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Board approves borrowing highway funds

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing the Highway Department to borrow up to $5.3 million to fix four county highways that are in desperate need …

Could four-prong approach be best for Tomah’s future?

One city administrator versus an executive committee/team? That question was first addressed by the Tomah City Council during the committee of the whole Monday night. There was further discussion …

Tomah City Council takes action to nail down steel price for ESB

The Tomah City Council is considering a request from Tomah Public Safety Director Tim Adler for approval of a bid package for steel purchase and down payment for steel, architectural and engineering …

Race is on for Tomah District 6 seat

Things are starting to take shape for city of Tomah races. Candidates could begin taking out nomination papers Dec. 1. At this time, three incumbents have announced their intent to seek another …

Environmentalist groups get win in Monroe County wetlands case

Environmentalists scored a victory in a nearly four-year-long dispute over a Georgia-based frac-sand mining company’s efforts to fill in forested wetlands in the town of Grant. A panel of …

Memorial Field revamp gets booster shot

The Sparta Gridiron Club informed the Sparta School Board on Tuesday it plans to donate a large sum toward the renovation project at Memorial Field.  Gridiron Club President Bob Lydon said …

County seeking to fill Larkin’s board post

With the abrupt resignation of District 12 Supervisor Brett Larkin effective Dec. 10, the Monroe County Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates to be appointed to fill out the remainder of his …

SHS to turn old band uniforms into keepsakes

With the new Sparta High School Band uniforms set to arrive any day now, the band department finds itself with several dozen decades-old uniforms on its hands. High School Principal Sam Russ …

Monroe County’s jobless numbers were down in November compared to October, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development. The county’s …

If it hasn’t already arrived in your mailbox, it will shortly. 2021 property tax bills have been mailed out by more than 30 municipal treasurers in Monroe County, and there are a few ways to …

A 39-year-old Sparta man was arrested following multiple allegations of sexual assault against a family member. Travis R. Thoreson currently remains in jail on a $250,000 cash bond.  On Dec. …

A $100 prize is up for grabs for the person who designs the 2022 Sparta Butterfest button. Requirements are as follows: The butter theme must be reflected in the entry. The design is to be drawn …

After five decades in health care, including 27 years at Tomah Memorial Hospital and Tomah Health, CEO Phil Stuart has announced his plans to retire. In an announcement to the hospital board of …

Bids come in for Memorial Field project

The first two bids on the Memorial Field upgrade are set to go before the Sparta School Board for approval Tuesday. At last Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting, Mike Helmrick of Rettler …

Seeking musicians of all kinds

New Hope Fellowship is poised to open a performing arts center (PAC) in January inside their church, and they’re on the lookout for teachers to give a variety of music lessons for all ages and …

Popular vocal group plans Valentine’s Day comeback

For 15 years, the Christmas holiday would find One Acchord performers busy with multiple vocal performances for appreciative audiences. On Dec. 15, 2018, One Acchord performed an anniversary show …

On a string and a prayer

In 1983, dairy farmer Paul Thieman wanted a safe way to hang up his guitar after performing on the weekends. Decades later, the Ontario-based business he started with Anne Tainter, String Swing, has …

Don’t get caught with your shovel down

With the white stuff most assuredly on its way soon, it’s time to dust off those city ordinances regarding snow removal. In the city of Sparta, snow and ice must be removed by the owner or …

Tomah council considers nixing admin position

The fate of Tomah’s city administration municipal government could hang in the balance. While not listed as an action item on the council's agenda Tuesday night, there is “discussion …

Longtime Tomah school board member will not seek another term

The Tomah School Board will have at least one new member following the April election.Longtime board member Gary Grovesteen filed a notice of noncandidacy for another term. Grovesteen has been a …

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