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           Construction of the Monroe County Justice Center has hit another snag. This one in the form of a change order that will cost the county $445,000 and cause a delay in the project.    The change order is for a smoke evacuation system not included in the architect’s design. Kurt Marshaus,...
People with questions or concerns about Wisconsin’s water quality should plan to attend this Thursday’s free informational seminar sponsored by the Sparta Garden Club.    The club holds educational events every few years, and water quality is a topic all members agree is an important issue.    “We’...
Sparta Meadowview sixth grader Seth Kenyon takes the lead during a race against the Milwaukee Brewers racing sausages at school on Friday. 
The Sparta High School student body has plenty of activities to promote school spirit in time for Friday’s Homecoming contest against Onalaska.    The community is invited to a variety show in the high school auditorium tonight (Monday). The free event begins at 7 p.m.    Students are able to...
    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      The Monroe County Solid Waste Department is considering moving a retired landfill that stands in the way of an expansion of a Town of Byron cranberry marsh.    Solid Waste Manager Gail Frie said Kurt Rutlin, owner of Riverside Cranberries, requested the removal of...
         While the U.S. homeownership rate continues to drop, renter-occupied housing is increasing by nearly two million every year. In fact, home ownership has declined to nearly 63.4 percent, the lowest rate its been since 1967. Paul Hundt, a real estate developer originally from Middle Ridge,...
It didn’t take long for Dale Warthan to break in his brand new rig.    Friends convinced the owner and operator of D&D Trucking of Sparta to enter his brand new dump truck in a truck show, and he came away a winner.    Warthan bought his blue 2016 Kenworth a few months ago. Warthan, a life-long...
    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      Al Jensen didn’t have too much formal schooling but his youthful quest to be a cowboy provided him with a great life, a good education and great material for a book.    Jensen, who is now 93 and living in Arizona, penned an autobiography of his life titled “The Ranch...
    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      Developers are studying the feasibility of a 55-megawatt wind farm around Cashton in southern Monroe County.    OwnEnergy of Brooklyn, NY, is conducting the study through a joint venture with the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).    The project area being studied is in...
    by RENAE CALDWELL Staff Writer       Sparta has lost three bars over the course of as many years. A pair liquor of licenses are up for grabs, but the rules for securing liquor licenses has changed.    Bars that ceased doing business over the past few years include the After Dark on N. Water...

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