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Lifelong Stoughton resident leaves family legacy

Six weeks after Marty Lamers became Stoughton’s first full-time paid fire chief in July 2005, one of the worst fires in city history destroyed one of its largest churches – Christ Lutheran Church.

The next day, an area just north of town was hit by a devastating F3 tornado that killed one person, destroyed 69 homes, 40 farm buildings and one business structure, while damaging dozens of other buildings.

Combined, the disasters might have been enough to cause a new fire chief to reconsider his career choice – but not Lamers... Read More

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Habitat for Humanity asking for volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is seeking families to build homes in Madison, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, and Stoughton.

Over the last year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie, 24 lots in Fitchburg and eight lots in Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity, informational meetings will be held:

Jan. 11, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarion Suites, 2110 Rimrock Road

Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Clarion Suites, 2110 Rimrock Road

If interested in partnering with Habitat, attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory.

To learn about the program requirements, visit habitatdane.org.

Mild Dec. balances early 2014 road salt costs

Stoughton’s streets superintendent told the Stoughton Courier Hub that a mild December helped balance the city's road salt budget. 

Karl Manthe told the newspaper that January and February of 2014 were hard on the road salt budget, and a snowy December would have likely put the city over its salt budget... Read More

Investment in radio system pays off for PD

A few years ago, city officials decided to invest nearly $500,000 on upgrading and digitalizing the city’s emergency communications dispatch system.

That investment is now paying off, said Chief of Police Greg Leck.

While public safety and other first responders using DaneCom or the old “legacy system” that preceded it are frustrated with unreliable emergency radio communications, the city’s system is working well... Read More

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City declares snow emergency ahead of forecasted snowfall

City declares snow emergency ahead of forecasted snowfall

UPDATE: City representative Vickie Erdahl said in an email Tuesday afternoon that the snow emergency was no longer in effect Tuesday. 

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Stoughton said the city would be under a snow emergency overnight Sunday.

The city of Stoughton said in an alert Friday afternoon that the snow emergency would be in effect beginning at midnight Sunday morning. Snowfall in the area is forecasted to accumulate a few inches from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The snow emergency will continue through Wednesday unless it's canceled. Parking during the snow emergency will be

The first midnight to 8 a.m., anyone parking on a public street will be required to park on the even side of the road Sunday, as Jan. 4 is an even-numbered day.

Stoughton man suspected of 7th OWI in Janesville

A Stoughton man was arrested on suspicion of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated in Janesville early Thursday morning.

Officers on patrol in the area of Center Avenue and West Burbank Avenue at 1:20 a.m. spotted a vehicle parked and running on the terrace off the road. Police said the man in the vehicle appeared to be incapacitated, and alcohol was also spotted inside.

Officers said they woke the man up and found that he was uncooperative with officers, smelled strongly of the odor of intoxicants, and was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests.

Earl D. Sheda Jr., 35, continued to be uncooperative at the jail and attempted to assault an officer and jail staff, according to police. He refused to provide a blood sample for chemical testing until a search warrant was issued. The test results are still pending.

Animal welfare group changes leadership

An animal welfare group will change hands after three decades under the leadership of its founders.

Small Animal Advocates, created in 1984 by Kathy and George Thodes, will dissolve Wednesday after 30 years, the Stoughton Courier Hub reported. 

Buddy of Mine, an area pet welfare organization established in 2011 by Larry Eifert, will take over the biannual SAA rabies clinic and other SAA efforts... Read More