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Heidi Prestwood has been wanting to start a community garden of some sort since she took her position as Executive Director of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce over a year ago. Now, Prestwood is seeking out local businesses that might be interested in forming a partnership with the chamber by...

The car show at this year’s Butterfest, which had around 80 entries, was a popular attraction at the fest grounds. Herald photo by Logan Everson
If Sparta’s Butterfest is any indication of how badly people want to get back to the way things were before the pandemic, they’re ready. After skipping the 2020 celebration due to COVID, Butterfest organizers didn’t know how the event would go over on the cusp of returning to normal. “We weren’t...
With the favorable trend of COVID-19 in the Bangor community of lower case rates coupled with increasing vaccination numbers, administration recommended the School District of Bangor begin transitioning the current mask requirement of staff, students and visitors to optional. Mandy Young has two...

Pictured is an artist’s rendition of the new 80,000 senior care facility the county is building to replace the current Rolling Hills Nursing home. Heavy earth moving equipment has been onsite for the past week grading the area. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
While it’s been a longtime coming, construction on Monroe County’s new senior care facility is underway. Gerke Construction has had heavy equipment onsite for the past week, moving dirt to prepare the location for the new $23 million 80,000 square-foot facility. When complete, it will include 50...

Classmates of Payton Pierce helped sell pinwheels to raise money for medical expenses.
They started with 3,000 pinwheels, two large cardboard boxes. One box sat empty in a little more time than it took to break a sweat on a sweltering summer day in June. Friends and family gathered outside Tomah High School last Saturday selling pinwheels and other items to raise money to offset...

The new members of the Monroe County Jr. Fair Board pictured, from left, are Colby Von Haden, Cassidy Green, Jordyn Steinhoff, Emily Powell and Carisa Cleven. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The Monroe County Jr. Fair Board has five fresh faces taking the reins this year after the former board members including Matt Kortbein, Joelle Liddane, Micaela Kolterman, Annie Ness and Angela Klinkner all decided it was time for a new chapter to begin. Kortbein and Liddane may no longer be...
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has yet to release any new details on a homicide that occurred in rural Sparta June 6. Lt. Jeff Spencer said the suspect is still hospitalized in serious condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and investigators have not been able to talk to him. Last week,...

Sparta area Chamber Executive Director Heidi Prestwood shakes a butter-making container at Butterfest.
After a one-year break due to the global pandemic, Butterfest was back in Sparta last weekend. One part of the 37th (almost) annual event was the Kids Corner, which the Sparta Area Chamber revamped to appeal to all ages and really fit the butter theme. “We put the butter back in Butterfest,” Sparta...
At a recent Sparta School Board meeting, several board members were in disagreement about whether or not the subject matter of wages for positions within the district was legal to discuss in an open meeting or not. Board President Josh Lydon commented that the board would be looking at each...

Michael Zastoupil makes his campaign pitch as part of the election simulation. Contributed photo
And the Tomah Middle School seventh grade class elected Michael Zastoupil as class president for the 2021-2022 school year. Each year seventh grade social studies teachers Luke Bohlen and Jeff Brieske facilitate an election simulation as part of the TMS Civics curriculum. The several week project...

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