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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:10pm
A bomb scare at Sparta High School Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax. According to Superintendent John Hendricks, at about 8:45 a.m., a student reported to Principal Sam Russ that there was a threat written on a bathroom wall referencing a bomb. Staff reviewed security camera footage of the...
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:45am
   Good news for the Sparta Area Protection District. The ISO rating for all of the eight townships and the City of Sparta served by the fire department has improved.    “Most insurance companies rely on Insurance Services Offices (ISO) and how they insure people’s homes and businesses,” explained...
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:44am
   Bambi Schmitz was appointed to the Sparta School Board Tuesday night.    Schmitz works for Union National Bank in Sparta and has two children currently in the school district.    She said she decided to apply for the vacancy because she wanted be a part of the decision-making process regarding...
Darrell Winterton, an Army Vietnam veteran, and Elmer Bechel, not pictured, a Navy WWII veteran and an Army Korean War veteran, sorted between 300 and 400 flags that were returned to the Sparta American Legion Post 100 for disposal on Veterans Day. A flag retirement ceremony was held prior to the respectful and honorable disposal of the flags Wednesday noon.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:42am
Darrell Winterton, an Army Vietnam veteran, sorted flags that were returned to the Sparta American Legion Post 100 for disposal on Veterans Day. 
Chris Hanson, president and CEO of the Veterans Assistance Foundation, stands in front of the Hardware Hank building on Superior Avenue in Tomah, which the VAF is renovating into apartments for homeless veterans and a coffee shop.
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:44pm
Chris Hanson’s concern for the plight of military veterans is more than just a job, it’s a mission. The former Tomah Chamber of Commerce director, Hanson is now president and CEO of the Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF), a Wisconsin based non-profit organization that does as its name implies –...
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 9:45am
   The City of Sparta is investigating the possibility of a third business park.    “For the third year in a row now the Committee of the Whole has listed a new business park and economic development as the number one thing to concentrate on,” noted City Administrator Todd Fahning.    “The East...
Photo courtesy of Theresa Smerud
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 9:44am
   When Sparta High School freshman Macy-Kaye Sullivan’s school day ends, her day of education is far from over.    A couple of times per week, Macy-Kaye studies and practices ballet until nearly 10 p.m.    She studies ballet at Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska, where she is a level-six ballet...
Supervisor Gene Treu of the Town of Sparta (forefront) comes to the defense of Personnel Director Ken Kittleson Wednesday at the Monroe County Board annual budget meeting. A motion to remove Kittleson’s wages and benefits from the budget and place personnel under the county administrator failed by a 16-7 vote. Also pictured, from left, are supervisors Mark Pierce, Gail Chapman and Cedric Schnitzler.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:41pm
      The Monroe County Board approved a $63 million budget Wednesday but not without a little controversy.    Personnel Director Ken Kittleson survived another attempt to defund his position, while  supervisors denied motions to add over $100,000 to county libraries and shrink the highway budget...
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:42am
   While not as successful as past events, the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day netted more than 500 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.    “A total of 531 pounds was returned to be incinerated on Take Back Day,” said Monroe County Drug Free Communities Coordinator Natalie Carlisle.   ...
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:41am
   The City of Sparta’s levy rate continues to decrease and will drop by a penny next year.    City Treasurer and Administrator Mark Sund presented the 2016 budget to the Committee of the Whole and the finance committee Wednesday evening.    “The equalized tax rate is one cent less than last year,...


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