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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 9:45am
   The City of Sparta is investigating the possibility of a third business park.    “For the third year in a row now the Committee of the Whole has listed a new business park and economic development as the number one thing to concentrate on,” noted City Administrator Todd Fahning.    “The East...
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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 9:44am
   When Sparta High School freshman Macy-Kaye Sullivan’s school day ends, her day of education is far from over.    A couple of times per week, Macy-Kaye studies and practices ballet until nearly 10 p.m.    She studies ballet at Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska, where she is a level-six ballet...
Supervisor Gene Treu of the Town of Sparta (forefront) comes to the defense of Personnel Director Ken Kittleson Wednesday at the Monroe County Board annual budget meeting. A motion to remove Kittleson’s wages and benefits from the budget and place personnel under the county administrator failed by a 16-7 vote. Also pictured, from left, are supervisors Mark Pierce, Gail Chapman and Cedric Schnitzler.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:41pm
      The Monroe County Board approved a $63 million budget Wednesday but not without a little controversy.    Personnel Director Ken Kittleson survived another attempt to defund his position, while  supervisors denied motions to add over $100,000 to county libraries and shrink the highway budget...
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:42am
   While not as successful as past events, the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day netted more than 500 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.    “A total of 531 pounds was returned to be incinerated on Take Back Day,” said Monroe County Drug Free Communities Coordinator Natalie Carlisle.   ...
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:41am
   The City of Sparta’s levy rate continues to decrease and will drop by a penny next year.    City Treasurer and Administrator Mark Sund presented the 2016 budget to the Committee of the Whole and the finance committee Wednesday evening.    “The equalized tax rate is one cent less than last year,...
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:41am
   All three requests made to the Sparta Finance Committee for matching tourism funds were approved, though one only partially.    Funds generated through room taxes can be used for special projects that encourage tourism. The soliciting group must match all requests. The finance committee hears...
Competitors in the Rails-to-Trails Marathon in Norwalk Sunday begin their 26-mile run from the starting line in the Norwalk Park.
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:50am
  The numbers may have been down for the eighth annual running of the Rails-to-Trails Marathon in Norwalk Sunday, but the enthusiasm and goodwill hasn’t changed. “The response we receive from the runners is always positive,” said Janelle Stoikes, one of the event’s organizers. “They love the...
Tate Williams’ portrays Bert in the SHS Excalibur Players’ production of “Mary Poppins”. Performances are this Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Photo by J.P. Schaller
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:36am
   Sparta High School is known for its strong drama department, and this year’s crop of thespians doesn’t disappoint.    The Excalibur Players have been working for months on their latest musical, and will present Disney’s “Mary Poppins” this week.          Mary Poppins is a magical English nanny...
Chad Westpfahl, who recently returned from a gold mining trip to Alaska, shows off five small gold nuggets with an estimated value of around $500. He spoke about his trip last Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ridgeville.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:34am
Nome, Alaska is not likely the first destination many would consider to spend their summers to relax and recreate. But Chad Westpfahl, rural Tomah, has not journeyed to Nome since 2010 with his primary intent to catch a trophy fish or bag a trophy bear. Westpfahl has joined longtime friend Craig...
Summer Bollig, a Sparta High School junior, strikes an arc in the school’s welding shop, where she and 11 male students comprise the welding class.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:27am
   Summer Bollig looks a little out of place in her first class of the day at Sparta High School. That’s because she’s the only girl among a dozen classmates in the school’s new welding program.    But after donning her welding helmet, gloves and smock, it’s only her long, flowing pony tail that...

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