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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.

Local state senators seek higher offices

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

Committee recommends architect for library expansion project

Sparta’s blue ribbon committee on the Sparta library expansion completed its main task Wednesday when it recommended an architect for the project.

Fort McCoy's 2021 archery deer season underway

The regular archery/crossbow archery season began at Fort McCoy on Sept. 18 at the same time as the opening of the Wisconsin archery season.

Oakdale Area Fire Association anniversary Saturday

The Oakdale Area Fire Association (OAFA) will celebrate 75 years of service with an open house Saturday.

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.

SACS Huge Rummage Sale was a huge success

Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) held its first official rummage sale at the Zone Sports Bar and Grill Shelter from September 9 to 11. The sale was a big success and the group of volunteers ended up raising $3,646 for SACS.

Off and running at the Rails to Trails Marathon

The past years have been up and down for Norwalk’s Rails-to-Trails Marathon but organizers managed to pull off the event on Sunday.

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.

Tomah ACT keeps busy with production, bingo event

Tomah Area Community Theatre will be busy in October and November. Rehearsals have started for The Odd Couple, The Female Version.  Their very different personalities lead to many tests of their friendship and lots of laughter for the audience.

Leon Country Floors shows its support for SACS

For several years now, the Leon Country Floors’ SACS team has made several substantial donations to Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) following its annual thrift sale.

Iron sharpens iron

Earlier this month, Hoplite CrossFit in Sparta held the Hedstrong Throwdown, a competition in honor of a former Sparta CrossFit coach, Captain Hedy Vincent, who began the biggest competition of her life earlier this year. 

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.

2021 Global Medic exercise at Fort McCoy tests new field hospital

The first Global Medic exercise since conversion of the combat support hospital to a field hospital was conducted the first three weeks of August at Fort McCoy.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave its season outlook for ruffed grouse, woodcock and wild turkey, plus essential updates for hunters to be in the know with the recent Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 season openers.

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