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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
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...

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 purchased the $60,000 trailer using grant funds it received through the CARES Act, which provided money to...

Officer Brian James with the Sparta Police Department is pictured with his K-9 partner Nash.
The Sparta Police Department will be hosting its fifth annual K-9 Golf Tournament on Friday, June 4. The annual tournament is the department’s biggest fundraiser to keep the K-9 program going and in order to do that, the Sparta PD needs the support of the community. The K-9 Program at Sparta PD...

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.
This year, for the first time ever, the Sparta Bike and Board Park Committee will be hosting a barbecue competition as a fundraiser for the Sparta Bike and Board Park during Sparta Butterfest. In 1998, the Sparta Police Department along with a few area lumber yards agreed to work with a group of...

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...
The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce will be selling advanced carnival tickets for the A&P Enterprise carnival at Butterfest starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, at the Chamber Depot at 111 Milwaukee Street in Sparta. There will be limited quantities...

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...

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
When it comes to recognizing and addressing the problems associated with climate change, Monroe County is setting the example in Wisconsin. That’s according to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who addressed a team of experts last Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Climate Readiness and Rural...

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.
Tracy Woodman, of Sparta was recently elected the Military Order of the Cootie of the United States Grand of Wisconsin Grand Commander. To make the honor even more special, Woodman’s daughter, Tara Woodman was also elected Grand President. The Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) is a non-profit...

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