stoughton Area along at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at
Resource Team (START) by donating the Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge,
a homemade pie or volunteering at a 317 S. Page St.
The Madison-based Norwegian
fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 2, at Chorus Public House, 154 mens chorus, founded in 1925,
performs songs in both Norwegian
W. Main St.
Volunteers and pies might also and English and is part of the
be needed on Saturday, Dec. 3. For Norwegian Singers Association
information, contact Kathryn Vaughn of America. The lodge will offer
at 205-7775 or Cindy Thompson at refreshments after the concert, and a
free-will offering will be available to
support the chorus.
Book discussion
For information, contact Darlene
M e m b e r s o f c o m m u n i t y Arneson at arnesonfamily5@gmail.
organizations GSafe and TransParent com or 873-7209.
Covenant Lutheran Church

Bible Baptist Church

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

Christ Lutheran Church

515 E. Main St., Stoughton 834-9050
Sunday: 10 a.m.

2095 Hwy. W, Utica

873-7077 423-3033
Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship
700 Hwy. B, Stoughton
873-9353 e-mail:
Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Traditional
Worship. 9:10 a.m. Family Express, followed by
Sunday School

Christ the King Community


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

Christian Assembly Church

1844 Williams Drive, Stoughton 873-9106

Saturday: 6 p.m. worship; Sunday: 10 a.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

825 S. Van Buren, Stoughton

877-0439 Missionaries 957-3930
Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday school and Primary

Cooksville Lutheran Church

11927 W. Church St., Evansville

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


221 Kings Lynn Rd.

Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 873-8888


Pete Gunderson
Mike Smits Dale Holzhuter
Martha Paton, Administrative Manager
Sara Paton Barkenhagen, Administrative Assistant
Paul Selbo, Funeral Assistant


1358 Hwy 51, Stoughton

will read I Am Jazz, a biographical

story about a transgender child, from
7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the
A discussion of the book will
follow, and attendees can ask
questions about transgender and
gender identity topics. All ages are
For information, call 873-6281.

Ezra Church

First Lutheran Church

310 E. Washington, Stoughton

Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m. worship

Fulton Church

9209 Fulton St., Edgerton

Sunday: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services
Coffee Fellowship: 9 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Varsity (High Schoolers): 12-3 p.m.
AWANA (age 2-middle school): 3-5 p.m.

Good Shepherd By The Lake

Lutheran Church

1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton

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

LakeView Church

2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship

Seventh Day Baptist

Church of Albion

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton

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

Stoughton Baptist Church

Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton

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

St. Ann Catholic Church

323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton

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

United Methodist of Stoughton

525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton
Sunday: 8 a.m. - Short Service;
10 a.m. - Full Worship

West Koshkonong Lutheran Church

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

Western Koshkonong
Lutheran Church

2633 Church St., Cottage Grove

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship
11 a.m. Bible study

Christmas Is Here
There is a natural tendency to believe that Christmas comes but
once a year. This misconception is based on the calendar, which gives
it only one day of the year. Some of us do a bit better by celebrating
the season of Christmas, perhaps treating everything from roughly
Thanksgiving to the New Year as being part of the Christmas season.
But we should remember that Christmas is really a celebration of
Gods incarnation. God literally came to be with us here on earth, and
that is something that can and should be celebrated all year long. And
while it is noteworthy that God came to earth in very humble form, a
helpless baby born in a manger, focusing on Jesus birth misses the
wider context of the incarnation. Gods physicality as a human being
highlights the divine aspect of human nature (we all have the spirit
of God within us), but understanding Jesus as the second person of
God also raises the stature of the natural world. The physical world is
imbued with divine importance by Gods incarnation, and we should
consider that this entire world is a gift from God. Perhaps that is the
true meaning of Christmas! Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or
authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is
before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1: 15-17 NIV

