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Sparta Area Fire District firefighters pose in front of their fire station in Cataract during an open house for the facility last Saturday.
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:38pm
   The Sparta Area Fire District Station 3 in Cataract has been operating since March and already is likely responsible for saving lives.    “For this area it’s really needed,” said Lt. Robert Arnold, who was one of a dozen volunteer firefighters from the district on hand at the facility’s open...
Three of Sparta’s legendary Five Shovelmen were putting the finishing touches on a sign the group built in Evans-Bosshard Park over the last few months. Pictured, from left, are Jim Cook, Reinhard Mueller and Al Jenkins.
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:30pm
Bridging the communication gap Shovelmen complete unique sign in Evans-Bosshard Park    What is it Sparta’s Five Shovelmen do when they aren’t building a bridge? Why they build a sign that looks like a bridge.    Reinhard Mueller, Jim Cook, Al Jenkins, Jerry Kast and Kerry Schumann, collectively...
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:21pm
   An asphalt crew heading home to Green Bay made an unexpected stop in Sparta Sunday when their truck started on fire.    Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold said his fire crew was called to the eastbound exit of Interstate 90 at Highway 71 at around 4:15 p.m.    He said there they encountered a truck,...
Dogs rescued from Aruba through ARF-Aruba, with the help of ARF-Aruba board member Gina Potter gathered for a reunion at Potter’s Warrens home Saturday. More than 20 dogs and their owners attended the event.  Photo by Renae Caldwell
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:20am
More than 20 dogs adopted from the streets of Aruba by area American citizens gathered at the rural Warrens home of Gina Potter over the weekend for a puppy reunion.    Potter is involved with Animal Relief Foundation (ARF) Aruba, a non-profit organization that was founded by concerned tourists....
Wetherby Cranberry Company staff members explained the corralling process during the annual public harvest day event Saturday. The beds are flooded to raise the berries, which are raked into machinery that separates the berry from the vine. Photo by Renae Caldwell
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:08am
Since Wisconsin is the country’s leading producer of cranberries, its important for residents to know about the state’s most profitable fruit.    Wetherby Cranberry Company of Warrens holds a free public harvest day annually the first Saturday in October – which is the beginning of a fast and...
Charlie Burnett of Sparta captured this photo of Pope Francis addressing a crowd on the Capitol lawn in Washington D.C. shortly after addressing Congress last week. Burnett (inset) was among 40,000 spectators who got tickets to watch the Pontiff outside the Capitol.
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:04pm
     At 56, Charlie Burnett of Sparta is likely beyond the age to be star struck enough to travel several hundred miles to see a rock star perform. But he’s not too old to make that trip to see the world’s most famous common man.    Last week, Burnett, a middle school science teacher and director...
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:20am
There’s another vacancy on the Sparta School Board.    Todd Mandel has submitted his resignation.    He will be moving out of district and will no longer be eligible to serve on the board, indicated Superintendent John Hendricks.    Mandel, community development director for Couleecap, indicated he...
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:16am
Classes were called off for Sparta High School students Wednesday because of a water main break.    The break on the north side of the school, in the area of the original 1962 construction, caused water to leak into the basement, according to Superintendent John Hendricks.    A high school...
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
Board gives Byron landfill investigation the go ahead It took a little convincing but Monroe County Solid Waste Manager Gail Frie got the okay from the county board last week to investigate transferring waste from a defunct Town of Byron landfill to the county’s landfill in Ridgeville. The county’s...
More than a 120,000 people were expected to converge in Warrens for the 43rd annual Cranfest celebration. Above is just a sampling of the massive crowd that shopped until they dropped on Saturday.  Photo by Renae Caldwell
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:11am
More than a 120,000 people were expected to converge in Warrens for the 43rd annual Cranfest celebration. 

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