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Apr 22, 2020

CUTTING CORNERS: 2 years after fatal Sun Prairie explosion, implicated driller appears to be back in Wisconsin

Jim and Calvin Jensen surveyed an intersection for a job installing fiber optic cable in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, during the summer of 2018. They did not like what they saw. The dense suburb east of Madison had a lot of old buildings, and a web of pipelines was lurkking beneath their feet, Calvin would later tell detectives.

Mar 2, 2020

PSC issues $5K fine for digging near gas line

Wisconsin regulators fined a utility contractor last week for nearly striking a gas main in Vernon County, a case that's stirring up questions about whether the state is tough enough on excavators.

Jan 27, 2020

Milwaukee Tool plans $26M plant in West Bend (UPDATE)

Milwaukee Tool has announced it will build a new $26 million manufacturing plant in West Bend, a project that follows its plans for a $100 million campus in Menomonee Falls.

Dec 30, 2019

Housing, hotels, planned for Sun Prairie explosion site

A consultant's proposal for the redevelopment of a section of downtown Sun Prairie severely damaged in a massive explosion last year calls for the construction of a place where residents and visitors can both live and play in hundreds of new residential units, a boutique hotel, taller buildings and a "Festival Street."

Sep 26, 2019

Bill in wake of Sun Prairie blast sends message to subs: Call before you dig, every time

Lawmakers on Thursday aired out a bill that would require subcontractors to call the digger's hotline before excavating -- a measure that seeks to clarify state rules in the wake of a natural gas explosion in Sun Prairie last year.

Aug 8, 2019

Utility regulators fine contractor over Sun Prairie explosion

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Thursday slapped a contractor with a $25,000 fine for failing to check for utilities before striking a natural-gas line in downtown Sun Prairie and causing an explosion that killed a firefighter.

Jul 11, 2019

Ceremony marks 1 year since deadly Sun Prairie explosion

Hundreds of people walked in silence from a Sun Prairie fire station to the city's downtown and the spot where firefighter Cory Barr was killed in a natural gas explosion one year ago.

Jun 3, 2019

Loss of farmstead dating to Civil War sign of changes in Sun Prairie

Growth and progress forced Arthur Schneider to move his farm 150 feet to the east. That was in 1956 and was meant to make way for the construction of what is now four-lane Highway 151, one of the primary transportation arteries in southern Wisconsin.

Jan 28, 2019

Sun Prairie sues contractors over natural gas explosion

Sun Prairie has filed a lawsuit against two contractors in connection with a deadly natural-gas explosion that hit the city's downtown this past summer.

Jan 10, 2019

OSHA fines two contractors who caused deadly explosion in downtown Sun Prairie

Two contractors working in Sun Prairie ahead of an explosion that killed a firefigher and leveled much of the city's downtown last summer have been fined by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for their role in the blast.

Dec 27, 2018

YEAR IN REVIEW: Foxconn, election, building boom make 2018 one for the history books

Perhaps more so than any other year in recent memory, 2018 was momentous for the construction industry in Wisconsin.

Dec 20, 2018

No charges in Sun Prairie explosion that killed 1 (UPDATE)

There will be no criminal charges against anyone related to an explosion in a southern Wisconsin city that killed a firefighter and leveled several buildings, the police chief announced Thursday.


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