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Bank offers schools money in food drive competition

Area elementary schools to collect donations for food pantry   

A local bank is offering cash prizes to area schools to collect donations for the food pantry.

The Bank of Sun Prairie's annual Food Pantry School Challenge again asks schools to gather items for the food drive through March 22.

Each school has three weeks to collect food and donations for the Emergency Food Pantry housed inside the Sunshine Place.

At the end of the challenge, the winning schools will be rewarded with money for their school.

For the 2013 challenge, the bank is offering:

Contest offers website help to area non-profits

Area businesses collaborate for 'Wish on a Website'

A Monona woman together with three area businesses are offering their services to a lucky Dane County non-profit through a contest.

Maggie Baum of Maggie B. Communications partnered with Waterfront Graphic Design, Beth Skogen Photography and StoryFirst Media to create the "Wish on a Website" promotion, offering the opportunity of a variety of services to help out a community organization.

In a news release on her website, Baum said the idea behind the contest is to give back to the community.

"In this economic climate organizations are really fighting for resources and fundraising dollars and this is one small way we can help make their efforts go a little farther," Baum wrote.

The winner will receive a website design, a photography session with free images, a 2-minute documentary video and copywriting to help the chosen organization better reach the community.

Wheaties champ meets fans at Sun Prairie store

Wheaties champ meets fans at Sun Prairie store

An Olympic gold medalist signed autographs at a local grocery store after the store won a national contest through Wheaties, the General Mills brand.

Cereal box cover model and volleyball Olympian Misty May-Treanor was at the Woodman’s in Sun Prairie Feb. 7 to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Charity groups expand sites, hint at announcements

2nd Sunshine Place site hosts event Friday   

Sun Prairie’s charitable organization hub will hold an event Friday kicking off a fundraiser and celebrating a new space down the street.

Sunshine Place will hold a community and news event at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the new location for Sunshine Supper, the charity branch providing a free weekly meal for those who might go without.

Jimmy says spring to come early

Jimmy says spring to come early

It looks like Wisconsin is in for an early spring this year, according to Sun Prairie’s Groundhog Jimmy the 10th.

Sun Prairie celebrated its 65th Groundhog Day Saturday morning as Jimmy determined whether he could see his shadow.

Mayor John Murray told the crowd of more than 250 that Jimmy was unable to see his shadow, ensuring an early spring for the state.

The groundhog celebration brought traffic to Sun Prairie’s local businesses, which promoted the event with groundhog-themed treats.

State Assembly Rep. Gary Hebl of the 46th district was also on site to announce that Gov. Scott Walker officially proclaimed Sun Prairie the Groundhog Capital of the World Saturday.

Jimmy also made another seasonal prediction: Murray said the furry foreteller believes the 49ers will be victorious in Sunday’s Super Bowl game.

Teachers to purchase large maze with $18K grant

Grant’s namesake chose winners    

On Jan. 9 the Sun Prairie Education Foundation, by way of the George Conom Excellence in Education Fund, administered its largest grant to date to two teachers for the Sun Prairie High School Psychology Department.

The grant, worth $18,389.34, went to Steve Braatz and Paul Frank to purchase a large 40-foot by 40-foot maze for the Psychology Fair.

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.