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Pocan visits local businesses


Two government officials will meet with local small business owners Thursday.

State Representative Mark Pocan and State Representative Gary Hebl will visit Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove in an effort to understand the needs of these communities, said a press release.

Pocan will begin at Buck & Honey's, a Sun Prairie restaurant, at 1:30 p.m.  He will visit other businesses in the area before travelling to Ace Hardware in Cottage Grove at 3 p.m.

Pocan, a Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District, is also a small business owner.

Tails on Trails welcomes local dogs


The Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin will celebrate their 11th annual Tails on Trails this Saturday.

All dog breeds are welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the Token Creek County Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include a walk through the part, visits with dog-related groups and vendors, lunch and raffles.  Proceeds will go to help surrendered and abandoned Golden Retrievers in Wisconsin.

For more information visit www.grrow.org.

Norwegian specialty food sale benefits food pantry


A local Lutheran church will sell Norwegian specialty food Saturday to benefit the Sun Prairie Food Pantry.

Bristol Lutheran Church's sale will go from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The church is located at 6835 Hwy. N.  Only cash and check are accepted and the event is handicap accessible.

Foods sold at the event will include lefse, fattigmand, krumkake, pecan tassies, rosettes, sandbakkles, julekake, mandelkake, rømmegrøt and søt suppe.

The East Dane County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will supplement 50 cents for each dollar up to $1,000 earned for the Food Pantry.

Girl Scouts hold historic fashion show

Local Girl Scout troops will host a fashion show this Saturday.

Troops 2529 and 2703 will put on a historic Girl Scout uniform fashion show at the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free event is being held during the Girl Scout centennial anniversary, said a press release.  The program was founded in 1912.  Today, there are three million Girl Scouts around the world.

The Sun Prairie Girl Scouts will also collect "memories" at the event, asking former Scouts to attend and write down their favorite memories from their own troop days.  The memories will be archived and donated to the museum.

Nominations accepted for financial literacy award

Nominations accepted for financial literacy award


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award until Nov. 30.

The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy announced that individuals or organizations may be nominated for the award, which hopes to promote the cause of personal financial literacy in Wisconsin.

Criteria for the nominations include innovative implementation, demonstrated measureable results, collaboration with partners and that the scope is statewide or has the potential to be statewide or is focused on need-based groups.

For more information or to make a nomination, visit the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website here.

Community invited to help paint school mural

Community invited to help paint school mural

The community is invited to join students Saturday in Sun Prairie to paint a "We Rise Like the Phoenix" mural.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prairie Phoenix Academy located at 106 South St.  A community mosaic will be painted.

For more information, call Sharon Kilfoy at 608-658-3736

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week


In honor of National Dog Week, the Dane County Humane Society will reduce microchip fees for dogs.

National Dog Week began Monday and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 30.  This week, microchips will cost $15, 50 percent off its original price.

Dane County Humane Society emphasized the importance of having dogs wear collars with ID tags in addition to a microchip, said a press release.  This provides multiple formed of identification if owners and pets are separated.

"Pet owners don’t expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Spokeswoman.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal," said Viney.