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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 9:35am
It is common knowledge now that school is out for the remainder of the school year and so many students have been deprived of all of the spring activities they enjoy. Even students enrolled in Sparta High School’s Intro to Business Class have missed the opportunity to run their own businesses,...
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 9:29am
With one non-partisan election just wrapped up, Monroe County voters can now brace themselves for a round of partisan elections. Beginning April 15, candidates for a raft of elected seats can begin circulating nomination papers for the August primary and November general election. And While the...
Sure, plenty of room for a margarita in the Little Free Bakery. Linda Mattison was just testing with a Smirnoff Ice. Rest easy; it was all in fun. Marilyn and Duane Kortbein (left) are pictured with neighbors Rick and Linda Mattison who were checking out the Kortbeins Little Free Bakery. Being the good neighbors they are, the Mattisons returned the favor of a couple homemade cookies with a Smirnoff for the baker, Marilyn. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 9:26am
Duane Kortbein likes to keep busy with woodworking projects. His wife Marilyn likes to keep busy baking. The couple put both hobbies to good use incorporating the concept of the Little Free Library. In Tomah and other communities, the little libraries serve as a source of reading material in the...
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 9:17am
In this case the term suspended offers hope comparative to the term cancelled. Tomah Parks and Recreation director Joe Protz announced earlier this week due to the COVID-19 pandemic response and to follow the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 pandemic by...
The Boys & Girls Club of Sparta is distributing food to its member families in need every Tuesday. From left – Club employees Morgan Brown, Katelyn Humphrey and Programming Director Kristina Oesterle display the bags of food in front of a pile of stuffed animals for children donated by the Sparta Police Department. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 9:14am
The Boys & Girls Club of Sparta closed its doors in mid-March, when Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered the shutdown of all state public and private schools due to growing concerns of the nation’s COVID-19 outbreak. While members will not be allowed back until the state’s Safer At Home order is...
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:37am
Following a recommendation from the Public Safety Committee, the Sparta City Council last week approved an ordinance, increasing the number of dogs allowed at a residence from two to three. Alderman Jim Church, who is chairman of Public Safety, said the committee had received requests from...
Sgt. First Class Matthew Pitsenbarger in training for one of the biggest milestones of his life. Herald photo by Aaron Arnold.
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:35am
People around Sparta may have observed a man walking around Sparta with an American flag and a rucksack strapped to his back. That’s Sgt. First Class Matthew Pitsenbarger, an Army recruiter who lives in Sparta but works out of an office in Onalaska. He walks three days a week in training for one of...
Emily Wuensch sheds some tears of joy on the shoulders of her groom, Adam, during the newlywed’s first dance in downtown Bangor Friday evening. After Adam and Emily Wuensch were married Friday at a small ceremony in West Salem. Herald photos by J.P. Schaller.
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:30am
It certainly wasn’t the big wedding Adam and Emily Wuensch had planned, but a surprise celebration set up by family and friends Friday night will be forever etched in the memories of the Bangor newlyweds. “We were surprised,” said Emily Wuensch of the celebration that included a stagecoach ride and...
The newly renovated Subway on Wisconsin Street in Sparta has a brand new look, including a new sandwich preparation unit. From left – Co-owner Jon Hetland, his daughter, Laura Hetland, and co-owner Renee Jandt stand behind the restaurant’s new sandwich unit, which features a retractable glass cover. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:22am
Area restaurants have been dealing with the shutdown of in-house dining in various ways. Some are offering carry-out and delivery options, while others have opted to close completely. Subway on Wisconsin Street in Sparta took a different approach, however, using the time to complete a major...
Over the Easter weekend, the Easter Bunny Crew traveled throughout the area hiding eggs for local kids as part of a fundraiser for Brighter Tomorrows in Sparta. Contributed photo.
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 9:20am
When Gov. Tony Evers issued a Safer at Home order on March 25, many local businesses and services were confused as to whether or not they were considered essential. Luckily, Brighter Tomorrows, located in Sparta, was considered essential under the human services shelter piece of the order and it...

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