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Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

A coffee shop in downtown Oregon earned the top spot as a local favorite in a News 3 viewer poll. Firefly Coffeehouse was revealed as the winner Friday morning and shops in Janesville, Baraboo, Sun Prairie and McFarland made the top five among viewers.

News 3 viewers voted on Facebook for their favorite coffee shops. The four other area businesses that topped the list after Firefly included:

Soldier gets Purple Heart after '07 injury

Soldier gets Purple Heart after '07 injury

A soldier with the Wisconsin Army National Guard has been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in Iraq six years ago.

In 2007, Staff Sgt. Joshua W. Koch and other soldiers were returning from a mission when mortar shells exploded around them. Koch was treated for a concussion and returned to duty.

Other soldiers in the group who were also hurt received medals following the attack. But due to an administrative error, the Sun Prairie native never got one -- until last week.

Koch credits his fellow soldiers with the 147th Aviation Regiment for helping him finally get the medal. He told an auditorium full of family, friends and troops he was grateful for their help.

He says the award "means more than I can say in words."

Senior center earns accreditation milestone

Senior center earns accreditation milestone

The Colonial Club Senior Activity Center was accredited as a senior center by the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers. The certification is the first time the organization has been recognized by WASC in its 44-year history, the center said.

In a statement on the center’s website, Jill Kranz, WASC accreditation committee chairwoman who also serves as director of the Middleton Senior Center, said earning accreditation highlights an organization's commitment to excellence in programs.

Colonial Club executive director Bob Power said the center was proud to have reached the milestone.

A special day for seniors is scheduled Oct. 17 to celebrate the achievement, the center said. Entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. with a short program to follow. The public is invited to attend.

Trooper gets lifesaving award for burning vehicle rescue

Trooper gets lifesaving award for burning vehicle rescue

State patrol personnel from Sun Prairie, Janesville and Baraboo were three of 21 members of the Wisconsin State Patrol awarded Wednesday at the State Capitol in Madison for saving lives and other exemplary service.

State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald said the special awards were given to members of the state patrol demonstrated exceptional expertise and courage under stressful conditions.

The awardees were nominated by their fellow members of the state patrol for actions that went above and beyond normal duties over the last year.

Off-duty trooper pulls vehicle occupants from fire

Trooper Edward P. Witkiewicz of Sun Prairie responded to a collapsed building report on Aug. 30, 2012 in Johnson Creek. He found a victim inside with a severe head injury who was slipping in and out of consciousness and stabilized the victim's head and neck. He also cleared a path for firefighters to transport the victim.

Police: Simple steps can prevent thefts from vehicles

The Sun Prairie Police Department is asking residents to take a some extra precautions following a recent increase in vehicle break-ins in the last few weeks according to a release from police.

Police ask drivers to park in well lit areas when possible. They also said drivers should always lock vehicles and keeps the windows closed. The same goes for garage doors at hoom as well.

According to the release large problem is the theft of small items like phones or purses are often the targets of vehice break-ins. Police ask residents to reomove valuables from their cars or put them in the trunk and out of sight from thieves.

Lemonade stand raises money for charity meal

A lemonade stand in Sun Prairie raises money for Sunshine Supper.

96 employees to lose jobs when Sentry Foods closes in fall

Nearly 100 people will be out of work when a local grocery store closes its doors later this year.

Conrads Sentry Foods said 96 employees will lose their jobs when the store closes this fall.

In a letter addressed to Mayor John Murray, Conrads Sentry president Penny Pederson said the company expects to begin eliminating positions on Sept. 10.

The layoffs will continue in phases until the store's closing about four weeks later, Pederson wrote.

According to the letter, none of the store employees are in a union. Five of the employees losing their jobs are salaried positions and the remainder are hourly, Pederson said.

In a statement, the Department of Workforce Development said it will work with the business and employees with assistance in the transition.

Conrads Sentry is at 1052 W. Main St. in Sun Prairie.