4 school board candidates join forces
Four Sparta Area School District board candidates have collaborated to run as a slate, according to a news release issued Monday. Marla Leverich, Pat McKenna, Amy Lopez and Jason Perry will be …
On the mend: Samara Steinmetz lands at Colorado rehab hospital
On the mend Samara Steinmetz in Colorado rehab hospital By KARIANN FARREY Herald Editor Things are looking brighter for 18-year-old Samara Steinmetz since the Thanksgiving Day accident …
Tomah executive team discussion continues
Specific details surrounding a proposed change in Tomah city government garnered limited discussion at the Tomah City Council Tuesday night. But the plan will continue to take shape before it …
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Tomah School Board revises COVID quarantine

The Tomah School Board revised its re-entry plan for COVID for students and staff at its meeting Monday night. Per board approval, persons who have tested positive for COVID will need to be on …

Tomah city employees earn 2% cost-of-living increase

From its highest to the lowest earners, the city of Tomah gave its employees 2% raises across the board for 2022. The modest raises are intended to help account for increases in the cost of …

Tomah Health elects new board chair, member

The Tomah Health board of directors has a new chair and board member. Greg Gaarder of Tomah is the new board chair, while B. Scott Nicol of Tomah is the new board member. Both were elected during the …

County seeks input on recreation

Monroe County is in the process of updating its Outdoor Recreation Plan and is looking for input from county residents and recreationists. A short online survey to help guide the planning process, …
Obituaries
WILFREDO (ROD) RODRIGUEZ
SPARTA-Wilfredo (Rod) Rodriguez, 72, of Sparta, died Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. 
STEVEN “STEVEY” RAY NELSON
TOMAH - Steven “Stevey” Ray Nelson, age 64, of Tomah, Wisconsin passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
STEVEN A. TATU
TOMAH - Steven A. Tatu, 30, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly January 14, 2022.
SHARON (NEE CLARE) KEENE
SPARTA - Sharon (nee Clare) Keene passed away January 18, 2022 at the age of 77.
RANDINA “DINA” JEAN (ELLIOTT) LANGREHR
SPARTA - Randina “Dina” Jean (Elliott) Langrehr peacefully slipped into eternal life on January 14, 2022, after a long, valiant battle with metastatic breast cancer.
KATHERN MARIE BALL LIVANGOOD
She was born December 19th, 1949. She passed away September 26th, 2021 at 2:30 pm in her apartment on North Water Street.
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Bangor football overcomes adversity to find itself in familiar postseason position

This season had the potential to be a sea change type of year for Bangor football. The Cardinals bid farewell to longtime coaches Rick Muellenberg and Kevin Kravik — who oversaw the program’s continuing golden age — and entered the fall with the most legit challenger to their Scenic Bluffs throne in years in the form of Cashton.
Bangor boys carry 76-game conference winning streak into rivalry showdown with Cashton
It’s been a hell of a long time since the Bangor Cardinals dropped a game in Scenic Bluffs play. Long enough, in fact, that they’ve built up the longest active conference winning streak in all of Wisconsin high school boys’ basketball.
Tomah wrestling outlasts rival Mauston, competes at Wausau Duals
On paper the opening season match between the Tomah Timberwolves and Mauston Golden Eagles looked to be tilted heavily for Tomah. Tomah then traveled north for the Wausau Duals.
Tomah boys downed by West Salem in non-conference contest
The Tomah boys’ basketball team is still in search of that first win of the 2021-22 campaign after a second straight loss to open the season.
Tomah/Sparta boys’ hockey falls to West Salem
The Tomah/Sparta boys’ hockey co-op showed plenty of fight, but ultimately fell short on the road against the West Salem Panthers.
Sparta boys edge past Adams-Friendship for first win of season
An 0-3 start to the season wasn’t what sixth-year head coach Phil Yahnke and his Sparta boys’ basketball team were hoping for entering the 2021-2022 season. A road matchup against Adam-Friendship this past Thursday gave the Spartans a chance to finally right the ship with their first win of the campaign.
Stagnant second half sinks Bangor boys against Onalaska Luther
Leading by four at the half against Onalaska Luther, Bangor was in prime position to tally a marquee victory early in this 2021-22 campaign. However, a stagnant second half sunk the Cardinals and stuck them with their first loss of the season.
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Cranberry cravings: Cranberry Country Cafe is now open in Warrens

When Traci and Kevin Peterson took over the Cranberry Discovery Center museum and store in Warrens last year, they wanted to add a café and introduce people to some unique cranberry …

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    Mary Hyde loves a good treasure hunt. What started as a way to bond with her grandchildren has …

  • Keeping kids cozy

    Community members have the chance to help area children keep warm this winter through the annual …

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