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Norma Steele is retiring after spending her entire nursing career at the Sparta Hospital where she impacted countless lives. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:39am
It’s not a stretch to say that Norma Steele has had a huge impact on the Sparta community. In her role as a nurse for the past 50 years at the Sparta hospital, she’s brought babies into the world and prevented older patients from leaving it prematurely. She’s eased the suffering of people who had...
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:36am
Sparta aldermen this Wednesday will be considering entering into a fleet rental agreement that stands to save it thousands of dollars in vehicle purchases. Ben Walljasper of Enterprise Rentals proposed the lease agreement last Wednesday to the finance committee, which recommended approving it....
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:34am
The cause of the downtown Tomah fire that took place Nov. 29 has been ruled undetermined, according to Tomah fire chief Tim Adler. "The cause of the fire is ruled as undetermined though we cannot rule out the possibility of careless use of smoking materials nor can we rule out any potential...
Nita Austin, Theresa Arnold and Tom Arnold were the original creators of Sparta’s Santa Wagon in 1999. Contributed photo.
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:32am
A group of local elves spend months sorting, cleaning and replacing batteries in all the donations of gently used items to the Sparta Santa Wagon. Then, every year before Christmas, they set up a location where anyone can come and take the unwrapped gifts to use for Christmas presents. There is no...
A truck driven by a Wilton man rests against a tree in the Town of Sheldon last Thursday after losing control on the ice. The driver, Harlow Osteboe, was med-flighted from the scene. Contributed photo
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:29am
A Wilton man sustained serious injuries Thursday, Dec. 10 in a one-vehicle traffic crash on Mead Avenue in the Town of Sheldon.   Just before 10 a.m. the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle crash in which a vehicle had rolled over and struck a tree. The caller was the...
Steven Ford, operator of Kansas City Barbecue at the Sparta VFW is pictured in August readying St. Louis style spareribs for the smoker. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:25am
Steven Ford, operator of Kansas City Barbeque, regretfully announced recently that he will be closing the restaurant located within the Sparta VFW Post 2112 on Perch Lake. Ford had opened the restaurant in February of 2020 with plans to provide a unique barbeque experience to his patrons but was...
Kenneth M. Sizemore
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:23am
The man police arrested after a standoff in rural Norwalk last week is in the Monroe County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond after being charged with eight felonies in Monroe County Circuit Court Friday. Authorities arrested Kenneth M. Sizemore, 39, on domestic abuse charges in a camper inside of a shed...
Dominic Olsen
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 11:18am
A Warrens man is in custody after a pursuit near Tomah Thursday afternoon that ended with the suspect crashing his vehicle.   On Thursday, Dec. 10 at around 3:30 p.m. the Monroe County 911 Communication Center began receiving multiple calls reporting a vehicle that was speeding in and out of...
Firefighters from the Sparta Area Fire District responded to a garage fire on West Main Street in Sparta Tuesday night. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:13am
Fire Chief Mike Arnold was at the fire station hanging up holiday lights on Tuesday afternoon when the pager went off for a garage fire in progress at 1220 West Main Street in Sparta. A few other firefighters were also at the station working on some of the department’s trucks. The Sparta Area Fire...
Kenneth M. Sizemore
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:10am
Police arrested a  violent felon with multiple convictions Wednesday after a two-hour standoff in rural Norwalk. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Kenneth M. Sizemore, 39, was being sought on connection with a domestic violence incident reported in Vernon County. Police didn’t...


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