Thursday, December 1

Victorian Holiday Weekend, locations throughout

6-9 p.m., Friends of the Library winter book sale
(members-only sale 3-6 p.m.), library, 873-6281
6:30-8 p.m., Adult Craft Club: Polymer Clay (registration required), Stoughton Fire Department meeting
room, 401 E. Main St., 873-6281

Friday, December 2

Victorian Holiday Weekend, locations throughout

9-11 a.m., Christmas tree decorating, senior center,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friends of the Library winter book
sale, library, 873-6281
1 p.m., Friday Movie: Mr. Church (PG-13), senior
center, 873-8585
7:30 p.m., Mipso, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E.
Main St., purchase tickets at stoughtonoperahouse.

Saturday, December 3

Victorian Holiday Weekend, locations throughout

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of the Library winter book
sale (make-a-donation bag sale noon to 3 p.m.), 8736281
7:30 p.m., The People Brothers Band: Holiday Variety Show, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St.,
purchase tickets at

Sunday, December 4

Victorian Holiday Weekend, locations throughout

Sons of NorwayMandt Lodge Chicago Trip (registration required; leaves SHS front parking lot at 8 a.m.),

Monday, December 5

5:30-6:15 p.m., Gathering Table free community

meal, senior center, 206-1178
7 p.m., Town of Dunkirk Board meeting, Town Hall,
654 Cty. Road N

Tuesday, December 6

Noon, Dinner show with the Stoughton High School

Madrigal Singers ($8; reservations required by Dec. 2),
senior center, 873-8585
Noon to 4 p.m., Healing Touch therapy sessions
(sign-up required), senior center, 873-8585
6-7:30 p.m., Watercolor holiday card workshop ($40
registration, continues Dec. 13), senior center, 8738585
7-7:45 p.m., Reading and discussion of I Am Jazz,
library, 873-6281

Wednesday, December 7

10 a.m., Family Music Time program (ages 2-5),

library, 873-6281
2 p.m., Craft Club: Polymer Clay Gifts (registration
required), senior center, 873-8585
6:30 p.m., Travelers Christmas Eve Service, Stoughton United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave., 8733273

Thursday, December 8

2:30 p.m., Holiday Decorating Ideas program,

senior center, 873-8585
5-7 p.m., Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Holiday
Party, 532 E. Main St., 873-7912
7 p.m., Edvard Grieg Chorus Christmas concert,
Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St., 8737209

Support groups
Diabetic Support Group
6 p.m., second Monday,
Stoughton Hospital, 6286500

Low Vision Support

1-2:30 p.m., third Thursday, senior center, 8738585

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

Parkinsons Group
1:30-2:30 p.m., fourth
Wednesday, senior center,

Support Group
5:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Stoughton Hospital,
Grief Support Groups
2 p.m., third Wednesday,
senior center, 873-8585

Multiple Sclerosis Group

10-11:30 a.m., second
Tuesday, senior center,
Older Adult Alcoholics
2 p.m., Tuesdays, senior
center, 246-7606 ext. 1182

Submit your community calendar

and coming up items online:

Jeremy Jones, sports editor

845-9559 x226

Anthony Iozzo, assistant sports editor

845-9559 x237
Fax: 845-9550


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Courier Hub
For more sports coverage, visit:

Girls basketball


Stoughton starts strong,

edges rival Panthers

Annual Pieper
Duals set for

Free throws seal win

The Stoughton High

School wrestling team
opens the 2016-17 season at
7:30p.m. Friday at Oregon
in a Badger South Conference dual.
Then, the Vikings host
the annual Pieper Duals at
9:30a.m. Saturday. Athens,
Elkhorn, Evansville, Fennimore, Madison La Follette
and Marshfield will all be
A full season preview
will be in the Dec. 8 issue
of the Courier Hub.

