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While usually teeming with Farmers Market shoppers every Wednesday and Saturday, Mueller Square in downtown Sparta will be alive with music lovers this Friday for the first performance of the new concert series “Music in Mueller Square.” The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
A new adult-only concert series begins this Friday, May 14 in Mueller Square in downtown Sparta. Music in Mueller Square, MiMS, is set to take stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with Jay Hoffman and Dominic Orrico who will entertain the audience with classic Americana stylings. People are invited to enjoy...

Valerie Kircher poses with a few of her pieces inside her home in Kendall. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Although photography was her first passion, Valerie Kircher, of Kendall, has recently found herself living her dream on a dead-end dirt road immersed in the unique and ancient art of encaustic painting. The word encaustic originates from Ancient Greek and means "burning in" and "to burn.” An...

Fred Clark, executive director of Wisconsin Green Fire, leads the discussion at last Wednesday’s inaugural Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment meeting in Sparta. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
When it comes to recognizing and addressing the problems associated with climate change, Monroe County is setting the example in Wisconsin. That’s according to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who addressed a team of experts last Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Climate Readiness and Rural...

Tracy Woodman (left) was recently elected to Military Order of the Cootie Grand of Wisconsin Grand Commander. Her daughter Tara Woodman (right) was elected Grand President alongside her. Contributed photo.
Tracy Woodman, of Sparta was recently elected the Military Order of the Cootie of the United States Grand of Wisconsin Grand Commander. To make the honor even more special, Woodman’s daughter, Tara Woodman was also elected Grand President. The Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) is a non-profit...

Rhonda Schmidt of Sparta who lives near Rockland spotted this black bear loitering on her deck. Contributed photos
With trees leafing out, flowers popping up and just the general greening of the landscape, it’s apparent spring is in full bloom. With that comes the inevitable return of insects, birds and another type of creature that is becoming more and more abundant in Monroe County – black bears. There have...

Pictured are members of HOSA, DECA and SACS proclaiming SACS Week May 10-14. From left, is DECA member Caroline Olson, HOSA member Isabella Zimmerman, SACS Secretary Kay Kast, Sparta Mayor Kristen Gust, SACS Co-President Karen Edwards, HOSA member Jillian Roou and DECA member Callie Ziebell. Contributed photo.
The Sparta area recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the devastating effects of cancer; the researchers who are seeking a cure and the educational programs and support services provided by local healthcare organizations. Last week, the Sparta Area Cancer Support (...

Sara Hansen and Conner Choi pose in front of their 1997 GMC van they customized for adventures on the road after the pandemic left them with plenty of free time. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
What do you do if you’re a recent college graduate whose prospects temporarily dried up due to a pandemic and your future plans are put on hold? If you’re Sara Hansen, a 2016 Sparta High School graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, you go vagabonding. Hansen, the...

Tomah firefighters were dispatched to a residence early Monday night. A group check out an attic area in the home where smoke and fire was seen. Contributed photos
The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a house fire just before 6 p.m. Monday at 721 W. Council St. When firefighters arrived at the scene there was light smoke coming from the attic vents. An entry team found smoke and fire in the attic area. Fire crews worked for a lengthy...
Two Wisconsin federal lawmakers not only believe farmers need to be a major part of addressing climate change, they also are backing legislation to ensure they are compensated for their efforts. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison and Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse spoke to the Monroe County Climate Change...

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss (right) presented Sparta School Board President Josh Lydon (center) and SASD Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren with a plaque recognizing the district’s support to soldiers, civilians and families of Fort McCoy. Contributed photo.
The Sparta Area School District (SASD) had a distinguished guest at the school board’s regular meeting last week. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss spoke about Month of the Military Child and Fort McCoy’s relationship with the SASD, recognizing the district for its support to area...

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