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The Gasner family includes Tony, Christin and children Gladden, Greta and Guthrie. Contributed photo
Whether it be through art, music, gardening, cooking, or, baking, Christin and Tony Gasner love to create. In 2020 the Gasner family decided to join the Sparta Farmers Market as vendors. They already loved the idea of self-sufficiency and using their garden to shape their own small, beautiful...
Pictured are shoppers enjoying a past Sparta Wine Walk. Fourteen businesses will be featured in this year’s event, which kicks off at 5 p.m. May 14. Contributed photo
The “Sparta Wine Walk” hosted by the Sparta Business Generator in partnership with the Sparta Lions Club will take place Friday May 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in historic downtown Sparta. Fourteen businesses, featuring 20 different wines to sample, will welcome folks for an evening of shopping and fun....

Growing produce is a family affair for the Schillingers, Katie, Derrick and their daughter. Contributed photo
Katie Schillinger has been growing things for most of her life. “Growing up, we always had a large vegetable garden and big flower beds," Schillinger said. "My parents both worked in the ag industry for many years, and as a child I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farms so I’ve always been...

The 2021 Sparta Butterfest button was designed by Morgan Revels, who was the winner of this year’s button design contest. Contributed photo.
After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Sparta Butterfest is back. The event will take place June 10-13 at Sparta Memorial Park with an impressive list of scheduled events. On Thursday, June 10 the A&P Carnival will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. along with food from a variety of food...

Sparta’s Corbin Hauser scored his third touchdown on a kick return in Friday’s win at Eau Claire North. Sparta set a single season record with 5 kickoff returns for scores this year. Herald photo by Nate Beier
In the last game of the “unnatural” spring football season and for the seniors on the Sparta football their last game in the Sparta Spartan uniform, it was a fun one to say the least. The Spartans ended their spring season with a beat down of Eau Claire North holding a 52-28 advantage when the...

Sparta’s Madisynn Bolen escapes a tag at home as Aquinas catcher Alyssa Brickson bobbles the ball. Bolen scored on an inside the park home run in the first inning of Tuesday’s season opener. Payton Jones would follow with her own inside the park score in the very next at bat. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
Sparta softball’s return to action on the diamond ended in a picture-perfect way - a walk off single to upset perennial postseason and Mississippi Valley Conference power, Aquinas. The storybook ending, however, is hopefully just the beginning for better things for the Spartans. “Quite frankly, I...

Josh Lydon will serve as the new Sparta Area School District Board President.
At its regular meeting this week, the Sparta Board of Education conducted a reorganization and election of its officers. New board member Colin Burns-Gilbert attended his first meeting in official capacity after being elected to a seat left vacant by outgoing board member Lee Culpitt, who did not...
Sparta’s Chris Jacobs has been one of the most consistent parts of the Spartan offense this season. Jacbos enters the final week of play with a 15-16 mark in point-after-touchdown kicks. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The kickers on the football team seem to always have the easiest job at practice. They come to practice knowing for most of the day they won’t be running routes or doing tackling drills but will be kicking the ball in between the goal posts as much as they can without even breaking a sweat. The...

Kiwanians Paul Oswald and John Burke, presenting LIDS FOR KIDS helmets to Dr. Amy Van Deuren, Superintendent of Sparta Area School District. Contributed photo
The order deadline for LIDS for KIDS, the Sparta Kiwanis Club’s program to provide bike helmets for young riders, is May 12, said Lids for Kids co-chairman John Burke. Teachers will provide Sparta School District students, pre-K through third grade, with order forms for parents to complete and for...

St. Pat’s Lori Lazzari was named 2021 Elementary Educator of the Year for the Diocese of La Crosse. She has served as the second grade teacher at St. Patrick School in Sparta for the past 10 years. Contributed photo
Lori Lazzari, a second-grade teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School in Sparta, is a long way from her native home of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, but she’s right where she wants to be. She’s been at St. Pat’s for 10 years, teaching lessons to her young students through traditional paper and...

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