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Bill Richards, a Sparta Wall of Fame inductee, is pictured, right, in a news article about a game the Sparta city team played against Satchell Paige (center) and the Cuban All-Stars in 1959.
Sparta High School Wall of Famer Bill Richards will be back in town next week for a gathering at Mueller square. The baseball standout will be in Sparta May 26 to Friday, May 28 Richards grew up in Sparta and pitched for Sparta High School before graduating in 1956 and heading to the University of...

Lauryn Wissestad, 12, of Sparta shows off her sketch, which won grand prize in the Green Bay Packers Student Art Contest’s 6-8 grade category. Contributed photo.
Every year, the Green Bay Packers invite student artists to submit their artwork for the annual Packers Student Art Contest, with three grand prize winners from three categories earning the opportunity for their art to be featured at Lambeau Field throughout the football season. Lauryn Wissestad, a...

Sparta’s first fire engine, a 1923 LaFrance, sits in front of the Sparta Fire District Station after Fire Chief Mike Arnold and his wife, Monica, retrieved it from the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids earlier this month. The Arnolds, center, posed in front of the antique truck at the museum with two members of the Jackson Fire Department, who brought their own antique fire truck to display for the next year. Contributed photos
Sparta's first motorized fire truck, a 1923 American LaFrance, is finally back home after spending nearly two years on display in the center of the state. Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold and his wife, Monica, made the trip east to the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids May 1 to...

An artist’s rendering of the Sparta Free Library’s east exterior after the proposed expansion project is completed.
After shelving it for a two years, the Sparta City Council Wednesday took a fresh look at the Sparta Free Library expansion project and plans to explore a possible spring 2023 groundbreaking date. Mark Sund, co-city administrator/treasurer, said the earliest time he would recommend bonding for the...

Sparta’s Morgan Intihar dribbles the ball during a recent game. Herald photo by Jameson Anderson.
The Sparta girls soccer team picked up its first win of the season last Saturday at the Menomonie quadrangular and followed with another on Monday at Mauston. According to first year head coach Amy Russ, the recent victories are nothing but confidence boosters for a team of inexperienced players...

While usually teeming with Farmers Market shoppers every Wednesday and Saturday, Mueller Square in downtown Sparta will be alive with music lovers this Friday for the first performance of the new concert series “Music in Mueller Square.” The event kicks off at 8 p.m. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
A new adult-only concert series begins this Friday, May 14 in Mueller Square in downtown Sparta. Music in Mueller Square, MiMS, is set to take stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m. with Jay Hoffman and Dominic Orrico who will entertain the audience with classic Americana stylings. People are invited to enjoy...

Valerie Kircher poses with a few of her pieces inside her home in Kendall. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Although photography was her first passion, Valerie Kircher, of Kendall, has recently found herself living her dream on a dead-end dirt road immersed in the unique and ancient art of encaustic painting. The word encaustic originates from Ancient Greek and means "burning in" and "to burn.” An...

Sara Hansen and Conner Choi pose in front of their 1997 GMC van they customized for adventures on the road after the pandemic left them with plenty of free time. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
What do you do if you’re a recent college graduate whose prospects temporarily dried up due to a pandemic and your future plans are put on hold? If you’re Sara Hansen, a 2016 Sparta High School graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, you go vagabonding. Hansen, the...

The Sparta Wisconsin Farmers Market, located at Mueller Square in downtown Sparta, is set to open for the season this Saturday, May 8. Contributed photo.
The Sparta Wisconsin Farmers Market will be kicking off its market season this weekend on Saturday, May 8 at Mueller Square. The outdoor, open market supplies the community with fresh, locally grown produce, cut flowers, handmade craft items, pickles and jams, meat, eggs, fresh baked bread, body...

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss (right) presented Sparta School Board President Josh Lydon (center) and SASD Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren with a plaque recognizing the district’s support to soldiers, civilians and families of Fort McCoy. Contributed photo.
The Sparta Area School District (SASD) had a distinguished guest at the school board’s regular meeting last week. Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss spoke about Month of the Military Child and Fort McCoy’s relationship with the SASD, recognizing the district for its support to area...

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