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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:39am
Preliminary estimates for the final cost of the Monroe County Justice Center were jaw dropping for some supervisors at last Thursday's county board meeting. Finance administrator Tina Osterberg presented figures to the board revealing the project could come in at $38.7 million, well over the $29.6...
Officer Ethan Schroeder, Officer Justin Grones and Sgt. Jason Pipkin of the Sparta Police Department receive a prescription drug drop box from Monroe County Drug Free Communities Coordinator Natalie Carlisle. The drop box, located in the police department lobby, was replaced last week due to high demand of the box installed in 2013, and serves as a safe disposal method for expired and unused medications.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Prescription drug abuse is currently being reported by law enforcement agencies across the country as one of their greatest threats, especially with some of them being a gateway to other drug usage. In addition, unsafe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications is costly to the...
Todd Gerke and John Amundson of Tomah
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8:28am
The neighbor of the Tomah man accused of shooting two people with a .22 from his apartment window is charged with burglary and theft after allegedly breaking into the man’s apartment while he was being held at the Monroe County Jail. Todd A. Gerke, 52, reportedly stole $3,600 worth of cash and...
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8:24am
Two Tomah men were treated with non-life threatening injuries after a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 71 in the Township of Wilton early Saturday morning. Jason Meagher, 36, and Brent Dingman, were passengers in the 2005 pickup, driven by Michael Jelinek, also of Tomah. Jelinek was uninjured....
Jean Thayer and her daughter Helen Worth, both from La Valle, tried out their artistic ability at a Sip n’ Paint event at Wildcat Mountain Bar & Grill in Ontario on Saturday. Though based in Eau Claire, The Paint Shack hosts painting classes all around Monroe County.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 8:21am
Cyndi Kortbein has never taken a painting class – but that is not stopping her from embracing her inner, artistic self. In fact, she makes a living showing others how to do the same. Kortbein, a Tomah native, opened the Eau Claire-based studio The Paint Shack just over a year ago. But she has been...
String Swing Founder and President Paul Thieman, Vice President Travis Thieman, and Co-founder and Executive Secretary Anne Tainter.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 1:41pm
The eighties were a time of big hair, parachute pants and hair bands, but it is also when Paul Thieman created a product that would one day be known across the entire music industry, and it’s made right here in Monroe County. Today, Paul’s son Travis oversees the day-to-day operations of String...
John Hendricks
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:50am
After 13 years as Sparta Area School District’s superintendent, John Hendricks announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down. “The timing is good to make the move,” he said. “I’m feeling very optimistic about where things are at with the school district.” The Board of Education must take formal...
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 10:11am
  Few would argue that Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton is Sparta's most famous native. It's hard to compete with a man who strapped himself into a Saturn rocket capable of 1.9 million pounds per foot of thrust and blasted off into space. James Runde, an engineer like Deke, would likely agree. But...
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:29am
Wednesday, Feb. 15 was a busy day for Ken Poole and Chin-Chin Minnear. They arrived with a third member of their traveling party just under the wire for an 11 a.m. meeting at Ground Round. In one hour the group was en route to a destination in Cashton for another meeting. Minnear is affiliated with...
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:12am
The Sparta Area School District could be joining other public districts in supporting the repeal of the state-mandated Sept. 1 school start date. At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Board of Education will vote on a resolution that would formally ask Wisconsin Legislature to re-establish local control in...


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