Sparta WI

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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