Friday, October 23, 2020
A barn located on the Lee and Ginnie Fallendorf farm northeast of Cataract went up in flames Monday night. Contributed photo
Fire destroyed a barn on a Cataract area farm Monday, which luckily contained no livestock.
Aaron 'Scott' Anderson
Tomah's Aaron 'Scott' Anderson is on a musical journey with an unknown destination. 
The Back the Badge parade is ready to roll for the Monroe County Republican party at Tomah's Recreation Park. The parade started in Tomah and ended at the Sparta Police Department. Contributed photos
The Monroe County Republican Party showed its support for local law enforcement Saturday.
From left, Julie Crocker, Jana Mitchell, Dr. Randy Pribbernow and Dr. Terry Miller have volunteered to shave their heads in a fundraiser challenge for Sparta Area Cancer Support. Contributed photos.
A lot of people are lucky to have an employer who will go that extra mile for them but Jana Mitchell’s boss has taken that loyalty even one step further.
Sparta’s Five Shovelmen (plus one) pose on the Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta after its dedication ceremony last Friday. They included, from left, Jerry Kast, Reinhard Mueller, Al Jenkins, Jim Cook, Kerry Schumann and Honorary Shovelman Abernnabi Bendris. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
In what is becoming a frequent event, the city of Sparta last Friday celebrated the dedication of a new bridge compliments of the Five Shovelmen.
Michelle Tryggestad is excited to be a part of the Sparta community as Sparta Free Library’s new director. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Sparta Free Library’s new director, Michelle Tryggestad comes to Sparta with over 20 years of experience in libraries in some way, shape or form, including public libraries in Viroqua, Waterville, IA, De Soto, Westby and Boscobel.  
A barn located on the Lee and Ginnie Fallendorf farm northeast of Cataract went up in flames Monday night. Contributed photo
Aaron 'Scott' Anderson
The Back the Badge parade is ready to roll for the Monroe County Republican party at Tomah's Recreation Park. The parade started in Tomah and ended at the Sparta Police Department. Contributed photos
From left, Julie Crocker, Jana Mitchell, Dr. Randy Pribbernow and Dr. Terry Miller have volunteered to shave their heads in a fundraiser challenge for Sparta Area Cancer Support. Contributed photos.
Sparta’s Five Shovelmen (plus one) pose on the Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta after its dedication ceremony last Friday. They included, from left, Jerry Kast, Reinhard Mueller, Al Jenkins, Jim Cook, Kerry Schumann and Honorary Shovelman Abernnabi Bendris. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
Michelle Tryggestad is excited to be a part of the Sparta community as Sparta Free Library’s new director. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Emergency vehicles responded to the scene of a head-on collision near Wyeville last Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 9:19am
Authorities are still investigating a two-vehicle accident near Wyeville Thursday, Oct. 22, that knocked out power in the area and sent one man to the hospital. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred at around 10:40 a.m. during a   heavy rainfall when a...
A barn located on the Lee and Ginnie Fallendorf farm northeast of Cataract went up in flames Monday night. Contributed photo
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:29am
Fire destroyed a barn on a Cataract area farm Monday, which luckily contained no livestock. Firefighters from the Sparta Area Fire District responded to the blaze at the Lee and Ginnie Fallendorf farm at 4619 Cty. Hwy. S shortly after 11 p.m. According to Fire Chief Mike Arnold, Ginnie Fallendorf...
Aaron 'Scott' Anderson
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:27am
Tomah's Aaron 'Scott' Anderson is on a musical journey with an unknown destination.  Anderson took part in a blind audition for NBC's The Voice. Performing as Aaron Scott, Tuesday night he sang before a nationwide audience. Per rules of The Voice contestants are required to a degree of secrecy...
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:18am
When Karen Parker headed into the Ontario Village Board Meeting last month, she had a bad feeling about it. Parker, editor emeritus for the County Line in Ontario, was there to cover the meeting for the weekly newspaper. At 73, she has some underlying health issues that make catching COVID-19...
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:13am
Superintendent for Sparta Area School District (SASD) Dr. Amy Van Deuren has maintained throughout the course of the current pandemic that the safety of staff and students is the district’s top priority. To gauge how parents and staff are feeling about the district’s handling of the pandemic, a...
A vehicle approaches the Main Gate on April 3, 2020, at Fort McCoy. In late 2020, Fort McCoy began using the Army's Automated Installation Entry System for people entering the installation. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:10am
Effective Nov. 1, the Army’s Automated Installation Entry (AIE) System will be fully installed on Fort McCoy at the Main Gate, Gate 20, Gate 1 (Old Main Gate), and the South Post Housing Guard station. Registration stations will also be installed in the Visitors Control Center (VCC). The AIE System...
Orion Samuelson.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:06am
Orion Samuelson is easily one of the most recognizable voices of agriculture in the country. Last month, at the age of 86, Samuelson announced his retirement as an agribusiness broadcaster on what was his 60th anniversary with WGN Radio out of Chicago. Samuelson, who has described himself as an “...

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