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Kriskindlmarkt underway

As forecasted, KrisKindlmarkt, in downtown Sparta, kicked off on the Friday following Thanksgiving, at 2 p.m.. The babbling brook, Beaver Creek, serves as an ambience cornerstone for the …

History Room kicks off seasonal displays

As the holiday season approaches, there are visual announcements that pique our holiday endorphins, swirling them into a crescendo that peaks in the waning days of December. For many, it may be a …

Monroe County Board in talks at State level

The Monroe County Board has a hot topic with the county landfill that has sent the board into a whirlwind of conversations and a flurry of meetings, with both state and federal legislators. Board …

House of Shadows scares and cares for 25 years

Every year, in October, pumpkins, witches, skeletons, ghosts and goblins travel to the front-and-center of community attention, especially the youth. Bags and buckets filled with candy dance in their …

Book Tasting adds academia atmosphere

Lori Lazzari, teacher at Saint Pat’s School, located in Sparta, surprised her students when she turned her second and third grade classrooms into a StarBOOKs café. The event took place …

HWY 27 Accident Details Not Known yet

This is a report on an accident, on HWY 27, just past the Scauf Farm, before the ridge. Details are not known. This Just happened a little over 1 hour ago. The time now is 6:53 pm, Friday, September …

Wanted: Crossing guards

Both the Sparta and Tomah police departments are having difficulty finding people who want to work as crossing guards. According to Tomah Police Chief Scott Holum, it’s a very unique …

Sparta School Board gets primer on DPI report cards

After receiving less than stellar marks in its state report card, the Sparta Area School District held a workshop last week to explain how the scores are tabulated.

One Acchord changes performance theme

One Acchord was planning to share the Valentine’s Day love with a return to live performances in February. But that uncertain COVID cloud hanging over the community and members of the group …

Construction in the City of Sparta in 2021 dropped precipitously from the prior year’s figures due mainly to a decline in multi-housing projects. Sparta issued 39 building permits last year …

County board passes $5 million highway bond resolution

A resolution authorizing the county to borrow $5 million in funds for highway repair was passed by the Monroe County Board of Supervisors without opposition Wednesday night. The money will go …

Sparta School Board votes to show teachers appreciation

In what was termed a show of appreciation, the Sparta School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday not to require teachers to report to work on Monday, Feb. 14. Students already had the day off and it was …

For those taking in a game at the Sparta Youth Hockey Rink this year, there’s an upgrade that’s hard to miss: a brand-new scoreboard. The updated scoreboard was a long time coming for …

Anonymous donation fuels ACT fundraising effort

It was a timely Christmas gift for the Area Community Theater of Tomah. With generous assistance from an anonymous donor last year, ACT was able to make a $60,000 mortgage payment to the bank to …

Freeze Fest back, with new warm-belly option

This year’s Freeze Fest, to be held Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, in Tomah, has some new events added to old favorites. The 12th annual festival, sponsored by the Tomah Rotary Club and the Tomah Parks …

4 school board candidates join forces

Four Sparta Area School District board candidates have collaborated to run as a slate, according to a news release issued Monday. Marla Leverich, Pat McKenna, Amy Lopez and Jason Perry will be …

On the mend: Samara Steinmetz lands at Colorado rehab hospital

On the mend Samara Steinmetz in Colorado rehab hospital By KARIANN FARREY Herald Editor Things are looking brighter for 18-year-old Samara Steinmetz since the Thanksgiving Day accident …

Tomah executive team discussion continues

Specific details surrounding a proposed change in Tomah city government garnered limited discussion at the Tomah City Council Tuesday night. But the plan will continue to take shape before it …

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 …

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