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    To be in El Salvador during Holy Week was a colorful experience for John Budin and his daughter Maya.  Their hotel was right on the square in Ahuachapan next to Iglesia de La Asuncion, a Catholic Church more than 100 years old.  From their hotel window they looked down on the central plaza and...
  The selflessness of some young children never ceases to amaze. Another Sparta youth has demonstrated her generosity by putting animals in need before herself.    Ellsey Caulkins turned 10 on April 9, and in preparation of her double-digit birthday, Ellsey decided she didn’t need any presents, but...
Sparta City Attorney Dick Heitman performed the honor of swearing in one new and three returning alderman, as well as the mayor at the first city council meeting since the April 5 election. Mary Von Ruden, who defeated District 3 incumbent Carlos Holcomb, joined District 1 Alderman Jim Church,...
The Monroe County Board elected District 4 Supervisor Cedric Schnitzler as chairman. Schnitzler, who resides in the Town of Sparta, won the position after only one vote of the 15 supervisors at the board’s reorganizational meeting Tuesday. He beat out the only other nominee for the seat, Sharon...
   Every day advocates at Brighter Tomorrows strive to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Monroe County. During April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the staff encourages the public to take a stand against sexual assault, too.    Brighter Tomorrows, the county’s domestic abuse and sexual...
   Early in his career Steven Holloway knew it would be more fulfilling making films rather than shooting still photography.    Holloway, a 1971 Tomah High School graduate, attended the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology for filmmaking and photography. Holloway, 62, realized early that...
   Brittany Groom-Klocke was not concerned about missing the Carroll (Iowa) High School prom April 16.    The 19-year-old senior had an eager date awaiting five hours away at the Tomah Recreation Park gold building for the second Special Needs Prom. Groom-Klocke and her mother, Kari Klocke,...
   A domestic violence and sexual assault task force will help local service providers, law enforcement and members of the criminal justice sector figure out how to best serve the needs of the victims of such violence.    In her nine-plus years at the agency, there’s not been a domestic violence...
    Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger announced this week he will seek re-election as Monroe County District Attorney. Croninger, who will be running on the Republican ticket, has no opposition as of yet. Croninger served as a Monroe County assistant DA from 2010 until 2014, before...
Newly elected Tomah mayor Nellie Pater was handed the gavel to start the Tomah City Council Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night. Pater garnered the most votes for the seat during the April 5 election. The veteran council member outdistanced three write-in candidates, Pete Peterson, Dee...

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