Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:12am
Steve Boris doesn’t remember the first Cataract Field Days. He wasn’t born yet. But he can recall a lot of fun community festivals as a kid, growing up under his dad’s wing.
Now 63, Boris says the 65th annual event has grown but may have reached it’s peak. Still, he’s hoping a few new events,...
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:04am
The Texas Gulf coast region is not place many folks would consider visiting right now in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
But Phil and Monica Haun who live between Tomah and Wilton have incentive for making the journey to the flood ravaged area. Phil Haun's brother Chuck and his wife, Sylvia,...
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:02am
eaver Creek from the downtown covered bridge to Franklin Street just got a whole new look.
The 435 feet of stream bank improvement, which was completed Wednesday, is a benefit to anglers, walkers, the environment and taxpayer's pocketbooks.
The project was a continuation of the City of Sparta'...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:40am
Kevin Hanrahan enjoys the tranquility of being surrounded by the outdoors.
He is often asked why would he want to live in the "middle of nowhere?” But in the woods, wrapped around nature, Hanrahan can reflect on what is important in his life. Family, friends and love. On Saturday, Sept. 2...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:30am
In early 1857, the Rev. Benjamin Birmingham held the first Episcopal service in Sparta when he ministered to a gathering in the Union Block Building located on what is now South Water Street.
It's been over a century and a half since that service, but Sparta's Episcopal congregation is still going...
Friday, September 1, 2017 - 8:40am
The decrease is not significant, but it's still a decrease.
The Tomah School Board approved the tax levy for the 2017-18 school year at its annual meeting Monday night at Tomah High School. The board approved a levy of $13,466,491. Although the levy increased from last year, a 1.5 percent increase...
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:44am
Sparta and Tomah, Monroe County's largest communities, are both fortunate to have well-established medical facilities, not only because of the convenient access to health care they provide their residents, but also because of the economic impact they have on the area.
For Sparta, Mayo Clinic Health...
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:40am
Like a well-used classic book, the historic Sparta Free Library is bursting at the seams.
With limited space for programs and rooms being used for functions other than their intended purpose, the library's board and staff are looking at options to expand.
To assist in developing those options, the...
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:31am
One screw at a time. One electrical outlet at a time. One board at a time.
There was design tweaking, from 11 apartments to eight. And let's not forget a 15 month absence due to a military commitment -- nine months in Afghanistan and six months stateside in Virginia.
With help from staff and some...
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 12:06pm
Before she got the Ph.D. behind her name, Dr. Amy Van Deuren, Sparta's new school superintendent, learned how to pull her weight -- literally.
The Portage native, spent three years as an over-the-road trucker, driving the big rigs from coast to coast, only making it home every other week.