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Generation 1 face shield is the “simple” face shield that will be manufactured first
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:13am
A couple of weeks ago, George Parke, CEO of the Sparta manufacturing firm Spartek, Inc., was watching CNN interview a couple on the east coast who were making face shields for the beleaguered health care industry. They were making the protective gear, which is in critically short supply due to the...
Lester “Slim” Johnson was taken to his final resting place in the North Coon Prairie Cemetery by his beloved Belgian draft horse hitch Friday afternoon. Slim’s son, Chuck (right) drove the hitch and was accompanied by Slim’s grandchildren, Sara Waughtal (left) and Kyle Hanson (center). Herald photos by J.P. Schaller.
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:10am
It may not have been the funeral Lester Johnson had in mind, but it was fitting nevertheless. Known to most around Cashton as “Slim”, Johnson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 23 at the age of 90. He was laid to rest Friday afternoon next to his wife Milly, who passed...
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:03am
With Gov. Tony Evers’ policy of keeping crowds to under 10 people, funeral homes are facing a challenging time in trying to help families say goodbye to their loved ones. “For anybody in the funeral business, we’re kind of in a tough position,” said Jeff Schanhofer, owner of Lanham-Schanhofer...
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:00am
The City of Sparta is strongly encouraging voters to register by today (Monday) online if needed, and to request an absentee ballot for the April 7th Spring Election through the website   Voters may have to upload a copy of their photo ID.  If this is not an option for individuals,...
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 10:58am
I caught up with Sparta High School senior Montgomery Alderman – online of course – to gain some more insight on how the rapidly shifting Coronavirus situation has affected the student body after eight days of social isolation (March 25).  As a senior with most of her credits already completed,...
Carol Chambers of Oakdale was among the more than 80 people who turned out for a Versiti BloodCenter of Wisconsin drive at Tomah High School March 26. The drive originally was scheduled at Tomah Health but moved to the Tomah High School after a large number of people signed up to help meet a critical need for blood due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributed photo
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 10:56am
When the Versiti BloodCenter of Wisconsin announced a critical need for blood to help area hospitals, including Tomah Health, Carol Chambers said she was more than willing to help the cause. The Oakdale resident was among the more than 80 people who turned out for drive at Tomah High School March...
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 10:53am
Trish Shecterle, president of Friends of Sparta Free Library, Inc., told members of the Library Expansion Committee Wednesday that although the Campaign is on pause, during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, pledges continue to raise the Red Line toward the $1.5 million goal. The Campaign thermometer...
Carla Davis is pictured with the Little Library in front of the Evans Print & Media Group building on River Road in Sparta. She is spearheading an effort to turn the kiosks into small pantries to help families in need through the COVID-19 crisis. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:28am
Carla Davis of Sparta is using an idea she borrowed from a La Crosse school to help families from going hungry in Sparta. The mother of three who works part-time at Kwik Trip, noticed that a Little Library in La Crosse was being used as a food pantry, and with families struggling to make ends meet...
Brittany Hasselberger, a server at Sparta Family Restaurant for the past seven years, is trying to keep a positive attitude in the wake of last week’s mandated shutdown of in-house dining at all Wisconsin restaurants. The single mother of two children was laid off last week. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:21am
Many Monroe County bars and restaurants impacted by last week’s shutdown are adapting to a new normal in the food service industry by providing carry outs, curbside service and deliveries. The services are helping restaurants and bars generate some revenue in the wake of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’...
Practicing good social distancing Tuesday were a crew of Sparta high school students raking leaves in Ben Bikin Park to earn required community service hours for graduation. They were supervised by Brent Maphis, far right. The students are, from left, Austin Bailey, Hope Palms, Kiara Bailey, Kayden Economy and Latrel Bailey. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:16am
It was a worthy effort – while it lasted. A group of Sparta high schoolers were using the temporary lull in their classroom instruction caused by the shutdown of public schools to earn their required 48 hours of community service needed for graduation. However, two days into it, Gov. Tony Evers...


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P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

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