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Big Creek Church- A Culmination of community

Sunday, Aug. 7th, the Former Big Creek United Methodist Church had their annual fundraiser, along with a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new restrooms. The church has a rich history in the Big …

Parade caps Bangor Fun Daze

It was just after noon on Sunday in the remote town of Bangor, Wisconsin. Thick clouds held the blue sky captive, and a cool August day was a welcomed friend for all the residents and visitors alike. …

SACS: The coming together of a like-hearted community

On August 5th there was a gathering of the kindest souls at Evans-Bosshard Park for the annual Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) fundraiser. Volunteers flooded the area, playing music, face painting …

Space Camp ends with a blast … off

 Throughout this past week, twenty students spanning grades 5 through 8, completed an exciting week of space related activities. The event was sponsored by the Deke Slayton Space and Bicycle …

Linda Smith exhaled through a massive smile as she cut the ribbon in front of the new Rolling Hills facility on Tuesday. In front of a crowd, both seated and standing, the exhaustive efforts of so …

The Norwalk Lions Club will host it’s 56th annual Tractor pull this weekend. Many of the clubs’ original members never thought that a tractor pull could ever be even a minor success. …

Quilts hand to hand, heart to heart

As you head north on water street in Sparta, once you pass the hustle and bustle of midtown, and your mind starts tossing up random softballs for your ego to knock out of the park, you are passing an …

NEW Dueling Pianos breaks 900 barrier

Known as Wisconsin's very own dueling piano entertainment, Peter Hernet and Vince Strong performed at Sparta’s Concerts in the Park series on August 3rd. This is their third time in Sparta, the …

Marvin Brooks and Sons, keepers of Clydesdales

As the Monroe County Fair was drawing to a close on Sunday, many exhibitors sat around stables and cages chatting, laughing and discussing the milestones nearly reached, attained or surpassed. Just …

A Minnesota eighth grade student, who had a special bond with her grandfather, has written a book that has touched the lives of many people who deal with dementia. Edie Weinstein will be reading …

Fun right on target at Monroe Counties National Night Out

Monroe County held its National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd, in Tomah. The event included over 40 not-for-profit organizations, offering everything from interactive physical challenges to …

The Sparta National Night Out was a complete success according to Sparta Mayor Kevin Riley.  “Last year was primarily first responders, but this year it was bigger and better”, Riley …

Kiwanis members tour Spartan Lofts

For many Kiwanians who toured the Spartan Lofts Tuesday, July 26, it was a nostalgic trip—a view of one-time stairwells, former classrooms and well-remembered teachers from the years the …

Blue Devils change commanders

The 88th Readiness Division, the senior command at Fort McCoy, changed commanders on Saturday, July 30th. Major General (MG, 2-Star) Darrell Guthrie relinquished command of the 88th, passing the unit …

Local business to release own beer

A local Sparta business on Wisconsin street has set a date for the release of their first beer. Beau and Jeanette Burlingame, owners of the Beer Shop at 200 West Wisconsin Street, have made label …

Monroe County Agricultural Society Scholarship

The Monroe County Agricultural Society (MCAS) recognizes leadership in young people within their communities. They want to assist and encourage students to reach their academic goals. MCAS hands out …

Fair provides 'jam packed' fun for all ages

Judge Kari Opelt cutting into a thumbprint cookie, created by Ana Paulson of Cashton, during open class judging really drove home the "jam packed" theme of this year's Monroe County Fair. "This is …

Guitar string art keeps musical dad’s spirit alive

Jessica Kramer really misses her musical father.  “My dad was a musician, Andrew Kramer,” she said. “When he passed away, I started making keepsakes out of his guitar …

Floral excavation arrangement is underway

Sparta Floral rests nestled on the corner where Angelo Road branches out from Montgomery Street. At this exact moment renovations are underway and what was once a dream of the future is now beginning …

'Put on a Happy Face' Bye Bye Birdie begins Aug. 5

Tomah residents and visitors will be treated to a classic musical the first weekend in August as Area Community Theatre (ACT) presents "Bye Bye Birdie". "I have always loved this show," Director …

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