Friday, June 5, 2020
From left, mother and daughter Lisa Fisher and Nelly Sprawls. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Before he died, children’s television host Fred Rogers recalled in an interview how when he was a child his mother told him to “look for the helpers” when he was trying to deal with scary news.
Protestors are pictured marching peacefully past the Tomah Police station Tuesday evening. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Protestors of all ages, genders and ethnicities peacefully marched through downtown Tomah Tuesday evening, taking part in the national movement honoring George Floyd demanding peace and the end of police brutality. 
Eleanor Hansen is pictured in her assisted living apartment at the Morrow Home holding a gift of flowers from her son and daughter in law, Gregory and Betsy Hansen of Jonesboro, AR, on her 99th birthday April 2. Contributed photos
Eleanor Hansen has seen a lot in her 99 years.
Jana Mitchell has been chosen by SACS as this year’s female honoree. Contributed photo.
In 2013, this year’s female SACS Honoree, Jana Mitchell, found a large lump on her right breast.
Volunteers work on a concrete pad that’s part of the new World War II Memorial that being placed in Sparta’s Blyton Park. The Sparta Rotary Club project will be engraved with the names of nearly area 700 World War II veterans. The project will be completed shortly and a June 20 dedication ceremony is planned. From left – volunteers Bill Wissestad, Karson Knoll, Tony Polkoski, Todd Fahning and Kent Miller. Contributed photo.
With most area Memorial Day activities cancelled over the weekend, the Sparta Rotary Club opted to postpone a dedication ceremony for its new Blyton Park World War II Memorial until later next month.
Sparta firefighters spent five hours fighting a blaze Wednesday night that destroyed a house in the Town of Leon. Homeowners Jason and Jennifer Holliday and their two daughters escaped but the home was left uninhabitable. Contributed photos
A Leon area family was left homeless after their house went up in flames Wednesday night.
From left, mother and daughter Lisa Fisher and Nelly Sprawls. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Protestors are pictured marching peacefully past the Tomah Police station Tuesday evening. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Eleanor Hansen is pictured in her assisted living apartment at the Morrow Home holding a gift of flowers from her son and daughter in law, Gregory and Betsy Hansen of Jonesboro, AR, on her 99th birthday April 2. Contributed photos
Jana Mitchell has been chosen by SACS as this year’s female honoree. Contributed photo.
Volunteers work on a concrete pad that’s part of the new World War II Memorial that being placed in Sparta’s Blyton Park. The Sparta Rotary Club project will be engraved with the names of nearly area 700 World War II veterans. The project will be completed shortly and a June 20 dedication ceremony is planned. From left – volunteers Bill Wissestad, Karson Knoll, Tony Polkoski, Todd Fahning and Kent Miller. Contributed photo.
Sparta firefighters spent five hours fighting a blaze Wednesday night that destroyed a house in the Town of Leon. Homeowners Jason and Jennifer Holliday and their two daughters escaped but the home was left uninhabitable. Contributed photos
From left, mother and daughter Lisa Fisher and Nelly Sprawls. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:33am
Before he died, children’s television host Fred Rogers recalled in an interview how when he was a child his mother told him to “look for the helpers” when he was trying to deal with scary news. She could have been referring to Sparta’s Nelly Sprawls, who at almost 15-years old, is doing what she...
Protestors are pictured marching peacefully past the Tomah Police station Tuesday evening. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:27am
Protestors of all ages, genders and ethnicities peacefully marched through downtown Tomah Tuesday evening, taking part in the national movement honoring George Floyd demanding peace and the end of police brutality.  Floyd reportedly died at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin...
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:23am
The Sparta City Council reversed itself on two summer recreation issues at a special meeting Monday.  On a 7-1 vote, alderman overturned their May 26 decision that would have allowed only the pool to open with a maximum of 86 patrons at a time. The council also unanimously decided to allow adult...
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:21am
At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Tomah School Board unanimously voted to allow the use of school facilities including playgrounds and ball fields for the public as well as classrooms for certain outside organizations. Although Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order was overruled by the Supreme...
The main entrance into Herrman Elementary School, which is near completion, is an impressive façade of glass and multi-color bricks. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:17am
As the bulk of the project is complete, crews continue to put on the finishing touches at Sparta Area School District’s new school Herrman Elementary, which is slated to be complete on June 30. Last week, members of the school board took a tour to see the progression of the project. Construction at...
Forester Charles Mentzel shows children how to plant a tree during the installation's observance of Arbor Day on April 29, 2016, at Fort McCoy. The observance included reading the proclamation, presenting the Tree City USA award to Fort McCoy, and planting dozens of trees. The ceremony was coordinated by the installation Forestry program, which is part of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:13am
Depending on the time of year, he's used to hearing the crunch of the snow underneath his snowshoes or the swishing sound of boots moving through mud as he makes his way around the tens of thousands of acres of forest land on Fort McCoy. But it's all okay, because it's another day in his outdoor "...
Sparta firefighters extinguish flames at garage in rural Sparta ignited by a lightning strike. The fire spread to the house, which also received damage. Contributed photos
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:10am
A lightning strike from a severe storm that blew through the area Tuesday evening caused a fire at a rural Sparta house. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, firefighters responded to the scene at 15758 Hammer Road in the Town of Sparta where lighting started a garage on fire...

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