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Stoughton police dog has fruitful first year

The Stoughton Police Department's K-9 officer Ole has helped with a big marijuana drug bust, located a missing person in duress and another who fled a crime scene in his first year of service. 

He has also been an asset to the police team by visiting kids at area schools, according to the Stoughton Courier Hub. ... Read More

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Planned burns on public lands for spring 2014

The Department of Natural Resources will be conducting burn on public lands this spring in south central Wisconsin, they said in a statement.

All planned burns are weather dependent. Crews are unsure if they will complete all panned burns this season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources said.

DNR biologists will start their spring burning schedule as weather permits. Typically, the spring burning season begins in April and extends into mid-May but local weather conditions can lead to an earlier start or a later finish to burning efforts. Burns not completed this spring may be done next fall or winter.

"Controlled or prescribed burning is an ecological and economical method of limiting exotic and unwanted brush invasions that crowd out native vegetation," the state DNR said.

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Sheriff offers boating classes in Sun Prairie, Verona, Stoughton

Sheriff offers boating classes in Sun Prairie, Verona, Stoughton

The Dane County Sheriff's Department is offering multiple classes this summer throughout the area teaching boater safety. 

Two classes will be held in Stoughton, one beginning May 24 and another beginning June 8; the class in Sun Prairie is scheduled to begin May 18; and the Verona class begins July 8. 

Sheriff spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said lack of education was considered a factor in many of the 87 boating accidents last year. 

The classes are open to beginning and experienced boaters, Schaffer said Wednesday. The minimum age to attend is 10 and there is a $10 fee due the first day of class. 

Registration is available online at https://danesheriff.com/boatSafety.aspx

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2 rob Subway at gunpoint

Stoughton police say a Subway employee was threatened with a handgun during an armed robbery Tuesday night.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Subway Restaurant in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street in Stoughton around 9:10 p.m., according to a release.

Two men entered the store, threatened an employee with a gun and demanded money, officials said. The two robbers left on foot.

Officials ask anyone who has information on the incident to call the Stoughton Police Department at 608-873-3374.

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2 injured in head-on crash

Two people were injured in a crash in the town of Dunn Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to County Road B at White Oak Trail at 7:50 for a report of a two-vehicle crash.

Investigators said a car driven by Ruth Drage, 54, of Middleton, was traveling east on County Road B when an SUV driven by Danielle Waldvogel, 18, of Oregon, was traveling west and crossed the center line.

Drage had to be extricated, and both drivers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Waldvogel will be cited on suspicion of operating left of center.

Oregon Fire and EMS and Madison EMS assisted at the scene.

Elementary school poetry contest underway

Kegonsa parents' Working for Kids group is sponsoring its 10th Annual Poetry Contest.

The contest is open to all students in grades one through five living in the Stoughton Area School District.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place poem and honor poems at each grade level. Students may submit one original poem in any format. All poems must be word-processed or printed neatly.

Organizers said the poet's information should be printed on the back of the entry. Information must include: Name, grade, school, parent's name, and telephone number. Entries must be turned in to the young poet's respective school office or Kegonsa Elementary School by 3 p.m. April 4 to be eligible.

Library renovations to increase space, make building ADA accessible

Library renovations to increase space, make building ADA accessible

The Stoughton Public Library has started a fundraising campaign to renovate the second floor.

The library’s second floor, the home of adult and teen services, is in need of new carpeting, upgrade shelving, increase space, improve lighting, install more electrical outlets, purchase new seating, tables and desks and provide a smaller, more space efficient service desk, the library said.

In partnership with the city of Stoughton, the Stoughton Public Library is beginning the first steps on the project to provide a safer and more welcoming space to the Stoughton community. To complete renovations, the Stoughton Public Library is committed to raising $250,000.

Construction will also make the building a more accessible community space in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by widening the doorway, enlarging bathrooms, among other goals.