Losing a friend

The Stoughton Public Library community has lost one of its most beloved members of its “family.”

Library technical services supervisor Marilyn Granrud died May 12 from a cardiac arrest. She was 51 and had been a library employee for 25 years.

Stoughton human resources director Amy Jo Gillingham had the sad task of informing Granrud’s co-workers of the news later that day.

“Those who knew Marilyn would say that she had a strong passion for the library, her co-workers, as well as, a love for reading and sharing with others the great books that she had discovered,” she said. “Marilyn will be greatly missed by her family at the library and city as well all of the patrons that she was able to assist.”

Gillingham wrote that Granrud loved ordering, process and repairing materials and was “very particular” when it came to technical service and repairs.


‘Sowing seeds of community’

Photo submitted. Noted Wisconsin author and educator Jerry Apps will be the featured speaker at the annual Stoughton Area Resource Team annual celebration on June 11 at Stoughton Hospital’s Bryant Health Educational Center. He will talk about how he overcame polio as a young child, and has written more than 30 books on Wisconsin history.

Noted Wisconsin author Jerry Apps is the featured speaker at the annual Stoughton Area Resource Team Celebration Event and Fundraiser, scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Stoughton Hospital’s Bryant Education Center.

With the theme of “Sowing Seeds of Community,” this year’s celebration will honor long-time Stoughton resident Susan Albright with its Community Volunteer Award.

The event will feature a buffet dinner prepared by the Close To Home Cafe’ at Stoughton Hospital. As in past START celebrations, there will be a silent ticket auction that will include a custom wood carving from Cooksville artist Tom Weiss, complimentary golf outings for two at local golf courses, gift baskets, artwork and many other donated items and services from local businesses and individuals.


Stoughton Memorial Day 2015

Area veterans and members of the communty recognized those who have fallen in military service to the U.S. at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Mandt Community Center Monday, May 25.


Volenberg aims for growth

Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Dale Volenberg serves as the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Dale Volenberg has been around Stoughton most of his life.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Utica, went to Stoughton High School and spent most of his career working at Cummins and Nelson Global. 

He’s got a good feel for the community, and is now hoping to help shape what it could be as he starts his new job as the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce executive director.

“I just really enjoy working with the community and the city officials to make things better for Stoughton,” Volenberg said. 


Remembering a Stoughton hero

Photos by Scott De Laruelle. Bud Erickson of Stoughton American Legion Post 59 holds a plaque he created honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Truman Olson that is on display at the post.

The term “hero” is thrown around rather loosely these days. Not in the case of Army Sgt. Truman Olson. 

Facing certain death behind his machine gun on a lonely hillside outside Cisterna di Littoria, Italy as the longest night of his life turned into his final sunrise, Olson defined the word, sacrificing his life to save the men of his company and earning his place among the nation’s most honored military members. 

Of all Stoughton area veterans recognized on Memorial Day, none has received a more prestigious national honor than Olson, who 70 years ago was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award. He is one of 464 World War II Medal of Honor recipients, one of 266 whose medal was awarded posthumously, and the only one from the Stoughton area.


Expanded music series returns to Rotary Gazebo Park

The first performance of a 13-show music series is today at Rotary Gazebo Park.

Local acoustic musicians Mike and Jamie McCloskey, a father/son duo who play a wide variety of styles, perform the inaugural show of the 2015 Gazebo Musikk series.

This is the series’ second season, running from May 28 – Aug. 27, and has been organized by Tricia Suess, with help from Stoughton Parks and Recreation director Tom Lynch. They’ve more than doubled the number of performances from last year’s initial six-show season. Concerts are scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. in the park next to the fire station and City Hall.


Veterans memorial project seeks donors

Stoughton American Legion Post 59 and Stoughton VFW Post 328 are continuing to raise funds for the planned memorial at the corner of County B and Country Club Road in Pleasant Springs.

Fundraising started in March, and Bud Erickson of Post 59 said he hopes Memorial Day will help serve as a reminder about the sacrifices made by hundreds of Stoughton area veterans, going back to the War of 1812. 

“They gave their all,” Erickson said. “Let us give our all. Help the veterans who helped you by supporting the veterans memorial park.”


Syttende Mai 2015

While some people feared thunderstorms would dampen the festivities, Stoughton managed to get through the three-day Norwegian heritage festival without much rain. That was a big relief to most participants, including those who got to tour the new Livsreise Norwegian heritage center and revelers at the festival’s first beer tent.


St. Ann performs 'The Lion King Jr.'

The St. Ann School of Stoughton's drama club performed "The Lion King Jr." on May 8 and 9 at the Stoughton Opera house.


Local wood carver highlights church genealogy event

Photo submitted. Local artist Don Rorvig will give a presentation about one of his special wood carvings at Saturday’s genealogy event at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A genealogy event and tour will be held for the public from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 825 S. Van Buren St.  

A special wood carving, created by local artist Don Rorvig, will be available to view during the event. The carving, which includes many symbols that represent the church and heritage of the City of Stoughton, took him several years to complete.

The event will also feature a short film about genealogy websites (including Family Search and Family Tree) and a tour of the Family History Resource Center in the church building. 


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