Assistant sports editor

Two familiar faces helped the

Stoughton High School girls basketball team hold off Oregon 63-59 in
a Badger South Conference opener
The host Vikings held a 17-point
lead with just over 13 minutes to
go, but when Oregon started to
climb back at the end, the Vikings
didnt panic.
Seniors Kendra Halverson and
Aly Weum both hit big free throws
down the stretch, and the defense
did just enough to halt a Panthers
Those are our experienced
guards coming back, head coach
Brad Pickett said. In a game like
that, you want them to have the
ball, and you trust them with the
ball. And those two stepped up
when we needed them to tonight.
Weum scored her first basket of
the game with just over three minutes to play on a floater, giving
Stoughton a 60-49 lead. But Oregon sophomore Sydona Roberts
followed that with a 3-pointer, and
after a turnover, senior Katie Uhl
(9 points) banked in a basket to
cut the Vikings lead to six.
After several Stoughton turnovers and a few missed shots by
Oregon, Roberts (9 points) was
able to get to the free-throw line
with a minute remaining and
drained both to make it 60-56
That is when Kendra Halverson
(16 points) made one of the biggest plays of the game by driving
and getting fouled. She drained
both free throws, and Weum later
added another to make it a seven-point game with 34 seconds
Oregon junior Ellen McCorkle
who finished with 25 points hit a
basket and added a free throw with
15 seconds left, but that was the
end of the offense for both teams.
I knew it was a close game, and
we needed our younger girls to
step up and keep it calm because
they were rushing a little bit at
the end, Kendra Halverson said.
Oregon was doing good with the
press, but we kept our cool.
Stoughton opened the second half strong as senior Sydney
Johnson scored three of her nine
points, and junior Paige Halverson
picked up three of her six points
on a traditional 3-point play.
But McCorkle continued to
dominate on the inside with six
points in a two-minute stretch that
stopped the Vikings from building
on their 17-point lead.
Even after sophomore Emma
Kissling scored to make it 56-40,
Oregon was able to get baskets and
free throws from senior Danica
Keisling (12 points), sophomore
Jenna Statz, Uhl and McCorkle to
keep it close.
For this group to find a way to
win, it is obviously a positive,
Pickett said. It wasnt pretty, but
if you can find a way to win
especially in this conference you
are going to take it.
A big reason for the how the
game ended up was that several
girls were in foul trouble on both
teams. Senior Marissa Robson was
on the bench with four fouls, and


Date Opponent
Dec. 2
at Oregon
Dec. 9
Fort Atkinson
Dec. 13
at Milton
Dec. 16
Jan. 13
Monona Grove
Feb. 4 Conference at MG

Boys basketball

strong at
Assistant sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Kendra Halverson barrels in for a layup in the first half Tuesday in a Badger South Conference game against
Oregon at Stoughton High School. Halverson led the Vikings with 16 points, including two late free throws that
helped Stoughton win, 63-59.
Weum and Kendra Halverson both
missed time on the floor with multiple fouls.
But, despite a few untimely
turnovers, the bench was able to
step up and do enough.
With the pace we play at, we
are going to play nine, 10 kids
probably on a regular basis, Pickett said. Marissa is probably our
No. 1 option at this point. We had
to figure out a way without her.
We are happy with the kids that
stepped up tonight. It is a building
block moving forward.
Stoughton also jumped out big
in the first half. Robson scored 11
of her 13 points, and the Vikings
picked up contributions from nine
different players to jump out to a
26-7 lead.
Oregon started to come back at
the end with a couple of 3-pointers
from Uhl and baskets by McCorkle, Roberts and Keisling, cutting
the Vikings lead to 36-24 at halftime.
Stoughton is now 1-1 overall
(1-0 Badger South), while Oregon
falls to 2-1 (0-1). Pickett said it

Badger South schedule

Nov. 22
Dec. 2
Dec. 15
Jan. 5
Jan. 10
Jan. 13
Jan. 20
Jan. 28
Jan. 31
Feb. 3
Feb. 9
Feb. 16

