DeForest/Windsor Area – The Year In Review – Part One (Jan. to July, 2013 - DeForest Times-Tribune: Local

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DeForest/Windsor Area – The Year In Review – Part One (Jan. to July, 2013

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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 3:27 pm


Sleds for the season

“Sled lady” Alice Noltemeyer, DeForest, has been collecting sleds for more than 60 years and now owns 78. As soon as she hangs up her sleds after Halloween, all of East Holum Street knows Christmas is coming.

Legacy Business: Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware, 811 S. Main St., DeForest, is ready to help with any project local do-it-yourselfers may have. A staple in DeForest since the 1970s, Ace offers hardware, auto supplies, sporting goods, wallpaper, paint and more.

DMB Bank Stadium exemplifies Norski Pride

The new DMB Bank Stadium at DeForest Area High School sets the tone for investment and engagement between the district and DeForest Area. The expanded facility features a double-deck press box and storage area, additional storage, safer and expanded bleacher seating, more and larger concession stand areas and an expanded patio area. 

Quick with acceptance, sharp with a pen

The library’s Writers Read group members meet every third Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. to share their work and receive feedback from one another. The group allows members to share their original works and also to learn and read from published authors.

DeForest Culver’s reveals new interior

Culver’s restaurant, 4910 County Highway V, DeForest, hosted a Grand Opening Jan. 14 to reveal the restaurant’s remodeled interior, which included more secluded seating areas, warmer colors, a fourth register and more open spaces.

Art Anhalt Dedication

The Golden Triangle Drifters Snowmobile Club members unveiled a new trail sign in tribute to the DeForest Area’s “father and grandfather of snowmobiling,” Art Anhalt, at a Jan. 19 dedication event.

Reading, Writing and Remembering

Author Elizabeth Mary Aime looks to her five country acres between DeForest and Sun Prairie to find inspiration for her children’s books and plays. Her most recent book, “A Peaceful Home for Red Rock Hen,” was published this past summer.

Semifinalists for DeForest Area School District superintendent

In January, the DeForest Area School District named two finalist candidates for the superintendent vacancy: Susan Borden, superintendent of the Germantown Public Schools, and Wayne Anderson, superintendent of the Mount Horeb Area School District.



Say Cheese! Mousehouse Cheesehaus “traps” a good clientele – on and off the interstate

The Mousehouse Cheesehaus, off of interstate exit 131 in Windsor, has served local and out-of-state visitors for the past 25 years, drawing customers in with an 11-foot tall mouse (named Igor) that can never seem to get enough cheese.

“Good For Our Kiddos”

The Village of DeForest Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee approved a standardized background check to be conducted on individuals offering to volunteer for child-oriented programs.

A catalyst to future North Main Street viability

The former Red Onion Fresh Market building, 302 N. Main St., DeForest, has been transformed into an updated retail space. Development Manager for CAG Development, Chad Gebhardt, said he hopes the refurbished building will attract everyone and anyone to the North Main Street area.

Interviewing for Economic Development Director to begin

The village of DeForest received 21 applications by the Feb. 1 deadline for a new economic development director to replace former director Greg Frahm.

Officials to work with Park Towne on Cuba Valley Road Interchange

Representatives from Park Towne Development Corporation, Madison, asked the Village of DeForest Board of Trustees at a Feb. 20 meeting to become more engaged in the ongoing eight-year dialogue with state and federal officials to create an interchange to Interstate 90/94/39 at Cuba Valley Road.

Jack Reigstad – A Force of One

John Oliver “Jack” Reigstad passed away Feb. 13, 2013, leaving a proud legacy of community service. Reigstad served as a member of the DeForest Area Fire/EMS Department for nearly 48 years before retiring in 1985. “You always knew he cared. He was quality – he was the real McCoy. He was a pillar – he was the organization in a business that can often be very chaotic,” said former DeForest Fire Department Chief Dave Arnold.

Superintendent finalists met public

About 75 community members gathered at the Comfort Inn and Suites, DeForest, to meet superintendent finalists Susan Borden, superintendent of Germantown Public Schools, and Wayne Anderson, superintendent of the Mount Horeb Area School District. Topics covered included leadership styles, visibility in the community, district goals and classroom technology.



Making it to the Top: Three local men cross off a bucket list item

DeForest residents Brian Brown, Tim Gotzion and Jack Jenkins climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and fourth highest of the Seven Summits.

Brad Urban: The Definition of an “Active Student”

DAHS senior Brad Urban is involved in seven different activities and organizations, including Drama Club, French Club, Band, Choir, Show Choir, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Council. He also serves as a member of Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco, a statewide teen anti-smoking program.

