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Young Rebel on Monroe County Sheriff’s team

Sergeant Heffner and K9 Rebel have just started what promises to be a great working relationship. Rebel came to Monroe County, all the way from Ontario, Canada and is already proving a strong asset, not only to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, but to surrounding agencies, who utilize the talented Rebel to search for drugs and track criminals.
Nathaniel Heffner has been with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department since February 1st, 2022. Recently, Sergeant Heffner was assigned a young canine partner, who goes by the name Rebel. K-9 …
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Janet Parent is a professional practitioner pf Reiki, bringing mystical healing energies to her customers, at her business, Red Pine Reiki.

Red Pine Reiki provides soulful healing Energies flow strong from professional practitioner

On September 16th, the Herald made its way to the northern reaches of Monroe County, to the business of Red Pine Reiki, which is located at 4295 County Highway I, in Cataract. The location is …
Flames engulfed the backside of the home around 7:10am.

N Court St. house fire Friday morning

This morning around 7:00a.m a fire erupted at a residence at 406 N Court St. in Sparta. The property is owned by Joan Jewell.  By 7:30 crews seemed to have the fire under control. Crews are …
Director of the Challenge Academy, Joni Mathews used to fly Black Hawk helicopters during her active-duty years. In her current position for the past year and a half, says that she feels grateful and blessed to be a part of the program.

Challenge Academy hits 25-year milestone

In many of the local parades held within Monroe County, a sharply dressed and well-disciplined group of teenagers can be seen, marching to the barking commands of their instructor. They are the …
Yellow cherries or roasted pumpkin seeds, anyone? Irma Rosette, of La Mixteca Poblana, traveled all the way from Waukegan, Illinois, to participate in Saturday’s Family Festival Fiesta Familiar, in Sparta. The event attracted vendors, performers, and attendees, from all around Monroe County and the greater Midwest.

First Hispanic Heritage Festival held at Evans-Bosshard

On Saturday, September 23rd, officially the first day of Autumn 2023, a festival was held in Evans-Bosshard Park, celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. The month-long celebration runs from September …
Richard H. Humble
   TOMAH - Richard H. Humble, 84 of Tomah passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at his home.    According to his wishes no formal services will be held.  …
Richard R. Sommerfeldt
   TOMAH - Richard “Dick” R. Sommerfeldt, 90, of Tomah, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at the Morrow Home in Sparta, WI. Dick was born on October 2, 1933, to …
Gary L. Benjamin
   WARRENS - Gary L. Benjamin, 81 of Warrens, died peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, November 23, 2023.  He was born on December 3, 1941, to Winton and Frieda (Rudoll) …
John G. Funmaker
   WEST SALEM - John G. Funmaker, affectionately known as “Johnny Bingo”, age 71, of West Salem, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Mayo Clinic …
Faye Lorraine Pedersen
   WARRENS - Faye Lorraine Pedersen, age 101, of Warrens, WI, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, November 20, 2023 with her daughter Kim by her side.  She was born on March …
Ethel M. Greene
   SPARTA - Ethel M. Greene, 83, of Sparta, died Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Sparta.    There will be no services at this time. Online …

Property taxes throughout Monroe County

In gathering data from the Monroe County Treasurer, the Herald requested a list of mill rates for each township and the different school districts. The Herald put this data together in a map that is …
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Tomah Powerlifting sends 19 to State Championships Four make podium appearance

From left: Libby Dahl, Angelina Salvino, Morgan Iverson and Jack Thompson, were the Tomah High School Powerlifters that made the podium, at the state competition, in Appleton, Wisconsin.
On March 3rd and 4th, the 2023 State High School Powerlifting Championship was held in Appleton Wisconsin, at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Allan “Chip” Thompson, Head Powerlifting …
After being eliminated in the prelims of both events in 2022, Tomah junior Elijah Brown won the D1 boys' 100-meter dash and placed third in the 200-meter dash at the 2023 state meet.
TRACK & FIELD: Tomah's Eli Brown wins 100m dash state title by slimmest of margins
One one-hundredth of a second. That tiny fraction of time can seem so insignificant. Think of how many of them passed just reading these past few sentences. But for Tomah junior Elijah Brown, that minuscule moment is all the difference it took to make him a state champion.
In the final event of her high school track career, Cashton senior Braylee Hyatt won her first state title with a first-place finish in the D3 girls' 200-meter dash.
TRACK & FIELD: Cashton's Hyatt caps off career with 200m dash state title
At the end of a jampacked day in the sweltering heat, Cashton senior Braylee Hyatt had one final event left in her high school athletics career. One last chance to claim a gold medal on the state track stage with which she became so familiar. With however much Hyatt had left in the tank, she dug deep and made her first-place dream a reality.
Bangor junior Sam Crenshaw finally got his gold medal in his third state meet appearance, placing first in the D3 boys' pole vault after clearing the bar at 15 feet.
TRACK & FIELD: Bangor's Crenshaw wins state title in pole vault
Bangor junior Sam Crenshaw's progression in the pole vault throughout his high school track and field career has moved on a steady upward trajectory from year to year. His journey hit a new peak to conclude his junior season with a state championship — but one that still left him with something to shoot for in 2024.
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West Salem's Mark Wagner, left, and Shane Schmeling coach during the Division 2 state championship game at the 2023 WIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at the Kohl Center.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Longtime friends Schmeling, Wagner share coaching state run experience at West Salem
Shane Schmeling and Mark Wagner go way back. From playing against each other in high school, to being teammates and roommates in college, to being the best man at each other's weddings and now finally coaching together this season — it's been quite the journey. And basketball has been at the center of so much of it along the way.
On March 7th, which happens to have been National Cereal Day, Sparta Montessori School enjoyed the fruits of their efforts, in bringing 602 boxes of cereal to the table, for both, the Sparta School District Backpack Program and the Ecumenical Food Pantry.
National Cereal Day Dominoes at Montessori
On March 7th, National Cereal Day, at 10 a.m. on the dot, the students of the Sparta Montessori School started filing into the gymnasium, where they eagerly molded themselves around 602 boxes of …
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SASD Budget Workshop this Wednesday, September 20th

SASD Budget Workshop this Wednesday, September 20th The Sparta Area School District is holding a School Budget Workshop, to engage our community in the budgeting process, on Wednesday, …

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