March 5 2020

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Department Updates

Administration: Invitations to respond the 2020 census come out March 12! Everyone in your residence on April 1st counts. 

Clerks Office: Another opportunity for absentee and early voting

Sun Prairie Media Center: Upcoming candidate forums as well as updates to KSUN and 4KIDS. 

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department: Upcoming programming, a reminder on the Chicago Fun Trip and a thank you for a successful first annual Hibernation Hustle. 

Sun Prairie Police Department: The chief’s award highlights 3 ,for great years of service to the department.

Sun Prairie Public Library: Our upcoming Gatsby Gala still has tickets available and supports our great programming. 

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Everyone Counts! The 2020 Census is right around the corner!

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered starting March 12, 2020. Once you receive that invitation, you can Census and how to respondrespond online, by phone, or by mail.

If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home.

Your response matters. Census results help shape our future. It determines how over $675 billion dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Census results affect planning and funding for programs such as Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance, roads, school lunches and roads. If people are undercounted, this means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years. The results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.

Your privacy matters. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone’s help. Are you in?

Sun Prairie Clerks Office

2020 Spring Election and Presidential Preference In Person Absentee Voting

City Hall, 300 E Main St

March 16, 2020 – March 20, 2020:                 8:00am – 4:30pm

March 23, 2020 – March 27, 2020:                 8:00am – 6:00pm

March 28, 2020:                                                  8:00am – 12:00pm

March 30, 2020 – April 2, 2020:                      8:00am – 6:00pm

April 3, 2020:                                                       8:00am – 5:00pm

April 4, 2020:                                                      8:00am – 12:00pm                               (No Voter Registration, 

only Absentee Voting on this date)

Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr

March 16, 2020 – March 19, 2020:                 9:30am – 6:00pm

March 20, 2020:                                                9:30am – 5:00pm

March 23, 2020 – March 26, 2020:                 9:30am – 6:00pm

March 27, 2020:                                                9:30am – 5:00pm

March 28, 2020:                                                9:30am – 12:00pm

March 30, 2020 – April 2, 2020:                      9:30am – 6:00pm

April 3, 2020:                                                      9:30am – 5:00pm

**April 4, 2020:                                                 9:30am – 11:30am

 **(Absentee Voting only on this date, no Voter Registration)

Sun Prairie Media Center

Candidate Forum

Candidate forums are a great way to gain clarity this election season.

Candidate Forum

A Note About KSUN and KIDS-4 on TDS

If you are a TDS subscriber, you may have noticed that the listings for KSUN and KIDS-4 are no longer available through the service’s Electronic Program Guide.

The Sun Prairie Media Center apologizes for the inconvenience this causes for viewers, as it is now impossible to gather information about programs being aired by KSUN and KIDS-4 as well as making it impossible to set DVR recordings for either channel. The SPMC has tried to negotiate with TDS to remain on the electronic program guide, but to no avail.

The money that TDS is asking for to provide this service may be reasonable for a for-profit station that takes in advertising dollars, but it is not within the scope of the limited budget of a non-profit community station like KSUN or KIDS-4.

KSUN and KIDS-4 listings remain on the Charter Spectrum program guide. Charter Spectrum provides this service to the Media Center free of charge.

If you’re a TDS customer, we encourage you to stay on top of what KSUN and KIDS-4 is airing by accessing the program listings at or in The Star. We also encourage you to contact TDS to ask them to continue to provide this service.

As always, the Sun Prairie Media Center deeply appreciates its support from all of its members, producers, city of Sun Prairie staff and elected officials, and viewers.

Robbins to Moderate SPARC Candidate Forum

In addition to the “Talk of the Town” candidate forums being recorded and broadcast by the Sun Prairie Media Center, SPMC director Jeff Robbins will be moderating a public candidate forum on Sunday, March 8 from 2-4 pm at the Westside Community Service Building.

The forum is being sponsored by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition and will be recorded and broadcast for air on KSUN and

According to SPARC, all Sun Prairie City Council and Sun Prairie Area School Board District candidates are confirmed to attend.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will consist of candidates responding to prepared questions as well as providing audience members the opportunity to pose questions.

Confirmed participants include City Council candidates Steve Stocker, Brent Eisberner, Theresa Stevens, Mary Polenske, David Virgell, Hugh Cha, and Maureen Crombie, School Board candidates Tom Weber and Carol Albright, and Dane County Board candidates Analiese Eicher, Teran Peterson, and Julie Schwellenbach.

Follow SPHS Boys Basketball with the Sun Prairie Media Center

While the season for the SPHS girls’ basketball team ended with a tough loss last weekend in the WIAA tournament regional basketball gamefinals, hopes are high for the boys’ basketball team as the Cards begin tournament play this Friday.

