Spooky Stoughton

Stoughton has plenty of Halloween-related events for all ages to attend in the community, from dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating to exploring the spirit world.

Costume contest

Children are invited to participate in the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce’s costume contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the EMS training center, 516. S. Fourth St.

There will be five groups from ages 0-12 years old. Homemade costumes are preferable to store-bought ones, and creativity is an important factor. 

Each entrant will receive a ribbon, and winners will receive Chamber gift certificates.

Downtown businesses will host trick-or-treating following the event from 3-5 p.m.


Costume contest is Oct. 25

The Stoughton Chamber will host a costume contest for children Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the EMS Training Center, 516 S. Fourth St.

There will be five age group ranges from ages 0-12. “Home Made” costumes are preferable to “store-bought” ones. Creativity is an important factor.

Each entrant will receive a ribbon, and winners will receive Chamber gift certificates. First place earns a $15 certificate, second place will get $10 and the third place award will be $5.

Downtown business will host trick-or-treating following the event. Trick-or-treating will take place from 3-5 p.m.


Rosemaling, music aim to bring visitors to town

Photo submitted. The 2014-15 Stoughton Norwegian Dancers have been announced. Pictured back row from left: Asher McMullin, Trevar Helland, Sam Michel, Skyler Gunderson and Gunnar Helland. Front row: Miranda Heimsoth, Corinne Olson, Madelyn Falk, Julie Garvin and Kaia Moe. The group’s first public performance will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Stoughton Opera House. The dancers will be joining the Grieg Chorus, Dancers from Lillehammer, Norway and Hardanger Fiddle players. The event is free and open to the public and will include a bake sale and raffle. For more information visit

Local groups and businesses have been working for years to increase the number of visitors to the community through a program called “Destination Stoughton.”

The hard work seems to be paying off – this time in the form of international visitors.

Given the area’s ancestry, it’s not uncommon for folks from overseas to visit Stoughton. But the group coming next weekend is working with the Friends of Scandinavian Culture and will be in town to be part of the annual rosemaling sale and destination weekend.

“The purpose is to help them learn more about the Stoughton community, our connections to Norwegian heritage and culture, and our SHS Norwegian Dancers,” Sons of Norway Mandt Lodge president Darlene Arneson said. “They arrive on Wednesday and leave the next Tuesday after visiting stores, businesses, city staff, schools, touring and experiencing our Destination Stoughton Weekend.”


SHS “Shrek the Musical” performance next weekend

A movie will come to life on the Stoughton High School stage as students perform “Shrek the Musical,” based off of the popular Dreamworks movie, “Shrek.”

For those not familiar with the plot, Shrek is about an ogre whose home, a swamp, has been taken from him by King Farquaad. Shrek sets out for the castle to confront King Farquaad.

Along the way, he meets a character by the name of Donkey who refuses to leave his side. Once this comical pair reaches the castle and confronts the king, he sends them on another journey to save Princess Fiona, whom the king wishes to marry. The two manage to save the princess from a fire-breathing dragon and find love along the way, which creates a conflict for Shrek.

The play will feature Leo Endres as Shrek, Jack Greenwood as Donkey, Thomas Greenler as Lord Farquaad, and Bethany Kelly as Princess Fiona.


Fire Department Open House photos

The Stoughton Fire Department's open house Wednesday, Oct. 8, was a big hit with the kids.


Wahlin named Trustee of the Year

Photo by Bill Livick. Ken Wahlin has been named Trustee of the Year by the Wisconsin Hospital Association for his efforts leading the governing board of Stoughton Hospital.

City native Ken Wahlin needs little introduction in Stoughton. He, of course, is a member of the family that founded and operates Stoughton Trailers, the city’s largest employer. His parents, Don and Carol Wahlin, launched the company that would later become Stoughton Trailers in 1961.

Ken’s role is managing director of STI Holdings, the company that owns Stoughton Trailers.

For the past seven years, Ken Wahlin has also served on the governing board and Executive committee of stoughton Hospital. He was a board trustee his first five years on the Governing Board and became its chairman two years ago.

His tenure on the board will end next month; after that, he’ll become an ex officio member.

Wahlin was surprised at the governing board’s last meeting Sept. 23, when he learned that the Wisconsin Hospital Association had named him 2014 Trustee of the Year.


2014 Senior Expo photos

There was plenty to do, see, eat and drink at the Sixth Annual Senior Expo, held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center, with nearly 50 vendors on hand from around the area.


Looking for an upgrade

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. The Stoughton Area Senior Center is raising funds to replace the well-used flooring, tables and chairs in the main area.

The Stoughton Area Senior Center does a great job of keeping people busy with plenty of activities all year ‘round, but all the hustle and bustle through the years have caused some serious wear and tear on the floors, tables and chairs.

Looking to remodel and expand the space in the center’s main area, senior center officials are raising funds to replace the old flooring, tables and chairs to update the look and feel of the busy building. The chairs are more than two decades old, and the flooring is around 15 years old.

Director Cindy McGlynn said the center has received two grants to get the project started, but now need private donations to complete the project.  

“We are looking to have more un-carpeted space for ease of use, durability and clean up,” she said. “All the cost for the project of replacing the flooring and chairs has to be covered by donations and grants.”

To help out, or for information, contact McGlynn at 873-8585.


'Rumors' photos

The Stoughton Village Players entertain audiences with Neil Simon's "Rumors" last weekend. The show continues this Thursday through Saturday.


Optimist Club's fishing clinic photos

The Stoughton Optimists held a fishing clinic Saturday at the Stoughton Area Youth Center. Al Hutchison helped the youth build their own fishing rods.