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Investigator Rob Walensky of the Tomah Police Department (second from left) receives the ‘Be The Most’ award from the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition for his 20 years of law enforcement service. Also pictured are MCSCC co-chairs Dave Kuderer (Sparta police chief) and Karen Joos. On the right is Monroe County Drug Free Communities Coordinator Natalie Carlisle. Contributed photo.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:37am
Tomah Police Department Investigator Robert Walensky has been helping keep Monroe County residents safe for more than 20 years. At its most recent meeting, the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition recognized his invaluable contribution. The MCSCC’s ‘Be The Most’ award showcases exceptional effort...
Dalton Mattke
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:27am
Though he’s been down a rough road the last three years, 20-year-old Dalton Mattke of Sparta and his parents are grateful to finally be together in their own home. After receiving a bone marrow transplant Dec. 23 and spending months on medical watch in Rochester, he and his family are home and...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:19am
A Tomah man was charged in Monroe County Circuit Court after allegedly passing out in a McDonald’s drive-thru around 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Employees at the Sparta McDonald’s told police that when a man failed to pull forward after a lengthy amount of time, they approached the vehicle and found 33-year-...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:15am
According to local law enforcement and a report by a regional drug-prevention coalition, the presence of methamphetamine (meth) in the area is still on the upswing. In recent years, many drug users in the area have made the transition away from opiates, such as heroin, toward the more accessible...
Dana Tock opened Dana’s Music in downtown Sparta 19 years ago.
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:58am
Even before opening her own lesson studio in 1998, Dana Tock has been passionate about nurturing musical growth in curious minds. But over the years, her downtown Sparta shop has become known as a hub for area musicians. Dana herself began taking piano lessons when she was nine years old. After...
Sparta High School Earth Club. Back row: Erika Scholle, Jenna Kroeger, Caleb Pokorny, Sirrus Bier, Jacob Edwards, Brenten Olson and Genevieve Janczak. Front Row: Elena Scholle, Olivia Weiner, Kailee Humphrey, Robbie Thomas, Erika Ebert, Kaitlin Kowitz, Natalie Hoffman and Veronika Dethart. Missing from photo: Kristen Clark, Caleb Schauf, Kaitlin Warren and Abby Brueggeman.
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:53am
Young environmentalists at Sparta High School are doing their part to limit their carbon footprint, while spreading the word about the importance of recycling and reducing waste. The school’s earth club is continuing to gain recognition from around the state. This school year, it received the...
Carolyn McKee, Ray Weibel and Jeslyn Carey. Herald photo by Vicki Horstman.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:01am
With nearly 40 percent of people in the United States expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, Sparta and surrounding communities are fortunate to have a local volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the people and families affected. In preparation for their largest annual...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:49am
Sparta was awash in blue Monday, April 17 as hundreds of law enforcement personnel from around the country converged on the city to pay their respects to a 34-year old Wisconsin State Trooper from Tomah killed in a car crash last week. More than 1,400 officers from at least a dozen different states...
A public hearing on a proposal to fill wetland on a cranberry marsh bordering Monroe and Jackson counties drew an audience. IKatie Groves, Sparta, was one of many who testified. But Groves defied the request of hearing officials who asked people to be seated during their testimony.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:44am
Three staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were at Recreation Park Tuesday to hear public testimony to fill wetlands for a proposed sand mine that borders Monroe and Jackson counties They heard plenty. Approximately 60 people attended the hearing and there was a steady line of...
Officer Brian James and K9 Kaiser & Officer Corey Johnson and K9 Kaiser. Herald photo by Tim Evans.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:20am
Police dogs Larz and Kaiser may be relatively new to the Sparta Police Departmtent, but they’re both doing their fair share of keeping drugs off the streets. However, twice the man (or rather, canine) power comes with twice the cost. This summer, the Sparta Police Department is hosting its first...


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