Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:59am
The first week of school at Sparta’s new Herrman Elementary School was a perfect storm for traffic problems. Rain, a short window of time for drop offs due to COVID-19 protocols and parents’ not knowing what to expect all combined for a first week of confusion. Co-City Administrator Todd Fahning...
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:58am
An effort to investigate privatizing Rolling Hills Nursing Home will be going before the Monroe County Board in the form a resolution when supervisors meet for their regular meeting Wednesday. The resolution is  a Rule 5 petition, which allows a resolution to bypass committees and be forwarded...
Tomah Department of Public Works employees are installing signs ATV/UTV access into the city of Tomah. Contributed photo
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:54am
It wasn't without vocal debate on pros and cons for both sides, but ATV/UTV routes are finally open in Tomah. “This has been a long time in coming," said Tomah Chamber and Visitors Center president Tina Thompson. "It was an inevitable transition for the city of Tomah to make, especially at a time...
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:50am
A rash of calls regarding human trafficking concerns to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) spurred some response to the public to ease some concerns The post was drafted by the MCSO and reads as follows: Recently, Monroe and Vernon County Sheriff's Office have taken a number of calls related...
Chris DeGarmo is pictured with Naomi and Gaudence during her visit to Africa. Contributed photo.
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:47am
Back in early March, Chris DeGarmo of Sparta went on a mission trip to Africa with Africa’s Hope as part of a women’s conference to reach women with the gospel. While she was there, DeGarmo met three women, Mary, Naomi and Gaudence, that have changed her life for the better. During her visit,...
Andy Draeger's family provided moral support for his one man triathlon. They included his parents Dan and Julie, son Archer, wife Samantha and her parents, Mike and Sue Buza. Contributed photos
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:42am
Andy Draeger is not one to take bad news sitting down. Draeger, 33, works on his family's cranberry marsh near Warrens. The 2005 Tomah High School graduate was off to the University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire after graduation. Draeger earned a degree in human performance in 2010 and a self proclaimed...
Several of the recent clinic volunteers at St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County include, from left,  Maria Reiland, Tanya Evenson, Megan Neumann, Deborah Lutjen (Coordintor), Ann Wermer, Ben Upham and Nicole Drinkwine. Contributed photo
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:31am
Deborah Lutjen, Coordinator of St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County, speaking by ZOOM to Kiwanians at their noon meeting, September 8, said the Mission’s focus and location have not changed since the Clinic opened in December 1996, in what was then known as Sparta’s St. Mary’s Hospital.    The...
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:17am
The Sparta Area School District (SASD) received confirmation from the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) this week regarding one additional COVID-19 case at Southside Early Learning Center.  At this time, MCHD is conducting contact tracing with the assistance of the SASD and will notify any...
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:14am
Sparta aldermen voted Wednesday to accept a $3.1 million bid from Fowler & Hammer for renovating Lakeview Elementary School into the new Sparta Police Station. Co-City Administrator Todd Fahning said Fowler & Hammer, a La Crosse-area commercial construction general contractor, was the...
Tom Fuenger, center, is surrounded by friends and family at his chickencue fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network at the Lake Neshonoc Campground on Labor Day weekend where he raised $2,325 for the non-profit organization. Contributed photo.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:11am
When Tom Fuenger’s daughter gave birth to his grandson three years ago, complications with the newborn required an extended hospital stay. His daughter was forced to drive back and forth from the hospital and eventually missed a lot of work. During that time, it was the Children’s Miracle Network (...

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