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Thu
04
Feb

Stoughton woman shot to death in Madison

A Stoughton woman shot to death at a grocery store on Madison’s east side was identified by coroners Wednesday evening.

Caroline T. Nosal, 24, was shot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Metro Market on 6000 Cottage Grove Road, where witnesses say she worked. Nosal had worked for the grocery store for approximately three years, according to a statement issued by Roundy’s and Metro Market.

Madison police said the victim knew her shooter, identified by as Christopher O’Kroley, 26, of Madison.

Thu
04
Feb

Rebuilt gas station gets OK from common council


Photo courtesy Vavra Design LLC. A rendering presented to the Planning Commission Dec. 14 shows how owners hope to redevelop the BP gas station at the corner of Gjertson and W. Main streets to include a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.

The Common Council gave a key approval last week to remove the existing BP gas station at the corner of West Main and Gjertson streets and construct a new one, along with a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Alders amended the zoning from planned business to planned development because the new classification allows the owner, Dhillon Petroleum LLC, to construct a building that otherwise would not be allowed under the city’s standard building regulations.

That’s why Alds. Michael Engelberger (D-2) and Tom Majewski (D-3) voted against the change. Alds. Regina Hirsch, Scott Truehl, Greg Jenson, Paul Lawrence, Pat O’Connor and Ron Christianson supported it, with Alds. Sonny Swangstu, Tim Swadley, Tom Selsor and Sid Boersma absent.

Wed
03
Feb

Suess to serve as chamber's interim event coordinator through Syttende Mai

The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce last week filled a critical position – albeit temporarily – by hiring Tricia Suess as interim event coordinator. Among her top duties will be coordinating the city’s ever-popular Syttende Mai weekend celebration, something she’s already familiar with, and has already gotten started on. 

In an email announcement of the hiring on Friday, chamber director Marilyn Housner said Suess will assume the position through the annual mid-May event, after which the chamber plans to “post a permanent position.” Suess will temporarily succeed Laura Trotter, who resigned last week after serving for nearly four years as the chamber’s assistant director and event coordinator, with Syttende Mai at the very top of the list. 

Mon
01
Feb

Contested races for supervisor seats in Town of Rutland

Incumbent Town of Rutland supervisor Jim Lunde will be joined on the April 5 ballot by three newcomers vying for two supervisor positions. 

At the town’s Jan. 19 caucus, residents selected Lunde, along with Richard Zentner, Gary Howards and Nancy Nedveck to be on the spring ballot, with the top two vote-getters claiming the two open supervisor seats.

The town’s other supervisor position up for election is currently vacant. In an email to the Hub, town clerk Dawn George said 18 town residents attended the caucus, held at the town hall. 

Fri
29
Jan

Norwegian ambassador visits Stoughton, tours Livsreise heritage center


Photos submitted. From left, Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Livsreise manager Marg Listug and Bryant Foundation CFO Jerry Gryttenholm peruse Livsreise’s exhibits and displays during the ambassador’s visit Sunday.

The Norwegian ambassador to the United States, Kåre R. Aas, visited the city’s Norwegian heritage center, Livsreise, Sunday as part of a tour of the Midwest. 

Aas met with Mayor Donna Olson and Bryant Foundation CFO Jerry Gryttenholm, who along with June Bunting manages the Bryant Foundation and was responsible for designing and building the heritage center on Main Street. Ambassador Aas also met with the center’s manager, Marg Listug, and Sara Johnson of the Bryant Foundation.

In an email, Bunting told the Hub the ambassador was “very complimentary about Stoughton and the Midwest.” 

“He was interested in learning more about the Bryant Foundation and how Livsreise came to be, so we gave him background about the Bryant Foundation, Stoughton’s Norwegian culture and more,” Bunting wrote in the email.

Fri
29
Jan

Burglar found in Town of Dunn garage

Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Sun Prairie man in connection to a burglary in the Town of Dunn – and possibly others in the area – last Friday.

According to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Aaronn A. Allison was arrested while trying to flee the scene of a burglary in progress at a home on Senneth Street in Dunn.

The caller told the sheriff’s department that he had caught a man in his garage, but the suspect fled. While responding, deputies intercepted a vehicle driving down Mahoney Road driven by a man matching the caller’s description, according to the release.

Deputies said they were able to match Allison with evidence found at the scene after pulling him over.

According to the release, the sheriff’s office suspects Allison is responsible for other burglaries in the area, and are working with area law enforcement agencies to build cases. 

Thu
28
Jan

Trotter resigns from chamber


File photo. Laura Trotter’s last day as the visitor services coordinator for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce is Feb. 5.

For years, Laura Trotter has helped lead local efforts to bring about the city’s Syttende Mai celebrations in May. 

Those duties will fall to someone else in future years, as Trotter is stepping down from the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce next month, according to a news release from chamber director Marilyn Housner.

Trotter has been with the chamber since 2012 as the visitor services coordinator. Her last day with the chamber is Friday, Feb. 5.

“We are sorry to lose Laura’s skills, integrity and her commitment to the Stoughton community, (visitor) services, Syttende Mai and all chamber events,” Housner said Tuesday afternoon, noting that Trotter decided to “utilize her strong organizational and communication skills in a new full-time customer service specialist role.”

Wed
27
Jan

Reconstruction project of I-39/90 to begin in spring


Construction is slated to begin on the section near Stoughton this spring. To view the full map, visit i39-90.wi.gov/

A state reconstruction of I-39/90 near the Hwy. 51 connection is slated to begin this spring.

The state Department of Transportation released its new schedule for the expansion project earlier this month, and the north segment, which includes the areas east of Stoughton, is scheduled for temporary widening and bridge reconstruction this spring. 

The project had initially been delayed by two years due to budget cuts, but when the legislature approved additional transportation funds in November 2015, the delay was shortened to one year, according to a news release from DOT.

The release notes the timeline is subject to change. 

Information on the I-39/90 expansion can be found at i39-90.wi.gov, and people can also register for email updates on that website.

Tue
26
Jan

AnchorBank to be acquired by Old National

AnchorBank branches will become Old National banks under a $461 million deal inked Jan. 11.

Anchor Bank operates 46 branches in Wisconsin, according to a presentation announcing the details of the deal, making it the seventh largest bank in the state. Nearly half of those branches are in the Madison area, including one at 1720 US-51 in Stoughton.

Founded in Madison in 1919, Anchor BanCorp – the parent company to the branch – filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013 after five years of sustained losses, primarily from the tanking of commercial loans it made prior to the Great Recession. In a restructuring deal that wrote off nearly $150 million in debt, the bank was saved in 2013 and emerged as a public company in 2014.

The company has consistently posted profits every quarter since the restructuring.

Mon
25
Jan

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Kloppenburg visiting Stoughton Jan. 26

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg will hold a “meet and greet” for area residents from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 26 at Cully’s Cocktail Lounge, 210 S. Water St.  

Kloppenburg serves as the presiding judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV. She previously served as assistant attorney general from 1989-2012, specializing in environmental matters. 

She is running in a nonpartisan race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and will be on the Feb. 16 primary ballot, along with two other candidates: incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley, who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, and Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald.

The top two vote getters candidates with the most votes will face off in the April 5 election.

Kloppenburg will deliver a few remarks and talk with the public during her visit to Stoughton.

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