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Cabela's store to open in Sun Prairie this spring

Sun Prairie is set to see yet another development go up in its already-booming commercial district this spring.

Cabela's announced it will open an 86,000 sq. ft. store and indoor archery range in the coming months on Grand Avenue in Sun Prairie. The opening will bring about 200 open positions to the area - a demand for jobs the community can meet, according to Director of Economic Development Neil Stechschulte.

"For those 200 positions, I'm guessing they'll have 500-600 applications," he says of the store opening.

Cabela's is just the latest in a series of developments that have come to the east side of the county. According to Stechschulte, Sun Prairie has been the fastest-growing community in Dane County for years.

Now, the commercial corner of town is starting to catch up - Stechschulte estimates more than 1 million square feet of development is in construction or in planning throughout the city.

How many more weeks of winter? Jimmy the Groundhog will make his prediction

Jimmy the Groundhog will make an appearance at Sun Prairie’s 67th annual Groundhog Day Prognostication ceremony Feb. 2.

Boasting a nearly 80 percent accuracy rate, Jimmy will make his prediction about the length of this winter at sunrise.

Mayor Jon Freund will begin the ceremony with declarations at 6:45 a.m., and State Representative Gary Hebl will present a Gubernatorial Proclamation.

Long time handler Jerry Hahn will accompany Jimmy for the last time before his retirement later this year.

Downtown Sun Prairie businesses like market Street Diner, Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse and the Nitty Gritty will be offering Groundhog Day specials. Jimmy the Groundhog memorabilia will be available at Prairie Flowers & Gifts.

Apartment plan passes commission despite parking change

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Sun Prairie Public Library offers digital magazine option

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200 to be hired for Sun Prairie Cabela?s store

Cabela?s plans to hire about 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions at its new Sun Prairie store that?s scheduled to open this spring.

The outdoor outfitter company announced Friday it?s taking online applications.

The 86,000-sqaure foot Sun Prairie store will is in the Prairie Lakes Shopping Center at Highway 151 and Grand Avenue. The store will feature a mountain replica, aquarium, museum-quality wildlife displays, indoor archery range, deli, fudge shop and gun library.

4 candidates run for 3 school board positions

Four candidates have submitted papers for the three open Sun Prairie Area School District school board positions... Read More

Missing 80-year-old man possibly spotted in Sun Prairie, Tomah

Milton police said a missing 80-year-old man might have been spotted on Highway 151 near Sun Prairie and in Tomah over the weekend.

A Silver Alert was issued Friday for Allen Brown who was seen leaving Monticello on Wednesday, and was believed to be heading back to Milton. Police said they also believe there?s a possibility he?s heading to Canada.

Police are asking residents in Sun Prairie and Tomah to be on the lookout for him, as well as residents in northern Wisconsin along the Interstate 94 corridor and northern Minnesota.

He was driving a white 2013 Ford Explorer with Wisconsin license plate 60YRS, police said. Brown is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 173 pounds, is bald and has blue eyes. He was wearing a buckskin jacket, a blue knit hat and dark tan pants.