Monona Grove
at Monroe
at Edgewood
at Fort Atkinson
at Monona Grove
at Milton
Fort Atkinson
at Oregon

is amazing how a couple of made

field goals helped the girls bounce
back from a tough loss against
Whitewater to open the season.
The confidence helped the
Vikings get into a groove early.
I think we came out really
strong, and were ready to get back

W 63-59
at it because we were upset about
our last loss. We were all just
pumped and ready to go, Kendra
Halverson said.
Stoughton travels to non-conference Verona at 7:30p.m. Tuesday

Turn to Girls bb/Page 9

The transition to head

coach Nolan Webers new
system started off without a hitch Tuesday in an
87-30 win at Milton in a
Badger South Conference
With six players scoring at least nine points and
11 overall 3-pointers as
a team, the Vikings used

Turn to Boys bb/Page 9

Date Opponent
Dec. 6
Dec. 10
Dec. 16 at Fort Atkinson
Jan. 6
at Monroe
Jan. 12
Monona Grove
Jan. 27
Fort Atkinson
Feb. 4
at Oregon
Feb. 10 at Monona Grove
Feb. 14
Feb. 17
Feb. 23
at Edgewood

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Girls hockey

Boys hockey

Icebergs offense
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Sports editor

Goals continued to be hard to come

by last week for the winless Stoughton girls hockey co-op, dropping two
more Badger Conference games.

Viroqua 7, Icebergs 1
A e r y n O l s o n s c o r e d a n ev e n strength goal with just over a minute
remaining in the third period Saturday
inside the Viroqua Community Arena.
However, the Icebergs were trailing
the Viroqua Blackhawks co-op 7-0 at
that point.
Alice Blake scored twice for the
Blackhawks. Naomi Schroeder and
Maia Barendregt each added a goal
and an assist.
M c Ke n z i e N i s i u s t u r n e d awa y
37 shots on goal, while Ivy Shonka
stopped eight shots for Viroqua.
The Icebergs (0-5-0 overall, 0-20 conference) are off until Tuesday,
Dec. 6 when they travel to Baraboo to
face the Badger Lightning (1-3-0, 0-10) at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 21
Nov. 26
Dec. 6
Dec. 15
Jan. 6
Jan. 12
Jan. 20
Jan. 24
Feb. 2
Feb. 7

Opponent Time/Result
at Rock County
L 10-0
at Viroqua
L 7-1
at Lightning 7:30p.m.
vs. Metro Lynx
vs. Sun Prairie
at Rock County
vs. Viroqua
vs. Lightning
at Metro Lynx
at Sun Prairie

Hults has 10 points with
Stoughton native Cole Hults has
scored two goals and recorded eight
assists through 18 games with the
Madison Capitols of the United States
Hockey League so far this season.
Hults has committed to play college
hockey at Lake Superio State University
in Sault Ste. Maire, MI, where he will
join his brother Mitch.
Mitch, who had verbally committed
to Minnesota, changed his mind and
tweeted he would be attending Lake
Superior State alongside his brother 47
days later last April.
The elder Hults finished his juniors
career third on the Capitols with 34
points (13G-22A) in 55 games.

photos by Joe Koshollek

Stoughton goaltender Carson Roisum watches the face off in front of the Stoughton net in the second period of the game Tuesday night in
McFarland. The Vikings lost the Badger Conference crossover game 3-2.

Vikings drop season opened by one goal

Sports editor

The Stoughton High School boys hockey

team may no longer play in the same conference as McFarland, but that has done little to diminish the rivalry.
The Vikings traveled up Hwy. 51 once
again on Tuesday to open the 2016-17 season and fell a goal short in a 3-2 loss.
Junior defenseman Ethan Ebert gave the
Vikings the lead early before McFarland
countered with two quick goals to go up
McFarland strengthened its lead with
a third straight unanswered goal 30 seconds into the second period before Justin
Gibbons got Stoughton back on the scoreboard midway through the period. That was
where the scoring ended.
No other stats were available as the Courier Hub went to press on Tuesday evening.

