Monday, February 17, 2020


Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:34am
Seven of the 25 priests accused of sexual abuse, whose names were released by the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse last Saturday, had ties to nearby parishes and the Tomah Veterans Hospital. The La Crosse diocese serves nearly 200,000 Catholics in 19 counties, including Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark...
Jill Karofsky
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:27am
Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, referring to the make-up of the current Wisconsin Supreme Court, told a group of some forty supporters meeting at Sparta’s Cork & Barrel Saturday, Jan. 11, “We have got to get this court back on track.”  Karofsky, a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, said “...
Innovations STEM Academy students, from left, Alec VonRuden, Alex Anderson and Milo Everson-Riley roll out dough to make dog treats, which were donated to a local animal shelter. Contributed photo.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:24am
Every year, for the past four years, students at Innovations STEM Academy spend some time making treats and toys for local animal shelters as part of a community outreach project. Eighth grader Christian Perez has been involved for the past three years. “It feels good to have the opportunity to...
Tiffany Casper, D.O.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:07am
Influenza typically peaks in January and February, and every year it's associated with illness ranging from mild to severe. Now is the time to take action. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine every season. "Flu is a general term for seasonal influenza, which...
From left: SHS Family Consumer Science Teacher Haley Woggon; SHS Senior Haydn Guns; Parents Jill and Chad Guns and Sparta Kiwanian John Winkelmann. Contributed photo
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:55am
Haydn Guns, Sparta High School Kiwanis Student of the Month, was selected for more than his prowess on the field, court and classroom, said his nominator, SHS Family Consumer Science Teacher Haley Woggon.   In her view academics and athletics seem  to be secondary to Guns. In her Family Consumer...
From left: Sparta Mayor Kristen Gust, co-city administrators Todd Fahning and Mark Sund, and former mayor Ron Button. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:50am
When it comes to conservation practices, the City of Sparta’s proactive stance has set the pace for the rest of the Wisconsin. It was the first in the state to adopt the phosphorus trading program to meet new water quality standards. Under that program, the city improved one-and-a-half miles of...
Ron Konieczny, left, receives the golden fire axe from Oakdale Area Fire Association chief Bob Gnewikow. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:47am
Ron Konieczny concedes it was not an easy decision, but two factors eased his mind when he decided it was time to retire after 25 years as a firefighter with the Oakdale Area Fire Association, the last 19 as the department's fire inspector. Konieczny and his wife, Sheila, own and operate R&S...
Dancers at Sparta Dance Academy rehearse in the new space. Contributed photo.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:44am
Kristine Silvernail, owner and director of Sparta Dance Academy, has a broad knowledge and deep love for dance, having been a dancer herself since she was 3-years-old.  Silvernail attended Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theater and worked as a dancer in numerous shows at Walt Disney World in...
The evening’s award recipients pictured, front row, from left, are Todd Page, Kristen Clark, Logan Everson, Heidi Prestwood. Back row, from left, Andy Kuen, Tim Krauss, Lance Hauser and Morgan Farmer. Contributed photo.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:41am
The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 79th Annual Meeting and Banquet Jan. 16 at Jake’s Northwoods Restaurant in Sparta. In total 140 chamber members and guests attended the event.   During the business meeting, the 2020 Chamber Board of Directors were introduced and given the Chamber oath...
Classrooms throughout the Sparta Area School District recently received $30,000 worth of new books to help strengthen the literacy program, funded through a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity. Contributed photo.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:39am
Right now, the Sparta Area School District has two grants going concurrently that were funded through the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant program. The two five-year grants awarded the district $750,000 each for a total of $1.5 million.  With its proximity to Fort McCoy, SASD...


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