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Sun Prairie to hold Halloween Spooktacular party

The Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 1-5 p.m.

There will be trick-or-treating and a chance to win prizes!

Visit their website for more details on this fun event and don't forget to wear your costumes!

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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Man questioned about incident outside strip club

A man who deputies believe was involved in an incident outside a strip club was taken into custody Wednesday night.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said the man was found at a residence in Sun Prairie and he is being held on a probation warrant. Deputies have not yet determined what charges he might face.

The man was sought after�the�incident happened around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Club Bristol bar in the town of Bristol, near Sun Prairie. A 27-year-old Madison man was�flown to a hospital after a crash on County Road V related to the incident. He�is at UW Hospital in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Dane County Sheriff's Lt. Chuck Immel said Highway V was closed for about three hours from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., but Highway 51 was not affected by the crash.

Mengelt roadside memorial allowed to stay until June

A roadside memorial for Maureen Mengelt, who was killed by a drunken driver, will be allowed to stay in its current location in Sun Prairie, according to Kevin Mengelt, Maureen Mengelt?s husband.

Kevin Mengelt said he worked with the WisDOT to allow the memorial to stay in its current location until June 1.

Maureen Mengelt was killed last year while running near the intersection of Highway 19 and the exit ramp to Highway 151. She was struck and killed by a hit-and-run drunken driver.

The roadside memorial was placed near the spot where she died this past summer. It was paid for through donations from businesses and individuals in the community.

Prior to constructing the memorial, Jon Freund, the mayor of Sun Prairie, said the city let the Wisconsin DOT know about the project. The land where the memorial sits is owned by the DOT.

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Sun Prairie man killed in motorcycle crash identified

A 27-year-old Sun Prairie man killed when his motorcycle crashed into a parked car in Middleton early Thursday morning is identified.

The man identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner as Abraham F. Palacio, died early Thursday morning after the crash on a residential street, according to Middleton police.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. in the 6700 block of Elmwood Avenue in Middleton.

According to police, the motorcycle was going eastbound when it struck a legally parked vehicle on the north side of the roadway.

Palacio was pronounced dead at the scene.

Middleton police said excessive speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

Police said Palacio was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Construction site turned classroom in Sun Prairie

Home construction students have been framing and roofing this year’s house and will be dry walling, painting and more before the house is completed by May 2015... Read More

3 area schools have school-based mental health teams

New teams of mental health professionals are helping students and families in a creative program based in area schools, according to a release.

School-based mental health teams started this school year in the Sun Prairie, Verona and Madison school districts, officials said. The collaboration between the school districts and Dane County will be run by Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities will also coordinate the rapid-response mental health team program, called Building Bridges, according to the release.

School administrators and staff at Dane County?s Joining Forces for Family said they needed a program focused on addressing mental health needs in schools and providing proactive support systems that are best for students.