Stoughton players celebrate Ethan Eberts (16) first period goal giving the Vikings a early 1-0

Badger South schedule

December 10
December 13
January 5
January 10
January 12
January 19
January 27
January 31
February 7
February 10

Opponent Time/result
at Monona Grove
vs. Monroe
vs. Milton
at Madison Edgewood
vs. Oregon
vs. Monona Grove
at Monroe
vs. Madison Edgewood
vs. Milton
at Oregon

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Kahl is going to be a Bulldog

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Robson signs up to be a Panther

Senior Payton Kahl signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University
of Minnesota-Duluth on Nov. 10. Kahl was a starter on the Stoughton varsity girls basketball team before she tore her ACL during AAU ball over the summer.

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Senior Marissa Robson (middle) signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for
NCAA Division 1 Northen Iowa on Nov. 10. Robson is a starter for the Vikings girls basketball team.

Girls bb: Vikings win second straight non-conference game at Verona

and hosts Monona Grove at
7:30p.m. Friday.

Stoughton 52, Verona 44

T h e Vi k i n g s t r a v e l e d t o
non-conference Verona on Tuesday and won 52-44.
The game was tied 16-16 at
halftime, but Stoughton was
able to get the lead up to 10 with
around eight minutes to go after
back-to-back 3-pointers by Kendra Halverson and Kissling.
The Wildcats did cut the lead
to just three, but the Vikings finished the game at the free-throw
line to hold on.
Pickett said that Stoughton
was able to pull away in the second half after knocking down
a few shots to soften Veronas
Sometimes that zone is hard
to penetrate but we were able to
get to the basket and open it up a
little bit, he said.
Kendra Halverson finished
with 16 points, and junior Cassidy Bach added 13 while going
5-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Kissling finished with eight
points, and senior Lydia Schultz
collected six points.

S e n i o r A l ex L u e h r i n g l e d
Verona with 16 points, finishing
7-for-8 at the free-throw line.
Pickett said that is a great
experience to play a team like
Verona, and he and Wildcats
head coach Angie Murphy talked
about keeping the non-conference game on the schedule for
years to come afterward.
It forces us to play well, and
they are going to show you some
of your weaknesses that you
have to work on, Pickett said.
Stoughton is now 2-1 overall
(1-0 Badger South). Pickett said
the Vikings did a much better job
of taking care of the ball in game
three on the schedule.
We are getting used to each
other and getting used to playing
with this group and finding out
which kids really want the ball.
That chemistry is a big deal from
game one to game three, Pickett said. We dealt with some
pressure late, and I think we did
a better job tonight than we did
against Oregon.
Pickett added that there is a lot
left to work on in the young season.
It is a process. We will have
some growing pains, he said.
Senior Aly Weum guards Oregon freshman Izzie Peterson on Tuesday.

Boys bb: Slaby hits five 3-pointers in opener

Continued from page 7
the depth of its guards
to spread the floor, create turnovers and score in
transition, Weber said
We have had nine practices and they have all been
really good. Our effort
level and what we have
worked on in the summer
has made the tranisiton a
lot easier than I thought
it would be, Weber said.
Our guard depth is what
sets us a part from other
teams. Obviously tonight,
that was the case as wore
M i l t o n d ow n w i t h o u r
The Red Hawks

committed 30 turnovers,
a n d t h e Vi k i n g s t o o k
Senior Troy Slaby hit
five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, and
junior Jordan DiBenedetto
added 19 points and seven
Junior Max Fernholz
picked up 10 points,
including two 3-pointers,
and senior Darvell Peeples
also had 10 points.
Juniors Sean McLaury
and Tommy McLain each

scored nine points.

