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Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:39am
On Wednesday, one new confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Monroe County. The case is the first since Sunday, May 10. According to the Monroe County Health Department, the new case involves a man in his 50s displaying mild symptoms. The county has had 16 confirmed cases of the virus since its...
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:37am
The Sparta City Council will be determining the fate of the 2020 summer recreation programs and whether the aquatic center will open this season at a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Parks & Rec Director Brad Gilbertson said he’s been gathering information to present to the...
Sparta firefighters spent five hours fighting a blaze Wednesday night that destroyed a house in the Town of Leon. Homeowners Jason and Jennifer Holliday and their two daughters escaped but the home was left uninhabitable. Contributed photos
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:35am
A Leon area family was left homeless after their house went up in flames Wednesday night. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, his crew responded to a reported house fire at 19433 Jamboree Road in the Town of Leon at 10:16 a.m. Arnold, who was the first on the scene, said when...
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:32am
The Tomah city council is hopeful common sense will prevail for citizens and management of the coronavirus. During a special council meeting Monday night the council passed a motion that will keep Tomah City Hall closed to the public until Monday, June 1. Council meetings are expected to be open to...
From left - Sparta Middle School sixth graders Elexa Jones, Kaylie Church and Izzy Mickelson volunteered their time to help the Sparta American Legion place flags on the graves of veterans in Woodlawn Cemetery Wednesday evening. Volunteers placed nearly 700 flags on veterans’ graves as part of a pre-Memorial Day tradition in Sparta. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:29am
Dozens of community volunteers took advantage of a beautiful day and turned out at Woodlawn Cemetery to place flags on the graves on nearly 700 veterans Wednesday The American Legion event to honor the sacrifices of area veterans is a longtime pre-Memorial Day tradition in Sparta. While it was...
Volunteers Chad Schuller, left, and Rian Mulvaney, straighten out headstones Monday in the Wilton Catholic Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day. While there will be no traditional potluck meal at the Wilton American Legion on Monday, its honor guard will be holding ceremonies in area cemeteries to honor Memorial Day. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:26am
The COVID-19 virus continues to take a toll on springtime traditions. The latest to fall prey to the pandemic is Sparta’s annual Memorial Day parade and observance at Blyton Veterans Park. The Sparta American Legion and Sparta VFW take turns staging the event and this year’s planning fell to the...
Geri and Jim Schiller have been chosen as two of this year’s SACS Honorees. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:09am
Geri Schiller is an important face with the Sparta Area Cancer Support. Not only was she one of the original nine board members who were key in establishing the organization 20 years ago, but she was also the very first SACS Honoree.  As SACS celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Geri will...
A directional sign stands near the Rehabilitation Services entrance on the Tomah Health campus at 501 Gopher Dr. Tomah. Contributed photo
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:06am
Tomah Health will begin the first phase of reopening services to the public June 1. Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Myhre, MSN, said department managers and coordinators have designed recovery plans and been meeting to discuss details for a number of weeks in light of COVID-19. “Tomah Health...
Heidi Prestwood
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:04am
The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved Heidi Prestwood to become the organization’s next executive director.  Prestwood will begin employment with the Chamber on May 26, replacing John Hendricks who will be leaving the position on June 5. Hendricks has been leading the...
Wegner Family Farms of rural Sparta was recognized recently as the top Division 2 farm in a state soybean yield contest. Mike Wegner (right), his father, Dean Wegner (not pictured), and stepson, Nick Wolf (left), operate the 4,000-acre farm along Highway 27 just north of Sparta. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:00am
Last year was the first that Wegner Family Farms entered a statewide soybean yield contest. Turns out, they’re pretty good at it. The 4,000-acre rural Sparta farm operated my Mike Wegner, his stepson, Nick Wolf, and his father, Dean Wegner, captured first place in Division 2 of the 2019 Wisconsin...

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