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Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:09am
This summer, children in Monroe County can become astronauts for a week. The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum in Sparta is holding its first-ever Space Camp this August, open to kids going in to fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The day camp will mirror the training NASA astronauts...
Neil Schaitel (pictured) and his wife, Tracy, own the Cotter Pin in Leon. The wine, specialty beer and gift shop opened May 28.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:07am
For years, Neil and Tracy Schaitel have dreamed of opening a place of their own for people to gather over local wines, specialty beers and great food. Their ideas came to fruition earlier this summer when they opened the doors of the Cotter Pin in Leon, an unincorporated town just five miles south...
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:40am
Harland C. H. Swenson, 50, of Sparta, was sentenced to three consecutive life terms after being convicted of three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child. A jury found Swenson guilty on June 29 after a three-day trial. The sentence was handed down by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark...
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:38am
The Sparta Area Fire District responded to two fires that occurred in the late evening on July 9, which appear to have been set deliberately, according to Fire Chief Mike Arnold. At 10:37 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the corner of Hill and Court streets for a couch that was engulfed in...
Clint Terrell, the teen accused of making a bomb threat that shut down a LAX terminal earlier this year, appeared in court for being involved in a “swatting” incident on June 16. The Monroe County Communications Center received a hoax emergency report that Terrell was holding a hostage at gunpoint.
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:36am
The Monroe County teen accused of making a bomb threat that shut down a LAX terminal in January appeared in court Friday for an unrelated incident that took place earlier this month. Clint Terrell, age 17 of Camp Douglas, was charged with four counts of felony bail jumping and two counts of...
Myra Schanhofer from Sparta uses a pepper and celery stick as a stamp for a veggie postcard at the “green” station. The Sparta Farmers Market held its first Kids Day on Saturday that included activities like coloring, crafts, a seed matching game and a scavenger hunt.
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:34am
The Sparta Farmers Market is making buying and selling fresh, local produce a family-friendly activity. Last Saturday was the first Kids Day, which featured activities for children like scavenger hunts, a seed matching game, veggie postcard printing and coloring. Katie Groves of Sparta, who...
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:31am
While two of Monroe County’s largest sand mines have idled their operations, another is looking to expand. Smart Sands, which owns over 1,000 acres west of Oakdale, has applied to the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in wetlands adjacent to Rudd Creek in the Town of Grant so it can build a sand...
After five months of work Charlie Lydon unveiled his 1970 Allis-Chalmers 185 at Tomah's Fourth of July parade. This antique tractor and others will be displayed during the Monroe County Fair in the Exhibit Building at Recreation Park.
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:28am
They roll slowly through a parade a virtual prism of colors. Leon Schleusener and Bert Baumgarten driving International/Farmall red. Bob Drier and  Bob Hemmersbach driving John Deere green. Bill Fleming driving Oliver light green. Charlie Lydon driving Allis Chalmers orange. All colors and...
Penny Tock of Sparta (left) and Jarrod Roll of the Monroe County History Room & Museum have worked together to create an exhibit that shows life in Sparta in the early 1950s.
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:21am
A new exhibit at the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum shows visitors what it was like to live in the city of Sparta in the early 1950s. Using artifacts and time-appropriate décor, a nine-room dollhouse carefully represents what a home would have looked like during this exciting time in...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:48am
People in the area interested in singing in a community choir will have that chance beginning this fall. Kyle Sonnemann, who teaches middle school choir in Sparta, is organizing an open informational meeting in early August to talk about what members of the community would like to see in their...

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