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UW Health American Center president shares personal connection to new hospital

As Sun Prairie native John Sheehan takes the reins as president of UW Health's American Center, currently under construction, he has also taken a personal approach to ensuring quality health care.

In addition to growing up near the new hospital site, Sheean's father was a former teacher in Sun Prairie, and his mother was a former nurse. Sheehan said he knows what it is like to have a loved one spend a lot of time in the hospital.

Sheehan's wife Amy had diabetes, a kidney transplant and then brain cancer. She spent a significant amount of time in and out of hospitals, but Sheehan said she kept a strong spirit.

While she was in remission, Sheehan and his wife moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Madison.

"We'd have great health care here at UW Health for her, and we were starting a new life, and we were very excited about that," Sheehan said.

Not long after they moved to Madison, Amy died in her sleep.

Police honors 4 officers at annual awards ceremony

On Feb. 17 Sun Prairie police held its annual awards ceremony where it recognized several employees with awards including Officer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Chief’s Award and Distinguished Service Award... Read More

DOT meetings scheduled to discuss Highway 19 study

The Department of Transportation will hold two public involvement meetings to discuss the planning study for Highway 19 in Dane and Jefferson counties, according to a release.

The study area extends from Highway 12 in the town of Springfield to Highway 89 in Waterloo, officials said.

The planning-level preservation study is focused on documenting the existing and forecast conditions along Highway 19, according to the release. The study will develop a long-range plan to manage, preserve and extend the useful life of the highway.

The study will evaluate the existing road conditions, identify deficiencies and concerns, and analyze conceptual roadway improvements to improve safety and mobility, officials said. There are no construction projects planned in relation to the study.

The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 25 and March 11.

Radio Aid Concert to help fund equipment for 103.5 The Sun

A fundraiser at at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center Sunday will help purchase electronic equipment for the city's new radio station, 103.5 The Sun. 

The The Radio Aid Concert event will include a silent auction, which will begin at noon, plus music beginning at 1 p.m. Sold at the event will be food donated by area businesses like including Sonic, Schoep's Ice Cream and Day One Pizza.

Visit www.sunprairiemediacenter.com for details... Read More

2 beat out Sun Prairie's incumbent mayor in primary

Paul Esser and Bill Clausius beat out current Sun Prairie Mayor Jonathan Freund to be on the the ballot for mayor in April.

While much more of the world now knows about Freund, thanks to groundhog Jimmy taking a bite out of his ear, Freund got 26 percent of the votes compared to Esser's 46 percent and Clausius' 28 percent.

Clausius is a Dane County board member and former Sun Prairie City Council president.

Esser was previously Sun Prairie's mayor, but said he wants the job again because no one is talking about the city's long-term economy, diversity and transportation.

Esser and Clausius will face each other in the April 7 general election.


Current Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff will take on Steve Arnold in April's general election.

Becker joins Oregon Community Bank

Oregon Community Bank recently named Ann Stauffacher Becker as a new mortgage loan officer at its 733 N. Main Street, Oregon location... Read More

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

3 invade east side home; 1 arrested

Madison police are crediting good descriptions from witnesses for helping them find one of three people believed to be involved in a home burglary on the near east side.

The residents of a home in the 1400 block of Williamson Street told police three people with handguns pushed their way into their home at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. One of the two 20-year-old men in the home called 911 and the robbers fled.

Police said they got good descriptions of the robbers from witnesses that helped them track the getaway car to Sun Prairie where they arrested Jam'e A. Coleman.

The other two people remain at large. Coleman was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Police said the robbers targeted the home and their motive was likely drug related.