Thursday, August 6, 2020
Several emergency agencies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV in the Township of Byron late Tuesday morning. Contributed photo.
On Aug. 4, at around 11:31 a.m., the Monroe County 911 Communications Center was informed of a crash with injuries involving a motorcycle and an SUV on Copper Road just north of Exodus Ave. in the Township of Byron.  
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Police made an arrest last week in the shooting death of a Sparta man in June, which appears to be the result of a robbery involving a drug deal.
Mike and Cindy Arenz pose for a photo in Arenz Shoes in downtown Sparta, which will be closing for good in in the next few months. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
This November, downtown Sparta’s longest existing store will be no more.
A group of archers take some practice shots before competition at the HHA USA event at the Tomah-Warrens Sportsman's Alliance facility. Another competitor gets a bead on his target before firing his arrow. Contributed photos
The Tomah-Warrens Sportsman's Alliance hosted an Operation HHA USA archery event earlier this month to help raise money for Freedom Honor Flights, based in La Crosse.
Pictured are two groups of livestock exhibitors at the Kick'In COVID @ the OK Corral. One picture is the older exhibitors and the other is a younger group. Contributed photos
When Monroe County joined the extensive list of cancelled fairs due to COVID-19 it signaled the expected deflation for countless number of youth livestock exhibitors.
Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad presents a plaque to the K-9 team of Officer Brian James and Lars, commemorating Lars’ retirement.
Last week’s Sparta City Council meeting was kicked off with a recognition of some big changes at the Sparta Police Department, including one retirement and three promotions. 
Several emergency agencies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV in the Township of Byron late Tuesday morning. Contributed photo.
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Mike and Cindy Arenz pose for a photo in Arenz Shoes in downtown Sparta, which will be closing for good in in the next few months. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
A group of archers take some practice shots before competition at the HHA USA event at the Tomah-Warrens Sportsman's Alliance facility. Another competitor gets a bead on his target before firing his arrow. Contributed photos
Pictured are two groups of livestock exhibitors at the Kick'In COVID @ the OK Corral. One picture is the older exhibitors and the other is a younger group. Contributed photos
Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad presents a plaque to the K-9 team of Officer Brian James and Lars, commemorating Lars’ retirement.
Several emergency agencies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV in the Township of Byron late Tuesday morning. Contributed photo.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 9:11am
On Aug. 4, at around 11:31 a.m., the Monroe County 911 Communications Center was informed of a crash with injuries involving a motorcycle and an SUV on Copper Road just north of Exodus Ave. in the Township of Byron.   The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Wisconsin State Patrol, Oakdale Fire...
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Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:32am
Police made an arrest last week in the shooting death of a Sparta man in June, which appears to be the result of a robbery involving a drug deal. Authorities responded to a shooting at 420 S. Court St. in Sparta shortly after 1 a.m. on June 11. When they arrived, they discovered Anthony Koopman...
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:26am
The Monroe County Board will meet Wednesday to conduct an open dialog on the proposed county-run senior care facility. Last month, supervisors delayed a vote to bond up to an additional $4 million for the building project after some supervisors raised concerns about an independent care unit in the...
The Pat Watters Band recently designed and sold a special edition t-shirt saluting the relationship between local dairy farming and country music. Contributed photos.
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:23am
This story began last fall when Pat Watters, frontman for The Pat Watters Band, kept seeing more and more stories regarding the struggle Wisconsin dairy farmers were facing.  He was disheartened to see that farms that had been in operation for generations were being forced to sell as milk prices...
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:19am
The scheduled start of classes for Tomah School District students one month away and one thing is certain. The best laid plans could go up in smoke pending COVID-19 status in Monroe County and Wisconsin by Sept. 1. COVID-19 will dominate discussion at the Tomah School Board's academy meeting Monday...
From left, Kiwanian John Winkelmann, Monroe County Local History Room Museum Director Jarrod Roll and Kiwanian Steve Bernett stand with the first scavenger hunt participants, Harry and Charlie Frazee. Contributed photo
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:16am
   Excitement on North Water Street was high Saturday morning as the Sparta Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, launched the Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt.  Harry and Charlie Frazee, sons of Rachel and Joel Frazee, were the first to receive registration...
Zandra Sanborn, of Sparta raises monarch butterflies in her backyard garden. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:12am
Walking through the gate of Zandra Sanborn’s private backyard garden in Sparta feels as though you’re falling down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. Sanborn’s garden is buzzing with activity these days as small shrews, toads and squirrels scurry about the garden floor and bumble bees, hummingbirds and...

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