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Sparta WI

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 10:18am
“Everyone is trying to figure this out,” Sparta School Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren told the Sparta School Board last Thursday as it met as committee of the whole to discuss policies for opening school. Van Deuren was referring to the COVID Compass guidelines for K-12 schools, which had been...
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:17am
After the cancellation of Sparta Butterfest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are still trying to salvage some of the events associated with the festival normally held in early June. One of those organizations is the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta, which hosts the annual Sparta Stampede...
Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad presents a plaque to the K-9 team of Officer Brian James and Lars, commemorating Lars’ retirement.
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:03am
Last week’s Sparta City Council meeting was kicked off with a recognition of some big changes at the Sparta Police Department, including one retirement and three promotions.  The retirement was Lars, one of the SPD’s police dogs who came to Sparta with his Handler, Officer Bryan James, five years...
The crew at the Trailside Motorsports in Sparta includes, from left, Sonny Gammons, Adam Gammons, Skipp Ryba and Chris Jamesson. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 10:32am
Shannon “Skipp” Ryba of Sparta is on the upside of some tough years. He’s undergone three back surgeries and, just last year, survived cancer. It was those struggles that gave him a whole new perspective on life and set his career on a new trajectory. “I’m ready to do something for myself,” he said...
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 10:10am
Administration at the Sparta Area School District has been working hard to solidify plans for school in September, working with the school board, staff and families to develop plans to mitigate the risk of COVID while providing choices of quality instruction to as many students as possible. A big...
Ron Genske Sr., of Sparta stands next to his newly remodeled garden tractors, a 1961 International Cub Original and a 1963 garden tractor from Sears & Roebuck made by David Bradley. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:28am
Ron Genske Sr. estimates that he has completely restored over 30 garden tractors to their former glory after they had been left in disrepair over the years. Genske is 56 years old and a lot of the tractors he’s restored are older than him. The oldest vintage tractor he restored was made before...
Beau Burlingame and his wife Jeanette are excited to officially push open the overhead doors at Beer Shop. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:17am
Working in the beer industry is a family tradition for Beau Burlingame, owner of Sparta’s newest watering hole, Beer Shop where a grand opening is scheduled for July 25.    Burlingame got his first home brew kit from his uncle right around the time he turned 21. One of his grandpas worked at Pabst...
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:14am
With use of force a major issue facing some large law enforcement agencies lately, Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad assured the Sparta City Council last week it was not in a problem in her department. Nottestad delivered the Sparta Police Department’s annual report to aldermen at a special...
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:10am
While following the COVID-19 Compass and its current status, the Sparta Area School District still plans to move forward with its postponed in person graduation on July 22.  “If we move into the severe status on the COVID compass, the ceremony will be cancelled,” Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren...
Kristie Sagehorn stands in front of her and her husband Paul’s semi with the new Herrman Elementary School in Sparta in the background. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:07am
Last year, after teaching kindergartners and first graders for 32 years, 30 of them in Sparta, Kristie Sagehorn traded her teaching certificate for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Her husband, Paul, had been urging her to get the CDL ever since he turned the family business, The Hardware Store...


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