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Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:41am
In a special meeting of the Monroe County Board last Thursday, supervisors unanimously passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency in the county due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The action gives flexibility to county administrator Tina Osterberg  to manage current policies in the face of state...
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:24am
Couleecap, Inc. is offering expanded food pantry hours in Sparta and Prairie du Chien to assist people struggling with food insecurity during the coronavirus emergency.  Individuals and families impacted by unemployment or reduced hours, school or business closures, or other reasons for food...
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:22am
While schools throughout Monroe County remain closed, Sparta Area School District continues its efforts to ensure no child goes without food. Starting today (Monday,) the nutrition program will be adding Cataract Elementary School as a free meal pickup site.  Meal pickup time at the school will be...
Sparta Fire Protection District firefighters work to contain a grass fire along Canine Road in the Town of Little Falls last Sunday afternoon. The blaze, which started while the landowner was burning debris, burned about an acre and a half. Contributed photo.
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:19am
The Sparta Fire Department was called to a pair of fires and a fuel leak on last week. According to Chief Mike Arnold, the latest call – which closed one late of I-90 several hours - came over the weekend. “The Sparta Area Fire District was called to I-90 mile post 28 eastbound Saturday afternoon...
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:08am
The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing and there is a lot of uncertainty about the situation as it continues to evolve. On March 17, Gov. Evers ordered that all schools be closed for the duration of the public health emergency and directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) to issue an...
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:33am
In an effort to guard the health of the public and its employees, Monroe County has limited access to all its buildings effective today (Thursday). Until further notice, the following restrictions will apply: Administrative Center: Closed to public with the exception of an appointment.  All...
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:31am
In an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Sparta has closed city hall to the public and shutting off access to the Sparta Police Station lobby. Both measures began today (Thursday) and will remain in effect until further notice. The one exception is absentee voting, which will...
Tomah city administrator Roger Gorius and other city leaders held a press conference Wednesday to announce steps the city is taking in lieu of the COVID-19 outbreak. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:27am
Business at Tomah city hall will not be business as usual for the immediate future. The words 'until further notice' will be more common than a friendly greeting.  Responding to growing local and state concern over the COVID-19 outbreak Tomah city offices closed Wednesday. During a press conference...
Nutrition services employees, pictured from left, Paulette Huber, Tim Havhegger, Teresa Kobernick and Joan Hutchens were handing out meals to district families Wednesday afternoon. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:24am
While all school buildings throughout the Sparta Area School District closed this week, the kitchen at Meadowview Middle School remains open for limited services related to delivering meals and food to children during the school closure. The Nutrition Services Program will be providing free lunch...
The crew at B&E’s Trees are family, pictured from left are Larkin Breckel, Dan McCarren, Eric (E) Weninger and Bree (B) Breckel. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:21am
With such a short production season and the massive amounts of sap required to make the smallest amount of syrup, maple farming is not for the faint of heart.  Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger, owners of B&E’s Trees located south of Cashton, both come from families with farming backgrounds. As...


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