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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 …

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 …

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 …

Here to help

After Kevin Franks died Oct. 29, his church family, friends and community members came together to take care of his family.

Aldermen to consider $900K in requests for ARPA funds

The Sparta City Council will vote on disbursing some of its more than $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to local hospitality businesses and nonprofit organizations when it meets …

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