Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Cranberry harvesters pictured near Valley Junction, c. 1900, from left, are  Ron Thayer, Arthur Crawford, George Hancock and Loyal Parker. Contributed photo.
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:30am
Monroe County is “Cranberry Country,” boasting the largest concentration of cranberry marshes in the state.  The Village of Warrens, located in northeast Monroe County, is even the official “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin.”  The red, bouncy cranberry is native to Monroe County, which has the acidic...
Pictured is the SACS Board of Directors. It includes, from left, Mike McAlpine, Gary Peterson, Paul Oswald, Katie Chapiewsky, Priscilla Hemmersbach, Karen Edwards, Joanne Bohnert, Cheryl Isensee and Kay Kast. Contributed photo
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:23am
Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) received a national award presented by Mayo Health Systems at the National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon on Nov. 15. SACS received the award in the non-profit organization category for the number of people helped with medical bills, gas cards, groceries,...
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:20am
The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center will have new management when it opens for the upcoming season. A few details were shared at the March 26 Warrens Area Business Association meeting. Per an e-mail from Jason Krultz, who sits on the Discovery Center board of directors they have been...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:43am
Referendums and city council races are expected to draw Sparta voters to the polls for next Tuesday's nonpartisan Spring Election. All county voters will be asked to weigh in on a non-binding referendum concerning a new nursing home in Monroe County. The question states, "Should Monroe County build...
Debra Carney
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:40am
The Monroe County Board Wednesday approved  appointing a replacement for treasurer Annette Erickson who has announced her retirement. Erickson's deputy treasurer, Debra Carney, will take over beginning in May to finish out Erickson's four-year term, which runs until December 2020. Carney said she...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:36am
After April 2 the Tomah City Council could look very different or it could look very similar. Three seats are being contested in the election. Incumbent Mary Ann Komiskey is being challenged by Adam Gigous in Dist. 1. Incumbent Wayne Kling is challenged by Donna Evans in Dist. 7 and appointed alder...
Firefighters douse a trailer carrying cornstarch that caught fire on I-90  west of Sparta. Contributed photo.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:33am
The Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a reported semi trailer on fire at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday night on I-90 at mile post 34 westbound. When law enforcement arrived they reported that the tractor had been disconnected from the trailer and the trailer was fully engulfed in flames. The fire...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:29am
Sparta School District officials have been dealing with parental concerns over a gender test offered to students last week. According to Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren, the test, which was accessed through Facebook, was part of a one-day unit in freshman English classes. "There was a link to a...
Part of the Lemonweir school mentorship team includes from left, Barb Mundinger, Tim Nyseth, Nikki Renaud, Leslie Moseley and Matt Markin. Absent when the photo was taken, Sue Guerkink, Daniel Gray, Pete Hunek, Leanne Puent and Bonnie Swan.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:26am
Some lead busier lives than others with full time jobs dictating their daily schedule Others enjoy retirement with a luxury of being able to pick and choose how to fill their days. But 10 volunteers that comprise the Lemonweir (Elementary) Mentorship Program share one thing. They see the value of...
Austin P. Sawvell
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:23am
On March 19, at approximately 6:47 p.m., officers observed a vehicle traveling northbound on State Highway 27 near County Hwy I with expired registration. The suspect vehicle was allegedly operated by Austin P. Sawvell, 25, of Sparta. When Sawvell became aware that officers were following him, he...

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