Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:47am
Let’s read together again!  As a message of hope, help, and support, the Sparta Free Library is waiving existing fines and fees from Sparta patron library accounts.  This one-time action wipes the slate clean for Sparta library users with fines or fees on their cards. To provide some context, 4,286...
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:42am
La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), are hosting public scoping meetings in the Coon Creek Watershed and West Fork Kickapoo Watershed to gather input from watershed stakeholders on issues related to flooding and the existing...
Aimee Schreiber, Interim Director of Sparta Free Library, in a ZOOM meeting with the Kiwanis Club. Contributed photo
Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:35am
Aimee Schreiber, Interim Director of Sparta Free Library, speaking on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Sparta Kiwanis Club ZOOM meeting, described an almost cyclonic pace of action by staffers in the library building, suddenly shuttered by the COVID crisis in mid-March.    Schreiber and her staff responded...
Rains caused this washout on Edgewater Road in the Town of Greenfield last Friday. The road damage led to two sperate accidents, however, no one was injured. Contributed photo
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:47am
High waters were still receding Saturday after a line of thunderstorms hit Monroe County late Thursday and early Friday. Heavy rains in Monroe County led to flash flood warnings the National Weather Service in La Crosse. There were unconfirmed reports of between 5 and 7 inches of rain in the Tomah...
Last week’s heavy rains wreaked havoc on the construction of a natural gas pipeline being installed north of Sparta. The line is being installed along existing right-of-way owned by Northern Natural Gas, an Omaha-based company. Herald photo by Kyle Evans
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:45am
Construction of a new natural gas pipeline north of Sparta is scheduled for completion in early October. Northern Natural Gas, a company based out of Omaha, Neb., is installing about two miles of pipeline alongside one of its existing pipelines north of Sparta to add capacity to its infrastructure...
The two fire trucks parked outside Murray's On Main were only for a demonstration exercise, not an emergency. The ladder truck in the foreground is similar to one that is being lobbied for by the Tomah Fire Department for increased fire protection. The one behind is the TFD's existing ladder truck. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:38am
There was no cause for alarm when two fire trucks were parked outside Murray’s On Main Wednesday, Aug. 26. No fire to extinguish. No trapped felines atop the roof.  Actually only of the two ladder trucks belonged to the Tomah Fire Department. The other was a ladder truck from Pierce Manufacturing...
Bruce E. Smith
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:30am
A 63-year old Sparta man is facing a lengthy prison term after being convicted last week for sexual assaults against a child that took place in the early 1990s. On Aug. 27, a  Monroe County jury found Bruce E. Smith guilty of first degree sexual assault of a child and one count of incest with a...
Leon Country Floors SACS Team recently held its garage and bake sale with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Sparta Area Cancer Support. Joanne Bohnert (center) presented a check for $6,454.75 to SACS Co-President Gary Peterson. Also pictured, from left, are SACS volunteers who helped make the sale a success were Kathy Culpitt, Colette Burkwalt, Annette Erickson, Bohnert, Peterson, Kay Kast, Roberta Johnson and Mary Marx. Not pictured is Bev Gasper, Jill Bohnert and Ben Bourman. Contributed photo.
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:25am
Leon Country Floors owner, Jeff Bohnert, thought his wife, Joanne Bohnert’s SACS team would only raise between $1,000 to $2,000 when he agreed to match their earnings from the month-long garage sale they hosted in July, with all proceeds going toward Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS.) Much to his...
From left are Kay Snider-Mark, Karen Snider, Phyllis Snider and Kim Snider-Jost. Contributed photo.
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:22am
Like mother, like daughters. Phyllis Snider of Tomah raised her daughters to be conscious of the role women played in election history. On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Snider and her daughters visited the Tomah Area Historical Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave...
Bernie Czarnecki being sworn in by past Department Commander, Steve Kueger, and accepting the position as Commander of Post #100. Contributed photos
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 10:17am
A new slate of officers was sworn in at Sparta American Legion Post 100 on Aug. 19 during the membership meeting. Bernie Czarnecki will lead as the incoming Commander. Wally Habhegger will be First Vice Commander and Dean Tremble will be Second Vice Commander. Also elected for a three year term on...


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