EVCO Plastics – Thinking locally, acting globally

EVCO Plastics, headquartered at 100 W. North St., DeForest, ships its plastic products around the world for a variety of industries, including medical, agricultural, packaging, construction, appliance and industrial. Don Evans, DeForest, and his wife, Joan, opened EVCO Plastics in 1948 and built a 1,200-square-foot facility in DeForest.

Occupy Madison, Inc., set to leave Token Creek; where to is next question

Occupy Madison Inc. is required to leave Token Creek by March 17, but the group doesn’t have a set place to go next.

Two to vie for Village of DeForest President post

Village President Judd Blau said he is seeking another term because the village is building a solid development and communication foundation for moving the area forward. DeForest resident and DeForest Progressives’ volunteer office manager John Stanley is interested in listening to residents’ concerns, zoning issues and nurturing relationships with the towns of Windsor and Vienna.

DeForest Area School District has open seats in village, Windsor

Jan Berg is seeking re-election to the DASD Board of Education after serving for 15 years. She focuses on fairness, relationships and a desire to benefit students. Steve Tenpas, Windsor, is seeking another term as one of the three Town of Windsor representatives to the DASD Board of Education. Having served on the board of education since 2009, Kate Lund is running for re-election to make a positive impact on the community and the district.

A History of Generosity for Midthun Family

The Midthun family has provided land for each of the Town of Vienna’s building projects going back four generations. The family stepped up once again to provide one acre of land where the new Town Hall/Shop is planned.

Urban named Mr. Norski; event raises $1,400

DAHS senior Brad Urban won the title of Mr. Norski at the DECA organization’s March 14 event. The competition is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, DECA’s national charity foundation, and DECA International Competition.



DeForest Area teacher leads new county task force

Nick Zweifel, a DeForest Area High School teacher, launched the Dane County Education Task Force, set to have its first meeting in late April.

Blau wins re-election

Incumbent Village of DeForest Board of Trustees President Jud Blau was re-elected to his post with 768 votes. Challenger John Stanley, a write-in candidate, received 97 votes. Also winning re-election are Jan Berg, Steve Tenpas and Kate Lund to the DASD Board of Education.

DECA students competed in March 19 State Career Development Conference

DeForest Area High School DECA students competed in a variety of marketing and business events at the State Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva in hopes of qualifying for the International Career Development Conference.

It’s a new Pizza Pit

New Pizza Pit owner Brandon Beecher is revitalizing the restaurant located at 613 S. Main St., by bringing years of experience and rebuilding customer trust.

Dream transforms into resale shop: Windsor resident is co-owner of new business

Windsor resident Kim Crowley and friend Sara Goetz decided to follow their dreams and recently opened up a resale shop, “Twice as Nice! Family Resale” at 908 Windsor St., Sun Prairie.

DeForest runner’s first-hand account of Boston attack

DeForest resident Raymond Karls was with family members in the family center at the Boston Marathon reflecting on his personal-best time when he heard the first of two bomb blasts that killed three and wounded more than 100 people on April 15, 2013. “They were not real loud, but loud enough to know something was wrong. Then there were police sirens and mayhem everywhere,” he recalled. 

Demco serves libraries across the nation

Demco, 500 E. North St., DeForest, which opened in 1905 (known then as the Democrat Printing Company), is a leading supplier to America’s libraries and entered DeForest in 1965 with a printing and distribution center – now a 165,000-square-foot facility with more than 100 workers. The company produces an annual catalog featuring more than 50,000 products and solutions.

Quick action by DeForest Pharmacy employee results in arrest of suspect

It was the quick thinking of an employee at the DeForest Hometown Pharmacy that helped police nab the primary suspect in 20 pharmacy incidents involving Oxycodone and Oxycontin, including robberies. DeForest police apprehended Tony Taylor, 35, of Delavan, the afternoon of April 9 after he attempted to get Oxycodone from the pharmacy. Unlike other instances, Taylor did not rob the DeForest pharmacy and instead asked for a prescription, which was denied.

Homeward Bound: Annabelle’s 11-Day Odyssey

In March, the Bienash family of Janesville was devastated to learn that their dog, Annabelle, had escaped while at the Rock County Humane Society for a neuter. After 11 hard days, a Windsor/DeForest resident spotted the dog, and along with several other community members, were able to track, capture and return the dog to its family.

DAMS program provides hope for Windsor resident battling breast cancer

DeForest Area Middle School teacher Jessica Ceplina and her students were ecstatic to be able to give to a resident who was from their own town when they toured hospitals in search of chemotherapy patients to give their hand-made quilts to – and found Windsor resident Kristi Nelson. “When the students came around to offer me a quilt, it really helped the whole situation,” Nelson said.



