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Rhonda Schmidt of Sparta who lives near Rockland spotted this black bear loitering on her deck. Contributed photos
With trees leafing out, flowers popping up and just the general greening of the landscape, it’s apparent spring is in full bloom. With that comes the inevitable return of insects, birds and another type of creature that is becoming more and more abundant in Monroe County – black bears. There have...

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.
The Sparta area recognizes individuals, families, friends and caregivers dealing with the devastating effects of cancer; the researchers who are seeking a cure and the educational programs and support services provided by local healthcare organizations. Last week, the Sparta Area Cancer Support (...

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...

Tomah firefighters were dispatched to a residence early Monday night. A group check out an attic area in the home where smoke and fire was seen. Contributed photos
The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a house fire just before 6 p.m. Monday at 721 W. Council St. When firefighters arrived at the scene there was light smoke coming from the attic vents. An entry team found smoke and fire in the attic area. Fire crews worked for a lengthy...
Two Wisconsin federal lawmakers not only believe farmers need to be a major part of addressing climate change, they also are backing legislation to ensure they are compensated for their efforts. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison and Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse spoke to the Monroe County Climate Change...

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...

Curtis L Goulet
Court proceedings are moving ahead for a 52-year-old Tomah man accused of firing gunshots at a Wilton bar in March. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe set a preliminary hearing date for Curtis Goulet during the defendant’s initial appearance Monday after his attorney, Andrew...
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....

Adam Robarge discusses plans for a proposed emergency services building that will be home for the TAAS and TFD. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Adam Robarge was ready for the change. Same career, medical emergency service response, but a different role. Robarge started his duties as deputy ambulance chief for the Tomah Area Ambulance Service (TAAS) in early January. In a realignment of emergency services administration the city approved...

Julie Degenhardt
The Tomah School District has six teachers retiring at the end of the school year. Following are brief snapshots provided by each teacher. TODD KIRSCHBAUM Todd Kirschbaum has been with the Tomah school district for 30 years and has taught 33 years total. During his career he has been a fifth-grade...

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