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Memorial to drunken driving victim moved after anonymous complaint

A memorial honoring a Sun Prairie woman killed by a drunk driver is now in Orfan Park, after an anonymous complaint forced WisDOT to move the structure from its roadside location.

An anonymous donor covered the cost of moving the Maureen Mengelt Memorial from the spot where she was struck and killed. Mengelt was running when a hit-and-run driver hit her near the intersection of Highway 19 and exit ramp to Highway 151.

An anonymous complaint resulted in an order from the WisDOT in September last year for the removal of the memorial. Almost 5,000 members of the community signed an online petition calling for the memorial to remain.

Mengelt's family will be able to see the memorial from their home at its new location.

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Car goes airborne in rollover crash

A Cottage Grove man was injured Friday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash in the town of Sun Prairie, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to County Road TT just east of County Road H at 6:30 a.m. on a report of a crash.

Investigators said the driver, Scott M. Andruss, 25, was traveling west on County Road T when he drifted off the road and struck a mailbox and then a driveway embankment. His car went airborne and rolled over, according to the release.

Andruss was taken to UW Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He will be cited for operating after revocation and for not having insurance.

Sun Prairie hands Craig first loss of season, 6-2

Coby Oswalt allowed two runs over seven innings and J.P. Curran went two for two at the plate to lead Sun Prairie to a 6-2 win over Janesville Craig in a Big Eight baseball game at Sun Prairie Tuesday.

It was the first loss of the season for Craig (19-1) which is ranked number one in the state in Division One by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Mike Brekke singled in both Sun Prairie runs.

Craig tied it in the top of the second on an Alex Marro RBI single and a Jack Blomgren sacrifice bunt.

Curran's double in the bottom of the third gave Sun Prairie the lead again 3-2.

That was the score until the Cardinals erupted for three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Oswalt drove in Curran with a single, then Justus Benson drove in two more with another single to make the final 6-2.

Lindner leaps to new heights

Sun Prairie senior Tierney Lindner continued to impress Friday at the Big Eight conference meet in Verona. The high jumper cleared a personal best 5'10'' to win the event. 

Lindner will attend Nebraska next fall on a track scholarship. 

Her sister, Tessa, swims at Seton Hall. She has taught Tierney how much work it takes to compete at the college level. 

"She's really shown me what an athlete is. She works her butt off every single day, and it shows. She's been swimming out of her mind. It pushes me to want to work harder, because it shows me one day it'll pay off."

Tierney has improved a lot since she began jumping four years ago; and she has worked hard to teach the youth about hard work, too. 

Lindner has coached the youth track program during her summers in Sun Prairie. She says seeing the smiles of the kids make all the time spent coaching worth while. 

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Owners celebrate DIY method in new resale shop

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One of the candidates who was under consideration for the Sun Prairie School District superintendent position told the Sun Prairie Star he never received a job offer.

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