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,...

Monroe County recently unveiled its new Mobile Command Unit, which will be used by the health department and sheriff’s office. Pictured, from left, are Matthew Fox of ZOLL medical supply company, Patrol Capt. Chris Weave, Emergency Management Director Jared Tessman, Sheriff Wes Revels, Health Dept. Director Tiffany Giesler and health dept. staff Serena Jahnke Berg, Laura Reutlinger, Jena Cornell, Lindsay Goyette, Kayleigh Day and Aimee Larson. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Whether it’s to provide relief in a natural disaster or offer vaccinations at remote sites, Monroe County’s new Mobile Command Post brings more flexibility to frontline responders. The county...

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...

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...

Bangor’s Dawson Daines makes a break for first after connecting with a pitch for a hit in Saturday’s game with Westby. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
After a season away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bangor baseball returned this past weekend. The Cardinals (1-1) kicked off their 2021 campaign by splitting a pair of games at a varsity tournament...

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...
May 13, 2021

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  • 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

  • Monroe County recently unveiled its new Mobile Command Unit, which will be used by the health department and sheriff’s office. Pictured, from left, are Matthew Fox of ZOLL medical supply company, Patrol Capt. Chris Weave, Emergency Management Director Jared Tessman, Sheriff Wes Revels, Health Dept. Director Tiffany Giesler and health dept. staff Serena Jahnke Berg, Laura Reutlinger, Jena Cornell, Lindsay Goyette, Kayleigh Day and Aimee Larson. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney

  • Officer Brian James with the Sparta Police Department is pictured with his K-9 partner Nash.

  • The Sparta Bike and Board Park will be hosting a BBQ Cook-Off Competition for the first time at Sparta Butterfest as a fundraiser for the park. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.

  • An artist’s rendering of the Sparta Free Library’s east exterior after the proposed expansion project is completed.

  • 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

  • Valerie Kircher poses with a few of her pieces inside her home in Kendall. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.

  • Fred Clark, executive director of Wisconsin Green Fire, leads the discussion at last Wednesday’s inaugural Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment meeting in Sparta. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney

  • Tracy Woodman (left) was recently elected to Military Order of the Cootie Grand of Wisconsin Grand Commander. Her daughter Tara Woodman (right) was elected Grand President alongside her. Contributed photo.

  • Rhonda Schmidt of Sparta who lives near Rockland spotted this black bear loitering on her deck. Contributed photos

  • Pictured are members of HOSA, DECA and SACS proclaiming SACS Week May 10-14. From left, is DECA member Caroline Olson, HOSA member Isabella Zimmerman, SACS Secretary Kay Kast, Sparta Mayor Kristen Gust, SACS Co-President Karen Edwards, HOSA member Jillian Roou and DECA member Callie Ziebell. Contributed photo.

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