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SASD contemplates $750,000 operating referendum

At the Committee of the Whole meeting last week, there was a discussion regarding a possible non-recurring operating referendum, which is an approval by taxpayers for the district to levy an additional amount outside of the revenue limit for a designated purpose. 

On Oct. 3, Cameron Hazzard of South Haven, MN, was heading east on Interstate-94, hauling heavy equipment when he encountered a van traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lane, causing a collision that put his life into a tailspin.

The ZOR Shriner Midgets Parade Unit of Sparta will be hosting a holiday event this Christmas season as a fundraiser to help pay for its new parade cars. 

Schmitz Fits, a new men’s boutique is now open selling men’s clothing and apparel at 402 South Black River Street Suite 550 in Sparta.

Century Foods International (CFI) in Sparta, the local manufacturing facility owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, announced last week it has donated $10,000 to Couleecap to fight hunger in Sparta and the surrounding communities.

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the staff at Brighter Tomorrows is excited to announce some big changes within the organization.

Sparta aldermen voted Wednesday to move forward with a plan to disburse a portion of its American Recovery Act (ARA) funds to city non-profits and businesses.

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. 

Returning the favor

When Operation Allies Welcome first kicked off, one of the biggest challenges was communicating with the Afghan evacuees. Some spoke English, but there were still some troubles in guiding Afghan evacuees through the initial processing as there was still that language barrier.

Tomah businesses give disabled chance to succeed

For many gainful employment is something taken for granted. For others the task of finding a job to match a skill set is more challenging. Especially when extra work is needed to overcome a disability.

Tiny Dancer

Three-year-old Hope Foucault, daughter of David Foucault of Black River Falls, showed off her moves Saturday at the Fall Fest in downtown Sparta. Hope was shakin’ it to the Reggae stylings of “Tugg”, a four-piece band from La Crosse that performed on Water Street for the event.

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.

Jenkins Organization has big plans at Jellystone

The new owner for Jellystone Park in Warrens has big plans in store to boost its recreational draw.

The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce received a substantial grant on Friday, Oct. 8, during its last Music in Mueller Square event.

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.

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