Thursday, April 22, 2021


Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 11:11am
The Bangor School District was successful in its plight to pass a three-year operational referendum, which passed with 452 votes in favor and 233 votes in opposition.  The successful referendum gives the board permission to exceed the state-imposed revenue limit on school funding by $900,000 for...
Sparta’s Tye Klass (9) congratulates Corbin Hauser (14) on a tackle during the second half of last week’s game at La Crosse Logan. The Spartans’ defense held Logan at bay, forcing a shutout win to even the team’s season record at 1-1 overall. Herald photo by Nate Beier
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 11:08am
The best way to describe Sparta’s last game against La Crosse Logan last Thursday would be pure dominance. The Spartans left Logan scoreless, winning 35-0 in what was a game that the Spartan defense needed desparately after being gashed for 46 points the week prior. Sparta looks to continue their...
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 11:04am
Voters in the Sparta Area School District gave incumbent Josh Lydon a second term on the Sparta School Board and elected newcomer Colin Bruns-Gilbert to his first term. Both were the top two vote-getters in a four-way race for two open seats on the board. The other incumbent, Lee Culpitt, didn’t...
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 11:00am
Aaron Lueck held serve. Rick Murray won back his seat. Spencer Stephens is the new guy on the block. Those three garnered the most votes in the race for the Tomah School Board in the Tuesday election. Lueck, the incumbent and current school board president garnered 1,123 votes, Stephens 1,027 and...
Bill McClain and Alice Olson have been selected as this year’s Festmaster and Lady Butterfest. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:55am
The Sparta Butterfest Committee has been busy making preparations for this year’s festival. After the event was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are anxious to see attendees back for the action early this summer on June 10-13.  Even though the Miss Sparta competition has...
Don and Christel Maradiaga are pictured with Binx after his rescue. Contributed photos.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 10:45am
We’ve all watched dramatic scenes in cartoons and movies when the fire department comes racing through the streets to heroically rescue someone’s precious pet kitten from a tree.  The scenes in movies have probably been made into parodies more than once, and while fire departments don’t actually...
Sparta Area District firefighters worked on extinguishing hotspots from a forest fire that consumed 34 acres in the Town of Little Falls Sunday. Contributed photo
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 11:29am
Authorities are still investigating the cause of a forest fire in the Town of Little Falls Sunday that burned 35 acres of woodland. The Sparta Area Fire District Department responded to the blaze shortly after 4 p.m. off Cty. Hwy II near Dellview Road. Fire Chief Mike Arnold said his crew of around...
A rainbow of colors fills Matt and Diane Ornes’ pasture just south of Sparta, after the couple and their three children created Easter sheep to commemorate the holiday. Contributed photo
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 11:27am
For most families, coloring Easter eggs is about as much of a springtime tradition they are willing to tackle. Not so for Matt and Diane Ornes of rural Sparta, who have taken the dyed-egg ritual up quite a few notches. Instead of eggs, the couple, along with their children Lailah, 18, Elliott, 15,...
Jeremy Likely has been selected as the new Deputy Fire Chief for the Tomah Fire Department. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 11:21am
Jeremy Likely was recently named the first Deputy Fire Chief with the Tomah Fire Department. The 2005 Brookwood High School graduate is extremely passionate about public safety and is no stranger to hard work. In September of 2020, the Tomah City Council approved creating a public safety director/...
The 2021 student-led senior prom court includes the following individuals, from left to right, Adain Sprague, Jordyn Antonneau, Brian Sanchez, Libby Leis, Dylan Smith, Claudia Muller, Ryley Steinhoff, Kelsey Baker, Theran Linnehan-Wolf and Justine Pokorny. Contributed photo.
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 11:17am
The 2020 Sparta High School junior prom was cancelled last spring due to COVID-19 and the now senior Class of 2021 missed out on the opportunity. Determined not to miss out on those pivotal memories, two Sparta seniors, Libby Leis and Justine Pokorny took it upon themselves to organize a student-...


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