Halloween photos

Stoughton kids had a couple of chances to get their share of candy, with a Downtown Trick-or-Treat Oct. 25 and the traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treat on a cold Oct. 31.


Stoughton hosts Norwegian guests for Destination Weekend

Photos submitted. The Norwegian guests worked very closely with the current SHS Norwegian Dancers by conducting workshops, attending performances and preparing them for their upcoming trip to Norway.

Several Norwegians recently participated in festivities over Destination Weekend through the Destination Stoughton-Norwegian guest project. Among the eight guests were a deputy mayor, representatives from a cultural school and dance instructors.

The project was funded by the Friends of the Scandinavian Culture. Its purpose is to help further the relationship between the greater Stoughton area and Norway, especially since there were an estimated 8,000 people who emigrated from the Gjovik area to Stoughton in the mid-1800s. The idea is that helping Norwegian guests better understand Stoughton’s interest in Norwegian heritage and culture will enable them to share this information with other Norwegians.


Community comes together to help Meek family

A tragic accident is causing the Stoughton community to come together for former resident and Stoughton High School state wrestling champion Brandon Meek.

At 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Stoughton VFW Post 328 (200 Veterans Road), family and friends will hold a pig roast and benefit dinner for Meek, his wife Donielle and their two children to help assist them with medical expenses.

Meek fell three stories on Aug. 22 during work on a construction job, and the injuries he sustained have left him and his family in a bind. Meek will need multiple surgeries and procedures to recover.

The accident caused thousands of dollars in medical debt, as insurance cannot cover most of the expenses, and that is what led to the benefit.

“The accident has him and his family uncertain for their future stability both emotionally and financially,” Jeff Doyle wrote in an email.


'Shrek the Musical' photos

Stoughton High School put on a production of “Shrek the Musical” last weekend, Oct. 24-26. The show, adapted from the 2001 movie, “Shrek,” followed the tale of an ogre as he and his sidekick, a donkey named Donkey, take a journey to rescue a princess and return her to Lord Farquaad. In return, Farquaad is supposed to rid Shrek’s land of fairy-tale creatures. The show featured 42 different cast members, who sang and danced their way through the two-act storyline


Town hall meeting to discuss the reality of heroin in Stoughton

Heroin addiction crosses all races, ages, genders, income levels, families and neighborhoods. There is marked increase of heroin use across the nation, state and even locally in Stoughton.

Members of the community and surrounding area are invited to attend a town hall meeting to discuss “Heroin: The Reality in Stoughton,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Stoughton Hospital. 

The meeting will feature four guest speakers with a variety of perspectives who will share their own experiences about heroin and provide insight to the reality of heroin use in Stoughton. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 


Benefit planned to help local man fighting cancer

Photo submitted. A benefit for Jeff and Sue Wilson of Stoughton will be held Saturday. Jeff was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2004.

By his mid-40s, Jeff Wilson had worked roughly 20 years as a manager in restaurants and retail stores. Work weeks of 70 hours or more weren’t uncommon.

But in early 2004, he realized something was wrong. 

"I just didn't have any energy left,” said Wilson, 55, a 16-year resident of Stoughton. “I didn't feel like myself anymore."

His doctor ran some tests, including two for Hepatitis C that came back negative. Then, in May 2004, Wilson got the bad news: he had an aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of cancer primarily located in the blood stream and bone marrow.


Costume contest photos

It was a scary scene at the Stoughton EMS building Saturday afternoon, which hosted a Halloween costume contest for kids. 


Living Below The Line

Photo by Samantha Christian. Seated at left, Linda Muller, of the Stoughton Area Homeless Coalition, plays a child care provider during the simulation. At right, Arvind Sekhar signs up his 3-year-old daughter, played by Chelsey Kilmer, of Madison Dental Initiative. Because Sekhar was in a rush to find a job, his 7-year-old son, played by Rob Porter, was left home alone rather than dropped off at school.

When the whistle blew, the scramble began. A maze of more loss than gain. Fighting for jobs, unaffordable childcare and overdue bills became a seemingly endless challenge.  

It certainly wasn’t a typical night for Stoughton human service professionals who attended a poverty simulation event in September. For one hour they walked in the shoes of the 58,533 Dane County residents who live below the poverty line. 

The goal of the event was to bring greater awareness to the community about the lives of the impoverished. Already organizers are planning for a reprise, in two years, and participants “debriefing” after the event agreed that more community resources are needed.


Spooky Stoughton

Stoughton has plenty of Halloween-related events for all ages to attend in the community, from dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating to exploring the spirit world.

Costume contest

Children are invited to participate in the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce’s costume contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the EMS training center, 516. S. Fourth St.

There will be five groups from ages 0-12 years old. Homemade costumes are preferable to store-bought ones, and creativity is an important factor. 

Each entrant will receive a ribbon, and winners will receive Chamber gift certificates.

Downtown businesses will host trick-or-treating following the event from 3-5 p.m.


Costume contest is Oct. 25

The Stoughton Chamber will host a costume contest for children Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the EMS Training Center, 516 S. Fourth St.

There will be five age group ranges from ages 0-12. “Home Made” costumes are preferable to “store-bought” ones. Creativity is an important factor.

Each entrant will receive a ribbon, and winners will receive Chamber gift certificates. First place earns a $15 certificate, second place will get $10 and the third place award will be $5.

Downtown business will host trick-or-treating following the event. Trick-or-treating will take place from 3-5 p.m.