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City approves next phase of Kettle Park project

Another box was checked off this week in the process toward developing an area of commercial property in Stoughton. 

The city council approved the specific implementation plan for the proposed Walmart Supercenter in the Kettle Park West Development located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 138.

Stoughton council President Mike Engelberger said the SIP, which outlines how the developer can build the structure, was approved 7-4 with one abstention Tuesday night. He said the development had already been moved forward by a vote approving the TIF, which had a 6-6 tie broken by the mayor resulting in approval. 


Olson votes four times in order to move Supercenter forward

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23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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Record number in need, community steps up to help food pantry

The need has increased, but thanks to help from residents and local businesses, the Stoughton Food Pantry is stepping up to meet the demand. 

Still, with cold weather here and the holidays fast approaching, pantry officials hope more people can get in the spirit of the season and donate food and money to help their neighbors.

Volunteer Dan Marshall said the pantry, which is not funded by the city, is hitting “record numbers” of people it’s serving this year. ... Read More

4 arrested in monthslong investigation following heroin death

Two men are charged with reckless homicide and two others were arrested following a monthslong drug investigation after the overdose death of a town of Dunkirk man, officials said.

Dane County sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said Tuesday afternoon that detectives began an investigation on July 4 when 25-year-old Dylan Nelson died of a heroin overdose at his home.

The investigation led detectives to 26-year-old Robbert Knipfer, of Stoughton, who reportedly sold Nelson heroin the day he died. The sheriff's department said 25-year-old Cody Merkes, of Oregon, also allegedly sold Nelson heroin in the past.

The sheriff's department said 22-year-old Devin L. Eisner was arrested during a domestic-related call to a home on the 2000 block of Door Creek Road in Stoughton on July 5. According to the report, officials searched the home and found large sums of cash, heroin and prescription drugs, which Eisner told detectives he bought from Merkes to reportedly re-sell.

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2-car crash closes Highway 51

A 2 car crash closed Highway 51 south of McFarland Monday afternoon.

Dane County Dispatch said the highway was closed at Dyreson Road because of a crash at 12:34 p.m. The lanes reopened at 1:46 p.m.

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OWI task force doubling up next year

Stoughton will continue its high-visibility drunken-driving patrols into a third series, but this time, it is likely to get two for the price of one.

The city joined the Capital Area OWI Task Force in 2013, the second year of the program, and has stuck with it as it continued to grow. This spring, that meant 18 squad cars from 14 agencies patrolling Main Street, U.S. 51 and County Highways N and B on a single night as a deterrent to drunken driving... Read More

Singers, string players fall concert Nov. 14

The Stoughton Chamber Singers and Bel Canto String Ensemble, under the direction of John Beutel, will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Stoughton Opera House.

The music to be performed will reflect the “Pastorale” theme and will include a wide variety of music that reflects the rustic, rural, simple and idyllic... Read More