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WISCONSIN VIETNAM MEMORIAL

What started out as an idea has come to full fruition in 20022 at the Vietnam Memorial in the La Crosse Veterans Freedom Park.  The memorial was dedicated on June 23rd with 1239 names of …

SPARTA PEDAL PADDLE FISH DAYS

Friday evening, the first event of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce’s Inagural Pedal, Paddle and Fish Days concluded with the cardboard boat race at the Sparta Aquatic Center.  Race …

County Board passes resolutions for adding positions

Last week, at the Monroe County Board meeting, there was some contention from board members in regard to four positions to be added in various departments. Board member, Doug Rogalla said, “the …

Making smoky memories

The smoke has cleared, but ears may be still be ringing a bit as the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull, hosted by the Monroe County Agricultural Society, wrapped up Saturday …
Obituaries
MAURICE (MORRY) WEGNER
   HOLMEN - Maurice (Morry) Wegner of Holmen, formerly of Tomah, WI passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Morry was born February 27, 1937 in Sparta, WI to Paul and Irene (Harris) …
FREDERICK “BUD” G. GARECHT JR.
   SPARTA - Frederick “Bud” G. Garecht Jr., 90, of Sparta, died Friday, June 24, 2022 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. A funeral service will be announced by Lanham-Schanhofer …
FRANCES E. STONE
   SPARTA - Frances E. Stone, 99, of Sparta, died Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse.    No services will be held at this time.    …
BRIAN JAMES HENSLEY
   Brian James Hensley, age 65, formerly of Tomah, passed away June 16, 2022 at his home in Pueblo West, CO. He was born on January 16, 1957 to James and Ruth (Kloppenborg) Hensley in …
WILLIAM “BILL” H. TAYLOR
   TOMAH - William “Bill” H. Taylor 71 of Tomah and formerly Wausau, died Friday June 17, 2022 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital Tomah. He was born May 4, 1951 to …
SANDRA “SANDIE” L. WEGNER
SPARTA - Sandra “Sandie” L. Wegner, 78, of Sparta, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse. She was born on March 15, 1944 in Sparta to Newell and Leone …
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Bangor fights off Pecatonica to clinch first state baseball appearance since 1996

The Bangor Cardinals have been knocking at the door of the state baseball tournament for a while now. Thanks to an unconventional pitching strategy, excellence on the mound and a timely offensive explosion, that door has finally been forcefully broken down.
Bangor exorcises sectional baseball demons for themselves and Scenic Bluffs Conference
The fourth time was the charm for Bangor baseball under Todd Grant in the sectional final. The Cardinals' 9-3 win over Pecatonica in this year's Division 4 sectional finals was a welcome relief for a program that couldn't quite seem to clear that final hurdle to reach state. In fact, it has been an issue that's plagued the Scenic Bluffs Conference in general for the past quarter century.
Grant's gamble pays off as Bangor pitchers rise to the occasion at sectionals
High school sectional baseball day in Wisconsin presents a dilemma for coaches: How do you best utilize your pitchers when, ideally, you'll be playing two do-or-die games in the same day in your bid for state?
Bangor's Horstman, Daines help guide Cardinals past Ithaca in sectional semifinals
It wasn't Bangor's ace pitcher dealing on the mound and it wasn't the heart of their order driving in runs at the sectional semifinals. But it's those sorts of contributions — from those outside a team's top stars — that can be just what the doctor ordered in the playoffs.
BEIER: Sectional day shows the beauty of baseball
I like baseball. I really do. I think that most people truly do enjoy the sport of baseball, despite all reports that folks have moved on to other things that don't baseball.
Tomah’s Elijah Brown sees offseason work pay off with trip to state track meet
Elijah Brown wasn’t satisfied with his freshman season of track and field. In his first year as a member of the Tomah track team, Brown's overall performance didn’t sit right with him. So, he decided to spend the offseason doing something about it.
Area teams do best to contend with unfavorable spring weather
Despite having nearly a month’s worth of possible competition dates available so far, the spring sports season’s start feels anything but official yet. Once again, due to our regularly scheduled spring weather, our area sports teams have struggled to properly get into a groove thus far this season with most teams canceling or postponing more contests than playing anything.
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Local Family Celebrates One Year of Their Dream Come True, Cornfield to Campground and Aqua Park in Sparta, WI

The name Whiskey Creek came from George Gilbertson and a friend, who suggested Whiskey Creek would be a catchy name for a campground someday. Owned and operated by the Gilbertson family: George and …

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