Incident at bar puts one in hospital Wednesday

An early morning shooting in Stoughton resulted in a 22-year-old female being Med-Flighted to a Madison hospital early last Wednesday, according to the Stoughton Police Department.

Stoughton Police Chief Gregory Leck told the Courier-Hub the department is “pretty confident” that the shooting was accidental.

According to a press release from the Stoughton Police Department, officers responded to a report of a gunshot wound at 111 Chalet Drive, site of Reverend Jim’s Roadhouse 2 sports bar, at 12:33 a.m. on May 13, and found the victim had been shot in both arms.


Former Stoughtonite’s cancer success highlights health insurance changes

Photo courtesy UW Health Public Affairs. UW patient Gayle Zinda, whose lung cancer was found via a CT scan that is now recommended for former smokers. She had surgery nine years ago and is cancer free. The doctor is Dr. Nizar Jarjour, who is head of pulmonary medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and advised Mrs. Zinda on her surgery options.

Gayle Zinda is that rarest of birds – a long-term lung-cancer survivor.

But lung-cancer specialists at the UW Carbone Cancer Center are hopeful that with both private insurance and Medicare now paying for CT scans for many former and current smokers, they will be having more success stories like Zinda’s.

She was diagnosed via a happy coincidence – a CT scan after unrelated surgery back in 2006 showed a suspicious spot. After having lung cancer confirmed, she had the lower lobe of her left lung removed in a surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital. 

“Gayle was very lucky to have discovered her cancer so early,’’ said pulmonologist, Dr. Nizar Jarjour, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “It’s gratifying to see how well she’s done.”


Officials hope to extend River Trail

The Stoughton Parks and Recreation Department has gotten approval to extend the Yahara River Trail west from Amundson Park across Skaalen Home property to connect with a path that Stoughton Hospital plans to build on its land.

The approval to cross Skaalen property and connect to the hospital’s future path is one more piece in a long-term goal to make a river trail loop that begins and ends at Amundson Park.

Parks and recreation department director Tom Lynch said he’s not sure when the hospital plans to build its path – he thinks it will happen this year – and he’s not sure when the city will have the funds to extend the Yahara River Trail.


Stoughton multifamily project forwarded

Map courtesy Sieger Architects The townhome-style building would be built on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Hwy. B on the city’s north edge. The building is set back from the corner to allow site lines along Hwy. B. Residents would enter and exit the complex along Lincoln Avenue.

The Common Council will consider a permit for a seven-unit multifamily housing development after the Plan Commission approved a site plan for the building Monday night. 

Developers for Spanrie Properties hope to build a multi-level, townhome-style building on the northeast corner of Lincoln Avenue at Hwy. B. The building would be built across Lincoln Avenue from a 40-unit senior living facility approved earlier this year.

The commission also recommended the council approve a conditional use permit. The votes followed a public hearing with no comments.


A cabin and a life

Photos by Bill Livick. “The Cabin – A North Woods Memoir” was published in March.

Steve Fortney’s latest book – “The Cabin: A North Woods Memoir” – centers on the relationship of four local men and the community they created over more than 40 years, some 350 miles north of their Stoughton home.

Fortney wrote the book as a series of vignettes that cohere into a story recounting the evolution of the cabin the men built on 80 acres they bought in 1969 in Douglas County, about eight miles south of the Lake Superior shoreline.

The four – two now dead and two still living – were drawn to the remote area in extreme northern Wisconsin by the land and its inhabitants, human and otherwise. The story is filled with memories and philosophical observations that range from bouts of hard drinking to vivid descriptions of trout fishing on the mighty Brule River and the interrelationships of the men and their families.


Commission calls off downtown dog daycare facility

In other action Monday, the Planning Commission voted to not move forward with a plan for a dog daycare business in the former Water’s Edge tavern on South Water Street.

The site had been eyed for use as a dog daycare by Jordan Tilleson and Nicole Hines, but commissioners felt the site would be better served by a more traditional downtown business. 

The vacant building is zoned as part of the “Central Business” district. The city would have had to change the zoning of the property or add a conditional use to the city’s zones codes for the current zoning to allow the animal boarding business. 


McFarland teen charged in Stoughton stabbing

A 17-year-old McFarland boy faces two felonies after investigators allege he stabbed a Stoughton man in the early morning hours of April 30

Tyler Bexson was charged with attempted first-degree homicide and first-degree reckless injury following the attack, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court. The attack occurred out of “pure rage,” Bexson allegedly told police. Bexson had been upset for several days prior to the attack that the stabbing victim had contacted Bexson’s parents about failed prom plans between Bexson and the victim’s daughter.


Roundabouts likely at Hwy. N interchange

Construction of a new interchange at County Hwy. N and Interstate 39/90 in the Town of Pleasant Springs is still almost two years away, but plans continue to be refined.

Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have been working to acquire real estate along the proposed interchange to make way for three roundabouts that will provide access to local businesses and the interstate.

Town of Pleasant Springs officials last year wanted state officials to collaborate with the businesses in the area to make sure the design would provide access while maintaining safety.

The latest plan calls for the BP gas station to have access from Hwy. N via an adjacent property. The Road Ranger station would have access from Hwy. N via a roundabout intersection south of the interchange.


Stoughton father stabbed

A Stoughton man was hospitalized last week after being stabbed in his home on North Page Street.

Stoughton Police chief Greg Leck said Monday that the victim, a 42-year-old man, was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

The Stoughton Police Department said in a news release that it arrested a 17-year-old suspect around 1 a.m. Thursday, April 30, after being called to a home on the 600 block of North Page Street. According to the release, police and EMS responded to a report of a homeowner who had apprehended a prowler.

Police found the homeowner had been stabbed multiple times. 

“The victim was transported to Stoughton Hospital by the Stoughton EMS, and later transferred to a Madison Hospital by Med-Flight for further treatment,” police said.


Nepal quake victims get local help

Heather and Maika Takavesi, the sister and brother-in-law of Stoughton resident Beth Tomczyk, are helping to rebuild Nepal after the devastating earthquake in late April. Tomczyk’s GoFundMe campaign to provide funding for them has raised more than $18,500.

Two weeks ago, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal.

A country where people already are “so poor,” said Stoughton resident Beth Tomczyk, is now much worse off.

“A lot of those poor people have now lost everything they worked their whole lives for,” Tomczyk said.

The disaster led her to start a fundraising account to help the people of Nepal get food, shelter and water. Tomczyk’s sister has served as a missionary in the country for 12 years, and Tomczyk said she simply wanted to find a way herself to help the people her sister had grown so close to in the country.

According to the GoFundMe page, Tomczyk’s sister and brother-in-law’s house was spared, though their “neighborhood was hit hard.”


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