Monday, May 1, 2017
AUSTIN ERICKSON
Freshman Austin Erickson carded five birdies on his way to a four-over-par 76, leading the Sparta boys golf team to a first-place finish in Monday’s Mississippi Valley Conference match at Forest Hills Golf Course.
Bangor’s Mikaela Jepson (4) gets tangled up while tagging Cashton’s Taylor Costello (left) between first and second base during Monday’s Scenic Bluffs Conference softball game at Cashton. The Lady Cardinals scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Cashton 2-1 and remain unbeaten in league play. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
Bangor picked up a big road win at Cashton to remain perfect and Brookwood outlasted Hillsboro in a pair of Scenic Bluffs Conference softball games Monday night.
Sparta was awash in blue Monday, April 17 as hundreds of law enforcement personnel from around the country converged on the city to pay their respects to a 34-year old Wisconsin State Trooper from Tomah killed in a car crash last week.
A public hearing on a proposal to fill wetland on a cranberry marsh bordering Monroe and Jackson counties drew an audience. IKatie Groves, Sparta, was one of many who testified. But Groves defied the request of hearing officials who asked people to be seated during their testimony.
Three staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were at Recreation Park Tuesday to hear public testimony to fill wetlands for a proposed sand mine that borders Monroe and Jackson counties
Youth hunter Aiden Carney (left) and his mentor, Allan Anderson (right), show off the big tom Aiden shot during the Monroe County Longspurs Youth Turkey hunt near Cataract Saturday. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller
It all happened so fast. One minute, Aiden Carney was sitting in a turkey blind trying to call in a big gobbler – the next thing you know, the Sparta 12-year old had downed a big tom.
Sparta senior Sirrus Bier (front) takes the baton from freshman Clinton Jenkins to start the second leg of the 800-meter relay. Sparta finished first in the race and landed second overall in the boys team standings at Tuesday’s Onalaska Luther Knight Invite. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The Sparta High School boys track and field team turned it up a notch this week with a second-place finish at Tuesday’s Onalaska Luther Knight Invite.
AUSTIN ERICKSON
Bangor’s Mikaela Jepson (4) gets tangled up while tagging Cashton’s Taylor Costello (left) between first and second base during Monday’s Scenic Bluffs Conference softball game at Cashton. The Lady Cardinals scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Cashton 2-1 and remain unbeaten in league play. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
A public hearing on a proposal to fill wetland on a cranberry marsh bordering Monroe and Jackson counties drew an audience. IKatie Groves, Sparta, was one of many who testified. But Groves defied the request of hearing officials who asked people to be seated during their testimony.
Youth hunter Aiden Carney (left) and his mentor, Allan Anderson (right), show off the big tom Aiden shot during the Monroe County Longspurs Youth Turkey hunt near Cataract Saturday. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller
Sparta senior Sirrus Bier (front) takes the baton from freshman Clinton Jenkins to start the second leg of the 800-meter relay. Sparta finished first in the race and landed second overall in the boys team standings at Tuesday’s Onalaska Luther Knight Invite. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
Dennis Sweet will be closing the Colonial Bowling & Banquet Center on West Wisconsin Street in Sparta after his last customers leave this Sunday night. Herald Photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:11am
As of May 1, anyone looking to go bowling in Sparta will be out of luck. Dennis Sweet, who has owned the Colonial Bowling & Banquet Center on West Wisconsin Street for the past 20 years, said he will close the doors of the establishment for the last time this Sunday night. "My wife and I want...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:40am
At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Sparta Area School District’s board of education decided to back off on two hot-button issues. The first, proposed by the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee April 11, was part of a larger initiative to reduce the amount of time students are spending on the...
Investigator Rob Walensky of the Tomah Police Department (second from left) receives the ‘Be The Most’ award from the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition for his 20 years of law enforcement service. Also pictured are MCSCC co-chairs Dave Kuderer (Sparta police chief) and Karen Joos. On the right is Monroe County Drug Free Communities Coordinator Natalie Carlisle. Contributed photo.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:37am
Tomah Police Department Investigator Robert Walensky has been helping keep Monroe County residents safe for more than 20 years. At its most recent meeting, the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition recognized his invaluable contribution. The MCSCC’s ‘Be The Most’ award showcases exceptional effort...
Dalton Mattke
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:27am
Though he’s been down a rough road the last three years, 20-year-old Dalton Mattke of Sparta and his parents are grateful to finally be together in their own home. After receiving a bone marrow transplant Dec. 23 and spending months on medical watch in Rochester, he and his family are home and...
Cotto
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:19am
A Tomah man was charged in Monroe County Circuit Court after allegedly passing out in a McDonald’s drive-thru around 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Employees at the Sparta McDonald’s told police that when a man failed to pull forward after a lengthy amount of time, they approached the vehicle and found 33-year-...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:15am
According to local law enforcement and a report by a regional drug-prevention coalition, the presence of methamphetamine (meth) in the area is still on the upswing. In recent years, many drug users in the area have made the transition away from opiates, such as heroin, toward the more accessible...
AUSTIN ERICKSON
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:27am
Freshman Austin Erickson carded five birdies on his way to a four-over-par 76, leading the Sparta boys golf team to a first-place finish in Monday’s Mississippi Valley Conference match at Forest Hills Golf Course. Erickson fired back-to-back, two-over-par rounds of  38 on the front and back nine on...

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