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Author to speak about coming-out memoir

A Monona author will speak at a local church on his new book about coming out as a gay man.

Callen Harty will give a talk about "My Queer Life," from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. The event is free. 

The Sun Prairie Star reported that last June the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church voted to publicly open its doors to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as a Reconciling Congregation... Read More

Org seeks families for Habitat homes; meetings scheduled in April

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will hold two meetings in April for families interested in partnering with the organization to become homeowners.

A meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr. in Madison.

A second meeting will be held April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie.

HHDC acquired 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie earlier this year and is currently seeking local families to participate.

The homes will be built in the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods, according to the Sun Prairie Star... Read More

City working on employee retention

A new pay study, examining the possibility of joining the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and department meetings are among the items the City of Sun Prairie is undertaking to attempt to retain employees after losing 14 since the end of last year... Read More

Sun Prairie man aboard aircraft gone missing, officials say

Sun Prairie man aboard aircraft gone missing, officials say

A Sun Prairie man is among five people who disappeared along with a plane Sunday in Idaho, officials said.

A Brigham Young University-Idaho spokesman told KBOI-TV in Boise that Jonathan Norton, a BYU-Idaho student from Sun Prairie, was in a single-engine plane when it lost contact with air traffic controllers near a small mountain town called Yellow Pine.

Rescuers were searching a 4- to 5-mile area narrowed down through cell phone tower use records, the sheriff’s department in Valley County, Idaho, said.

The plane, flying from Oregon headed to Butte, Mont., was carrying Norton, his fiance Amber Smith, her father Dale, brother Daniel and sister-in-law Sheree. The plane was flown by Dale Smith, according to the Bureau of Homeland Security.

Authorities said a search aircraft detected a weak emergency locator transmitter signal Tuesday.

Dale Smith is a software maker based in Silicon Valley, Calif.

Stylist gets 'Manager of the Year' recognition

A Sun Prairie stylist has been recognized by her employer for exemplary work.

Nicole Zimmerman, manager of the Cost Cutters Hair Salon in Sun Prairie has been named one of three managers of the year among 50 salon managers in Southern Illinois and Northern Wisconsin, according to the Sun Prairie Star Wednesday.

Zimmerman received recognition during a banquet in Madison... Read More

Santa, parade, tree lighting kick off holidays downtown

Santa, parade, tree lighting kick off holidays downtown

The City of Sun Prairie will kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting, parade and visits with Santa this weekend.

The Historical Library and Museum will host activities Friday at 5:30 p.m., offering free cookies, hot apple cider, live music and a dance performance by Fusion Dance Academy, according to a Sun Prairie business association.

The Sun Prairie Business Improvement District said a fire truck parade is also scheduled Friday at 6 p.m. on Main Street between Kroncke Drive and Market Street.

Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck to light the holiday tree at the museum at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday will also offer a chance for families to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Crosse House, 133 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun Prairie BID said children will get free treats from St. Nick and his wife.