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Volunteers gathered at the THS commons Wednesday night for 'Pinwheels For Payton' to put together pinwheels that will be sold Friday as a fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Payton Pierce. Two large boxes will be sold. Contributed photos
Payton Pierce continues to recover from significant injuries at a Madison hospital sustained in a June 5 vehicle accident outside Warrens. But friends and classmates are making sure her family is fully aware that her recovery is on the minds of the entire Tomah community. Pierce was one of five...
Authorities identified the deceased victim in a rural Sparta attack that left three others injured, including the alleged attacker, as 87-year-old Bernard Waite. According the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, which is investigating the incident that occurred at a Town of Sparta home Sunday, June 13...

Pictured, from left are MCAS Board President Chris Schreier, Cashton recipient Bonita Hanley, MCAS board members LeAnna Rowan and Dave Kuehl. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
The Monroe County Agricultural Society (MCAS,) promotor of the Monroe County Fair and the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull recently awarded scholarships to two local students. In an effort to recognize its community's outstanding leadership in young people and help local...

The Sparta police station
The soon-to-be vacated Sparta police station on East Oak Street might become a restaurant/beer hall or possibly an outfitter for outdoor recreation. That decision is up to the Sparta City Council, which will decide between two proposals for the building when it meets next week. Beer Shop owner Beau...
An expensive incident in one of Sparta’s parks has the city reconsidering its wild game trapping policy. The Finance Committee Wednesday approved paying a Sparta area woman for an emergency room visit after her young son stepped on a steel wild game trap that was placed in Amundson Park along the...

The Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull, which promises three full days of pulling on two tracks, draws crowds of roughly 70,000 spectators throughout the weekend.
In two weeks’ time, the skies of Tomah will be filled with black clouds of smoke and the roar of screaming engines as the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, June 24. Last April, the Monroe County Ag Society (MCAS,) promoters of the pull...

Pictured is the current Sparta Police Station in downtown Sparta. Herald photo by Kyle Evans
City of Sparta committees will deal with an assortment of issues as they meet this week. When it meets Wednesday, the Sparta Planning Commission will revisit a request from a citizen to amend the fence ordinance. Last month, Alayna McDonald, who lives on a corner lot, requested the commission...
Last week, on June 3, the Sparta Area School District Board of Education voted five to two to make masks optional within school buildings, effective immediately. A number of parents and community members spoke at a school board meeting last month regarding whether or not students should still be...

Workers from Stockton Trout Farm out of Winona, MN, tag rainbow trout before releasing them into Sparta waterways. Contributed photos
Fishing in Sparta just got even better. The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, BikeSparta (Sparta’s Tourism Council) along with Stockton Trout Farm out of Winona, MN added rainbow trout to the La Crosse River at Sparta's Evans-Bosshard Park on Friday, May 28. Already a fisherman's paradise, the...
Two juveniles were med-flighted with life-threatening injuries from an accident scene near Jellystone Park Friday, June 4, after the vehicle they were in rolled over. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, at 7:51 p.m., the Monroe County 911 Communications Center received a 911 call...

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