Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:45am
A compromise over splitting up over a million dollar payment from a transmission line developer wasn't ideal for two Monroe County departments, but it was something they could live with. Last May, Monroe County received $1.32 million from American Transmission Company (ATC), the developer of the...
Pictured are new teachers and certified staff for the Sparta School District posing with the Deke Slayton statue outside of the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum during their orientation last week. Front row, from left: Arlene Quinones Ferrer, Haley Berz, Samantha Fleming, Whitney Butson, Tayler McCormack and Crystal Bauer. Back row: Paige Waldera, Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren, Amanda Henke, Kristin Dulinsky, Donald Scheckel, Barbara Gordon, Adam North, Michele Barribeau, Renee Reuter, Mic
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:41am
When school begins next Friday, Sept. 1, a few dozen new faces will be walking the halls of the Sparta Area School District's eight buildings. But at Lawrence-Lawson and Cataract, one new face in the hallways won't be a recent hire but a transfer. Toby Oswald will be the new Lawrence-Lawson/...
Gile McWain at his house in Wyeville along with his dog, Shadow.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:36am
“We were told we couldn’t mention or talk about the stuff that we participated in; we were sworn to secrecy.” That’s what 84-year-old Wyeville resident Gile McWain said about his time at Camp Desert Rock, a site in Nevada used to test nuclear weapons starting in 1951. McWain graduated from Holmen...
Pictured are some of the Monroe County "4-H"ers who participated. They include, from left, Kyle Menn, Brayden Gebczyk, Ashley Jaeger, Lily Bloyer, Lailah Eckes, Elliott Ornes and Izzi Mason. Contributed photo by Elizabeth Carpenter.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:28am
The Tomah Ice Center at Recreation Park in Tomah went to the dogs this past weekend. The building was the site for the Wisconsin State 4-H Dog Show, the first time the event was hosted in Monroe County. Jackie Menn, Norwalk, one of the key coordinators, extended gratitude to all those who...
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:03pm
    The Sparta School District's electorate will have its chance to weigh in on the school budget Tuesday when the district's annual meeting convenes at 7 p.m. in the Administrative & Educational Center. Leah Hauser, director of business services will present the preliminary budget before the...
Shanneon Grant is the new director of the Sparta Free Library.
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:43am
Growing up in Elkader, a small community in northeast Iowa, Shanneon Grant would walk to the library to get her books. "I fell in love with libraries in a small town," she said. "Sparta feels familiar in that sense." That's why Grant, who has 26 years of library experience, is excited about her new...
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:29am
Monroe County Circuit Judge J. David Rice announced that he will retire on October 1.  Rice, 70, said that the timing of his retirement was dictated by completion of the Monroe County Justice Center complex. Judge Rice has chaired the Monroe County Justice Center Building Committee for the last six...
Seth Donskey competing in the Major League Gaming Last Chance Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio on July 25. Contributed Photo
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:44am
    Many would scoff at the idea of playing video games professionally, but for a local high school senior from Rockland, it’s a reality. Seth Donskey is part of the professional Call of Duty team “Projekt Evil”. The team will compete at the Call of Duty World League Championship this week at the...
Brittany Anderson, a 2012 Sparta High School graduate, gave a presentation to the Sparta Kiwanis Club about her recent trip to Sierra Leone where she conducted research on the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak for her doctorate. She is pictured with members of We Yone Child Foundation, an NGO headquartered in Freetown that helped her with her research.
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:18am
Brittany Anderson, a 2012 Sparta High School graduate, isn't letting the grass grow under her feet. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Iowa, she recently completed a one-month stint in Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa where she conducted research on the cultural effects of...
Here piggy, piggy. Emily Powell and Dylan Brooks honored the memory of their friend Logan Ferries by showing his three pigs at the Monroe County Fair. One of his pigs was sold at the livestock auction. Take note on the Brookwood FFA display a photo of Ferries showing a pig at the 2016 fair. Herald photo by Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:36am
Logan Ferries always looked forward to the Monroe County Fair. That's according to Gary Von Ruden, who knew firsthand. Von Ruden teaches agricultural education at Brookwood High School and is the FFA advisor. He knew Ferries enjoyed spending time with animals and friends at the fair. "The fair was...


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