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Sparta Quest Winter Fest kicks off this weekend

By KARIANN FARREY Herald Editor Put on your winter gear and get ready for a flurry of fun at Sparta Quest Winter Fest this weekend at Memorial Park. There’s something for everyone in …

Cranberry cravings: Cranberry Country Cafe is now open in Warrens

When Traci and Kevin Peterson took over the Cranberry Discovery Center museum and store in Warrens last year, they wanted to add a café and introduce people to some unique cranberry …

100 candles

There’s something about Bob Everitt that draws people near him. A packed ballroom of more than 100 people and a table of homemade cakes on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Club 16 in Sparta made that …

Sparta School District battling staffing shortage

“Our commitment is to keep our buildings open.” That was a statement Sparta School Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren made to the school board’s committee of the whole last week …

Memorial Field project with plaza all but a go

The Sparta School Board’s Committee of the Whole last week recommended a $3.25 million Memorial Field renovation project that will include a $200,000 plaza to be funded by the Sparta Gridiron …

Due to continued increases in local COVID-19 cases and transmission, Tomah Health is requiring all patients and visitors to wear medical-grade masks, cloth masks (tie or ear loop) with a nose wire, …

Charged January 6 Teresa L. Nofsinger, 38, of La Crosse has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer. Sparta officers responded to a reported hit and run. …

Domestic disturbance leads to OWI charge

A Sparta man was charged with his seventh, eighth or ninth OWI, following the report of a domestic disturbance.  Sparta Police Department responded to the original call, reporting Enrique …

Tomah City Council to continue SET discussion

The Tomah City Council will continue its discussion regarding the feasibility of a senior executive team (SET) municipal government to replace a city administrator when it convenes Monday, Jan. 17, …

Area Lions clubs receive donation from Rosco’s Bait Shop in Tomah

Deer hides may look gnarled by the time they are removed and prepared for another use. A thick deer hide provides warmth. The raw material is used to make many different kinds of leather …

New commander installed at Volk Field

The nation’s premier Air National Guard combat readiness training center received a new commander Jan. 10. Col. Matthew Eakins, a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, said he was …

How Winter Fest got rebooted

This year’s Winter Fest is the second-year reboot of a long-forgotten event that was once held in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Heidi Prestwood was cleaning out a garage when she found …

CWD confirmed in Monroe County

After lurking in neighboring counties for years, chronic wasting disease has officially breached the Monroe County border. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed Wednesday …

How CWD will change the hunt

The implications of chronic wasting disease are far reaching and will eventually change the cherished traditions of the hunt in the future, according to a county conservationist. As the disease …

Sparta school board adopts new masking policy

The Sparta School Board on Tuesday voted 6-1 on a new face masking policy that relies on either the county’s vaccination rate or a 10-day rolling average of positive COVID cases among students …

Sparta aldermen disburse nearly $200K in ARPA funds

Not everyone got what they wanted but almost all businesses and nonprofits that applied for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the City of Sparta got something. The city received 16 …

DOT seeks public input on Hwy. 27 project

A local portion of Hwy. 27 has been eyed for safety improvements, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is seeking public input. Construction would begin in summer 2023 on a plan to widen …

Climate change task force hears update

The Monroe County Climate Change Task Force heard a variety of updates at its Jan. 5 meeting. The meeting was a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting, held at the Sparta American Legion Hall. The …

COVID-19 testing has reached the highest volumes seen in over a year across Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin. During the week of Jan. 3, COVID-19 testing increased by 23% across …

Officials at Tomah Health are praising the support of local blood donors this past year. According to statistics provided by Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, 1,347 blood products were collected …

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