New subdivision planned for Sparta’s westside
The Sparta City Council last month cleared the way for a new subdivision planned for Sparta’s westside. The plat is for Travis Brooks, owner of Brooks Excavating, who is developing a …
MCHD reports 200 new cases of COVID this week
The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) reported 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week as well as four new hospitalizations.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Health …
Tomah school threat deemed not credible
A social media post regarding an alleged threat and photo connected to the Tomah School District was determined not to be credible. District superintendent Dr. Mike Hanson said administration …
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SASD struggles to obtain long-term subs

Schools throughout Wisconsin are struggling to manage a shortage in substitute teachers as the demand for them increases. The Sparta Area School District (SASD) and other local school districts are …

Housing agencies agree to merge

The Monroe County Housing Authority and Tomah Public Housing Authority have agreed to merge operations, in a move that will streamline services and open up housing options for the people the two …

Christmas comes to downtown Sparta this weekend

It looks to be a magical weekend in Sparta as the community celebrates the official start to the holiday season. The unique tradition of Sparta’s annual night-time holiday parade continues this …

Wrap yourself in warmth with Peace Lutheran quilt raffle

There is little that compares to the feeling of being wrapped in warmth with a handmade quilt during a cold Wisconsin day. Tomah’s Peace Lutheran Church will provide that warmth for two …
Obituaries
WAYNE KIETH CLOSE
   Wayne Kieth Close passed away peacefully Thanksgiving Day morning (November 25, 2021)  at Tomah Health with his wife, Nancy, at his side.
TIMOTHY A. BROHAUGH
TOMAH - Timothy A. Brohaugh, 62 of Tomah, passed away unexpectedly at his home.
RONALD LEE JOHNSON
     CONOVER - Ronald Lee Johnson, 84, of Conover, WI passed away on November 16th.    Ron was born in Albert Lea, MN. He married his high school sweetheart and had …
NORMAN E. WARTHAN
     SPARTA - Norman E. Warthan, 86, of Sparta, died on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on January 24, 1935 to Enoch and Isabelle (Peck) …
KENNETH B. AXELSEN
ONALASKA/SPARTA - Kenneth B. Axelsen, 70, of Onalaska and formerly of Sparta, died Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus, Rochester, MN. He was born on March 2, 1951 in Sparta to Walter and Alma (Pulham) Axelsen.
HARVEY ENESS
ONTARIO - Harvey Eness, 78, of Ontario, WI, passed away at home on Monday, November 29, 2021. 
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Bangor football overcomes adversity to find itself in familiar postseason position

This season had the potential to be a sea change type of year for Bangor football. The Cardinals bid farewell to longtime coaches Rick Muellenberg and Kevin Kravik — who oversaw the program’s continuing golden age — and entered the fall with the most legit challenger to their Scenic Bluffs throne in years in the form of Cashton.
Bangor volleyball falls to Wonewoc-Center in sectional semifinals
In a sectional semifinal rubber match between this year’s co-champions of the Scenic Bluffs Conference, it was the Bangor Cardinals who got the early advantage.
Cashton football hopes to gain measure of revenge in Level 2 rivalry rematch
The Bangor Cardinals and Cashton Eagles treated fans to an instant classic entry into the rivalry’s history when the pair squared off two weeks ago. Now, they get to do it all over again, but with conference championship implications replaced by the do-or-die nature of the postseason.
Bangor volleyball ready for sectional semifinal rubber match with Wonewoc-Center
The Bangor Cardinals and the Wonewoc-Center Wolves shared this season’s Scenic Bluffs volleyball championship, splitting their head-to-head meetings along the way. Perhaps it’s only fitting then that they square off one last time in 2021 for a rubber match with a sectional final berth hanging in the balance.
Tomah girls' golf shows resilience after shaky start at state tournament
On a rainy Monday at University Ridge Golf Course, the Tomah girls’ golf team saw their highest expectations for their state appearance fall by the wayside in the tough conditions.
Sparta volleyball outlasts La Crosse Central to snap nine-match conference losing skid
Before their match against La Crosse Central this past Tuesday, the Sparta girls volleyball team was on a nine-match conference losing streak. The team had hopes of ending the skid when they traveled to La Crosse.
Sparta boys' soccer top La Crosse Logan in MVC finale
The Sparta boys' soccer team took to the pitch this past Tuesday, October 12 in a conference match against the La Crosse Logan Rangers.
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Shopping for smiles

Mary Hyde loves a good treasure hunt. What started as a way to bond with her grandchildren has evolved into a small business that undoubtedly puts smiles on many children’s faces.

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