Monday, February 17, 2020

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Brutus The Mini Pig is currently training to be a certified therapy pig. Contributed photos.
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 11:01am
There are a lot of misconceptions about pigs that they’re stupid, dirty, stinky and gross. Pigs are actually amongst the smartest animals on the planet and outperform 3-year-old human children on cognition tests.  Pigs are smarter than any domestic animal and experts consider them more trainable...
Mike Murray
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:58am
After Feb. 18 there will be two. Tuesday, Feb. 18 is the primary election that will pare down the number of candidates running for Tomah mayor from four to two. The Tomah Chamber of Commerce is organizing a mayoral forum on Thursday, Feb.6, 7 p.m. at the Best Western in Tomah.  All four candidates...
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:42am
The trial for a lawsuit against 10 Monroe County supervisors accused of violating Open Meetings Law began today, Monday. The trial is scheduled for four days, running through Thursday, but it could end sooner. Proceedings are set to begin at 9 a.m. each day. This morning’s proceeding was dedicated...
Firefighters from the Sparta Area Fire District battle a blaze on Kate Avenue outside of Leon Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire, but the house was left uninhabitable. Contributed photo
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:40am
A Leon-area couple escaped injury when their house burned Sunday. William and Susan Lutz along with their pet cat were able to get out of the single-family dwelling at 6961 Kate Avenue in the Town of Leon and call 911. The Sparta Area Fire District Department responded to the call shortly after 12:...
Sarah Tokach
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:38am
NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to having its own name after 155 students across the U.S. were chosen as semifinalists in the "Name the Rover" essay contest. Sarah Tokach, a student at Innovations STEM Academy in Sparta, has been selected as one of the semifinalist; her name will enter...
Erv’s Sparta Area Fire District Fire Chief Mike Arnold (right) selected Assistant Fire Chief Robert Arnold (left) as the 2019 Fireman of the Year. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:35am
Saturday evening, members of Erv’s Sparta Area Fire District and their families gathered at The Greens in Sparta for their annual awards banquet to recognize their accomplishments over the past year.  Reflecting back on 2019, Fire Chief Mike Arnold said the department responded to 246 calls, down...
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:23am
Peg Brenneke, a Monroe County native, resisted selling her grandfather’s farm to a sand mine company when everyone around her succumbed to the pressure.  Now, Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Peg have ensured that the 111-acres will remain unscathed. If she had sold, land that her grandfather...
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:42am
Sparta aldermen’s approval Wednesday of the annexation of right-of-way property on West Division Street and Hart Road is being touted by the city as a money-saving opportunity for Sparta School District taxpayers, but the Town of Sparta sees it more as a land grab. The disputed right-of-way is...
A Star Blends semi-tractor trailer lays on its side near the Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Norwalk after hitting a car Tuesday. Emergency personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of the car. Contributed photo
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:40am
A two-vehicle crash in Norwalk Tuesday morning, involving a Star Blends semi-trailer and car sent two people to the hospital. While details of the accident have yet to be released, it is known that the semi was traveling south on Hwy. 71, entering the Village of Norwalk at about 9:14 a.m. As the...
Work continues at the new Herrmann Elementary School alongside Hwy 27. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:37am
As crews continue to make great progress at the new Herrman Elementary School and the project at Southside Elementary School is pretty much wrapped up, Sparta Area School District began discussions regarding phase three of its facility expansion project, which includes the remodels at both Lawrence...

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