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The Meraki Cafe & Curio Shoppe is now open in downtown Sparta offering a variety of selections for breakfast and lunch. Contributed photo.
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 11:25am
Tammy Haldeman always says that she literally grew up in customer service. Her parents ran a gas station for years where they had living quarters in the back. With those skills instilled in her, she always thought it would be neat to one day run a cafe of her own and now she does. Meraki Cafe...
Forestry Technicians Nick Randall (left) and Tim Parry measure the circumference of a tree while working on a forestry survey on the cantonment area Dec. 4  at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 11:21am
The forestry program at Fort McCoy covers tens of thousands of acres of forested land. Fort McCoy Forester Charles Mentzel said the program plays an important role at the installation. “From a forestry perspective, our mission here, first and foremost, is to serve the Army and create training...
From left, Larsi Bendriss, Kriskindlmarkt volunteer; Trish Schecterle, FOSFL President; Michelle Tryggestad, Sparta Free Library Director. Contributed photo
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 11:18am
Kriskindlmarkt volunteer Larsi Bendriss presented a check for close to $1,500 to Trish Schecterle, president of the Friends of Sparta Free Library, on Thursday, Jan. 7. Bendriss said the amount was a portion of the profit from the sale of Roasted Nuts at the 2020 Kriskindlmarkt, with additional...
Dr. Daniel Lenselink, M.D. received a COVID-19 vaccination this morning (Thursday). The Sparta ER physician was among the 40 or so staff at the Mayo Health Systems Sparta Clinic to be vaccinated against the virus. The two-part vaccination requires a second shot in three weeks. Contributed photo
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:46am
The Mayo clinics in Sparta and Tomah began administering the COVID-19 vaccination to their staff this week. Personnel at the Tomah clinic received the first round of the two-part Pfizer vaccination Wednesday, while the Sparta clinic staff queued up for the shot today (Thursday). Ben Crenshaw,...
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:43am
Three candidates waited until the 11th hour to file candidacy papers for the Sparta School Board election to be held on April 6. Brad Treu, Chad McTaggart and Colin Burns-Gilbert submitted the necessary paperwork to the district office on Jan. 5 before the 5 p.m. deadline. They will join sole...
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:39am
What a difference a few days has made for Tomah School Board and Tomah City Council races. Tomah School Board race grows The field for three seats on the Tomah School Board grew significantly from earlier in the week. Incumbent Brian Hennessey is not seeking re-election. But there is ample interest...
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:35am
Construction in the City of Sparta in 2020 almost doubled over the prior year’s figures despite a continued stagnation in single family and two family residential housing projects. Sparta issued 52 building permits last year for construction projects totaling $21.2 million. That’s compared to 52...
Smoke billows from the Great Wall Buffet in Sparta Dec. 29. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:32am
Investigators have ruled that a Dec. 29 fire at the Great Wall Buffet in Sparta was an accident. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, restaurant staff were preparing to-go orders when a fire started on the grill.  He said water was thrown on the fire in attempt to extinguish it...
 The new store will offer unique, handcrafted items like the handmade coasters pictured.  Contributed photos.
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:29am
Sisters Rachel Ryba (Yahnke) and Kimberly Yahnke were looking for a way to express their creative sides while helping to revitalize downtown Sparta.  The sisters bought the building at 100 N Water Street in downtown Sparta in October where the owners left everything behind for them.  Prior to them...
Despite the humor in her T-shirt gift, Lin Goodenough was a little somber on her last day driving bus for the Tomah School District. Contributed photo
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:19am
Lin Goodenough was a fixture for the Tomah School District, whether in a school kitchen, school bus or school classroom.  But sensing "the time was right", Goodenough announced her retirement after 28 years with the district. Her official retirement day was Jan. 1, but she turned in the key of her...

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