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Two people were injured after a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 71 near London Avenue in the Township of Wilton on Sunday, Dec. 5. One person was seriously injured and another sustained …

Fire destroys Trail's End

A fire consumed Trail’s End, colloquially known as “the Amish Walmart,” on Saturday on Little Ridge Road in rural Ontario. The blaze started at about 11:15 a.m. Fire departments …

Sharing seasonal smiles

When Shelly Miller died Dec. 1, 2018, at 52, she left behind a legacy of holiday happiness and hope.  Miller, who made history as Bangor’s first village administrator in 2013, had a …

Tomah city admin cites family issues for departure

The city of Tomah is searching for a new city administrator. With little fanfare, Brad Hanson submitted his resignation as City Administrator to the Mayor Mike Murray and the City Council Dec. …

Railroad club to host its annual winter open house

The West Central Model Railroad Club of Sparta will host its annual winter open house this coming weekend. Visitors young and old will have the opportunity to see the club’s six scale-miles of …

Competition develops in two county board races

At least two seats on the Monroe County Board have become contested races after redistricting landed some supervisors in the same district. So far, District 7 will see a race between supervisors …

Candidates begin circulating nomination papers in Sparta, Tomah, Bangor

With candidates able to begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1, the City of Sparta election is beginning to take shape. Leading the ballot will be a mayoral race that, so far, includes …

Hunting numbers down in state, county

Monroe County saw over an 11% decline from last year in the number of deer harvested during the 2021 nine-day gun deer hunt held Nov. 20- Nov. 28.  The county is in two different deer …

Faith In Action of Monroe County welcomes new director

Former Miss America Heather French Henry once said, “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” Faith In Action …

Jonathan Ellenburg, 43, of Norwalk, was arrested for allegations of sexually assaulting three young girls. On Oct. 10, MCSO received a call reporting sexual abuse that took place several years …

Cardinal expansion remains on track

Just in time for a Wisconsin winter. Fortunately, contractors working on the Cardinal TG expansion are now working in an enclosed building with heat, according to Aaron Arntson, a supervisor at …

City still seeking new operator for The Greens

The City of Sparta is hoping to have a new concessionaire at The Greens bar and restaurant by March. Dane and Garret Geier hold the current contract with the city but have indicated they will not …

Since opening her own chiropractic clinic in Sparta in January 2020, Dr. Megan Karls is taking care of patients the way she has always wanted to. “I believe in spending time with people …

Leave the mud at the door

In order to foster an environment where people feel safe to express their opinions, we will limit letter writers to one letter a month

Warrant issued for defendant in stabbing incident

A bench warrant was issued Friday after a defendant in an October stabbing incident failed to appear in court.

Out with the old

Demolition on the former 24-apartment Homestead Assisted Living Home and two wings on the nursing home on Water Street began Monday after it was replaced with new 36-apartment Creekside Assisted …

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 …

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 …

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