With all of the changes we are experiencing day-by-day and even hour-by-hour due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, COW97 has partnered with 1st Community Credit Union in Sparta, West Salem & Tomah to do our very best to keep you updated on the current situation.

Our aim is to include organizational information, cancellations, postponements and details on things that still are, or may be happening, such as food donation info, blood drives, etc.

If you have details on such an event, please e-mail rachel@cow97.com with complete details, or call our office line @ (608) 269-3100, Monday thru Friday between 8am & 4:30pm.

At 1st Community Credit Union, Community is their middle name -- and COW97 is grateful that they've stepped forward to help us bring you this information.




BLOOD DRIVES - Please make appointments online to reduce large groups of walk ins coming in at one time which puts a strain on the social distancing measures that will be in place.  Blood drives are considered essential services under the Governor Evers mandate.

  • Thursday, August 27th - Trinity Lutheran Church 12PM - 5PM (Call Karen Edwards to schedule at 269-5243)
  • Friday, August 28th - Trinity Lutheran Church 1PM - 6PM (Call Karen Edwards to schedule at 269-5243)



  • All Monroe County senior dining sites will be closed until further notice. Meal delivery will continue. www.adrcmonroeco.org
  • Tomah Public Library is closed until further notice. This includes all activities, scheduled meetings, programs, and deliveries. Online resources may be used at www.tomahpubliclibrary.org
  • Meals will no longer be served at the Senior Dining Centers in Vernon County. Meals will be available for carry out. Please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 608-637-5201 for more info.
  • Sparta VFW Club is cancelling Wednesday Night Bingo for the rest of the year. Sparta VFW closed until further notice.
  • Cashton Cupboard and Closet Thrift Store closed indefinitely. Food pantry will be providing drive-up food delivery to registered clients from 10A-4P.
  • Sparta City Hall is closed to the public with the exception of absentee voting.
  • Sparta Police Department lobby is closed to the public.
  • Sparta Parks and Recereation facilities are closed to the public.
  • Sparta Municipal Court tickets will be done telephonically. Visit www.spartawisconsin.org for more info.
  • Viterbo University buildings are closed.
  • Sparta Free Library is closed until further notice, but you can pick up items with no contact. The book drop is also closed. Please keep items until re-opened. Digital services are still available.
  • Monroe County Administrative Center, Community Services Center, Executive Center, Human Services, Land Conservation, History Room Museum, Sanitation/Zoning/Forestry/Parks/IT, Highway are closed to the public with the exception of an appointment.
  • Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center and The Meadows CBRF are closed to all visitors with the exception of end of life siutations.
  • Tomah Health is prohibiting visitors to the hospital at 501 Gopher Drive as part of continued safeguards against COVID-19 with some exceptions.
  • Monroe County Local History Room & Museum is closed until further notice.
  • Sparta Eagles Auxiliary meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Chamber Depot in Sparta will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Kickapoo Valley Reserve property is open to the public. Horse and bike trails are open. The property is open for turkey hunting and fishing as well. The campsites and visitor center are closed until further notice.
  • Sparta Summer Concerts in the Park have been postponed and will now begin on Wednesday, June 17th. See the new schedule and new social distancing measures at www.bikesparta.us.



  • Effective March 21st, Warrens Clinic will be closed Saturdays and Sundays. The clinic will be open Monday - Friday 9A-6P.
  • Effective March 23rd, Tomah residents must place their garbage in their recycling barrels and transport their bagged recycling items to the city shop at 515 East Monowau St. The recycling dropoff will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.





GREAT RIVERS UNITED WAY COVID-19 RESPONSE - Great Rivers United Way is working with various community partners to create Emergency Response Funds that will rapidly deploy resources to charitable organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak throughout its service region.



RIVER RUN GOLF COURSERiver Run Golf Course in Sparta is open to the public with restrictions per the Safer at Home - Emergency Order #28.

CUB SCOUT PACK 279 IS SCOUTING FOR FOOD - Cub Scout Pack 279 had to cancel their door-to-door food drive this spring over COVID-19 fears. Non-perishable food items can now be dropped off at Molter's Fresh Market in Tomah through the month of May.

ALL AMERICAN DO IT CENTER FOOD DRIVE - Building Communities Food Drive Drop Off Locations: 1201 N. Superior Ave Tomah, WI 54660 and 1310 W. Wisconsin St. Sparta, WI 54656 Hours: M-F 7-5, SAT 8-5, SUN 9-5. Donations collected will be delivered weekly to the Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry in Tomah, Coulee Cap Monroe County Food Pantry in Sparta, And Richland Community Food Pantry in Richland Center.

CFAP CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - The Hunger Task Force is receiving supplemental food items from the Dairy Recovery Program and the CFAP (Coronovirus Food Assistance Program). They will hold a public drive-thru distribution of these boxes at the their warehouse at 1240 Clinton St. from 4-6PM (or until gone) every Friday through the end of June.