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The playground at Sparta’s Memorial Park is in need of replacing, while the park’s shelters are need a little TLC. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
With limited funding available, the Sparta Parks Department is looking for ways to make improvements to some of its recreational facilities without breaking the bank. Parks Director Brad Gilbertson presented a few ideas to the Park Board Monday for replacing playground equipment at Memorial Park,...

Marco's Italian and American Grill in Warrens is the host site for a fundraiser for Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter. Marco's owner Mark Chew, left, is pictured with Gina Mason, CDAS board president and her husband, Harold. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Funny how one additional letter can add a little spice to an event. Case in point, Marco's Italian and American Grill in Warrens is hosting a "spay"ghetti dinner Sunday, April 25 for Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter (CDAS) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a dine in or carryout option for the...

The History Room’s current exhibit, Monroe County Chooses: The Toys We Love, is available to view Thursdays through Saturdays; reservations no longer needed. Contributed photo.
A recent county policy change has permitted the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum to end the reservation system to see the museum’s exhibits. Effective April 9, the public can now visit the History Room’s exhibits without having to call ahead to make an appointment. The museum will be...

Scott Holum
In a special Tomah City Council meeting Tuesday night Scott Holum was sworn in as Tomah police chief to replace the retiring Mark Nicholson. Nicholson's last day was April 9. He retired after 31 years of service with the TPD. Holum was assistant chief and worked his way up through the ranks of the...

Presenters showed the committee a few preliminary sketches of what the new uniforms might possibly look like.
At its meeting this week, Sparta Area School District’s Curriculum/Instruction, Co-Curriculars & Personnel Committee heard from band instructors Carrie Thompson and Hope Larson regarding purchasing new uniforms for the Sparta High School Marching Band. The band’s current uniforms were...

Equipment applying anhydrous ammonia into the ground on a farm in the Town of New Lyme Tuesday, failed and leaked the dangerous gas into the air. Contributed photo
The cause of an incident in the Town of New Lyme involving an anhydrous ammonia leak was determined to be a computer glitch that left a valve open on the equipment that was “knifing” the hazardous chemical into the ground. Both the Sparta Area Fire District Department and the Monroe County HAZMAT...

Amanda Jaeger
This week started the 2021 DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which is being held virtually this year; prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was scheduled to be held in Anaheim, California. Wisconsin DECA hosted a Virtual District Conference back in January, which was...

The first flamingo flocking for SACS this year was along Franklin Street in Sparta. Contributed photo.
Flamingos travel in flocks and during hard times, everyone could use a flock of supporters around them. After a cancer diagnosis, individuals will need even more support to help them through their cancer journey and for so many, Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) has been that flock. The...

Pictured are some of the Monroe County 9-1-1 Communications Center. They include, front row from left Pat Deethardt and Randy Williams, communications center administrator. Back row left: Krista Perkins, Jessie Jandt and Megan Schoonover. Contributed photo
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is being celebrated this week to recognize the pivotal role dispatchers play in supporting law enforcement, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services. Unseen and often underappreciated, 911 Dispatchers are honored during the second week of April each...

A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle’s exhaust system. The expensive parts, like the one pictured above, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain. Contributed photo
Authorities are warning the public about a rash of auto parts thefts in Monroe County, actually, one auto part in particular – catalytic converters. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating 15 cases of thieves cutting the parts from underneath vehicles and making off with them....

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