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Rockland Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM in the Rockland Village Park. Sponsored by Rockland 4-H. Tomah Easter Sunday Celebration at St. Paul Lutheran Church 525 Superior Ave. …

The purple, blue, green, orange, pink, and rainbow-colored sheep are a sight to behold. Diana Ornes of Briar Oak Showstock, encourages people to load up the kids and drive by for a look. Daina said …

On Wednesday, Monroe County District Attorney, Kevin D. Croninger announced that on April 12, 2022, a Monroe County jury convicted 37 year old, Marcus W. Anderson of eleven counts including, 1st …

School board cuts $1.8M to cover budget shortfall

The Cataract Elementary School and deep cuts to teaching staff both escaped the chopping block, so far, after the Sparta School Board cut nearly $1.8 million from the 2022-23 budget at a special …

Governor Tony Evers is proclaiming April 4-8 as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. ReadyWisconsin is encouraging every Wisconsinite to prepare for severe weather and tornadoes …

Fort McCoy teen named Wisconsin Military Youth of the Year

Fort McCoy family member Charles Temspki, from Sparta has been named the Wisconsin Military Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his leadership, service, academic excellence, …

What we know about the SASD Superintendent situation

We know the Sparta Area School District board of education held a special meeting last Tuesday, the board had discussion and action to move toa closed session regarding an individual’s …

County adopts new compensation plan

The Monroe County Board last week approved a new compensation plan that it hopes will help retain current staff as well recruit new employees. In July 2021, the county commissioned a $79,000 wage …

Cataract Elementary School on the chopping block once again

Talks about closing Cataract Elementary School are happening again- and a number of people shared input about reasons to keep it open during a special meeting Monday evening at Cataract Sportsmen’s Club.

District 16 candidate questionnaire

Name: Doug Rogalla Background:  I retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years. I continued to serve. First with the American Red Cross as part of the Armed Forces Emergency …

District 15 candidate questionnaire

Name: Joey Esterline District 15 County Supervisor Candidate Background: Resident of Monroe County since 1987 living in the City of Sparta for 22 years and Town of Adrian for 13. I grew up on a …

District 14 candidate questionnaire

Name:  Jen Schmitz Background:  I grew up on a dairy farm in the town of Jefferson, graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in Agriculture and Applied Economics and Dairy Science in …

District 8 candidate questionnaire

Name: Dave Culpepper Background: I’ve spent the past 15 years serving the broader public in varying capacities between both pubic- and private- sectors, to include administration, …

Is clean water a right?

Some members of the Monroe County Board took issue with a resolution last Wednesday that referred to clean water as a “right”, before settling on a less controversial phrase. Bob …

Gridiron Club pitches in another $90K for scoreboard

The Sparta Gridiron Booster Club stepped up once again, providing another nearly $90,000 donation to the Memorial Field renovation project. The money will go toward a new scoreboard for the …

District 7 candidate questionnaire

Name: Mary Von Ruden   Background: Born on a farm in Monroe County, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, graduate of SHS in 1969, married to Fred Von Ruden a retired Monroe County …

District 6 candidate questionnaire

Name: David Kuderer Background:  I have lived all my life in Monroe County.  I lived in Wilton and worked on my grandparent’s farms.  I moved to Sparta in 1973 and married …

Sparta School Board candidates open up at Kiwanis forum

Members of the Sparta Kiwanis Club gathered at the American Legion Tuesday, where they hosted six of the eight Sparta School Board candidates at an informational forum. The candidates included Pat …

Library board approves alternate renovation plans

In January, the City of Sparta signed a $330,000 contract with FEH Design of Dubuque, IA. The city council agreed to fund 70% of the $5 million library expansion project, capping the city’s …

Tomah Chamber annual banquet proves to be a circus

  The Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center held their annual banquet Monday evening at Cranberry Country Lodge. The event was themed of a circus. Businesses and organizations from around the area …

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