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   The Sparta Free Library’s Adult Services Librarian is departing after about two years. Leah Gentry is relocating to Menomonee Falls, where she will be a librarian. She is moving to be closer to family.    Her last day is Dec. 29.    Gentry said she enjoyed her time in Sparta, and will be going...
    The Monroe county Board now has four contested seats, while three more incumbents have filed non-candidacy papers. Dean Peterson, 303 Schaller St., and James Rice, 1019 Farmer Ave., are both vying for the District 13 seat in the City of Tomah. Both are incumbents who now share the same district...
   The Sparta Area School district is working to reduce the number of worker’s compensation claims.    “We got dinged for having a lot of claims, and we’re making good progress on improving that,” said Superintendent John Hendricks.    The finance and facilities committee heard an update about...
   Changes in state law mandated a few changes to charter school agreements.    Governing boards for Sparta’s five charter schools had to amend their agreements with the Sparta Area School District and the changes were presented to the personnel and educational initiatives committee last week.   ...
  While all three mayoral candidates in the City of Sparta have signed declarations of candidacy, only Ted Radde has turned in his nomination papers. Incumbent Ron Button and his other challenger, Bruce Humphrey, have yet to turn in nomination papers. It was misreported last week that Humphrey had...
      We never know what life is going to throw in our direction.  An example of this is the joyous occasion of having a baby.  For many parents this is a time when their lives are forever changed with tears of joy and happiness filling their hearts. However, in some cases this momentous occasion...
     Sparta’s police dog Lars earned his Kibbles ‘n’ Bits Tuesday after helping authorities find and apprehend a Sparta man involved in a suspected domestic violence incident, who was hiding in a crawl space.    According to the Sparta Police Department, officers responded to a reported disturbance...
       The former operators of a Sparta childcare facility that closed last Friday, say the daycare was never sold to its new owners but turned over.    Connie Bakken and her daughter, Crystal Treu, operated the daycare as a non-profit for 29 years as Connie’s Just for Kids. They turned the...
   A compassionate and ambitious youth is trying to help local residents remove a little stress from their lives this holiday season.    Sparta High School senior Laney Sullivan has begun offering free meals to folks who need it through her Ladles of Love program.    Sullivan, daughter of Tom and...
   Increased security will be implemented in many of Sparta’s schools beginning early next year.    A pilot door security system was implemented at Cataract School earlier this year, which requires visitors to be buzzed in. Beginning on Jan. 11, a similar system will be implemented at Southside,...

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