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Still not sure how it happened, Sun Prairie’s R.J. Carpenter and his wife, Jacqui, successfully rescued a Clinton, Iowa woman and her 9-year-old son Saturday May 30th from Lake Mendota and transported them to a Madison Fire Department EMS unit.

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Sun Prairie Police Department officers arrested a 22-year-old Madison man on South Musket Ridge Drive early June 2 after a more than three hour standoff with law enforcement that included a response from the Dane County Tactical Response Team.

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Sun Prairie Police Department (SPPD) officers arrested a 34-year-old Madison woman and a 40-year-old Madison man in connection with the May 31 looting of the Sun Prairie Target store at 660 S. Grand Ave.

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Unable to honor them at a luncheon due to social distancing and COVID-19 related guidelines, the Sun Prairie School Board presented a video of the retiring Sun Prairie Area School District staffers as part of its May 26 agenda.

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Acting on a recommendation from district staff, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 26 approved a 2020-21 Fund 80 budget totaling $730,035 that will include the addition of a sixth community school site and a facilities rental manager.

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Sun Prairie Area School District students in grades 6, 9 and 12 will enjoy 3,700 new Chromebooks this year, thanks to a $899,100 lease and service contract approved May 26 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District’s contract with Kobussen Buses Ltd. of Sun Prairie will extend through June 30, 2022 but the SPASD will pay Kobussen’s drivers 85 percent of the money they would have received had COVID-19 not closed schools.

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Sun Prairie Police are investigating a report of gunfire in the parking lot north of The Rock Sports Bar & Grille, 920 W. Main St. on Wednesday, May 27 and seeking a 32-year-old Sun Prairie man in connection with the incident.

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The City of Sun Prairie’s Open Book process — by which property owning residents meet with the city’s contracted assessor to examine their property tax assessment and discuss how the city arrived at the assessed value — will be held from June 22-July 10, 2020.

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The contractor will continue with storm sewer installation on Grandview from Crossing Ridge Trail to Broome Street, according to City of Sun Prairie staff engineer Clint Christenson.

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Dodging showers and trying to beat the climax of temperatures predicted to be in the 80s, the combined American Legion Post 333-VFW Post 9362 Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25 at the Sun Prairie Area Veterans Memorial saluted veterans who lost their lives during military service.

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As the Sun Prairie Media Center works on deciding what its summer and fall programming will look like in the midst of COVID-19, staff is asking for community feedback in order to assist them in the decision-making process for upcoming programs.

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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi provided an update on the Forward Dane COVID-19 recovery plan during the Tuesday, May 19 Sun Prairie City Council meeting.

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In collaboration with the Sun Prairie Area School District, the Sun Prairie Media Center recently announced it will assist in producing a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020.

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Despite last week’s 5-3 vote against recommending it, a conditional use permit (CUP) from Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) was referred back to the Sun Prairie Plan Commission by a 5-3 May 19 vote from the Sun Prairie City Council.

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Two broadcasts earned third place for WLSP 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio during the recently announced 2019 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Awards for Excellence competition.

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Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from American Legion Post 333 and VFW Post 9362 in Sun Prairie have issued a cancellation for the 2020 Memorial Day Parade.

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During the week of May 18, construction crews will continue their utility work on the Grandview Drive-Crossing Ridge Trail project, according to City of Sun Prairie Staff Engineer Clint Christenson.

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City residents in the Buena Vista Drive-Beech Court construction project will notice water main installation during the week of May 18, according to City Staff Engineer Clint Christenson.

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If good intentions counted, developer Tony Humphrey may have received an approval recommendation for his Starbuck’s concept plan near the intersection of Bird and West Main streets from the Sun Prairie Plan Commission on May 12.

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Following an initial tie vote, members of the Sun Prairie Plan Commission reconsidered and voted 5-3 to reject a teen center permit request from Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County (BGCDC).

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After changing its guidelines of how to handle sponsorships, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 11 voted unanimously to accept a $250,000 payment from the Bank of Sun Prairie to refer to the new facility under construction at Ashley Field as “Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field.”

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The Dane County Cities and Villages Association (DCCVA) announced its 2020-21 Executive Committee, which was elected during the membership annual meeting held virtually on Wednesday evening, May 13.

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The Sun Prairie Community Garden Organization (SPCGO), which is currently accepting garden plot reservations, is remembering one of its leaders with a commemorative plaque.

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The developer of a proposed drive-through coffee shop near the intersection of Bird and Main said he’s willing to work with the city despite comments recommending against approval of the plan.

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The community is invited to unite together for a community event, “Sunshine Sunday,” which provides the opportunity to help support Buck & Honey’s and Sunshine Place on Sunday, May 17.

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Compeer Financial, a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative based in the Upper Midwest, announced financial results for the first quarter of 2020, including strong net income levels, above-average asset growth and solid credit quality.

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Water services are scheduled to be installed the week of May 11-15 2020 as part of the Grandview Drive project, according to Clint Christenson, staff engineer with the City of Sun Prairie.

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U.S. Gain, a leader in renewable natural gas (RNG) development and distribution, recently announced it has reached an off-take agreement with DTE Biomass Energy for RNG produced at Statz Brothers Farms located in the Town of Sun Prairie. Purchased RNG will be taken to the California transpor…

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Sun Prairie alders approved Mayor Paul Esser’s appointments to most standing city committees, boards and commissions as part of the Sun Prairie City Council’s May 5 agenda.

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Applications for a daycare center, a drive-through coffee shop, and a teen center are among the items scheduled for consideration by the Sun Prairie Plan Commission on Tuesday, May 12.

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Wisconsin garden centers and seed companies are reporting high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic as the weather warms and people want to grow their own vegetables or adorn their home’s landscapes with flowers and trees. Barb (above), an employee at Garden Prairie Farms on Highway 19, takes…

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Although it has already been approved for low income housing tax credits, a 100-unit senior apartment complex has a long way to go before the Sun Prairie Plan Commission might find it acceptable.