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Cabela’s sets opening date in Sun Prairie

A Cabela's store in Sun Prairie will open April 30.

The grand opening of the new store will include a weekend full of events, company officials said Thursday. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. The ribbon will be cut by an arrow shot from a bow.

The 90,000 sq. ft. store and indoor archery range is located on Grand Avenue in Sun Prairie. The store will employ about 225 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

This will be Cabela's fourth store in Wisconsin.

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Former Sun Prairie IT director charged with stealing computer components

A former Sun Prairie IT director is suspected of stealing more than $500,000 worth of computer components over more than eight years.

Federal prosecutors said Randall J. Tyler, 52, of Sun Prairie, used stolen components to build high-performance computer systems he sold to third parties.

Tyler is expected to enter a guilty plea at a court appearance March 25. Under a plea agreement, Tyler agreed to liquidate his assets to make restitution to the city, according to prosecutors.

Tyler could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

A statement from the city confirmed Tyler was fired.

“Though we are disheartened that a trusted city employee and colleague stole from our city, our citizens can rest assured that the city’s ability to serve was always our priority and was never compromised during this process,” said Sun Prairie City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer.

Federal officials said the city of Sun Prairie cooperated fully with the investigation.

Sun Prairie man suspected in Edgerton robbery

A Sun Prairie man was caught after a foot chase following the robbery of a convenience store in Edgerton early Wednesday morning.

Edgerton police were called to Stop N’ Go at 1 S. Main St. at 12:05 a.m. for a report of a robbery. The robber said he had a gun, demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.

Burtram Antonio Moon was arrested on suspicion of robbery by threat of a dangerous weapon, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in the case.

UW Health American Center president shares personal connection to new hospital

As Sun Prairie native John Sheehan takes the reins as president of UW Health's American Center, currently under construction, he has also taken a personal approach to ensuring quality health care.

In addition to growing up near the new hospital site, Sheean's father was a former teacher in Sun Prairie, and his mother was a former nurse. Sheehan said he knows what it is like to have a loved one spend a lot of time in the hospital.

Sheehan's wife Amy had diabetes, a kidney transplant and then brain cancer. She spent a significant amount of time in and out of hospitals, but Sheehan said she kept a strong spirit.

While she was in remission, Sheehan and his wife moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Madison.

"We'd have great health care here at UW Health for her, and we were starting a new life, and we were very excited about that," Sheehan said.

Not long after they moved to Madison, Amy died in her sleep.

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Police honors 4 officers at annual awards ceremony

On Feb. 17 Sun Prairie police held its annual awards ceremony where it recognized several employees with awards including Officer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Chief’s Award and Distinguished Service Award... Read More

DOT meetings scheduled to discuss Highway 19 study

The Department of Transportation will hold two public involvement meetings to discuss the planning study for Highway 19 in Dane and Jefferson counties, according to a release.

The study area extends from Highway 12 in the town of Springfield to Highway 89 in Waterloo, officials said.

The planning-level preservation study is focused on documenting the existing and forecast conditions along Highway 19, according to the release. The study will develop a long-range plan to manage, preserve and extend the useful life of the highway.

The study will evaluate the existing road conditions, identify deficiencies and concerns, and analyze conceptual roadway improvements to improve safety and mobility, officials said. There are no construction projects planned in relation to the study.

The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 25 and March 11.

Radio Aid Concert to help fund equipment for 103.5 The Sun

A fundraiser at at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center Sunday will help purchase electronic equipment for the city's new radio station, 103.5 The Sun. 

The The Radio Aid Concert event will include a silent auction, which will begin at noon, plus music beginning at 1 p.m. Sold at the event will be food donated by area businesses like including Sonic, Schoep's Ice Cream and Day One Pizza.

Visit www.sunprairiemediacenter.com for details... Read More