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Few can argue that the coronavirus pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for farmers. It’s one of the reasons why Gov. Tony Evers announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50 million fund designed to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Revelations surfaced over the weekend that Dane County Sup. Sharon Corrigan began setting up “informal conversations” between county board leadership and leaders of some of the board’s key committees when she took over as board chairwoman in 2014.

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Last week, members of the Wisconsin State Senate used their constitutionally granted authority for advise and consent and rejected the appointment of Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Brad Pfaff.

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On June 6, 1944, the foundation of democracy would be established through a demanding challenge. Allied forces under the overall command of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, landed on the beaches of what German dictator Adolph Hitler described as “Fortress Europe.”

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It’s been seven months since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and dissident, was brutally murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul. His dismembered body has still not been found. The Saudi Royal Family remains the chief suspect.

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“Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. Journalism can be distinguished from other activities and products by certain identifiable characteristics and practices. These elements not only se…

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“Communication is in many ways the most complicated of human activities, and no simple rule can properly deal with all the different kinds of harms that it can cause—or all the different kinds of harms that restricting communication can cause,” wrote Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Profe…

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Traditionally, the week of George Washington’s birthday is observed nationwide as FFA Week. Nearly 670,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. Turning to pages B6 and B7 in the Feb. 19, 2019 issue of the Sun Prairie Star and checking …

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Actor Michael Conrad portrayed Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on the vintage TV cop show “Hill Street Blues” and had a piece of advice for his fictional police officers hitting the street each day.

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Early in 2018, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WW1CC), the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS), and Washington National Cathedral, announced a national Bells of Peace campaign -- a national bell tolling across the country at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11…

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This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week, observed next week Oct. 7-13, is “Journalism Matters.” Look no further than the comments of Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about why press freedom and journalism matters to all.

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In a victory for newspapers across the country, the International Trade Commission voted unanimously last week to reverse tariffs imposed on newsprint imported from Canada — thanks in part to the role Wisconsin newspaper professionals played.

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Last week, three elderly people — including 84-year-old Alice McGaw from Sun Prairie — died from exposure to extremely cold conditions. Another possible tragedy was averted in Madison when an alert individual brought an elderly person in jogging pants out in the cold to a police officer.

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The Annual Meeting of School District Electors for the Sun Prairie Area School District is set for Monday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove St.

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Most people get mail Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than expected? We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers …

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Summer’s last hurrah is this weekend, so make the best of it by attending the Taste of Sun Prairie in downtown Sun Prairie from 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

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This Friday, the Sun Prairie -Cottage Grove American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place from 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday July 14 at the Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (CHUMS) track, located behind the school at 220 Kroncke Dr.

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On Wednesday, members of the Sun Prairie Area School District’s Boundary Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Sun Prairie High School, 888 Grove St.

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Did you know that July is National Park and Recreation Month? If you think about it, parks and recreation cover a wide variety of activities and amenities, particularly in Sun Prairie, where people cite the parks as being among the most important reasons why they chose to move here.

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Sun Prairie’s free Concerts in the Park series kicks off in style on Thursday night, June 29 when Sun Prairie’s own Soggy Prairie Boys perform at Wetmore Park.

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While some of us engage in holiday pursuits on Memorial Day weekend, a small gathering of interested community members in Sun Prairie will remember those who made the Supreme Sacrifice by giving their lives in service to the United States.

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Last week, members of the Sun Prairie Plan Commission struggled to develop an amendment to the city’s Main Street Overlay (MSO) ordinance. For those not familiar with the ordinance, it allows expedited city planning department review of development proposals in the Main Street Overlay distri…

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Reflect for a moment about what reading has provided for you in your life. The acquisition of knowledge, the ability to converse intelligently, and even being a more responsible and informed citizen are among the gains from literacy.

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Where would society be without the power of volunteers? Think about that question and apply it to Sun Prairie: Preschool eyes would go untested and their discovered eye problems untreated, food pantry shelves would be unstocked and home-delivered meals for seniors would go undelivered -- jus…

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We were just as surprised as most of our readers when City Clerk Diane Hermann-Brown stepped to the podium in the City Council Chambers last week and offered her retirement effective May 17.

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The sound for many residents not living next door to the track is like a large swarm of flies or bees. For those who live near Angell Park Speedway, however, it can be downright troublesome.