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   The Sparta Area School District is seeking input from community members and others with a vested interest in Sparta schools to help plan for the future.    A strategic planning committee is looking at the priorities of the district and wants the public’s help.    The committee, which includes a...
             When the line-up of America’s most anticipated commercials roll during the Super Bowl in three weeks, a Tomah area entertainer will play prominently in one of them.    While he’s sworn to secrecy about the details of the ad, Scott Wilcox will be playing a “significant role” in a three-...
          Ask Gordon “Gordy” Stelter about flying and a big smile will come over his face. “I just love it,” he says.  Over the years, his love of flying has provided him a long and storied life in different careers as well as in community service. Stelter took over responsibility for part of the...
   Just like his gut feeling to practice dentistry in Sparta, Dr. Mark Edwards used his instinct when deciding to retire.    “Doc” Edwards as he is known by most, closed his practice at 605 W. Wisconsin St. on Dec. 31. He sold his practice to Dr. Jennifer Knoll of Sparta Dental Center, 3000 Riley...
   A new sign will greet people at the Sparta Area School District track and field complex, if the concept is approved by two more voting entities.    Sparta High School Junior Max Engh wants to replace the existing sign as his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 67.    The current sign is...
   The popularity of an archery program at Meadowview Middle School in Sparta warrants another coach, the personnel and educational initiatives committee of the school board decided this week.    It recommended hiring a second coach for $359.    Middle school activities director Toby Oswald said...
  When the spring construction season rolls around Don Pierce will not worry about what unknown issues may lurk beneath the streets of Tomah. For those asking who Don Pierce is, and there will be some, many  people in Tomah know him not by his given name, but as Bass. And why will Pierce not...
    It may not have been the big one, but someone who bought a Powerball ticket from Casey’s General Store in Sparta is $50,000 richer. Casey’s was one of nine locations in the state where Powerball players won $50,000 in last Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 16, 19, 32, 34 and 57. The...
   Many people have heard of Little Free Libraries, but did you know most of them are constructed right here in Monroe County?    A major builder for the Little Free Library organization is Henry Miller, an Amish carpenter who lives just outside of Cashton.    Miller owns H&L Rustic Reclaim and...
   A new elective being implemented in the Sparta Area School District is an effort to close the achievement gap and prepare students for post-secondary education.    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) was developed in 1980 by California high school English teacher Mary Ellen Swanson....

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