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Powers Appointed Interim City Administrator

Powers Appointed Interim City Administrator

The Sun Prairie City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Margaret Powers as Interim City Administrator.

Powers previously worked for the City of Sun Prairie from 1994-2007, serving as Finance Director and as Assistant City Administrator. 

Powers currently lives in Sun Prairie with her husband Tim and their tjree children.

Margaret will be replacing Patrick Cannon, who after 22 years of service with the city, retired last Monday.

"We thank Mr. Cannon for his dedicated service to our city and wish him well in his future endeavors," said Mayor John Murray in a news release.

More information about the City of Sun Prairie is available at www.cityofsunprairie.com.

Sun Prairie Student Dies While Working Out At High School

Sun Prairie Student Dies While Working Out At High School

A Sun Prairie ninth-grader died while working out at Sun Prairie High School on Thursday afternoon, according to a letter sent to faculty and parents from Cardinal Heights Middle School Principal Ryan Ruggles.

Jay Haraldson,16, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, Ruggles said in the letter.

Nancy Harms, Haraldson's summer swimming coach, said he had taken part in swimming practice in the morning and was doing fine afterwards.

"The news spread rapidly yesterday," Harms said. "He collapsed when he was working out at the high school on the treadmill. The adults that were there did everything they could. They started CPR and the EMS got there very quickly."

Jay's father Joel and mother Sharon, who is a teacher at Patrick Marsh Middle School, watched their son endure some of life's challenges.

Home Construction Class Puts Finishing Touches On New Home

Home Construction Class Puts Finishing Touches On New Home

The students in this year's home construction class at Sun Prairie High School will host an open house for the home that is nearly built. The open house will be on Tuesday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

The house has been sold, but there are a few projects that the new owners would like done, so the house won't be completely finished in time for the open house, but everyone is still invited.

The home is located at 1387 Heritage Lane in Sun Prairie.


  • Nick Hendricks
  • Cody Huemmer
  • Ben Kress
  • Tyler Patterson
  • Keith Schaub
  • Michael Schraufnagel
  • Brad Susdorf
  • Michael Wagner


  • Tommy Sanders

Sun Prairie Teacher A Finalist For National Honor

Sun Prairie Teacher A Finalist For National Honor

Thirty-four-year teaching veteran Tom Bindl is a finalist for the National Education Association Foundation's Improvement of Education Award for Teaching Excellence. A national award, only six teachers in  the country receive it each year.

The purpose of the awards are to recognize, reward and promote teaching excellence. 

Candidates are judged by their professional practice, advocacy for the profession, community engagement,  leadership in professional development and attention to diversity.

"Educators such as Tom are part of what makes Wisconsin's public school system so strong," said Mary Bell, president of WEAC and a teacher from Wisconsin Rapids. "His students and community are fortunate to have his expertise in the classroom, and we are happy that he will be recognized."

Bindl is a fourth grade teacher at Royal Oaks Elementary. He will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Salute to Excellence in Education Event for the award.

School District Honors Retiring Staff

School District Honors Retiring Staff

Several hundred current and former district staff members gathered Wednesday afternoon, May 11, to honor those retiring from the Sun Prairie Area School District at the end of this school year.  

Congratulations to the retirees:

C.H. Bird Elementary School

  • Anne Endres
  • Jean Perron

Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School

  • Carol Albright
  • Sue Curtis
  • Vince Kanthak
  • Jill Kullman
  • John Wedeward

The District Office

  • Dick Andersen
  • Joe Tyson
  • Karen Wiegel

Eastside Elementary 
Donna Davis
Laura Stalder  

Horizon Elementary School

  • Roberta Kirby
  • Judy Mueller
  • Pat Wende

Royal Oaks Elementary School

  • Thomas Bindl

Prairie View  Middle School

Trade Center Steel To Be Part Of Local 9/11 Tribute

Trade Center Steel To Be Part Of Local 9/11 Tribute

The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department received a 302-pound piece of history on Tuesday that will be used to help area residents remember and pay tribute to those who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The piece of steel was recovered from the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Pieces of steel like the one Sun Prairie received have been distributed through the September 11 Families Association

"We get a lot of tours at the fire station and this will be something we can bring kids down and show them, teach the next generation about what it meant and the ramifications of that day," volunteer firefighter and city dispatcher Garrett Voss said.

Voss said he received an email about the group more than two years ago.

Economics Team Places 9th In Stock Market Simulation

Economics Team Places 9th In Stock Market Simulation

A team of students from Jennifer Josheff's Economics Class has placed in the top 10 at the state level in the Spring Stock Market Simulation Challenge.

Winning teams will be awarded with certificates, medals, T-shirts and will be recognized at a banquet in May.

The Stock Market Simulation Challenge is sponsored by Economics Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to teach students financial literacy and economic understanding.