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Summer Bollig, a Sparta High School junior, strikes an arc in the school’s welding shop, where she and 11 male students comprise the welding class.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:27am
   Summer Bollig looks a little out of place in her first class of the day at Sparta High School. That’s because she’s the only girl among a dozen classmates in the school’s new welding program.    But after donning her welding helmet, gloves and smock, it’s only her long, flowing pony tail that...
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:29am
   A new club at Sparta High School is starting out strong.    Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a Department of Instruction sanctioned club that is geared for students considering a career in the health field.    “HOSA promotes leadership and skills to students interested in...
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:27am
   Changes to the Teacher Compensation Plan were approved by the Sparta School Board this week, including a requirement that all teachers put in a certain amount of volunteer hours based on their quality level.    Volunteer hours are extra hours worked that are non-paid and are related to a...
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:26am
   Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven Nott made his annual address to the Sparta School Board this week.    Nott reminded the board that the 1st U.S. Army’s “Bold Shift” initiative means the number of soldiers at Fort McCoy will increase by about 150, and most of them include families.   ...
Xcel Energy workers repaired a transformer Saturday at the Perch Lake substation after a squirrel caused a transformer to fail, cutting power to the entire city.
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:15am
Sparta experienced a nearly seven-hour citywide power outage Saturday that affected 5,511 customers, including most businesses. According to Liz Wolf Green, an Xcel Energy spokesperson, animal contact with an overhead transformer at the Perch Lake substation caused the outage. Power was out from 9:...
Jenny Parker speaks to the crowd at the fourth annual Wine to Water event in Tomah last Thursday. The event raised money to provide clean water to residents in Uganda, in memory of Jenny and Brad Parker’s late son, Jesse.
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:01am
    Life is all about what you make it during your short time on Earth. Jesse Parker’s time was cut short when he died in a car accident at the age of 17. His legacy lives on, however, as his survivors not only brought his dream to life, but also continue the work he never got to do.    Jesse was...
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:31am
Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins said a recent drug bust in La Crosse County should have an impact on drugs coming into Monroe County. Authorities charged 17 La Crosse area adults with felony drug conspiracy related crimes earlier this week following a year-long investigation. None of the...
Sparta’s police dog, Nitro, is pictured with the Welker family at his retirement party Wednesday. Kneeling in front is Drake. In back, from left, are Emily, Alissa, Chris and Amy.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:26am
   After six years on patrol, one of the Sparta Police Department’s most visible partnerships is breaking up.    The team of Officer Chris Welker and Nitro was no more as of Wednesday. That’s when Nitro, the SPD’s police dog for the past eight and a half years, was honored at his retirement party...
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:02am
   There haven’t been any vending machines at Sparta Meadowview Middle School for about a decade, and it’ll stay that way.    Principal Jeffery Krull requested permission to have a beverage vending machine on each floor of the academic wing and one in the staff lounge, for a total of three machines...
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:00am
   The Kwik Trip on Black River Street in Sparta plans to build a bigger store just down the street from its currently location. The new store will be located in the former Steenberg Homes lot on S. Black River St.    “It’ll pretty much mirror the Hwy. 71 Kwik Trip, except they’re adding a car wash...

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