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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:31am
A Sparta man was injured early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Mascot Avenue in the Town of Jefferson.   According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, at around 2:30 a.m., 24-year-old Austin Hooker reportedly fell asleep while driving and stuck a bridge railing. Hooker was the lone...
Ethan Schumann
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:28am
Ethan Schumann didn’t have the easiest start in life. He was born on May 14, 1995, two months early and if you ask him, he says, “I guess I was just excited to start life.”  Being born two months premature, Schumann’s brain didn’t get enough oxygen and his legs didn’t develop properly. He was born...
Former Sparta Chamber Director John Hendricks released trout into the La Crosse River Monday for the city’s summer-long fishing derby. A couple of kayakers also were caught in the photo, demonstrating what a great multi-recreational resource the river is. Contributed photo
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:18am
Fishing in Sparta just got even better. In a cooperative effort between the City of Sparta, the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, BikeSparta (Sparta’s Tourism Council), Southwest ITBEC, and the Sparta Rotary Club, rainbow trout were released into the La Crosse River at Sparta's Evans-Bosshard Park...
From left, State Farm Insurance agents Scott Davis of Sparta and Jeff Holthaus of Tomah. Herald photo by JP Schaller.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:15am
When Jeff Holthaus, a State Farm Insurance agent in Tomah, saw news footage of farmers being forced to dump milk because they couldn’t find markets for it, his old farm boy instincts kicked in. Holthaus had grown up on a farm outside of Decorah, Iowa and seeing a valuable product going down the...
Former Garrison Commander Col. Hui Chae Kim and new Garrison Commander Col. Michael D. Poss stand at attention during the garrison change of command ceremony June 10 at Fort McCoy. On a computer in front of them was Installation Management Command-Readiness Director Brenda Lee McCullough who officiated the event. (U.S. Army Photos by Russell Gamache, Fort McCoy Multimedia-Visual Information Office.)
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:11am
Col. Michael D. Poss became the new Fort McCoy garrison commander June 10, during a virtual change-of-command ceremony in building 100 at the installation. Only minimal attendance was allowed at the ceremony as required by health and safety requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic. Installation...
St. Luke’s church between Kendall and Elroy suffered wind damage to its roof during last week’s storms. Contributed photos
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:04am
 The recent storm came in like a raging beast and left its mark on Historic St. Luke’s church out in the country at the intersection of Owl Avenue and Oxford Road between Elroy and Kendall. The church, which has stood for well over 100 years, took a hit from Mother Nature on Tuesday night.  Several...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 9:11am
The Monroe County Agricultural Society (MCAS) has been in constant consultation with the Monroe County Health and Human Services departments. With concern for the safety and health of the community, and after much consideration of the issues surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, the board has made the...
This young participant in last Thursday’s Black Lives Matter march through Sparta had a message of hope for the community. Herald photos by Izak Anderson.
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:23am
With approximately 150 people attending, 15-year-old Nelly Sprawls’ peaceful Black Lives Matter march last Thursday was a success. Nelly was expecting a group of 100 to attend, but said she was blown away by the community’s support.  Before the march started, Nelly and her mother, Lisa Fisher, were...
After countless number of events, athletic contests gym classes and more, Tomah High School is getting a new gym floor. Workers have started to put down the new floor. Also pictured are pieces of the floor, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, waiting to be put in place. Contributed photos
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:15am
Employees of a New London company have started work on laying a new floor at Tomah High School. Stalker Sports Floor was awarded the bid for the work earlier this year by the Tomah School Board for the project at a cost of $185,000. At that meeting the board also approved a $15,000 contingency for...
Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, plus one, took a break from working on their latest project, a new Love Lock Bridge in downtown Sparta, to pose for photo. They include, in front, from left, Jerry Kast, Al Jenkins, Reinhard Mueller, Jim Cook and Kerry Schumann. In back is Abdennabi Bendriss, who volunteered to help the crew. Contributed photo
Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:11am
Anyone strolling through Sparta and glancing down at Beaver Creek will notice the absence of the Lovelock Bridge but the presence of a familiar group of volunteers creating their latest masterpiece. Sparta’s Five Shovelmen, led by Reinhard Mueller, removed the old arched, wooden viaduct on May 15...


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