Three DAHS students win First Annual DAWN Oratorical Contest on April 27

Members of the group DeForest And Windsor Now (DAWN) hosted its first United States Constitution Original Oratorical Contest on April 27 at DeForest Area High School. Nine DAHS students signed up, with senior Emily Nelson taking first-place, Senior Amy Sommers taking second-place, and Freshman Rachel Williams taking third.

Federal Grand Jury returns indictments in Taylor case

Tony D. Taylor, 35, Delavan, has been charged with nine pharmacy robberies. The indictment alleges that at each robbery, he took Oxycodone.

Legacy Business Series – DMB Community Bank: Serving the DeForest Area for 90 years

DMB Community Bank, 321 N. Main St., DeForest, has big banking power, with more than $308 million in assets and 51 staff members, but like its name, community is at the center of its being. The bank’s size lends itself to community involvement.

Road closures, detours announced for U.S. Highway 51

Glowing orange messages and detour signs began making appearances in May, paving the way for what many DeForest/Windsor residents would come to expect for the remainder of 2013, as the first closure on Reardon Road at U.S. Highway 51 began on May 13.

You mess with one Norski, you get the whole nation

In May, the community was shocked to find out that a sophomore at DAHS has been diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to the power of Twitter and other social media, students from both DeForest and its rival schools came together to share their support and well-wishes, in addition to coordinating several successful donation campaigns over the course of the next several months to help their classmate.

DeForest Veterans Memorial Foundation Inc. to honor veterans; order info for bricks

The DeForest Veterans Memorial Foundation Inc. announced the installation of 12 additional veteran’s memorial bricks upon the “Walk of Heroes” in Veterans Memorial Park.

Curves – It’s all about changing stations (in life)

Curves is in Windsor at 6640 Lake Road, Suite 101, in Windsor Commons. The facility provides services for area women and focuses on the entire sphere of personal health and fitness – from workout routines to nutrition tips and products.

The Trip of a Lifetime

Three DeForest men – Joseph Disch, Doug Knudtson and Stan Phillips – participated in the Badger Honor Flight on May 18. About 90 area veterans were involved in this flight, which recognizes the sacrifices and service of the veterans by allowing them to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C. The men received a warm welcome on their return to Madison.

Honors for catching ‘Oxy Bandit’

At a May Dane County Board of Supervisors meeting, DeForest Police Chief Robert Henze and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney were commended by the supervisors who passed a resolution honoring the work of area law enforcement officers and staff of DeForest Hometown Pharmacy and Walgreen’s for helping to catch the “Oxy Bandit” April 9.

Area event showcases dairy farming

Just a mile north of Waunakee on Maier Road, White Gold Dairy LLC has been in the Maier family for four generations. It is the first farm in the state to utilize a community manure digester with two other neighboring farms. On Saturday, June 8, a breakfast event offered food, entertainment, and tours of the facilities.



Dragon Arts Fair hosted June 1

The Dragon Arts Fair was held on Market Street in DeForest on June 1, featuring a variety of art vendors from near and far. The event is a favorite summer activity in the DeForest Area.

DAHS Pomp and Circumstance

DeForest Area High School’s 2013 graduation ceremony was held on June 1, where more than 200 seniors crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Ensuring a Wave and a Smile to all

As busy students and parents prepare for the day, an array of possibilities can make or break a day, but for the drivers and walkers in DeForest, one thing is consistent: Nora Geach. Every morning from 7:15 a.m. - 8 a.m., Geach takes her position at the intersection of Jefferson and Cleveland streets as crossing guard and starts her day with a philosophy that, if you start your day with a smile and a wave, the whole day is going to go just great.

Legacy Business Series – Clack Corporation makes water soft, pure

Part of the Windsor community for more than 40 years, moving to Windsor in 1972, Clack Corporation is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of water treatment products and components. The company serves big names like Culligan and Hellenbrand, and their components can be found in the water systems at the Kohl Center, Madison, and Lambeau Field, Green Bay, as well as in most homes with water softeners.

Signing the Way

The Town of Windsor Board of Supervisors agreed the town sign by the Speedway gas station off of State Highway 19 needs to be replaced. Debate was raised, however, about whether the sign should include DeForest, and, if so, whether DeForest or Windsor’s name should come first.

Farewell Reception for Jon Bales on June 6

DeForest Area School District Superintendent Dr. Jon Bales was honored with a farewell reception on June 6 at Lake Windsor Golf Club for his years of service.

