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Monroe County graduations set SAILS

On Tuesday, May 21st, Sparta Alternative Independent Learning School, more commonly referred to by its acronym of SAILS, held the Monroe County areas inaugural high school graduation of 2024, at the …
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Fire at Tomah packaging plant

On May 21, 2024 around 2:51pm the Tomah Fire Department was paged to a general fire alarm at Transcontinental Packaging, 501 Williams Street for a general fire alarm.   Upon arrival, fire …

Innovations STEM Academy

Innovations STEM Academy held a Renewable Energy Fair.  The students pictured were recognized for their award-winning work on their projects. Pictured left to right are: Dexton Lakowske, …

VFW and American Legion award scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion have long been involved in local communities, particularly vested in the growth of young people. Besides being involved in veteran support …

DNR monitoring manure spill near Norwalk. Moore Creek impacted

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responded to a manure spill that occurred at a dairy farm in Monroe County last week. Spill response continued throughout the week, and DNR …
Obituaries
Elke Wagner
Elke Wagner, 79, of Necedah, Wisconsin, passed away comfortably in her home on May 21, 2024, in the caring arms of her family. A Celebration of Elke’s life will be announced at a later …
Betty Jean Kroener
BANGOR- Betty Jean Kroener, 86, of Bangor, died May 20, 2024, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born December 18, 1937, in Sparta, to Herbert and Marion (Anderson) Fennigkoh. …
Kari L. Bentheimer
HILLSBORO- Kari L. Bentheimer, age 62, of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, passed away Friday, May 17, 2024, at the UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Born February 7, 1962, to Perry and Janis Bentheimer, …
Greg Allen Weibel
NORWALK- Greg Allen Weibel, 56, of Norwalk, WI, passed away unexpectedly on April 16, 2024, due to a serious car accident. Born on June 30, 1967, in Janesville, Wisconsin, to Robert “Bob” …
Mary Jane Parkhurst
TOMAH- Mary Jane Parkhurst, 93 of Elroy passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Tomah. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held for Mary and Jim on Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 12:00 Noon …
Betty J. Zirk
WILTON- Betty J. Zirk, 90 of Wilton, passed away on May 14, 2024, in Gundersen Lutheran Medica Center, LaCrosse. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, 11:00 AM at St. Paul …
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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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BASEBALL: Mitchell brings MVC background to Sparta head coaching role

New Sparta head baseball coach Nate Mitchell, who spent the past several seasons as an assistant under predecessor Bob Stuessel, is no stranger to the MVC given his background both playing and coaching at La Crosse Logan.
New Sparta head coach Nate Mitchell is no stranger to the Mississippi Valley Conference, and he's ready to put his imprint on the Spartan baseball program.
This 22-inch brown trout gave an excellent fight and then was released.
Big Trout/Trout Trip
Hello friends, Each May I go trout fishing somewhere in Wisconsin. This week I headed down to Columbia County to fish Rowan Creek. I grew up in Poynette and fished Rowan Creek hundreds of times …
Helping raise Joey, Travis and Kevin Dushek along with Selina
Walters was a super bonus, especially being an outdoor writer.
An Outdoorsman's Journal
Hello friends,      If you think that life doesn't go by in a blink of an eye, I am about to show why I feel it does. Thirty-five years ago, this Friday night I wrote my first …
  An Outdoorsman's Journal
Hello friends,       I am currently in a simply crazy, busy, but positive section of my life. This week I hunted hard for turkey during the second season in zone 1 and I did …
Coming off a season that saw him named as the 2023 Scenic Bluffs Player of the Year, Bangor senior Chase Horstman kicked off 2024 with a bang by tossing a no-hitter in the Cardinals' season opener against Onalaska Luther.
BASEBALL: Horstman tosses no-hitter in Bangor's season-opening win over Luther
Bangor's Chase Horstman earned himself the honor of being named the 2023 Scenic Bluffs Player of the Year thanks to his dominance last spring. If the Cardinals' season opener against the Luther Knights was any indication, it could be more of the same from Horstman during his senior campaign.
Pat Howard, a Monroe County hunter and fisherman, has found a passion aside from hunting: awesome photos of wildlife in their natural habitat. Howard works for REVEAL Trailcams, and is mastering the art associated with trail cams.
Through hunting, Monroe County native developed passion for nature Howard speaks on REVEAL trailcams and love for outdoors
Many folks here in Monroe County are gearing up for the upcoming hunting and fishing seasons, here in Wisconsin. While the hunters, fishermen and fisherwomen are doling out dollars for proper …
Cashton assistant Chad Dull, left, and head coach Scot Wall won a pair of conference titles as players and reunited this year to help bring the Eagles their first regional title since 2000.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Wall, Dull reunite to help bring regional title back to Cashton
Before these last several years, it had been a long time since the Cashton boys' basketball program enjoyed a high level of success. But as this year's group of Eagles put together one of the best campaigns in Cashton basketball history, all you needed to do was take a look over at the sidelines to catch a glimpse of a connection to some of the program's glory days of yore.
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Full Service Powersport shop opens in Tomah

With a dealership in Hillsboro, the dealer billed as the Kawasaki dealer of Western Wisconsin has recently opened a new sales and service store in Tomah. You can find them just to the east of Monroe …

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The front of the building located at 605 Fair St. in Tomah.
The front of the building located at 605 Fair St. in Tomah.
The front of the building located at 605 Fair St. in Tomah.
The front of the building located at 605 Fair St. in Tomah.
The front of the building located at 605 Fair St. in Tomah.