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   A unique situation with winter holidays this school year prompted a change in the paid holiday policy.     The Sparta Area School District’s paid holiday policy stated that when holidays fall on a weekend, the holiday and accompanying time off will be observed on the first Monday following the...
   A new Garrison Commander took over leadership of Fort McCoy last Friday.    Col. David J. Pinter Sr. was installed during a Change of Command ceremony. Pinter comes to Fort McCoy from the Pentagon where he was the Division Chief of the Homeland Defense Division of the Joint Staff J3 Operations...
   In a traditional ceremony that dates back to Colonial times, a change of command occurred at Fort McCoy in front of nearly 300 people Friday.    Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David Pinter Sr. assumed duties from Col. Steven Nott, who held the position for over four years.    Joe Capps,...
  Joel Tock’s career path was likely set while he was still in his mother’s womb. The 23-year-old musician from Sparta is the son of Russ and Dana Tock, who were active in the Coulee Region’s music scene for decades with the band Midwest Coast. Dana, who also owns Dana’s Music in downtown Sparta,...
   Technology changes so quickly, upgrades are needed sooner than later. That’s what the Sparta Police Department has found out about its squad cameras.    There are currently six squad cars equipped with video cameras purchased in 2009. However, the quality of the video is fading fast.    “The...
   His final assignment has been his most rewarding one, retiring Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven Nott said this week.    His tenure at Fort McCoy is longer than most assigned to the position, at four years and one month, and his time here has impacted his entire family enough to want to...
   Wade Blackdeer allowed a peek into the lives of early Ho-Chunk people during a presentation last Sunday hosted by the Tomah Area Historical Society.    Blackdeer, a 1972 Tomah High School graduate, served in the Ho-Chunk Legislature for 10 years, beginning in 1997. During his time, he served as...
About 40 years ago, Stan Thomas of rural Sparta switched addictions. He went from smoking to running... and running and running. In fact, in the past 39 years, he’s run far enough to circumnavigate the globe once and is well into his second lap. Several years ago he surpassed the 24,901 mile mark,...
   Almost $100,000 was raised by the Remembering Jesse Parker charity in Tomah in 2015.    Numbers were just released regarding the total amount raised and distributed to local and global charities.     Jesse Parker was a Tomah High School student who died tragically in a car accident during a...
In Wisconsin, the long and winding road that leads to your door is likely under maintained and crumbling. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 14% of bridges in the state are deficient and 71% of highways aren’t up to snuff. And with a lack of funding and political will, that...

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