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Pedal, Paddle, Fish Days are Coming to Sparta This Weekend, June 21-23

The annual Pedal, Paddle, Fish Days are coming to Sparta this weekend, June 21st-23rd. The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Chamber Director Heidi Prestwood-Funkhouser, has …
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First Times Farm provides soulful and mindful healing through horses

First Times Farm is operated by Jim and Nikki Ward, in Monroe County, just a couple miles out of Cataract, Wisconsin, off of Basswood Road. A quick scan of their property and animals would leave most …

County stays with current healthcare plan

At the Monroe County Administration & Personnel meeting, held on on Tuesday, June 11th, consideration was given to several different possibilities of health care for the county. The committee …

Consolidated building “hijacked” by Finance committee

At May’s Property and Maintenance Committee meeting, the committee pushed forward a budget adjustment for $50,000, to cover the cost of creating plans for a consolidated county office building. …

UW-Green Bay announces academic honors

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of undergraduate students receiving semester honors, for spring 2024 semester academic achievement. Students who earn a 4.0 grade point …
Obituaries
JoAnn Weisenberger Tolley
JoAnn Weisenberger Tolley died June 15, 2024, at Cranberry Court, Sparta, of a storm of issues, the root cause of which was Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in the spring of 1937 into a …
Doris Ann Gill
SPARTA/BANGOR-Doris Ann Gill, 86, of Sparta, died Sunday, June 16, 2024 at Morrow Memorial Home, Sparta. Private burial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.   Her burial …
Therese “Terry” Kiel
SPARTA-Therese “Terry” Kiel, 88, of Sparta, died Sunday, June 16, 2024 at Tomah Nursing and Rehab Center, Tomah. Arrangements will be announced by Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and …
Robert W. “Bob” Oswald
SPARTA-Robert W. “Bob” Oswald, 85, of Sparta, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, June 13, 2024 surrounded by loved ones. He was born on June 4, 1939 to Harvey E. and Dorothy M. …
Alyce L. Betcher
Alyce L. Betcher, 96 died on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the Tomah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on May 17, 1928, to George and Lillian (Churchill) Noyes in Babcock, Wisconsin. She …
E. Dale Lamb
E. Dale Lamb, age 72, formerly of Tomah, Wisconsin passed away on April 6th, 2024 peacefully at the Cornerstone Hospice House in The Villages, Florida. A graveside service will be held on June 23, …
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Property taxes throughout Monroe County

In gathering data from the Monroe County Treasurer, the Herald requested a list of mill rates for each township and the different school districts. The Herald put this data together in a map that is …
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Mississippi Valley, Scenic Bluffs Conferences face volleyball coaching overhauls this fall

Former varsity assistant, Mary Sackmann (middle) has been chosen to take over the Sparta volleyball program starting this fall. Sackmann will be the third head coach for the Spartans in the post pandemic era.
    The coaching landscape of Coulee Region volleyball will undergo a vast transformation heading into the 2024 season as upwards of a dozen coaching changes are taking place in …
Post 201 still in search of season’s first win
    Four games into their summer baseball season, the Tomah 19u legion team is still on the hunt for that opening win of the campaign. Tomah Post 201 has dropped its first …
MVC should exercise caution in soccer additions
There was a different look to the Mississippi Valley soccer conferences this year as the league welcomed Arcadia in both boys and girls soccer.Though I didn’t think the additions were a …
Tomah’s Sam Bannan played his way onto the second All-MVC team this spring after posting a mark of 2-4 in first flight singles play and 1-0 in second flight play and a fifth place finish at the MVC tournament.
Tomah trio land on all-MVC teams
    Tomah’s top singles and doubles players managed to earn all-Mississippi Valley second team honors following the 2024 season. Sophomore Sam Bannan, junior Brodie …
Aquinas’ Eddie Peters gives a celebratory shout after throwing the final strike in the Division 3 state final last Thursday. The Blugolds won the D3 title after topping Kenosha St. Joseph 6-4 in Appleton.
Blugolds capture third state title
    La Crosse Aquinas came so very close to adding their third state baseball championship trophy to the school trophy case last spring, but had to settle for silver. After …
Ruby loves anything to do with going on outdoor adventures.
New Country in Washburn County
Hello friends,   As I have mentioned I am in a crazy busy period of time with my job, gardens, pond, volunteering, and family. This week my daughter Selina flew home for a few days for …
First-time state champions headline softball state tourney
    If you’re a fan of dynastic runs, this year’s Wisconsin high school state tournament was not the one for you. Four different schools won their very first …
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Sparta Chamber

Sparta Chamber of Commerce Director, Heidi Prestwood, is excited to present the new and unique Balloons and Tunes Festival, as her newest venture in events for Sparta residents and visitors, during …

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Sean Eakin’s “balloon chasers” kept a close eye on the balloon from take off to flight and return. The crew left Memorial Park right after this photo was taken to follow the hot air balloon, which was being flown to discover the best take off, landing, and touring spots in Sparta. Left to right: Sabel Marie, Jodi Kaseno, and Joan
Sean Eakin’s “balloon chasers” kept a close eye on the balloon from take off to flight and return. The crew left Memorial Park right after this photo was taken to follow the hot air balloon, which was being flown to discover the best take off, landing, and touring spots in Sparta. Left to right: Sabel Marie, Jodi Kaseno, and Joan
Sean Eakin’s “balloon chasers” kept a close eye on the balloon from take off to flight and return. The crew left Memorial Park right after this photo was taken to follow the hot air balloon, which was being flown to discover the best take off, landing, and touring spots in Sparta. Left to right: Sabel Marie, Jodi Kaseno, and Joan
Sean Eakin’s “balloon chasers” kept a close eye on the balloon from take off to flight and return. The crew left Memorial Park right after this photo was taken to follow the hot air balloon, which was being flown to discover the best take off, landing, and touring spots in Sparta. Left to right: Sabel Marie, Jodi Kaseno, and Joan
Sean Eakin’s “balloon chasers” kept a close eye on the balloon from take off to flight and return. The crew left Memorial Park right after this photo was taken to follow the hot air balloon, which was being flown to discover the best take off, landing, and touring spots in Sparta. Left to right: Sabel Marie, Jodi Kaseno, and Joan