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Erickson awarded June/July ‘Garden of the Month’

For the second time in just over 10 years, Sun Prairie resident and gardener Ellen Erickson has claimed Garden of the Month and Garden of the Year through the Sun Prairie Garden Club... Read More

A cut above: Resident shares art of woodcarving

On any given day, Mark Loftus can be found on a stool at his basement work bench with a carving tool in his right hand and a piece of wood in his left... Read More

Police remind residents of illegal devices, fireworks safety tips

Police remind residents of illegal devices, fireworks safety tips

Police said aerial and ground fireworks are not legal in Sun Prairie and reminded residents to keep safety in mind during upcoming Fourth of July celebrations.

Sun Prairie police Lt. Brian Teasdale said in a news release Tuesday that this time of year, the department receives questions and concerns regarding the use fireworks. He shared a list of allowable and illegal fireworks plus tips on safety in advance Independence Day.

Teasdale said snakes, sparklers less than 36 inches long, cone fountains and smoke devices are legal in Sun Prairie. Any device that leaves the ground, explosives, Roman Candles, pinwheels and jumpers are not legal.

Police suggested residents discharge fireworks away from residences in outdoor areas and wet down the area prior to setting off fireworks.

2014 Service Above Self Award recipients honored

The Sun Prairie Rotary Club honored five Sun Prairie residents for putting service above self during a special recognition ceremony June 3... Read More

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Loved ones aren't letting the memory of Shari and Bram Dorresteijn fade.

The Sun Prairie couple that was killed in an interstate crash in April left behind a toddler and a newborn.

Wednesday night Bram's friends hosted a soccer match to raise money for those children.

Michael Scalia met Bram in high school. He said the match was the perfect way to pay tribute to Bram, a former University of Wisconsin soccer player. He also said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

"In terms of people coming out of the woodwork, how can we support you? How can we show our love and help a village raise these children? Under these circumstances, they've raised so much money and we're continuing to go along those lines to raise more for these kids' futures," Scalia said.

The couple's children, Wesley and Charlotte, are in the care of Shari's sister and her husband.

An online fund raised more than $220,000 for them.

Group seeks to upstart PFLAG chapter

A Sun Prairie couple are trying to establish a chapter of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate group.

Paul and Carol Esser are members of Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, which is supporting the effort to establish a Sun Prairie PFLAG branch. The Essers and the church are seeking other Sun Prairie residents to help, as the church cannot lead the chapter due to its religious affiliation.

Anyone interested is invited to a potluck Sunday at 5 p.m. at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North St... Read More

Ducks take annual walk through elementary school

The six ducks caught on video inside a Sun Prairie elementary school aren't lost, they're taking an annual trip to the outdoor world.

Sun Prairie Area School spokeswoman Sarah Heck said that every year, a new family of ducks hatches in the Westside Elementary School's courtyard. The ducklings and the mother live in the courtyard until sometime in May. Then the group is escorted out into the world through the school.

This year five ducklings stayed near the mother ducks side as they hustled through Westside over the carpet and through the hallway. In the video, one of the ducklings loses its footing and takes a couple tumbles in the hallway. 

Near the exit, the videographer had to help the mother get outside.