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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:08am
   Citing a downturn in demand for its product, U.S. Silica, owner of the sand mine on Sparta’s west side, announced this week it is laying off 16 employees effective Dec. 9.    “Changes in our production markets are causing lower than expected demand for our products,” said David Murry, the...
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 11:06am
   Taxpayers will be getting a little relief next year if Monroe County’s preliminary budget survives intact.    The proposed budget reduces the tax levy $585,686 over last year, bringing the 2016 levy in at just under $18 million. The corresponding mill rate drops from $6.528 this year to $6.114,...
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:04am
   The Sparta Area School District is seeing a surge in students this year.    There are more full-time equivalent (FTE) students than the district has seen in decades, indicated Superintendent John Hendricks.    He updated the Sparta School Board’s finance and facilities committee this week on the...
The Sparta High School Key Club is hosting Trick-or-Treat Trail, a family-friendly Halloween event October 24. Funds raised will benefit Casa Hogar, an orphanage in Peru. Photo by Renae Caldwell
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:02am
   A family-friendly Halloween event will be held behind Sparta Meadowview School next weekend.    Trick-or-Treat Trail is being organized by the Sparta High School Key Club.    The event is similar to an enchanted forest, but the Key Club put its own spin on the idea.    “We wanted an event where...
Pictured at Monday’s groundbreaking for the project are, from left, Dr. Mike Pace, Sparta Clinic manager Dave Campbell and Sparta Mayor Ron Button. Construction is expected to start this month.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 11:04am
    Gundersen Health System last Monday broke ground on a new Sparta clinic that will allow it to consolidate its departments under one roof while expanding its services. At 35,000 square feet, the new facility, being constructed  at 1111 W. Wisconsin St., between Union National Bank and Lopez...
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott presents Public Affairs Officer Linda Fournier with a retirement certificate at her recent retirement ceremony held in front of Garrison Headquarters, building 100.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:59am
Ft. McCoy’ public affairs officer, Linda Fournier of Sparta, recently retired after 37 years of federal civilian service. Fournier, a Tomah native, was public affairs officer since January 2000, during which time she led “an award-winning program and pioneering the efforts to establish the...
She may be a talented painter, but Carol Keene is just Grandma-ma to Kian Carlisle, son of Jared and Natalie Carlisle of Sparta. Keene conducted an Artist in Residence event for Kian’s first grade class at Southside.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:07am
   The fall scene hanging in Mrs. Hempker’s first grade classroom at Southside Elementary School in Sparta is special for several reasons.    The scene was painted by a professional artist using suggestions from the class regarding the subject matter.    Hempker learned the grandmother of one of...
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:58am
   When a junked vehicle or other public nuisance ordinance violation complaint comes into city hall, resolution is not swift, but the city is working to streamline the process.    The first step in doing so came earlier this year with the hiring of a code enforcement officer. Christine Haas splits...
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:57am
   The Sparta Park Board approved raises for seasonal employees and some athletic officials during its meeting this week.    Parks and Recreation Director Brad Gilbertson indicated a number of officials haven’t seen a raise in about a decade.    He recommended wage increases for Junior Legion...
Sparta Area Fire District firefighters pose in front of their fire station in Cataract during an open house for the facility last Saturday.
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:38pm
   The Sparta Area Fire District Station 3 in Cataract has been operating since March and already is likely responsible for saving lives.    “For this area it’s really needed,” said Lt. Robert Arnold, who was one of a dozen volunteer firefighters from the district on hand at the facility’s open...

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