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Police use high-visibility patrol to curb drunk driving

Police use high-visibility patrol to curb drunk driving

The Stoughton Police Department is the latest agency to use a once-controversial approach to curb drinking and driving.

During a high-visibility patrol, officers watch for traffic violations and when stopping drivers, they check for sobriety.

The latest stop happened Friday night over a 4 hour period starting at 8:30 p.m.

The patrol resulted in 116 traffic stops, with 17 citations and 120 warnings issues. None of the citations were for drunken driving.

The next saturated patrol is scheduled for Saturday in the town of Madison and on May 10 in Oregon.

The program is funded, in part, by the Bureau of Traffic Safety, and allows several different agencies to work together.

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Word building writing workshop at Stoughton Library

Local author Sarah Monette will give advice on creating a believable world in your stories. The workshop will be held at Stoughton Public Library on Saturday at 2 p.m.

It is meant to help writers of fiction or narrative non-fiction, but will be especially useful for writers of science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction.

Join Sarah for a book signing afterwards on the Mezzanine level. For adults as well as teens in grades 6 and up. No registration required.

BOOK SIGNING ON THE MEZZ: “THE GOBLIN EMPEROR” BY 3-3:45pm Local author Sarah Monette, writing under the pen name Katherine Addison, will read a selection from her new book “The Goblin Emperor.” A Room of One’s Own bookstore will sell copies of her book for you to have signed by the author. Enjoy free refreshments. No registration required.

Crash in driveway leads to 6th OWI charge

The Dane County Sheriff has arrested a Town of Dunkirk man on his sixth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and disorderly conduct following a crash in his own driveway Wednesday night.

The incident happened just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 900 block of U.S. Highway 51 in the town of Dunkirk.

According to the sheriff's department, Robert Schmidt, 45, came to his home drunk and struck an RV that was parked on his property. This led to an argument with family members that led someone to call 911.

Schmidt was booked into the Dane County jail because of the OWI and the disorderly conduct charge.

Community invited to see demos, try samples at Chamber's Community Expo

The annual Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Community Expo will take place at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center Friday night.

The event has nearly 60 businesses and services with booths at the expo. Guests are invited to stop by visit booths and try samples.

Dial said about 18 new businesses plan to be at the event this year.

Visitors will have a chance to win raffle prizes, as well.

-IF YOU GO-... Read More

  • WHAT: Stoughton Area Community Expo
  • WHERE: Sports Enhancement Academy Gymnasium at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center, 2300 Hwy. 51/138
  • WHEN: Thursday, April 10 from 5-7:30 p.m. 
  • MORE INFO: 873-7912

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Council puts hold on KPW approvals

Proposed Kettle Park West development on the city’s northwest side is stalled for the time being, in part because of “setback” issues with the state and in part, the Common Council agreed last week, because an economic impact analysis of the project has not been conducted.

At setback is the distance a building must be from a road right-of-way or property line, and the analysis is a required component of the city’s big box ordinance.

Recognizing those problems, the Common Council unanimously decided last Tuesday not to create a tax-increment financing District and to ask the Plan Commission not to approve a specific development plan for KPW until the city has received an independent economic impact analysis for the project... Read More

Former Stoughton man among campers on Minn. winter journey

It took former Stoughton High School student Paul Sveum, class of 1998, 19 days to complete a 70-mile journey in Minnesota's northern wilderness. 

Sveum, 34, was one of five people camping this winter in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area of northern Minnesota, according to the Stoughton Courier Hub. 

He told the Hub he embarked on the winter camping trip because of philosophical reasons, and he'd always wanted to try a wilderness trek in the cold of extended length and finally had the time to do so... Read More

Voters approve extra $7M for Stoughton schools

Stoughton voters will allow the school district to exceed tax levy limits by $7 million over three years.

Sixty-three percent of voters came out in support of a referendum asking for the levy limit increase in Tuesday's election.

The district wants to use the money to help with the $3.1 million fiscal shortfall it's facing next year, when the previous referendum expires.