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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.

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Eateries pull together for victims of violence

Eateries pull together for victims of violence

More than 50 area restaurants will participate in a fundraiser Tuesday to help victims of violence.

Restaurants like Liliana's, 2951 Triverton Park Drive in Fitchburg, are helping the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services with its annual effort to raise money in partnership with local businesses, dubbed Dine Out for DAIS.

Dave Heide, chef and owner of Liliana's, said the restaurant has been working with DAIS on the event for three years.

"We've had some of our staff members who've been touched by domestic abuse and we just really wanted to do something to kind of help out in the community

Emily Barnes, spokeswoman for DAIS, said the organization has invited area restaurants to participate in Dine Out for DAIS annually for the last four years and donate 10 percent of their proceeds to support victims of domestic violence in Dane County.

Senior center earns accreditation milestone

Senior center earns accreditation milestone

The Colonial Club Senior Activity Center was accredited as a senior center by the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers. The certification is the first time the organization has been recognized by WASC in its 44-year history, the center said.

In a statement on the center’s website, Jill Kranz, WASC accreditation committee chairwoman who also serves as director of the Middleton Senior Center, said earning accreditation highlights an organization's commitment to excellence in programs.

Colonial Club executive director Bob Power said the center was proud to have reached the milestone.

A special day for seniors is scheduled Oct. 17 to celebrate the achievement, the center said. Entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. with a short program to follow. The public is invited to attend.

Fundraiser has students running laps for healthy initiatives

Royal Oaks Elementary students are running laps Friday to raise funds for school programming that reinforces the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, according to a release.

The Rocket Run, now in its third year, is a volunteer-based fundraiser for the Royal Oaks School Community Organization, event organizers said. The ROSCO complements the Sun Prairie Area School District’s Wellness Policy.

Students will put skills they learned during the first month of school to work during Friday’s run, including proper running and pacing techniques, how to take their pulse and the health benefits of running, according to the release.

The entire student body will run for 20 minutes and complete as many laps as possible, organizers said.

According to the release, the event is expected to raise over $20,000 with students running over 600 cumulative miles.