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40th annual Groundhog Ball Saturday to feature music, dancing

The Knights of Columbus Council 4879 will sponsor the 40th annual Groundhog Ball on Feb. 1, the evening before the burden of a spring forecast is put on the shadow of Sun Prairie’s own Jimmy the Groundhog.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. at The Round Table, 1611 N. Bristol St. in Sun Prairie. Tickets are $7 and there will be light snacks, dancing and music. Guests must be 21 years or older... Read More

Meeting scheduled for info on creating neighborhood watch

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies will be holding an informational meeting Wednesday on how to start a neighborhood watch program, according to a release.

Neighborhood watch is one of the oldest and most effective prevention programs in the country, organizers said. The program is sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association and brings citizens and law enforcement together to focus on community safety.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bristol Town Hall at 7747 Highway N, according to the release. The meeting will include a question and answer portion for residents.

Shuttle service to add morning commuter trip

The Sun Prairie shuttle service will be adding a morning commuter trip to the current schedule, according to a release.

The trip will start running Jan. 2, and will pick up passengers at the southwest corner of the Copps East grocery store lot at 640 E. Main St., organizers said. The first pick-up is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.

From the Copps parking lot, the shuttle will continue to additional pick-up points at Dorn Hardware at 926 Windsor St. and Walmart at 1905 McCoy Road, according to the release. The shuttle will arrive in front of East Towne Mall around 7:10 a.m. for passengers to connect with Madison Metro routes serving the entire Madison area.

The one-way cost for the shuttle will continue to be $3.50 per person and children under six are free with an adult, officials said.

Food pantry prepares for holiday season

The Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry has been gearing up for Thanksgiving, its biggest donation season, to make sure families have a hot meal on their table to celebrate the holidays... Read More

Soldier gets Purple Heart after '07 injury

Soldier gets Purple Heart after '07 injury

A soldier with the Wisconsin Army National Guard has been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in Iraq six years ago.

In 2007, Staff Sgt. Joshua W. Koch and other soldiers were returning from a mission when mortar shells exploded around them. Koch was treated for a concussion and returned to duty.

Other soldiers in the group who were also hurt received medals following the attack. But due to an administrative error, the Sun Prairie native never got one -- until last week.

Koch credits his fellow soldiers with the 147th Aviation Regiment for helping him finally get the medal. He told an auditorium full of family, friends and troops he was grateful for their help.

He says the award "means more than I can say in words."

Downtown businesses celebrate Fall Festival Saturday

Downtown businesses celebrate Fall Festival Saturday

Businesses in downtown Sun Prairie will be celebrating fall this Saturday with a Fall Festival.

The annual event has activities for the whole family and goes from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., according to a release.

Events include free horse-drawn carriage ride tours of downtown Sun Prairie that will leave from Cannery Square, a pie baking contest for adults and kids hosted by Market Street Diner, a chili cook-off hosted by Cannery Wine and Spirits, and special exhibits and activities as the Sun Prairie Historical Museum.

Scarecrow contest entries will be displayed throughout the downtown area for visitors to enjoy while visiting businesses to participate in crafts, contests and games throughout the day, according to the release.

Fall Festival activities: