Sharing seasonal smiles
When Shelly Miller died Dec. 1, 2018, at 52, she left behind a legacy of holiday happiness and hope.  Miller, who made history as Bangor’s first village administrator in 2013, had a …
Tomah city admin cites family issues for departure
The city of Tomah is searching for a new city administrator. With little fanfare, Brad Hanson submitted his resignation as City Administrator to the Mayor Mike Murray and the City Council Dec. …
Railroad club to host its annual winter open house
The West Central Model Railroad Club of Sparta will host its annual winter open house this coming weekend. Visitors young and old will have the opportunity to see the club’s six scale-miles of …
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Buggy-vehicle crash seriously injures 18-year-old woman

Two people were injured after a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 71 near London Avenue in the Township of Wilton on Sunday, Dec. 5. One person was seriously injured and another sustained …

Competition develops in two county board races

At least two seats on the Monroe County Board have become contested races after redistricting landed some supervisors in the same district. So far, District 7 will see a race between supervisors …

Candidates begin circulating nomination papers in Sparta, Tomah, Bangor

With candidates able to begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1, the City of Sparta election is beginning to take shape. Leading the ballot will be a mayoral race that, so far, includes …

Hunting numbers down in state, county

Monroe County saw over an 11% decline from last year in the number of deer harvested during the 2021 nine-day gun deer hunt held Nov. 20- Nov. 28.  The county is in two different deer …
Obituaries
KENNETH B. AXELSEN
ONALASKA - Kenneth B. Axelsen, 70, of Onalaska and formerly of Sparta, died Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus, Rochester, MN. He was born on March 2, 1951 …
PAUL RAYMOND BABBITT
WILTON - Paul Raymond Babbitt 96 of Wilton, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-La Crosse. He was born August 1, 1925, in Trempealeau, …
RAYMOND M. JEROME
SPARTA - Raymond M. Jerome, 92, of Sparta, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Morrow Home in Sparta, WI. He was born June 2, 1929 in the township of Burns to Maynard and Dorothy (Baker) …
VIRGINIA “VIRGIE” M. BROWN
  WARRENS - Virginia “Virgie” M. Brown, 94 of Warrens, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at her daughter’s home.    A Funeral Mass of …
WAYNE KIETH CLOSE
   Wayne Kieth Close passed away peacefully Thanksgiving Day morning (November 25, 2021)  at Tomah Health with his wife, Nancy, at his side.
TIMOTHY A. BROHAUGH
TOMAH - Timothy A. Brohaugh, 62 of Tomah, passed away unexpectedly at his home.
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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.
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.
Black River Falls girls’ hockey tops Viroqua, falls to Lakeshore Lightning
The Black River Falls girls’ hockey team was in action with games on back-to-back nights late last week, which they managed to split with one win and one loss.
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Cardinal expansion remains on track

Just in time for a Wisconsin winter. Fortunately, contractors working on the Cardinal TG expansion are now working in an enclosed building with heat, according to Aaron Arntson, a supervisor at …

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