The Sun Prairie Media Center, led by announcers Mike Mathison and Getonn Harper and director Marc Borland, is planning to cover all of the tournament action for anyone unable to attend the games.

On Friday, March 6, #4 Sun Prairie will play host to #13 Janesville Parker. Should the Cardinals win that game, Sun Prairie will then host the winner of Friday’s #5 Waunakee/#12 Watertown game on Saturday. Both games will air live on KSUN, and via the new Sun Prairie Media Center app. If seedings hold, Sun Prairie would then take on #1 Madison LaFollette on Thursday, March 12. Sun Prairie swept Janesville Parker in the regular season and was swept by LaFollette. The Cardinals have not played Waunakee or Watertown this season.

The SPMC would like to thank its basketball sponsors for the 2019-2020 season: Culver’s of Sun Prairie, West Prairie Dental, Bank of Sun Prairie, Woodman’s, Local Source Foods, Concrete Lifting Technologies, Monk’s, Hebl & Hebl Attorneys at Law, Skalitzky Jewelers, Wilde East Towne Honda, and Day One Pizza.

Parks Recreation and Forestry

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Hibernation Hustle Thank You!

Following the 72nd annual Sun Prairie Groundhog Day Prognostication ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 2 in downtown Sun Prairie’s Cannery Square, Sun Prairie held its first annual Hibernation Hustle Fun Run! All proceeds from the fun run benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. $4,018.30 was the final total of funds raised for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County!

Thank you to our runners/walkers for participating in the first annual Hibernation Hustle and supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County!

Things to Note

Registration** for 2020 rec softball leagues has begun! The season will begin the week of May 11 and all leagues will play a 14 game season to finish up mid-August.

There are men’s league options on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, women’s league on Thursday and coed on Friday.

Registration Dates:
Tuesday, March 3, 8:00 am-6:00 pm for all returning teams
Thursday, March 5, 8:00 am-6:00 pm for any new teams
The final registration deadline is Friday, March 6 at noon

**Registration must be done in person on 2nd floor of the Westside Community Services Building, 2598 W. Main Street.  To download and print a team registration form, visit:

Fri. May 15 – Join the City of Sun Prairie and Village of Deforest Park, Recreation & Forestry Departments for a trip to Chicago.  Two stops available in downtown Chicago! Register by April 15.

Chicago trip

Programs Coming Soon, Register Today!

Tot School Session 2
Ages 2-3
Mondays/Wednesdays, 10:00-11:15 am
Session 2: 3/9 - 4/22
$100/Residents, $120/Non Residents

This class will give your tot a taste of independence and an opportunity for socialization while playing fun games and learning activities.  Parents should remain onsite but not in program.  An area will be set-up in the community room for some snacks and drinks for parents while they wait.  Free WIFI is also available.

Indoor Tennis Lessons Session 2 
$30/Residents, $45/Non Residents
Mondays/Wednesdays - 3/9-3/18
Ages 10-12, 5:45-6:30 pm
Saturdays - 3/14-4/4
Ages 4-6, 8:30-9:15 am
Ages 7-9, 9:30-10:15 am (FULL waiting list only)
Ages 10-12, 10:45-11:30 am (limited space)
Ages 13+, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

The weather is cold so come inside for these tennis lessons!  Our beginner tennis instruction offers players a great place to start or brush up on the basics.  Students will improve hand-eye coordination, agility and perform racket-handling skills.  The instructor will zero in on building the foundation and cultivating a love of the game through basic strokes and fun games associated with tennis.  Due to this class being held in a school gym, some aspects of the game will be modified.

Rackets are available on a limited basis.  Please bring your own if you have one.

Painter’s Palette @ the Sun Prairie Historical Museum 
Thursday, 3/12
Ages 18+, 6:00-8:00 pm
$27/Residents, $41/Non Residents

March is Women’s History month!  Let’s celebrate by painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe at Sun Prairie’s own Historical Museum.

Learn how artists use light and color in their paintings through a step-by-step process taught by a licensed art teacher.  Fee painters palleteincludes all materials, snacks and beverages.
What to wear?  We will provide paint shirts, but recommend that you wear older, paint friendly clothes.  Everyone WILL get paint on their hands at some point during the class!

Baby & Me Yoga Session 2
Thursdays, 3/12-4/23
Ages 18+, 10:00-10:45 am
$34/Residents, $51/Non Residents

Baby and Me Yoga is a fun class for new moms or caregivers and babies.  This class provides the opportunity to connect with your babe and move your body.  You’ll nourish and care for your body through yoga postures (asana), focused stretches and mindful breathing while safely regaining strength and flexibility.  New moms or caregivers will cultivate mind, body and breath awareness, and baby will benefit too!  No need to worry if you haven’t showered in days or need to feed or change babe during class.  Bring a blanket or infant seat. No class 3/26

Preschool Yoga
Ages 3-5

Fridays, 3/13-4/17, 9:00-9:45 am
$34/Residents, $51/Non Residents

Each week we will focus on different themes and explore mindfulness, breath work (prana) and yoga postures (asana) through the use of engaging and inspiring stories, music, imaginative play, games and hands on experiences.  Kids move their bodies, develop body awareness and calming strategies to connect body and mind, and have an outlet for self-expression. No class 4/10. Caregiver not required to participate.

