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Autumn colors peaking in Monroe County

Some people say there are two times of year; autumn and waiting for autumn. For them, autumn is bursting out all over with a brilliant rainbow of colors taking over the woods of Monroe County.
SPD officer injured during traffic stop
A Sparta Police officer suffered a dislocated shoulder after a suspect resisted an attempt to take him into custody Monday night.
Bangor street project nears completion
It has been a long summer and early fall for the residents in the Village of Bangor as its six-month street project nears completion.
SASD selects firms to manage Memorial Field renovations
The Sparta Area School District recently interviewed five firms for the selection of engineer and construction managers regarding the Sparta Memorial Field project proposals. Ultimately the Committee of the Whole recommended the school board approve Rettler Corporation as the engineer manager and Market & Johnson as the construction manager for the project.
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Level 3 sex offender released in Sparta

The Sparta Police Department released information on Wednesday pursuant to Wis. Statute 301.46, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of the information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.

County population grows by 4%

Figures from the 2020 census show Monroe County grew by 4% over the previous 10 years. However, that growth wasn’t evenly distributed over all municipalities.

Gundersen Sparta Clinic welcomes new doctor

Zachary April, DO, has joined the medical staff at the Gundersen Sparta Clinic. As a Family Medicine clinician, Dr. April provides primary care services for patients of all ages.

Mayo Clinic $10K to support Afghan refugees

Fort McCoy  is one of several installations across the nation that has welcomed refugees from Afghanistan. Located just 15 minutes away from Mayo Clinic Health System’s critical access hospital in Sparta, Fort McCoy is housing as many as 13,000 individuals until long-term housing can be established.
Obituaries
TERRY RAE (WELCHER) HANNULA
Passed in Peace on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the age of 79 after a courageous battle with Dementia.
VERNABELLE FRIEDA KASTBERG
Vernabelle Frieda Kastberg, 94, of Sparta, WI, went to be with her Savior on Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
BEVERLY PUECHNER
Beverly Puechner, 89, of Elroy, Wisconsin, formally of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died on October 19th, 2021.
MICHAEL E. MCDANIEL
Michael E. McDaniel, age 68, of Chetek, WI and formerly of Tomah, WI, passed away from Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
KATHLEEN S. CHAMBERS
Kathleen S. Chambers, 93, of Wilton, died Friday, October 15, 2021 at BridgePath-Morrow Home in Sparta.
HAROLD “SONNY” W. SELBREDE
Harold “Sonny” W. Selbrede, 93, of Sparta, died Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home.
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Tomah girls' golf shows resilience after shaky start at state tournament

On a rainy Monday at University Ridge Golf Course, the Tomah girls’ golf team saw their highest expectations for their state appearance fall by the wayside in the tough conditions.
Sparta volleyball outlasts La Crosse Central to snap nine-match conference losing skid
Before their match against La Crosse Central this past Tuesday, the Sparta girls volleyball team was on a nine-match conference losing streak. The team had hopes of ending the skid when they traveled to La Crosse.
Sparta boys' soccer top La Crosse Logan in MVC finale
The Sparta boys' soccer team took to the pitch this past Tuesday, October 12 in a conference match against the La Crosse Logan Rangers.
Tomah football concluding season against Onalaska
The Tomah football team will look to get their first win of the season against Onalaska this week.
Sparta football welcomes in River Falls to conclude regular season
The Sparta football team has not seen much success since the three-game winning streak they had earlier this season. The team will be going into their last game of the year with the hopes of ending their four-game losing streak, the first four-game losing streak for the Spartans since the 2018 season.
Brookwood football ready to host Week 9 matchup with Onalaska Luther
The Brookwood Falcons have faced their share of difficulties during this 2021 fall football season. They’ll get another crack at a conference win on the field against an unfamiliar Scenic Bluffs foe.
Cashton sweeps Brookwood, New Lisbon at Scenic Bluffs volleyball double dual
This year’s youthful Cashton volleyball team endured their share of growing pains early on, but the Eagles found a winning formula here late in the regular season.
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Local sisters fill a need opening a men’s boutique in Sparta

Schmitz Fits, a new men’s boutique is now open selling men’s clothing and apparel at 402 South Black River Street Suite 550 in Sparta.

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