Norski Nibbles – ‘cause kids need to eat

Local residents launched Norski Nibbles, an all-volunteer effort funded by businesses, congregations and individuals, to feed DeForest Area youth during the summer months when free/reduced school lunches are no longer available.

Walgreen Co. expands distribution facility in Village of DeForest

Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Ill. is expected to create up to 115 jobs at its distribution center in DeForest. As part of the expansion, the company will implement the nationally recognized model for creating opportunities for people with disabilities. An unrelated multi-million dollar upgrade of equipment and leasehold improvements is underway at the facility as well.

School is wherever you are

Norwegian foreign exchange student Anne Stormyr Kristiansen, 17, said her stay in DeForest has been a first-hand experience with the middle class American lifestyle she watches on TV in Brønnøysund, Norway.

Students, volunteers continue to raise thousands for local students

Various fundraising efforts initiated by students and community members have raised thousands of dollars in support of Hannah, a DeForest Area High School sophomore who was diagnosed with cancer in May.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church turns 150

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arlington, celebrated 150 years in June, making it almost as old as the state of Wisconsin. 

An Angel In My Pocket

Some members of the DeForest-Windsor-Vienna business community have joined financial forces and visions to found a new angel investment group called the Yahara Angel Network. Its members will network with state and local business people and leaders to identify upstart or developing businesses - both already in the area or those seeking seed money for expansion that will complement the area’s current business mix, workforce talent base and population trends.

With just a little help from their friends

Times-Tribune Correspondent Shari Gasper shared her experience of working with the DeForest Area Building Community in Guatemala City for a week in June. The purpose of their trip was to build homes for families living in poverty, in partnership with House to Homes, a nonprofit organization.

Something to “howl” about

Time to buy a dog leash! The Village of DeForest Board of Trustees amended a village ordinance, requiring owners to have their dogs on leashes in public places.



Home is Where the Heart is

The Village of DeForest was named among the top Dane County suburbs by “Madison Magazine,” coming in sixth place out of 22 communities. DeForest received high marks in the areas of government services, schools, home prices, park and recreational opportunities and safety.

DeForest Area Relay for Life: Kristi Nelson is Honorary Chair

Kristi Nelson, Windsor, participated in her first American Cancer Society Relay for Life in DeForest after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. The event was a celebration of being cancer free after she finished treatments in mid-July.

Don’t Bug Me

The Village of DeForest braces itself for Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive and destructive species of beetles that is spreading throughout the state. Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Director, Kelli Bialkowski, said although it hasn’t been detected in the village yet, it is likely already here.

A Journey’s End

Runner Tim Gundeck of DeForest will run his final marathon on July 15, completing his mission of running a marathon in each of the 50 states.

The Biggest Battle of my Life

The first in a series of DeForest cancer survivor Bill Schmidt’s stories printed on July 4. Bill was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has beaten predictions to this day. In the series, Bill shared his personal and behind-the-scenes story of his diagnosis, life with cancer, surgery, and finding a fulfilling life despite the odds.

DeForest Area Foundation Inc. earns record return

A record $63,000 in investment income has been booked by the Board of Directors of the DeForest Area Foundation Inc. at the close of 2012. The income was almost 43 percent more than the foundation earned in 2011, when the group booked $27,000.

DeForest attracts Heartland Credit Union branch

Heartland Credit Union recently announced this past July the opening of the first credit union in DeForest and Heartland’s ninth branch. The union believed the DeForest Area offered the right market advantages to help the credit union continue to grow.

Alice’s Adventures in Dairyland

In May, Windsor resident Kristin Olson was selected among four finalists to make her the 66th Alice in Dairyland, a yearlong public relations position within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

DAHS installs new fitness room

As of April, room D113 of DeForest Area High School is now designated as the school’s new fitness room. The room, which features mostly cardio exercise equipment, was funded by the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant that the DeForest Area School District was awarded in 2010.

Parisi announces $225,000 grant for DeForest’s Upper Yahara River Trail connection plan

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced July 12 that the Dane County Park Commission has approved a recommendation of nearly one million dollars in PARC grants for 12 projects that will partner the county with local communities to boost the outdoor recreation economy. The awards include $225,000 to the Village of DeForest to complete construction of Phase 3 of the Upper Yahara River Trail.

Borden looks to district, teaching to match changing world of work

The new superintendent of the DeForest Area School District, Susan Borden, is focusing on several key goals early in her tenure, including visibility, communication, bringing more global connections to the district and its students, and also examining space needs, bus routes, building traffic flows and current condition of facilities.

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