Ladies Couch to 5K
Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15 pm, 3/18-5/20
$42/R $62/NR

Are you interested in running your first 5K?  Join Jamie Adcock, Madison’s Running Diva Mom, for this gentle introduction to running. Jamie’s program slowly and painlessly prepares your mind and body to run a 5K race in a supportive community environment.  You’ll start off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly build up endurance over the course of nine weeks, so you’re ready to run 5 kilometers - or 30 minutes non-stop for the Twilight 5K run on Saturday, May 23 in downtown Madison. This program also includes injury prevention and stretching tips.  Program participants also receive a celebration party from Beans ’n Cream Coffeehouse. Race registration not included and is optional. Fee includes dinner celebration donated by Beans ’n Cream. 

American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course
Saturday, 3/21
Ages 11-15, 9:00-4:00 pm
$70/Residents, $90/Non Residents

This training provides kids, ages 11-15, with the information and skills necesary to provide safe and responsible care in the absence of parents/guardians.  This training will also help participants develop skills in leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play and first aid. All sessions cover the same material. Please bring a sack lunch.

Friday Frenzy, Ages 5-7
$15 Residents/$23 Non Residents
All dates are no school days for Sun Prairie Schools

I Spy!
Friday, 3/27, 10:00-11:30 am

Calling all super sleuths!  Someone stole Mr. Bear and we need your help.  The crime scene is set where you can put your CSI skills to work finding clues to hopefully find Mr. Bear and bring him home.

G.A.T.O.R.: Games, Art, Tag and Outdoor Recreation
Friday, 4/10, 10:00-11:30 am

Spring is here!  Time to grab your friends for a fun filled day with group games, art projects and other outdoor activities.  Tennis shoes are required!  Be sure to dress for the weather, it is Wisconsin after all.

**For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at

Police Department

Chief’s Award Recipients

At the last city council meeting, Sergeant Brenda Dahlen was the recipient of the Chief’s Award; Detective Michael Hartman received the honor of Officer of the Year; and Administrative Assistant Hayley Steele garnered the Employee of the Year. 

Officer DahlenOfficer Hartman

Assistant Steele

Sun Prairie Public Library  

Upcoming Programming

Farm Food & Family Tales


Join us at the table! Susan Apps-Bodilly returns to share tales and recipes from the Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories, co-authored with her father, Jerry Apps. A book sale and signing will conclude the event. 

Sunday, March 8th 2pm
Library Community Room

Wild Adventures


The U.S. is home to 11 National Scenic Trails, an elite group that includes the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, plus our own Ice Age Trail. Melanie Radzicki McManus, hiking aficionado and author of "Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail," has thru-hiked four of the 11 trails, thru-biked one and is currently section-hiking a sixth, and will share some of the many adventures she’s had along the way. 

Wednesday March 11th 6:30pm 
Library Community Room

 Family Adventure Day: Detective 101


Test your sleuthing skills!  Puzzles, decoder making, and disguises!  Geared for Grades K through 5th.  All ages are welcome with their adult.  No registration — just come in!  Adults, stay and play!

Thursday, March 12th 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Library Community Room

 Food Demo & Tasting with Lori Hackman


Need a side dish to bring to a party? Want a great snack to put out for company? Lori Hackman, owner of The Oilerie in Sun Prairie, will show us how to make crowd-favorite salsas and dips with a "secret" ingredient (extra virgin olive oil) and delicious, super-easy pita chips to go with them!

Tuesday, March 10th 6:30pm 
Library Community Room 

Library Foundation Gatsby Gala


Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, join us for a journey back to the roaring 1920’s! The event will be a night of celebration and entertainment, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an auction, and a jazzy performance by the Gatsby Gang. Funds raised at the Gatsby Gala are used to support the Sun Prairie Public Library. Past support has funded projects such as the Teen Space and Welcome Area renovations, Hoopla digital services, Dream Bus Bookmobile services, and the Live Music Series. Tickets available at the library and online:


Saturday, March 14th 6:30-8:30pm
The Loft at 132 

Dalton Girl Gang Concert

The Dalton Girl Gang returns with music by the great American women of jazz to celebrate Women’s History Month! All ages welcome-- and encouraged to get jazzed! This Live Concert Series event is generously funded by the Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library. 

Sunday, March 15th 2pm 
Library Community Room