SASD votes to keep masking optional 

Several Sparta Area School District community members and parents came out to speak at this week’s school board meeting regarding requirements for masking during the upcoming school year.

Lawmakers tour refugee facilities at Ft. McCoy

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson visited Ft. McCoy Wednesday where refugees being evacuated from Afghanistan began arriving last Sunday.

Field trip

When Jack Herricks took over his family’s rural Cashton dairy farm after his father’s death in 1971, it was a 120-acre operation with 34 cows.

The “Fun-Raiser” at Big Creek Church, which was originally scheduled for August 8 and rescheduled due to weather, has been rescheduled for this Sunday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a variety of activities.

Two Tomah cousins are hopeful their summer time project will culminate in spreading a little kindness if people make an effort to find it.

Brook White of Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta is June's DAISY Award winner.

Jolly Joiners 4-H Club to host annual scarecrow contest

Preparations for Cashton’s Annual Fall Fest are already underway along with the fourth annual Fall Fest Scarecrow Competition and organizers, the Jolly Joiners 4-H Club, are seeking the community’s help to make it the best competition yet.

City ready to go on library expansion

The City of Sparta is ready to get the expansion project at the Sparta Free Library done.

'Buffy' helps spread the word about TFD 150th

Tomah Fire Department's 1935 Buffalo fire truck dubbed "Buffy" has been spending time at countless Tomah businesses to help promote the upcoming TFD Sesquicentennial celebration Saturday at Recreation Park.

Refugees begin arriving at Ft. McCoy

The first Afghan refugees from the war-torn country began arriving at Ft. McCoy Sunday.

County board to hear $9M highway bonding proposal

Monroe County Highway Commissioner Dave Ohnstad will be giving a presentation at Wednesday’s county board meeting on a $4.9 million bonding proposal to fund several county highway construction projects.

Vintage day for Oakdale snowmobile show

It was an ideal day to enjoy a grilled brat and chilled beverage at the Oakdale Snowmobile Club's vintage show and swap meet Saturday, Aug. 21 in Oakdale.

In 2020, Erv’s Sparta Area Fire Protection District (SAFPD) was the recipient of the Theisen’s More for Your Community corporate grant in the amount of $2,500, which was used to purchase 19 new helmet replacements for the department.

BSD revises COVID response plan to an adaptive plan

When the Bangor School Board of Education last met in July, it approved a COVID protocol response plan. “I thought we were sitting in a really good place and a lot has changed in a …

Drive-up coffee shop now open in Sparta

Top quality, early morning beverages have been bubbling and brewing at Northland Brew in Sparta for just over one month now. The coffee shop offers a large variety of beverages and menu items served with a large side of convenience as patrons can choose to either walk up, bike up or drive up to order their morning dose of energy.

Spreading The Joy

The Tomah Boys and Girls Club held a Spreading Joy Parade Wednesday to raise funds for the club. The community was encouraged to drive by the club, located at 105 W. Milwaukee St., and honk or wave and then donate. Organizers set a goal of 1,000 people donating $20.

Fort McCoy to house Afghan refugees

The Pentagon Wednesday, confirmed that Ft. McCoy will be used to house Afghan refugees escaping from the war-torn country after it fell to the Taliban over the past weekend.

New subdivision planned for Sparta’s westside

The Sparta Planning Commission Monday approved a preliminary plat for Travis Brooks, owner of Brooks Excavating, who is developing a 17.5-acre site on Sparta’s westside into a 32-lot subdivision for single family homes.

Little ducks equal big bucks

Rubber duckies are usually seen in bathtubs, but Sunday, no bubble-bath was required as 1,500 of the squeaky yellow toys floated down the river in Norwalk. 

Project Hero rolling through Monroe County

Next Wednesday, there will be a unique group of cyclists traveling through Monroe County with a police escort. While some of them will have specialized bikes to accommodate their physical disabilities, most will have inward scars resulting from psychological trauma.

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