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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...
Sanitation, Planning, Zoning and Dog Control employee Leslie Schreier recently became a certified humane officer. Schreier right, is pictured with Jeremy, an eight-year old Boxer whose adoption is pending. Full-time animal shelter humane officer and shelter manager Amber Cordes is pictured with Dolly, a three-year old Schnauzer-Yorkie mix who is currently up for adoption.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 9:58am
   An existing county employee has been appointed as a third humane officer for the animal shelter.    Leslie Schreier took the humane officer training in September and is now a certified humane officer. She will serve as back-up humane officer, according to Alison Elliott, director of Sanitation,...
Seven students from all parts of the globe are attending Brookwood High School near Ontario this school year. They are, from left, Luisa Silva Zilli-Rocha, Jimena Gutierrez, Ikumi Yorikane, Miguel Sanchez-Sanchez, Eva Dorn, Mohammed Dwikat, Oceane Baude
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 11:57am
Foreign exchange students enrolled at Brookwood High School is not unusual. Brookwood High principal Brad Pettit said as many as four exchange students have been enrolled in past years during a school year. But a busy summer schedule and honest miscommunication among district staff who coordinate...
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 11:45am
   A bump in almost 100 full-time equivalent students this year is helping reap benefits for the Sparta School District.    Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) just released the figures last week, Sparta’s certified state aid increased 4.36%, one of the few area districts that saw a...
The Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital named Victoria Brahm as its interim director.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 11:43am
   The Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital named Victoria Brahm as its interim director.    Brahm, who has been on the job since October 5, replaced John Rohrer, who was appointed temporary director of the facility in March. Brahm is expected to serve in the position until a permanent director...

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