S t o u g h t o n t r ave l s t o
non-conference Bradley
Technical High School at
7p.m. Saturday.
The Vikings host Badger South Conference rival
Oregon at 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.
S t o u g h t o n t r ave l s t o
non-conference Bradley
Technical High School at
7p.m. Saturday and hosts
Badger South Conference
rival Oregon at 7:30p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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St. Ann Parish holds

holiday gift fair
St. Ann Parish held its annual holiday gift fair last
weekend, Nov. 12-13, with proceeds supporting youth
mission trips and other events. Over 30 vendors sold
homemade or handmade items, donuts and lefse, pottery,
African straw baskets, knit/crochet/embroidered and sewn
items, gift baskets, soaps and clothing.

Photos by Samantha Christian

Jan Miller, of Stoughton, who checks out snowman decorations, said she doesnt miss a sale anywhere. Pictured in back
wearing a turkey hat is Lindsay Douglas, of Madison, who sells Crafted Brewed Suds soaps.

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Elizabeth R. Bailey



The decedent, Thomas R Wheeler,
with date of birth on August 10, 1933
and date of death on August 4, 2016,
was domiciled in Dane County, State of
Wisconsin with a mailing address of 2655
Westchester Circle, Stoughton, WI 53589.


Case No. 16PR724
1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
July 29, 1926 and date of death November 2, 2016, was domiciled in Dane County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing
address of Ralph Zimmerman, c/o Christine Zimmerman, 104 N. Morris Street,
Stoughton, WI 53589.
3. All interested persons waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedents estate is February
21, 2017.
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton
Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000.
Lisa Chandler
Probate Registrar
November 11, 2016
Christine Zimmerman
104 N. Morris Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
(608) 334-4745
Published: November 17, 24 and
December 1, 2016

Elizabeth Bailey

Jeremy Herrmann

Jeremy Herrmann


her husband, Edward

Bailey; three sons, Bob
(Autumn) Brehmer, Richie
(Dawn) Brehmer and
Chris (Kelsey) Freeman;
11 grandchildren, Chris,
Samantha, Taylor, Hailey,
Austin, Kayla, Hunter,
Sabrina, Brooklyn,
Zackary and Hannah;
Jayden; great-greatgranddaughter, Sophia;
and many close friends and
S h e wa s p r e c e d e d i n
death by her parents,
Robert and June Hultin;

and brothers, Richard, Karl

and Tommy Hultin.
A celebration of Bettys
life will be held at 1p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4, in the
Skaalen Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center
chapel, 400 N. Morris
St. Visitation will begin
at noon and a meal will
be served following the
The family would like
to express our thanks to
the Stoughton EMS and
t h e s t a ff a t S t o u g h t o n
Hospital for their care and

Jeremy Herrmann, age

40, of Stoughton, passed
away unexpectedly in his
sleep on Sunday, Nov. 27,
He was born on Sept. 23,
1976, in Wichita, Kansas,
the son of Richard and
Pam (Schultz) Herrmann.
Jeremy graduated from
Wichita Northeast Magnet
in 1995 where he excelled
i n a r t . H e r e c e iv e d a
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Degree in 2009 from
Florida St. University.
Jeremy married Holly
Wilson on June 8, 2010,
in Thomasville, Ga.

He worked as a web
developer for Kennedy
Communications in
Jeremy is survived
by his wife; their son,
Theo Herrmann; his
parents; brother, Spencer
Herrmann; paternal
grandmother, Billie
Herrmann; and maternal
grandmother, Monti
Schultz . Jeremy was
preceded in death by
m a t e r n a l g r a n d f a t h e r,
Arthur Schultz; and
p a t e r n a l g r a n d fa t h e r,
Gerald Herrmann.
A private celebration of

Jeremys life will be held

in Kinsley, Kansas. In lieu
of flowers, a memorial
fund will be established for
Theos education in care
of Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral and Cremation
C a r e , P. O . B o x 9 6 ,
Stoughton, Wis., 53589.
Online condolences may be
made at www.gundersonfh.
Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation
1358 Hwy 51 N. at
Jackson St.
(608) 873-4590

