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Janelle Buchholz and Gary Von Ruden will retire from the Brookwood school district after 35 and 17 years respectively as teachers. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:37am
 Nearly 20 years separate the teaching careers of Gary Von Ruden and Janelle Buchholz. But as the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton (NOW) School District educators near the end of the school year they find themselves joined at the hip professionally. Von Ruden, 62, and Buchholz, 57 are retiring after 17 and...
From left, Jeannie Jones, Matt Biermier, Brian Friske, Dwight Kramzusch and Cylee Friske with her favorite cow, Snickers. Contributed photo.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:31am
These days, you've got to love what you're doing if you're going to be a dairy farmer. And Brian Friske, owner of Valley Hill Dairy Farm outside of Kendall, does. For him, it's the lifestyle that keeps him going. "That's about the only reason," he said. "To be honest with you, I wouldn't want to do...
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:05am
An alleged  threat from one of the family members of a Sparta High School graduate forced officials to cancell the graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. Police and the school district issued a statement Friday, saying there was a "a direct safety threat to the graduation ceremony",...
Pictured is the Innovations STEM Academy team that competed at Western Technical College's annual High School Robotics Challenge in March. Front row, from left: Christian Perez and Christopher Witherow. Back row: Vanessa Leis, Lucy Schwarz, Kaydyn McAnany and Brayden Siekert.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:19am
The enthusiasm Lucy Schwarz has toward school is something any parent would welcome. The eighth-grader attributes that sense of excitement to the Sparta School District's Innovations STEM Academy where she's been enrolled since sixth grade. "It's completely changed the way I learn -- the way I do...
Connie Bakken, co-owner at Quilt Corner in Sparta has been selected as this year’s featured quilter for the Sparta Butterfest Quilt Show. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:12am
  After entering through the doors at Quilt Corner, located on Water Street in downtown Sparta, there is a noticeable hum of activity. Ladies are perusing through the vibrant shades of fabric while others are encouraging each other through the latest club project from their respective sewing...
Ron Waddell
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:07am
The race for Monroe County Sheriff adds another candidate to join Wes Revels, Jeremy Likely, Jeff Schwanz and Rick Dickenson to replace Scott Perkins who is not seeking another term. Ron Waddell, a lieutenant with the Tomah Police Department is running on the Republican ticket with Revels, Likely...
Maggie McHugh.
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:34am
In a surprise ceremony at her school last week, Maggie McHugh of Sparta, a sixth-grade teacher and adviser at the La Crosse Design Institute, was named Wisconsin’s 2019 Middle School Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly. As part of...
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:30am
Authorities now believe alcohol was a factor in an accident on the Sparta's south side that left a teenager dead. According to Sparta police, a passerby discovered the wreck off Walrath Street around 11:39 a.m. Sunday but investigators believe it happened several hours earlier. They believe Joshua...
Rick Dickenson
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:24am
Rick Dickenson, a Sparta businessman and Army Reservist, announced he will be making his second bid for Monroe County Sheriff as a Republican. Dickenson joins a GOP field that already includes former Tomah Police Chief Wes Revels and current Wilton Police Chief Jeremy Likely, while Monroe County...
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 11:25am
Cancer is a common thread that weaves numerous stories, journeys and paths together in communities throughout the world. Their paths may have never crossed and they may not have much in common but this year’s Sparta Area Cancer Support Honorees will come together because there is one thing they do...


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