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Cabela’s set to open new Sun Prairie store Thursday

Cabela’s will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Sun Prairie store Thursday, followed by a weekend full of events.

Opening day will start at 8 a.m. with entertainment, giveaways, trivia games and a live performance by country artist Tom Jackson, according to a release. An opening ceremony hosted by Cabela’s executives will start at 9:45 a.m. and will include a ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee.

The grand-opening festivities will continue throughout the weekend with giveaways, special guests and family activities, according to the release. On Thursday, the first 500 customers in line will receive a gift card valued up to $500. The first 50 customers on Friday will get a Cabela’s utility bag. The first 50 on Saturday will get a Cabela’s grand opening hat. And the first 50 on Sunday will get a Cabela’s tripod stool.

Sun Prairie man cited for suspected 27th driving with suspended permit

A Sun Prairie man is suspected of driving with a suspended permit for a 27th time Monday afternoon, officials said.

Dane County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said a deputy stopped 37-year-old Calvin M. Henderson on East Washington Avenue in Madison at 1:45 p.m. for suspected equipment violations.

The deputy said a brake light on the vehicle Henderson was driving was not working and that Henderson and his passenger were not wearing seat belts.

Schaffer said Henderson's Department of Transportation records showed that his instructional permit had expired in 2011 and that he had numerous active suspensions for failure to pay fines, with 26 previous convictions for operating while suspended within the last five years.

Henderson was again cited on suspicion of OWS, along with no seat belt and no insurance. Schaffer said the fine for OWS is $200.50, and there is no mandatory court appearance.

Sun Prairie library events to highlight jazz, folk humor

The Sun Prairie Library will host separate events highlighting jazz and folk humor Sunday and Monday, respectively, the City of Sun Prairie Clock Tower Express said.

Jazz in the Library will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. and will feature a musical performance by the Hanah Jon Taylor Artet. There will also be a presentation of jazz history by jazz musician and educator Hanah Jon Taylor. Attendees will be able to speak with artists after the performance and enjoy refreshments.

Sun Prairie Police Department designates 6 mental health officers

Responding to a need officers on the street are seeing, the Sun Prairie Police Department is designating six officers and one supervisor to support individuals in the community dealing with a mental illness.

The officers will still handle regular patrol duties, but will reach out to individuals in the community dealing with a mental illness in an effort to connect with and help them.

The Sun Prairie Police Department joins the Madison Police Department in designating mental health officers. Earlier this year, MPD designated four officers to work full time with individuals having a mental illness.

“You can’t just do old school policing. You really have to step outside the box and look at it differently and say, 'How can I help this person?” said Michelle Wilson, one of Sun Prairie’s mental health officers.

WATCH: See inside Cabela's as staff preps to open in late April

Mary Jo Ola checks out the new Cabela's in Sun Prairie, which is set to open later this month.

The 90,000-square-foot store is designed to offer an immersive outdoor experience with log construction, stonework, a mountain replica, aquarium, indoor archery range, dozens of wildlife displays and outdoor and wildlife sounds.

Cabela's store includes a cafe, fudge shop and gun library, according to a news release.

Cabela's has employed about 225 employees to staff the store.

When it opens on April 30, the store will become Cabela's fourth location in Wisconsin, joining Prairie du Chien, Richfield and Green Bay. It will be the company’s 68th location across North America.

City of Sun Prairie launches redesigned website

The City of Sun Prairie launched a new website to improve customer service and information access, according to a release.

The release said the redesigned website features improved graphics and design, emergency alert features, increased opportunity for residents to interact with staff and report city concerns, expanded information on local government operations and more transparency on city finances. The site is now also mobile- and tablet-friendly.

Police seize $40K worth cocaine, crack; 5 people arrested

Police arrested five people in connection to a drug investigation Thursday, according to an incident report from the Madison Police Department.

The Dane County Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Madison and Sun Prairie police departments executed two search warrants following the drug investigation Operation Hog Day, which began in January.

Police seized 519 grams of cocaine, 520 grams of crack, more than $10,000 cash, a handgun, two cars and drug paraphernalia from a Madison residence in the 1600 block of North Thompson Drive and a Sun Prairie residence in the 1300 block of O'Keeffe Avenue.

Police said the approximate value of the seized drugs is $40,000.