June 2020

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Middleton wins WSN Cup

The 2019-’20 high school sports season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in the games that were played, no one accomplished more than Middleton High School.

The Cardinals won the annual WSN Cup Large School Division trophy, which is presented by Wissports.net. The award honors schools that provide and achieve success in many of the WIAA sponsored sports.

Middleton won the Large School award for a second straight year after Arrowhead won the first 11 titles. The Large School Division is for schools with enrollment over 1,000.

Middleton finished with 585.43 points, while the Warhawks were second with 554.0. Brookfield East (524), Muskego (418) and Brookfield Central (363.5) rounded out the top five.

Points are awarded for finishes in the state tournament of every sport. Generally, the top 32 teams in each sport are awarded points.

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MCPASD Gives Graduation Update

MIDDLETON–Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) officials still hope to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 at Breitenbach Stadium on July 25 at 7 p.m. involving all 500-plus graduates, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said.

If there is inclement weather, the ceremony would be held on Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m.

The capacity at the stadium is just under 2,600 so if a full in-person ceremony is held, Clark Street School (CSCS) and Middleton High School (MHS) will be providing a limited number of tickets to each graduate. The district plans to stream the event live for anyone who can’t attend, Hibner said, adding the video will also be available on the District's YouTube Channel after the ceremony.

In the event the Forward Dane plan doesn’t allow for a full in-person ceremony by late July, the district is planning a smaller in-person event along with a virtual ceremony, Hibner said.

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Ronald Duane Hoppmann

MIDDLETON–Ronald Duane Hoppmann was named after the actor Ronald Coleman and his brother, Dean’s twin who died right before he was born. Ron was a gifted storyteller. Here is part of his story that made him into such a beloved father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He was a good guy and quite a character.

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Ethics Board Dismisses Complaint Against Opitz

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton’s Ethics Board last week dismissed a five-count complaint brought against Mark Opitz, city planner and zoning administrator, by an opponent of airport expansion stemming from ongoing issues with the Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field.

The complaint filed on Dec. 20, 2019 was the first the approximately year-old board ever considered.

It alleged that Opitz:

• Lacked transparency and or truthfulness regarding developing a survey of potential airport users;

• Accepted gifts in the form travel at reduced fares from owners of Capital Flight, an airport-based ,private business;

• Misused the city’s listserv email system to advance his pro-airport expansion agenda;

• Shared information with Capital Flight owners which he withheld from the airport manager;

• Had an angry, intimidating conservation with the complainant, Leslie Hayner, after a Middleton Common Council meeting.

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Middleton Police Chief Discusses Department Policies

MIDDLETON–Middleton Police Chief Troy Hellenbrand knows that the city is removed of some of the policing challenges of larger cities, and he also know that policies can change and should. The Middleton Police Department has worked in the past few years to assess and improve policies, continue officer training, increase community outreach and better serve the public.

Recently calls for defunding the police have rung out nationwide, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. The incident of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck in the street for more than nine minutes while other officers stood by and watched, was videotaped by a 17-year old bystander and set off a series of protests around the country and world. 

Hellenbrand said he was mortified by the death of George Floyd.

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Jamie Sims named Middleton's athletic director

Jamie Sims knows the job is daunting.

He understands that the demands, stresses and time-commitment can all be a bit overwhelming.

But Sims believes he’s ready for his next great challenge. And the powers-that-be at Middleton High School think he’s the man to lead their athletic department into the future.

Sims, currently the principal at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison, was named Middleton’s new athletic director Thursday night. Sims replaces Bob Joers, who died of pancreatic cancer last month.

Ben White was named Middleton’s assistant athletic director and student activities coordinator. He’ll spend approximately 50% of his time in each role.

“I am really excited,” Sims said Friday afternoon. “The program is in great shape thanks to all of the hard work laid by Bob. I’m just excited to build on that and amplify that. Athletics is really my true passion and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Forward Dane Moves to Phase II Monday

Virus still present and infectious in communities; residents urged to take precautions

DANE COUNTY-As a result of meeting criteria outlined in Forward Dane, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing an order to move Dane County to Phase 2. Order #5 is effective as of 8:00am on June 15, 2020.

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Mary Ann Vance

MIDDLETON–Mary Ann Vance, 73, of Middleton passed away peacefully Friday morning, May 29, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born Oct 5, 1946, in Viroqua, to Orin H. and Dorothy J. (Otto) Vance. Mary attended school at Brush Hollow in Avalanche before moving into Viroqua in 1960 where she then graduated from Viroqua High School in 1964.

Mary continued her education at Madison Area Technical College and in 1965 started working for the University of Wisconsin. After a variety of jobs in the different university schools and departments she found her work home in 1985 in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She touched many lives managing the different aspects of the Farm and Industry Short Course program until her retirement in December of 2012.

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Dr. Rene M. Dupuis

WAUNAKEE–Rene M. Dupuis, age 77, passed away on May 23, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare with his family at his side. He was born on June 25, 1942, in Wausau, the son of LaVern and Gertrude (Moss) Dupuis. 

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