Saturday, March 25, 2017
New Sparta softball coach Michael Kirchhoff (left) and assistant coach Alexis Mashak (right) talk strategy during a recent practice. The Lady Spartan softball team opened its 2017 season on the road with a 5 p.m. nonconference contest at Wisconsin Dells Tuesday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
While he’s had plenty of coaching experience, landing the job as Sparta’s head softball coach was likely the furthest thing from Michael Kirchhoff’s mind a couple of weeks ago.
Tomah junior Josh Dahlke (23) was named to the 2016-17 all-Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball team. Dahlke’s teammates, Peter Brey, Brian Huneck and Trevor Shutter earned post-season recognition as well. Photo by John Froelich.
Four members of the Tomah High School boys basketball teamhave been recognized with post-season honors.
Mike Luethe presided over his last Ridgeville Town meeting as chairman on Monday, March 13. He is not seeking re-election after serving as chairman for the last decade.
As chairman of the Town of Ridgeville, Mike Luethe has had some pretty stressful days.
Austin J. Zwiefel,
A Sparta teen is in serious condition at a La Crosse hospital after he fell out of moving truck in rural Sparta, Sunday, March 19.
Sparta senior Caleb Schauf makes an inside move during a Mississippi Valley Conference contest against La Crosse Logan in late December. Schauf finished up his high school hoops career in style during a regional loss at Rice Lake in early March, when he knocked down his final free throw to hit the 1,000-point mark for his career. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
A season that began with a bit of turmoil ended as one of the best in recent history for the Sparta boys basketball team.
The Tomah High School gymnasium will be the host site for and exciting floorball competition scheduled to get underway April 1. The above photo shows official floorball sideboards that are put up for the games. Contributed photo.
Floorball once again will attract a cross section of participants to Tomah this April.
New Sparta softball coach Michael Kirchhoff (left) and assistant coach Alexis Mashak (right) talk strategy during a recent practice. The Lady Spartan softball team opened its 2017 season on the road with a 5 p.m. nonconference contest at Wisconsin Dells Tuesday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
Tomah junior Josh Dahlke (23) was named to the 2016-17 all-Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball team. Dahlke’s teammates, Peter Brey, Brian Huneck and Trevor Shutter earned post-season recognition as well. Photo by John Froelich.
Mike Luethe presided over his last Ridgeville Town meeting as chairman on Monday, March 13. He is not seeking re-election after serving as chairman for the last decade.
Austin J. Zwiefel,
Sparta senior Caleb Schauf makes an inside move during a Mississippi Valley Conference contest against La Crosse Logan in late December. Schauf finished up his high school hoops career in style during a regional loss at Rice Lake in early March, when he knocked down his final free throw to hit the 1,000-point mark for his career. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
The Tomah High School gymnasium will be the host site for and exciting floorball competition scheduled to get underway April 1. The above photo shows official floorball sideboards that are put up for the games. Contributed photo.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:09am
Monroe County Board Chairman Cedric Schnitzler said the county is moving forward on recouping money from the architectural firm that designed the justice center. At Wednesday's board meeting Schnitzler announced the formation of an "advisory litigation team" to assist Middleton attorney Saul Glazer...
Bernice Hirsch and Ignacio Ballon-Landa exchange gifts after seeing each other for the first time in 45 years.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:48am
The first foreign exchange student to ever attend Sparta High School through the Sparta School District is in town for a visit. Yesterday (Wednesday), Ignacio Ballon-Landa was reunited with members of his host family after 45 years. After exchanging embraces and gifts, he and Bernice Hirsch, his...
Tod Pritchard with the Wisconsin Emergency Management Department shows Meadowview Intermediate students a photo of the 2011 tornado that damaged several homes on the south side of Sparta. Photo by Vicki Horstman.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:23am
To some, 10 might seem like a young age to begin planning for the worst, but Tod Pritchard, State of Wisconsin Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, says it’s the perfect time to start talking about it. Fifth-grade students at Meadowview Intermediate School are participating in the STEP, or Student...
Marty Severson of Sparta made it a point to adopt a senior dog. The Monroe County Animal Shelter matched him with Mira and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:22am
The saying “man’s best friend” is already proving true for rural Sparta resident Marty Severson and his new four-legged pal. Severson adopted Mira, an eight-year-old dog, last week from the Monroe County Animal Shelter, and he couldn’t be happier. “Mira’s just a sweetie,” he said, patting her white...
New Sparta softball coach Michael Kirchhoff (left) and assistant coach Alexis Mashak (right) talk strategy during a recent practice. The Lady Spartan softball team opened its 2017 season on the road with a 5 p.m. nonconference contest at Wisconsin Dells Tuesday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:33am
While he’s had plenty of coaching experience, landing the job as Sparta’s head softball coach was likely the furthest thing from Michael Kirchhoff’s mind a couple of weeks ago. But that’s exactly what happened, and Kirchhoff is taking the challenge head on. Kirchhoff was tapped as Sparta’s third...
Tomah junior Josh Dahlke (23) was named to the 2016-17 all-Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball team. Dahlke’s teammates, Peter Brey, Brian Huneck and Trevor Shutter earned post-season recognition as well. Photo by John Froelich.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:31am
Four members of the Tomah High School boys basketball teamhave been recognized with post-season honors. Juniors Josh Dahlke, Peter Brey and Trevor Sutter and senior Brian Huneck each landed a spot on the 2016-17 all-Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball team. Dahlke, a major post presence...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:52am
On Friday, March 24, State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Representative Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) will hold budget listening sessions in Oakdale and Warrens. Members of the public are invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to focus their questions and comments on items in the...

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