County COVID policy gets pushback
A proposed change to Monroe County’s COVID policy got pushback Wednesday over its separate treatment of vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.
Afghan evacuees face federal charges
Two Afghan evacuees who were being housed at Ft. McCoy are facing federal charges involving alleged abuse against women.
BSD adopts new adaptive COVID response plan
With the masking requirement set to expire on Sept. 17, the board voted to allow the masking requirement to expire and follow an administrative recommendation.
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Sparta Scavenger Hunt Winners

Seventy-six Sparta School District students, grades K-7, successfully completed the 2021 Sparta Scavenger Hunt.

Missioner to speak at United Methodist Church

Kathy Flatoff has quite a story to tell.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Tomah anticipated to raise over $15K

Walkers and teams from across the area participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tomah at Winnebago Park on Sept. 19.

Sunshine on the Trail kicks off Oct. 9

After going curbside last year, Bangor’s cancer support group, Sunshine on the Trail, will host its 14th annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bangor Village Park. 
Obituaries
SPENCER J. WARNER
Spencer J. Warner, 74, of Appleton, WI, died unexpectedly Friday, September 17, 2021 at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI.
MARLYCE SCHOLZE
Marlyce Scholze, 79, of Sparta, died on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.
JASON R. JOSEPH
Jason R. Joseph, 44 of New Lisbon, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his home.
CLARITA GLAYE GERNETZKE
Clarita Glaye Gernetzke, 88 of Kendall went to her heavenly home on Sunday, September 19, 2021.
COLONEL TODD MICHAEL ANDERSON
Colonel Todd Michael Anderson, U.S. Army, Retired, was called home to his Lord on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the Mayo Health Care Center in Lacrosse.
THOMAS “TOM” J. LYDEN
August 16, 1950 — August 27, 2021    WEST SALEM/SPARTA - Thomas “Tom” J. Lyden passed away at his home with family on Friday, August 27, 2021 after a 2 year battle with …
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Sparta girls tennis comes through for narrow win over Aquinas

After a long weekend full of tennis, the Sparta girls tennis team looked to be in the winner's circle yet again after facing conference rival, the La Crosse Aquinas.
Back in the win column: Tomah strikers shut out West Salem
On Tuesday, September 14, the Tomah boys soccer team earned a 3-0 road win against West Salem. 
Sparta's homecoming test: Shades of things to come
The Spartan football team has been playing with their foot on the gas pedal and show no signs of slowing down. After a dominating win over arch-rival Tomah last week, the Spartans extended their winning streak to three games. However, the Spartans will level up their competition in each of the remaining five weeks of play in the regular season, starting with a homecoming tilt with the MVC co-leaders, West Salem.
Cashton football gets stiff non-conference test against Highland
The Cashton Eagles are off to exactly the kind of start they envisioned coming into the season. While they won’t face any Scenic Bluffs title race implications in Week 5, they will get a strong non-conference test that can serve as another measuring stick of where they stand.
Kaduc leads Cashton at Darlington Invitational
Cashton freshman Mateya Kaduc is making a strong first impression in her high school cross country career.
Brookwood cross country teams take 2nd at Viroqua Invitational
At last week’s cross country meet in Viroqua, Brookwood runners were represented well among top-10 finishers.
RIVALRY RENEWED: Spartans, T-Wolves set for Friday night clash
After COVID-19 thwarted their annual meeting in 2020, the Sparta Spartans and Tomah Timberwolves are all set to renew their rivalry this Friday.
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Hackbarth settling in as new pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Pastor Jonathan Hackbarth was installed as new pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta on July 25. Since then, he has been busy getting to know the people and ministry at St. John’s– the blessings, opportunities, and challenges.

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