Saturday, November 16, 2019


The Sparta Area Fire District aerial engine pours water onto the back of The Place in Norwalk last Thursday as the structure became an inferno. Winds fanned the flames and blew smoke onto Main Street from the front of the building. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney.
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 11:35am
The smoke rising from the tiny village of Norwalk last Thursday afternoon marked the end of an era for one the community's longest established businesses. The usually sleepy village was rousted by the sounds of sirens and the popping of flames as The Place tavern on Norwalk's Main Street, which...
Firestone Regional Sales Manager Jeff Paur, far left, and Pete Degenhardt of Degenhardt Tire Inc. present the Powell family with a certificate of $2,500 for a new set of tires. Contributed photo.
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 11:28am
The Powell family of Norwalk was recently chosen as one of four winners for the Firestone Ag “What Drives You?” social media contest. They received $2,500 toward a set of new tires. Firestone Ag, which is a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, designed the contest to celebrate the hard...
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 11:15am
Officials released details at a press conference this morning (Monday) of a settlement between Monroe County and the justice center architect. Monroe County Board Chairman Cedric Schnitzler said the Louis Berger Group, the Washington D.C.-based firm that designed the justice center, agreed to pay...
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:46am
On March 27 around 8:19 a.m. Sparta Police and Sparta Ambulance responded to the report of a railroad employee having sustained life-threatening injuries from a train accident at Cedar Creek Lumber, formerly known as Lake States Lumber. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located the train conductor...
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:37am
Estimates compiled by the county-hired architectural firm show a nursing home project in Tomah would be around $200,000 cheaper than building on the Sparta site. However, the figures also show that delays in construction have put the project cost on either site well over the $16 million bonding...
Dr. Robert Freedland, left,  an ophthalmology specialist with Mayo Clinic Health Systems, discusses the progress of Mayo's new Sparta eye clinic with Phil Heiden of Fowler & Hammer Construction, the contractor renovating the building. The new facility is expected to open sometime in June. Photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:39am
With the help of the Sparta Hospital Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health Systems has made a $960,000 investment in downtown Sparta. Funded significantly through the Foundation's largess, Mayo's new Sparta eye clinic, located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and "L" Street, is being renovated into a...
Alexis D. Mashak
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:31am
On the evening of Tuesday, March 20 law enforcement made school officials of the Sparta Area School District aware of a complaint from another agency that included evidence of a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher at Meadowview Middle School and a student at Sparta High School.  ...
The 2018 Butterfest Fest Mater, Mike Arnold, and Lady Butterfest, Karen Edwards. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:46am
Sparta Butterfest officials couldn't have found two busier people to represent the their organization for its 34th annual celebration. But that's the exact reason Mike Arnold and Karen Edwards were chosen as this year's Butterfest Fest Master and Lady Butterfest -- their seemingly inexhaustible...
Sparta Area Fire District firefighters battle a blaze at a duplex on Goodman Court. Neighbors alerted the occupants to the fire before calling 911.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:51am
Alert neighbors are being credited with minimizing damage and possibly saving the lives of tenants, whose Goodman Court duplex in Sparta caught fire last weekend. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, Dawn Tomaszewski and Sarah Gillert, who live nearby, reported the blaze at 913...
Tomah firefighters work to extinguish a Butts Avenue apartment fire Saturday, March 3. The apartment sustained heavy damage. There were no injuries.
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:39am
A March 3 apartment fire in Tomah remains under investigation, according to Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler. The department was paged out at 2:32 p.m. to a report of a structure fire at 1315 Butts Ave. When firefighters arrived at the scene heavy flames were coming from the northwest corner of the...


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