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    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      The Monroe County Solid Waste Department is considering moving a retired landfill that stands in the way of an expansion of a Town of Byron cranberry marsh.    Solid Waste Manager Gail Frie said Kurt Rutlin, owner of Riverside Cranberries, requested the removal of...
         While the U.S. homeownership rate continues to drop, renter-occupied housing is increasing by nearly two million every year. In fact, home ownership has declined to nearly 63.4 percent, the lowest rate its been since 1967. Paul Hundt, a real estate developer originally from Middle Ridge,...
It didn’t take long for Dale Warthan to break in his brand new rig.    Friends convinced the owner and operator of D&D Trucking of Sparta to enter his brand new dump truck in a truck show, and he came away a winner.    Warthan bought his blue 2016 Kenworth a few months ago. Warthan, a life-long...
    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      Al Jensen didn’t have too much formal schooling but his youthful quest to be a cowboy provided him with a great life, a good education and great material for a book.    Jensen, who is now 93 and living in Arizona, penned an autobiography of his life titled “The Ranch...
    by PAT MULVANEY Editor      Developers are studying the feasibility of a 55-megawatt wind farm around Cashton in southern Monroe County.    OwnEnergy of Brooklyn, NY, is conducting the study through a joint venture with the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).    The project area being studied is in...
    by RENAE CALDWELL Staff Writer       Sparta has lost three bars over the course of as many years. A pair liquor of licenses are up for grabs, but the rules for securing liquor licenses has changed.    Bars that ceased doing business over the past few years include the After Dark on N. Water...
by RENAE CALDWELL Staff Writer       Bernie Becker may not be a licensed educator, but he is teaching kids plenty, like kindness, generosity and a strong work ethic.    Most people know Becker as the crossing guard who mans the corner of Water and Montgomery streets. Becker, who turned 74 last week...
        Although they’ve only been at for three years, a pair of Sparta cousins are heating up in the world of barbeque competition.    Chris Brueggeman and Jason Schwarz, collectively known as B.S. Barbeque, finished in 12th place overall in the 5th annual Smokin’ In the Bogs barbeque contest held...
by JOHN PAUL SCHALLER Staff Writer   An ongoing effort to spruce up downtown Sparta got a boost from the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce in the form of a $3,000 grant last week. Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Hyma sad the grant will support the efforts of the group to...
by JOHN PAUL SCHALLER Staff Writer   A rural Tomah teenager sustained serious head injuries in a two-car crash Saturday evening. According to the Tomah Police Department, officers were dispatched to the intersection of North Superior Avenue and West McCoy Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m. When...

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