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Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels (left) and Sparta PD Chief of Police Emilee Nottestad bow their heads in remembrance of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty during an appreciation ceremony Friday afternoon. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Last week, law enforcement agencies and personnel all over the country celebrated National Police Week, a time to remember the men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace...
The Monroe County Board is set to take action Thursday, May 20, on three resolutions regarding the proposed county-run nursing home and senior care facility. At the special meeting, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Sparta American Legion, supervisors will vote on bonding up to another $3.2...

Lauryn Wissestad, 12, of Sparta shows off her sketch, which won grand prize in the Green Bay Packers Student Art Contest’s 6-8 grade category. Contributed photo.
Every year, the Green Bay Packers invite student artists to submit their artwork for the annual Packers Student Art Contest, with three grand prize winners from three categories earning the opportunity for their art to be featured at Lambeau Field throughout the football season. Lauryn Wissestad, a...
Tomah Health Emergency Services registered nurse Jackie Brown, left, is congratulated by hospital Emergency Services coordinator / registered nurse Ariel Bohm, BSN, RN and Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Myhre, MSN, RN as part of this year’s Nurses Week salute. Brown was the fifth nurse to receive the DAISY award since the hospital first took part in the program in 2017.
Jackie Brown never thought she would receive an award for taking care of people. The Tomah Health Emergency Services registered nurse was named the hospital’s 2021 recipient of the internationally recognized DAISY Award May 10 as part of Nurse’s Week. “I feel very honored; it is a special thing and...

Sparta’s first fire engine, a 1923 LaFrance, sits in front of the Sparta Fire District Station after Fire Chief Mike Arnold and his wife, Monica, retrieved it from the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids earlier this month. The Arnolds, center, posed in front of the antique truck at the museum with two members of the Jackson Fire Department, who brought their own antique fire truck to display for the next year. Contributed photos
Sparta's first motorized fire truck, a 1923 American LaFrance, is finally back home after spending nearly two years on display in the center of the state. Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold and his wife, Monica, made the trip east to the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids May 1 to...

Monroe County recently unveiled its new Mobile Command Unit, which will be used by the health department and sheriff’s office. Pictured, from left, are Matthew Fox of ZOLL medical supply company, Patrol Capt. Chris Weave, Emergency Management Director Jared Tessman, Sheriff Wes Revels, Health Dept. Director Tiffany Giesler and health dept. staff Serena Jahnke Berg, Laura Reutlinger, Jena Cornell, Lindsay Goyette, Kayleigh Day and Aimee Larson. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Whether it’s to provide relief in a natural disaster or offer vaccinations at remote sites, Monroe County’s new Mobile Command Post brings more flexibility to frontline responders. The county purchased the $60,000 trailer using grant funds it received through the CARES Act, which provided money to...

Officer Brian James with the Sparta Police Department is pictured with his K-9 partner Nash.
The Sparta Police Department will be hosting its fifth annual K-9 Golf Tournament on Friday, June 4. The annual tournament is the department’s biggest fundraiser to keep the K-9 program going and in order to do that, the Sparta PD needs the support of the community. The K-9 Program at Sparta PD...

The Sparta Bike and Board Park will be hosting a BBQ Cook-Off Competition for the first time at Sparta Butterfest as a fundraiser for the park. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
This year, for the first time ever, the Sparta Bike and Board Park Committee will be hosting a barbecue competition as a fundraiser for the Sparta Bike and Board Park during Sparta Butterfest. In 1998, the Sparta Police Department along with a few area lumber yards agreed to work with a group of...

An artist’s rendering of the Sparta Free Library’s east exterior after the proposed expansion project is completed.
After shelving it for a two years, the Sparta City Council Wednesday took a fresh look at the Sparta Free Library expansion project and plans to explore a possible spring 2023 groundbreaking date. Mark Sund, co-city administrator/treasurer, said the earliest time he would recommend bonding for the...
The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce will be selling advanced carnival tickets for the A&P Enterprise carnival at Butterfest starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, at the Chamber Depot at 111 Milwaukee Street in Sparta. There will be limited quantities...

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