Philip G. Dybdahl

will gather from 2:30 pm until the time of service at the

church. Bunads are encouraged.
Philip G. Dybdahl, age 80, passed away Saturday, Nov.
P l e a s e s h a r e y o u r m e m o r i e s a t w w w.
5, 2016, at St. Marys Care Center.
There will be a visitation from 4-7p.m. Thursday, Dec.
1, at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison,
Cress Center
WI, 53705. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held
6021 University Ave.
at 3p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Luther Memorial Church, 1021
Madison, WI 53705
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Case No. 16PR708

1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
April 1, 1925 and date of death September 6, 2016, was domiciled in Dane County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 3137 Sunnyside St., Stoughton,
WI 53589.
3. All interested persons waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedents estate is February
14, 2017.
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton
Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000.
Lisa Chandler
Probate Registrar
November 3, 2016
Attorney Mary H. Behling
PO Box 15
Cambridge, WI 53523
(608) 423-3286
Bar Number: 01005733
Published: November 17, 24 and
December 1, 2016

The deadline to file a claim against

the trust is March 17, 2017. A Claim may
be filed with Badger Bank, Trustee, PO
Box 26, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.
Ann Herdendorf, SVP for Badger Bank,
Trustee (signed)
Date: November 9, 2016
Published: November 17, 24 and
December 1, 2016



Elizabeth Betty Rose

Bailey, age 62, passed
away unexpectedly at
Stoughton Hospital
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2016,
with her family by her side.
Betty was born in
Oconomowoc on Feb. 3,
1954. She spent several
years on the Stoughton
EMS. She loved life, but
one of her favorite things
to do was spend time with
her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She
also loved planning parties
and weddings.
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December 1, 2016

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error, please contact editor Jim Ferolie
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Its once again the time of year for
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646 Fireplaces,
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We sell used parts.
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The Pro Arte Quartet the faculty string quartet of the University
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Area Senior Center to a full house.
The concert was part of the centers
Music Appreciation Series.

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Arm: Boy spent two years on waiting list for mechanical arm before family friend helped
to him.

Hes also happy to share

some more time with
his new friend, Ian, who
stopped by his house Monday along with his mother,
Jenny, to speak with the
Hub. To his delight, Jonah
realized he can now tickle
his younger siblings with
both hands, something
they all quickly discovered
could be a new, fun game.
As she watched, his
mom, Elizabeth, talked
about how much her son
and the rest of her kids
look up to Ian, a 16-yearold Stoughton High School
junior and honor student
who has become the big,
big brother they never had.
They think he is just the
coolest, she said. Since
Jonah doesnt have any
older siblings, I know he
has really enjoyed having
Ian around. Its been nice
that he can look up to
someone and have someone do something to help
Im sure they will
continue a relationship as
these memories will have
created a bond regardless
of where they are in life.
Jenny Bormett said Ian,
who has a younger sister,
Sofia, has had a great time
working with Jonah.
He is good with kids
and also being an oldest
child, knows what its like
to have an older kid to look
up to, she said. He had
one of those when he was
younger and it meant a lot

New outlook
Friedrich said doctors told
her about Jonahs condition
before he was born, giving
them time to prepare for a
life with prosthetics to help
him get by a bit easier. Nothing really worked quite right,
though, so he simply got
used to doing with one arm
what most kids do with two.
They wanted to fit him
with nothing that really
works (functionally), but is
just a fake hand, she said.
The functionality of them at
the time was pretty limited,
like a hand-looking hook; it
wasnt anything he would
About two years ago, they
started seeing videos of the
Iron Man hand, a prosthetic arm designed to look like
the mechanical arm of Iron
Man, played in the movies
by Robert Downey, Jr. It was
made from a form model, so
the Friedrichs took Jonahs
measurements and contacted
e-Nable, a company that
connects volunteers with 3-D
printing skills with people
needing prosthetic limbs.
But because of a lack of
volunteers and a more complicated design needed for
Jonahs arm (as he lacks a
wrist), hes been on the companys waiting list for nearly
two years, with no end in
When Ian heard that, he
wanted to help out right
away. Friedrich said when
Jonah heard Ian was interested, he got very excited; a

