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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.

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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. 

Forum invites candidates to speak Wednesday

In addition to the school district referendum, the Stoughton Area School District will have four candidates for three seats and the city has recently added four write-in candidates for mayor and three alders. There are also four area Dane County Board races in which the incumbent is running unopposed.

The Hub, the Stoughton Dems and the League of Women Voters are collaborating to put on the forum from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Stoughton High School Cafetorium... Read More

Students march to support April 1 referendum

With the April 1 Stoughton Area School District referendum vote just weeks away, several dozen supporters hit Main Street Saturday, led by an energetic group of students.

Around 50 people met at the Stoughton Fire Department to gather, design signage and commiserate before a sunny, brisk 1 p.m. march around Main Street. Many of the attendees were Stoughton High School students, many of whom predictably wore less than parent-approved winter clothing, but were more uniform in their support for the district... Read More

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Girls basketball: Foul trouble leads to early exit

The Stoughton High School girls basketball team lost 49-45 to Oregon in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal last Friday, but the Vikings grew up this season with three seniors leading them to a 15-8 record.

Stoughton also finished second in the Badger South with an 8-4 record, and it will return five of seven players that scored at least 100 points... Read More

Community to meet local food producers at healthy eating fair

Community to meet local food producers at healthy eating fair

On Sunday, the Stoughton Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a healthy eating fair at River Bluff Middle School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The free event provides community members the opportunity to meet local farmers including community-supported agriculture food producers.

Organizers said attendees can enjoy free refreshments from the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative including organic fruits, vegetables and homemade items from their kitchen.

Local musicians will join the event for a good old fashioned hootenanny. At 2 p.m. the FairShare CSA Coalition will present CSA 101: Getting the Most of Your Share.

Door prizes will be given away including copies of the cookbook "From Asparagus to Zucchini," $50 gift certificates for the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative and $100 gift certificates toward a CSA farm membership.

Daggett honored for years of service at St. Ann

Long-time Stoughton resident Dorothy Daggett was honored by the St. Ann School students, staff and parents for her years of outstanding service during the all-school Mass on Friday, Jan. 31.

Fifty years ago, she and her husband Ed moved to Stoughton to assist in opening a new Catholic school at St. Ann Parish. Their four daughters were among the first students at St. Ann School.

Daggett was recruited to manage the hot lunch program, which she ran for 17 years before becoming a teacher’s aide for several more. Ed Daggeet was the first president of the Home and School Association and treasurer of the parish from 1968-2003... Read More