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Sixth applicant for school board vacancy

A sixth applicant will be considered for a vacant Sparta School Board seat. Jason Perry’s name was added to the list of five candidates who applied to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Eric Solberg last month.

Wrong-way driver charged with reckless homicide

A 41-year-old Waunakee woman accused of going the wrong way on Interstate 94 and causing a four-vehicle crash, resulting in one fatality, was charged in Monroe County Circuit Court Wednesday with six felonies.

First Sparta Area Bluz Cruz set for this Sunday

This weekend Fred Green, of Sparta and some friends will be holding the first ever Sparta Area Bluz Cruz for a vintage bike ride on Sunday, October 17. 

Five apply for Sparta School Board vacancy

The Sparta School District received five applications for the school board seat vacated by Eric Solberg last month.

The Sparta Police Department recently released information pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 310.46, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when in the discretion of the agency the release of the information will enhance public safety awareness and protection.

Berry's basket weaving for a charitable cause

Rose Berry likes to keep busy. Whether it's baking, gardening, volunteering or in the case of this story, basket weaving.

The Dog House at Evergreens is now open five days a week

Back in August of 2019, Jeff and Sandy Klonecki took over ownership of Evergreen’s Supper Club, located between Cataract and Millston at 1095 Apollo Rd. At the time, the Kloneckis knew they had their work cut out for them to restore the supper club back to its former glory.

Sikorsky resigns board seat

Citing an unsafe and unproductive atmosphere existing in the Sparta School District since the school board voted to reinstate a mask mandate last month, board member Nancy Sikorsky resigned her position Wednesday.

Local state senators seek higher offices

State Senators Brad Pfaff and Patrick Testin, whose districts include parts of Monroe County, are seeking higher offices.

Military commitment instilled at The Meat Smyth

Lee Boyles carries his military background with a strong sense of pride. It is a similar sense of pride that Boyles and wife Ellen integrated into their business, The Meat Smyth.

Sparta SRO Nelson receives commendation from school board

Sparta Area School District’s School Resource Officer Marc Nelson was given commendations at last week’s school board meeting for his part in saving a young student outside of the district who had threatened to harm themself. 

Climate assessment team holds open house

In the face of climate change, Monroe County needs to build a more resilient landscape.

Sparta Fall Fest scheduled for this weekend

The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting its annual Autumn celebration, Sparta Fall Fest, on Saturday, October 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Panel discusses Afghanistan evacuee presence at Fort McCoy

The first of three panel discussions regarding relocation of evacuees from Afghanistan being housed at Fort McCoy took place Wednesday night at La Crosse.

Tensions were high at the Sparta School Board meeting this week leading to outbursts from both sides of the mask debate.

Sparta suffers growing pain with district boundaries

The Sparta City Council last week approved a map of new voting wards that reflected its rising number of residents.

County looks to expand recreational opportunities

Monroe County is considering purchasing a 234-acre parcel of woodland in the Town of Byron to add to its inventory of county forest and increase recreational opportunities in the area.

Write an essay, win a café

When Tammy Haldeman bought a building on Water Street in downtown Sparta last November and turned it into a café, she had every intention of pouring her heart and soul into it.

No surprise, Amtrak service down for 2020

Amtrak service dipped considerably in 2020 with the loss attributed to decreased Covid ridership.

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.

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