Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Monday, June 15, 2020 - 10:09am
Sparta police identified the man involved in a shooting last week. Police say Anthony Koopman, 61, was shot Thursday, June 11 around 1 a.m. at the intersection of Hill and Court streets in Sparta. Police said Koopman is a local resident. When officers arrived on the scene they found an adult male...
Jim Weinzatl and Skeezix welcome visitors to the Tomah Area Museum starting July 4. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 10:07am
When you drive by the Tomah Area Museum don't forget to wave to Skeezix. Quick history lesson for those who don't know Skeezix. And let's be honest, those familiar with Skeezix, well it's a declining population.  Skeezix was one of the prime characters in Frank King's Gasoline Alley comic strip....
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 10:03am
Tomah Health is taking another step in its plan to fully reopen its facility and services. Effective June 15, phase two of a three-part plan will take effect. According to Tomah Health marketing and public relations director Eric Prise, the second part of the plan calls for opening access to the...
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:54am
Monroe County has seen a marked increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases since last Saturday when the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) reported one new case. Since then seven more individuals have been diagnosed with the virus. MCDH reported four new positive cases on Tuesday and...
Law enforcement officials stand outside a house on Hill and Court streets where a gunshot victim was found and taken to the hospital where he later died. Herald photo by Greg Evans
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:52am
The investigation continues in an early Thursday morning shooting death near the intersection of Court and Hill streets in Sparta. According to a Sparta Police Department press release Monroe County dispatch received a call of a possible shooting at approximately 1:15 a.m. near the intersections of...
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:49am
An alderman’s effort to open the Sparta Aquatic Center in light of a new COVID-19 assessment system rolled out by a consortium of area county health departments failed to pass at Wednesday’s Sparta City Council meeting. The vote was the third in as many weeks by the council, which approved a...
Milt and Rose Leis are pictured standing in the nearly empty showroom at Speed’s Bicycle Shop in Sparta. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:45am
Normally, Speed’s Bicycle Shop in Sparta offers everything from bikes to trikes and tandems and all the accessories that come along with biking. But in the wake of coronavirus, the owners, Milt and Rose Leis, are having a hard time restocking their inventory.  The majority of local events have been...
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:40am
The list of large tourist draws in the region now a COVID-19 casualty includes the Warrens Cranberry Festival. The Cranfest board announced Monday event will be cancelled due to the coronavirus. Cranfest was scheduled for Sept. 25-27.  According to a statement, "The Warrens Cranberry Festival Board...
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:37am
Sparta Butterfest 2020 would have kicked off this week with an array of fun activities for fest-goers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors announced on April 28 that the event had been canceled with the main priority being the health and safety of each and every one of the...
Emergency crews responded to a diesel fuel spill in Norwalk Tuesday. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:34am
Emergency crews’ efforts to keep diesel fuel from a leaking semi fuel tank out of Norwalk’s storm drains was hampered by heavy rains Tuesday evening. According to Norwalk Fire Chief Jim Stoikes, a semi heading out of town toward Sparta hit a fire hydrant across from the Scenic Bluffs Clinic,...


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