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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes talked about Climate Change when he spoke to the Sparta Kiwanis Club Jan. 26, and the ZOOM meeting took on an international aura when he was joined by Sparta native Holly Kirking Loomis of the U. S. Foreign Service, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The two had worked together...
Students from Sparta High School recently spoke on behalf of their beloved band program at the regular meeting of the Sparta School Board this week. While sports teams and other clubs and activities have started resuming practices and rehearsals with proper mitigation procedures in place, the band...
The rise in Covid-19 cases at Tomah Middle School has forced a change in student instruction. District superintendent Dr. Mike Hanson said all TMS students will move to at-home/virtual learning due to COVID starting today (Monday) through Friday, Feb. 5. Hanson said a tentative return date for...
Monroe County Board supervisors will be voting on accepting bids on a $16 million bond for a new county-owned senior care facility when they meet this Wednesday. The board approved the bonding in 2017, which required a three-quarters majority vote. On Wednesday, it will only take a simple majority...
There’s little that Maurice “Moe” Amundson isn’t involved in when it comes to the outdoors. The litany of his conservation-related interests seems endless. He’s an avid deer hunter, both gun and archery, a turkey hunter and a fly fisherman, to name a few. He’s been a member of the Monroe County...
Wisconsin’s 2021 early catch-and-release trout season, which includes Fort McCoy streams and tributaries, opened Jan. 2 and continues until 11:59 p.m. April 30. Only artificial lures may be used during the early catch-and-release trout season, and all fish caught must be released immediately, said...
Three Tomah High School art students had their artistic talents recognized by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) The Wisconsin Art Education Association works in conjunction with the WASB to showcase art from students across Wisconsin . Entries are open to students in grades 7-12....
General R.B. McCoy VFW Post 2112 of Sparta recently recognized Meadowview Middle School teacher Laurie Rappa as the Post 2112 Teacher of the Year. Rappa also received the honor of being selected as the VFW District 11 Teacher of the Year.   Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes...
The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the return of Sparta Quest Winter Fest located in Sparta Memorial Park. Several years ago, the event began as a qualifying race for the Iditarod Dogsled Race but was ultimately cancelled.  With the pandemic in place and people needing something...
Years ago, Gary Miller, of Sparta had a buddy that got him to use a custom-made fishing rod that had been crafted by a man in Rochester, MN. At the time, Miller, who now owns and operates his own truck, was driving for Con-way Freight. “I love trucking, but I just kept thinking, ‘What am I going to...

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