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Online Auction Supporting Local Businesses Is Under Way

Organizers said that an online auction selling local goods to benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local is off to a successful start.

Dane Buy Local said the hyper-local project uses technology and social media to support the common message of buying and supporting local business.

DANE Exclusive Deals is using Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, which is happening now and will end on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Bid-A-Thon can be accessed at http://deals.auctionanything.com/

Participants can bid on over 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses.

Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phones. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

Colonial Club Senior Center To Host 40th Anniversary Open House

Colonial Club Senior Center To Host 40th Anniversary Open House

The Colonial Club Senior Activity Center will host a 40th anniversary open house on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special program will be held to commemorate the day at 2:30 p.m. The program will feature Jim Sykes, former Wisconsin Cheeseman employee and aging expert. The Wisconsin Cheeseman is the business that built the Colonial Club.

For more information about the Colonial Club and the activities and services they offer, go to www.colonialclub.org.

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

An online auction is being held later this month in which all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local.

The mission of Dane Buy Local is to support local businesses within the community while raising awareness of the importance of buying locally.

DANE Exclusive Deals will use Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, Sept. 24-30.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses. Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phone. This can be done from any mobile phone with premium text message capabilities. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

For more information about the Bid-A-Thon, people can also visit http://www.facebook.com/DaneExclusiveDeals.

Woodman's, City Leaders To Break Ground On New Grocery Store

Woodman's, City Leaders To Break Ground On New Grocery Store

Ground will be broken for a new grocery store on Sun Prairie's southwest side on Friday, July 15.

The ceremony will be held for the new Woodman's Sun Prairie location at 9 a.m. on the southern end of Suchomel Road.

The building will be more than 220,000 square feet when completed. There will also be a gas station with an oil change facility and a car wash on site. Construction is expected to take about 12 to 15 months.

Woodman's officials said that about 200 jobs will be created.

Mayor John Murray, Clint Woodman and members of the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce will be among those on hand for the event.

New Name, Same Customer Care Promised Following Bank Closures

New Name, Same Customer Care Promised Following Bank Closures

Customers of Evergreen State Bank arrived Saturday morning to see a new name on the door. The bank was closed Friday by Wisconsin State Department of Financial Institutions.

"The bank has been on notice that it needed more capital.  The state financial institutions office determined they had not raised the capital in a timely fashion and it was unsafe to let them continue to do business," FDIC Senior Ombudsman Specialist Ray Rudnicki told WISC-TV.

FDIC officials are now overseeing the transfer of the bank's deposits and assets to McFarland State Bank, which is now operating all four former-Evergreen branches.

McFarland State Bank Chairman and CEO David Locke said he and his staff are working to provide a seamless transition and hopes to keep as many Evergreen employees on staff as possible.

Locke said keeping local employees is essential to a community bank.

Feds Close 4 Branches Of Stoughton-Based Bank

Feds Close 4 Branches Of Stoughton-Based Bank

Stoughton-based Evergreen State Bank’s four branches were closed on Friday, but will reopen on Saturday as branches at McFarland State Bank, according to the FDIC.

FDIC officials said they entered a purchase and assumption agreement to protect customers.

Customers of Evergreen State Bank will automatically become depositors of McFarland State Bank, according to FDIC officials.

Customers of Evergreen State Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from McFarland State Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other McFarland State Bank branches to process their accounts as well.

Friday evening and over the weekend, customers of Evergreen State Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

Storm Causes Area Event, Church Cancellations

Storm Causes Area Event, Church Cancellations

A powerful winter storm is bearing down on southern Wisconsin, dumping several inches of snow.

With the snow expected to continue through Sunday evening, many area businesses have announced plans to close while various events and churches are calling off scheduled services for Sunday.

Various cities, villages and towns have also declared snow emergencies.

To see a complete list of closings and snow emergencies, click here.