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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...

Lamont Kiefer, left, explains his trail landscape vision with TMS science teacher Steve Ewers and members of his science club. Also pictured are tree planting crew/club members. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
It's land without a plan. Lamont Kiefer hopes that will change. He is seeking public input for landscape design for an approximate two acre parcel along the Tomah recreation trail just past Butts Park. Grasses, flowers or any other natural Kiefer's announced his intent as part of the Arbor Day...

Fishing forecasts look good for the general fishing opener on May 1. Contributed photo
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the 2021-2022 fishing season will open May 1, without any changes to season dates. All regulations and license requirements still apply. “I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the 2021 fishing season,” said Justine Hasz,...

Blake Champlin, 10, of Tomah shot a 31-pound turkey on April 18 during Wisconsin’s 2021 Youth Turkey Hunt. Contributed photo.
It was an early morning on Sunday, April 18 for soon to be 11-year-old Blake Champlin as he and his dad Travis headed out into the woods just south of Tomah before dawn for his second and final day of the 2021 Wisconsin Youth Turkey Hunt. The young Champlin tells his story of bagging a monster 31...

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...

The parcel being considered is located along 10th Ave S in Bangor between the La Crosse River State Trail and Meadow View St, adjacent to the baseball fields.
At its last regular meeting, the Bangor School Board discussed a land/lot donation to the district for Agricultural and Environmental Education. The parcel in question is located across 10th Ave S from Bangor High School between La Crosse River State Trail and Meadow View St. Back in September...

Veterans Memorial Plaza is shown April 16 at the Commemorative Area at Fort McCoy. The 900 block of Fort McCoy and the 11-acre area surrounding it are at the hub of the fort’s history-preservation efforts and is called the Commemorative Area. Veterans Memorial Plaza is a tribute to all of the men and women who have served the nation during each era of Fort McCoy’s history. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
After much consideration, Fort McCoy leadership has determined that, because of ongoing safety precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not the time to host an Armed Forces Day Open House. Instead, the installation will focus on other smaller community outreach opportunities this year. 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...

Flowers like these will soon adorn the city landscape thanks to Our Town Tomah Beautification volunteers. The group also assisted with purchase and placements of metal benches inscribed with 'Our Town Tomah'. Contributed photos
Brats, hot dogs and flowers. Three key ingredients for summer and they will all be available Wednesday, May 26 as part of Our Town Tomah Beautification. Volunteers are being recruited to assist with planting flowers around Tomah. Along with that project the group is hosting a brat and hot dog sale...

Bangor School Board Vice President Paul Wuensch recently received a certificate of recognition from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards for his 20 years of service. Contributed photo.
Paul Wuensch, of Bangor recently achieved an important milestone and was recognized at the Bangor School Board’s regular meeting last week. Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley virtually attended the meeting to issue commendation to school board member Wuensch for...

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