Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sparta WI

Traci Castro grows flowers in her backyard garden for her small business, Schell Farm Gardens. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 10:18am
Growing up on an organic dairy farm just outside of Norwalk, Traci Castro and her brother would often make the one-mile hike from her family’s home through fields and pastures, up the ridge to an old farmhouse that had once belonged to the Schell family, but had been abandoned for many years and...
Sparta Free Library is scheduled to reopen to the public on Aug. 10 by appointment only. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 10:12am
The Sparta Free Library is excited to announce it will be reopening public access to the library building starting on Aug. 10. Staff will introduce browsing appointments, during which time library patrons may browse shelves, select and check out items, as well as pick up holds. On Tuesday, March 17...
Sparta Mayor Kristen Gust is pictured with SACS Co-President Karen Edwards as she proclaimed Aug. 2-8, 2020 as Sparta Area Cancer Support week. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 10:07am
The Sparta area recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the devastating effects of cancer, the researchers who are seeking a cure and the educational programs and support services provided by local healthcare organizations.  Therefore, Sparta Mayor Kristen Gust...
The Pat Watters Band recently designed and sold a special edition t-shirt saluting the relationship between local dairy farming and country music. Contributed photos.
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:23am
This story began last fall when Pat Watters, frontman for The Pat Watters Band, kept seeing more and more stories regarding the struggle Wisconsin dairy farmers were facing.  He was disheartened to see that farms that had been in operation for generations were being forced to sell as milk prices...
From left, Kiwanian John Winkelmann, Monroe County Local History Room Museum Director Jarrod Roll and Kiwanian Steve Bernett stand with the first scavenger hunt participants, Harry and Charlie Frazee. Contributed photo
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:16am
   Excitement on North Water Street was high Saturday morning as the Sparta Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the Monroe County Local History Room Museum, launched the Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt.  Harry and Charlie Frazee, sons of Rachel and Joel Frazee, were the first to receive registration...
Zandra Sanborn, of Sparta raises monarch butterflies in her backyard garden. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:12am
Walking through the gate of Zandra Sanborn’s private backyard garden in Sparta feels as though you’re falling down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. Sanborn’s garden is buzzing with activity these days as small shrews, toads and squirrels scurry about the garden floor and bumble bees, hummingbirds and...
Aaron and Missy Brooks, owners of 1924 Custom Soapery, turned their hobby into a small business, which they operate out of their home in Sparta. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 10:16am
At 1924 Custom Soapery in Sparta, it all started with a peculiar passion. Owners Aaron and Missy Brooks have been running their small-batch soaping business since 2017 when Aaron made his very first loaf of soap and it all snowballed from there. Aaron has been buying handmade soap since he was a...
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 9:58am
The Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) Board had originally planned a special 20th Anniversary SACS Walk/Rally for Friday, Aug. 7 at Sparta Memorial Park, but due to COVID-19, it had to make changes from a large one-night event with traditional activities to curbside events. “Cancer doesn't stop...
Workers set a trench box on the Morrow Home construction site on South Water Street north of the current facility. Herald photo by Nate Beier
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 9:55am
Morrow Home CEO Dan Meyer was hoping for little more of a ceremonial kick off  to the Sparta senior care facility’s new $12 million project but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it. Instead, construction on the project began earlier this month with only the sound of heavy equipment to herald its...
Mike and Cindy Arenz pose for a photo in Arenz Shoes in downtown Sparta, which will be closing for good in in the next few months. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 10:27am
This November, downtown Sparta’s longest existing store will be no more. Arenz Shoe has been around 118 years  after beginning in La Crosse in 1902. At its apex, it had around a dozen satellite stores in Iowa, Minnesota, and southern Wisconsin. But as the retail shoe business changed, those stores...


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