bit unusual for the relatively

laid-back boy.
He was like, Can he
make me the arm? she said,
laughing and mimicking her
sons wide-eyed excitement.
The two families already
knew each other a bit
through First Lutheran
Church and on Facebook,
where Jenny Bormett and
Elizabeth Friedrich are
friends. Thats how Ian
found out about Jonahs situation, after Friedrich posted
a video of her trying to help
improve her sons typing
skills by taping an Allen
wrench to the stub of his left
(My Mom) made the
passing comment, Hey, my
son works with 3-D printers,
I bet he can make something
better, Ian said.

Helping hand
While he was more than
willing to assist, Ian initially
thought hed have to design
a mechanical arm all on
his own. After some quick
searching, though, he was
pleasantly surprised to find
out it was just a matter of
following some directions,
getting access to a 3-D printer and working with Jonah
to fit the arm to his body as
closely as possible.
That was a somewhat
easier task to tackle, Ian
When it came time to
create the arm, Ian knew
from his experiences in two
courses at the Fab Lab that
he could do it all right there,
and very inexpensively. He

Photo by Scott De Laruelle

SHS junior Ian Bormett, who built the artificial arm for Jonah
Friedrich using a 3-D printer at the high school, explains
some of its features.
said it probably cost less than
$40 to build Jonahs mechanical arm.
Its just one main blueprint, Ian said. You input
(measurements) and get a
print as close as you can.
Fab Lab Stoughton
instructor Chris Wiemer said
Ian came in during his study
halls for several weeks to
complete the project.
(Its) an excellent example of a student working to
improve the lives of people in our community and
will hopefully be only the
beginning of our efforts to
improve the community of
Stoughton, he said.
Once the main parts were
printed, they had to be
form-fitted to Jonahs arm,
which was done at Ians
Id get a big pan of boiling
water and Id submerse the
parts in for a couple seconds
until they got malleable, and
then Ill pull them out and
kind of form it around his

arm to help it fit better, Ian

said. We were able to work
together and get everything
to fit, so it would bend nicely,
and the angle the hand is at
is right. Its a long process,
because you have to do it part
by part and little by little to
make it fit right.

Looking ahead
The two will continue to
work on the project, too. Ian
had some news for Jonah
on Monday about possible
upgrades based on an idea
from one of the Fab Lab volunteers.
He said maybe we could
actuate a couple of fingers
with servos, which are electric motors that pull something one direction, Ian
said. We could have servos
mounted on the forearm
and you could have buttons,
maybe in your shoes or your
other hand, and when you
press each button, the fingers
would close.
So thats my next

challenge, to try and motorize a couple of the fingers.

He could be like a cyborg
in 10 years with how quick
(technology is advancing).
Apart from tickling his little brothers, so far, Jonah has
been able to use his new arm
to shoot basketballs and pick
up a variety of objects; some
are easier than others. Where
before he was uncomfortable
wearing prosthetics, hes
worn his new arm quite a bit
since he got it, and has gotten lots of compliments and
positive attention from his
friends at school.
Its cool, he said. It was
exciting to get it.
As Jonah grows, his artificial arm will need to as well.
Ian said depending how long
the current model fits him,
hed like to teach Jonah how
to make his own, so he can
constantly add and make
updates to it. He said while
its been fun to be the subject
of newspaper and TV stories
about his project, he hopes
the publicity has a practical
I do hope people who
have access to 3-D printers
can be a bit inspired and go
out and try to something
like this, because there is a
ton of potential, and all the
designs are free, Ian said.
3-D printers are becoming
so much more common, and
there are a lot of people who
could use a prosthetic like
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