World Trade Center survivor shares story with Fort McCoy community
As part of the 20-year commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Fort McCoy hosted a presentation by the last survivor to be pulled out of the World Trade Center …
Mayo’s lead vaccine researcher: Misinformation impeding battle against COVID
According to Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Center, a key skill necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 is the ability to separate fact from fiction. “In …
Tomah parents, students rally against mask mandate
Approximately 60 people rallied outside the Tomah School District office Friday, Sept. 10 to protest a proposed mask mandate and extended Covid quarantine. The group started at Gillett Park and …
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Tomah City Council to hear fowl presentation next week

The Tomah City Council will hear from a wildlife biologist at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21 regarding solutions to a longstanding issue with the flocks of geese around the Lake Tomah dam. Geese …

Two die in I-90 crash near Sparta

Two people were killed in a Sept. 13 crash on I-90 near Sparta. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, at about 10 p.m., at mile marker 26.5, a semi was disabled on the right shoulder when a …

SASB grapples with COVID policy

Sparta School Board President Josh Lydon suggested a plan at Tuesday’s Committee of the whole meeting that he hopes could lift the recently-imposed mask mandate at district schools by late …

Faith Evangelical Free Church to recognize 40 years

This weekend, Faith Evangelical Free Church at 6644 Hwy 16, Sparta, invites the surrounding community to help celebrate “40 Years of Faithfulness.” The celebration kicks off Saturday, …
Obituaries
STEVEN L. HALE
May 20, 1960 — September 11, 2021    INDEPENDENCE, WI - Steven L. Hale, 61, of Independence, WI passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021 after battling cancer.    …
ROBERT “BOB” A. WIEDL
October 27, 1961 — September 8, 2021    SPARTA - Robert “Bob” A. Wiedl, 59, of Sparta, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his home, surrounded by those he …
LINDA D. VIAN
September 12, 2021    SPARTA - Linda D. Vian, 69, of Sparta, died suddenly from a stroke on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN.    A celebration of …
LANA N. HEASTY SMITH GRAYSON
December 17, 1941 — September 9, 2021    CALUMET, IA - LANA N. HEASTY SMITH GRAYSON 79, of Calumet, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at her …
HARRIET I. LEIS
January 19, 1926 — September 12, 2021    CASHTON - Harriet I. Leis, 95, of Cashton, WI, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby, WI, …
NANCY C. HILL
September 10, 2021    TOMAH - Nancy C. Hill, 83 of Tomah, died on Friday, September 10, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Franklin, TN.    A Funeral Service will be held …
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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.
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. 
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.
Tomah girls' tennis strives to balance fun with improvement
Still early in the season the Tomah Timberwolves girl’s tennis team was a relaxed group as they found their place for a team picture. That is a quality Tomah coach Ben Bannan hopes this …
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Shades Body Studio & More settles into its new home

Shades Body Studio & More, which was first established in 2005, has re-opened its doors in a new, improved and much larger space. Shades held its grand opening this past weekend and is now …

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