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         Sparta High School’s food digester project is reaping all kinds of benefits, but none more so than the enthusiasm it has garnered.    “The kids are what’s making this work,” said Chuck Amundsen, high school head custodian. “If it wasn’t for the students we couldn’t do it.”    The digester...
   Binge drinking by adults aged 18-20 is the biggest concern of Monroe County residents, according to preliminary results of a community perception survey.    The survey, which is put out by the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition, is conducted every two years. In 2013, the number one concern...
   Four might be Nick Guy’s lucky number, but he’s looking for Number One this year.    Guy is ranked fourth in the world for steer wrestling, and he’s headed to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next month for the third time in a row.    The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is to rodeo what the...
   A really great way to get to know a pair of elected officials is coming up, and they’ll have no choice but to answer the questions they’re delivered.    In an effort to fundraise for a Monroe County K-9 Unit, a Sparta woman has decided to organize an event called “The Couples Game”, featuring...
   High wind is to blame for a potentially dangerous situation involving power lines in the City of Sparta last Thursday afternoon.    Emergency officials closed off Court Street between Franklin and North Streets just before 5 p.m. because tree limbs had gotten tangled in the power lines, causing...
A bomb scare at Sparta High School Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax. According to Superintendent John Hendricks, at about 8:45 a.m., a student reported to Principal Sam Russ that there was a threat written on a bathroom wall referencing a bomb. Staff reviewed security camera footage of the...
   Good news for the Sparta Area Protection District. The ISO rating for all of the eight townships and the City of Sparta served by the fire department has improved.    “Most insurance companies rely on Insurance Services Offices (ISO) and how they insure people’s homes and businesses,” explained...
   Bambi Schmitz was appointed to the Sparta School Board Tuesday night.    Schmitz works for Union National Bank in Sparta and has two children currently in the school district.    She said she decided to apply for the vacancy because she wanted be a part of the decision-making process regarding...
Darrell Winterton, an Army Vietnam veteran, sorted flags that were returned to the Sparta American Legion Post 100 for disposal on Veterans Day. 
Chris Hanson’s concern for the plight of military veterans is more than just a job, it’s a mission. The former Tomah Chamber of Commerce director, Hanson is now president and CEO of the Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF), a Wisconsin based non-profit organization that does as its name implies –...

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