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Tomah Fire battles business blaze for 12 hours Businesses and tenants band together with strengthened bond

A fire inspector investigates the fire damaged buildings.
On Friday, February 23rd, at 5:17 p.m., the Tomah Fire Department was summoned to a structure fire, at 1102 Superior Avenue. The business building belonged to Sassy Girl Aroma, a family-owned candle …
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Ladies Night Out is held every other year, building anticipation among the 300+ attendees.

Treasured Chests in Tomah hosts Ladies Night Out Aims for deep impact on breast cancer fighters and research

On Thursday, February 1st, Ladies Night Out, a fundraiser where monies brought in get funneled back out into the community, was held at Murray’s on Main, in Tomah, Wisconsin. The nonprofit …
The Sparta Free Library is currently in the process of building an addition on its eastern perimeter, as well as remodeling the Carnegie structure, in which it resides. Director, Michelle Tryggestad, states that entire project will be completed by next January. The structural steel will arrive on site this week, and it is expected to be up within a short time.

Sparta Free Library construction continues Director lays out year-long schedule

On Friday, January 26th, Michelle Tryggestad, Director of the Sparta free Library, sat down with the Monroe County Herald and discussed where the Sparta Free Library is on current construction, and …
Seen here, always together, Dick (left) and Dave Schreier.

Schreiers: A true Monroe County legacy Brothers in business, purveyors of honor

Recently, two brothers, both iconic members of the Monroe County community, passed away within 19 days of each other. They were Dave and Dick Schreier. The two were in business together for several …
Land conservation provides a deep source of joy for Joey Esterline (left) and Scott Giraud. Later this month, the couple will be honored with an award for Monroe County’s Conservationists of the Year. Their efforts and partnerships with local land conservation agencies over the past two decades have resulted in improved land and water quality, a return of wildlife, and exciting plans for the future.

High accolades for local Conservationists

The title “Conservationists of the Year” has been given to Joey Esterline and Scott Giraud by the Monroe County Land Conservation Department. Nominated by their peers for their passionate …
Obituaries
Russell M Finch Wanke
   HIXTON - Russell M Finch Wanke passed away at the age of 52 in his home in Hixton on February 22, 2024.    Please come and celebrate Russell’s life and share stories …
Glenna Mae Arnold
   SPARTA - Glenna Mae Arnold, 76, of Sparta, died Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse.    Funeral arrangements will be announced by …
Paul Douglas Carey
   SALIDA, CO/SPARTA - Paul Douglas Carey, 63, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 in Salida, Colorado.    Family and Friends are invited to call at Lanham Schanhofer …
Anna “Irene” (Van Kirk) Miller
   SPARTA - Anna “Irene” (Van Kirk) Miller, 76 of Onalaska, passed away Monday, February 26th, 2024 at Hillview Healthcare Center in La Crosse, WI.  She was born September …
Callie Michele Quinnell
   NECEDAH - Callie Michele Quinnell, age 17, of Necedah, WI, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 24, 2024.    Callie was born on June 15th, …
Patricia Renaud
   WARRENS - Patricia Renaud, 94 of Warrens, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Serenity House surrounded by her loving family.    A Memorial Service will be …
REAL ESTATE

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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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bangor dashes Cashton's conference title dream night with upset win

Bangor's Chase Horstman and Samuel Cropp (12) embrace after the Cardinals' 68-66 upset of rival Cashton.
After 37 years of waiting, the Cashton Eagles put themselves in a position where all they needed to do was win their regular-season finale and they'd guarantee themselves no worse than a share of their first conference championship since 1987. The only thing standing in their path was their archrivals and the team that has been the gold standard in the Scenic Bluffs Conference in recent years: the Bangor Cardinals.
Less than a week after beating Melrose-Mindoro 55-37 to cap off the regular season, the Bangor Cardinals trounced the Mustangs 76-43 in their regional semifinal rematch.
GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bangor, Cashton advance to regional finals
The Bangor and Cashton girls’ basketball teams will each vie for a regional title and the sectional spots that come with it after winning their home regional semifinal contests to kick off the weekend on Friday, February 23.
Bangor senior Samuel Cropp came up huge in crunch time in the Cardinals' 68-66 upset win over rival Cashton, scoring eight points in the final few minutes of regulation.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bangor's Cropp rises to the occasion, gets delayed revenge against Cashton
A broken arm robbed Bangor senior Samuel Cropp the chance to be part of the Cardinals' revenge win against Cashton in the playoffs. A few months later, Cropp played an instrumental role Bangor's 68-66 road upset of their archrivals.
Despite leading late in regulation, Tomah ultimately lost in overtime to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln in the Timberwolves' final home game of the 2023-24 regular season.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Tomah outlasted in OT by Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
Tomah's non-conference clash with Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln was about as even as it gets for the first 36 minutes of play. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, it was the Red Raiders who finally created the decisive separation in overtime to claim the victory.
New Lisbon's Brayen Morey put a damper on Brookwood's senior night with a game-winning jumper in the final seconds of overtime.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Brookwood loses OT heartbreaker to New Lisbon on senior night
On a night where they celebrated their seniors and pulled off a late rally in regulation, the Brookwood boys’ basketball team had their hearts ripped out with a gutting overtime loss.
On Tuesday, November 21st, the Green Bay Packers sent a 6-man contingency force to the Wisconsin National Guard’s Challenge Academy, out at Fort McCoy. The green and gold took a guided tour, learning about the cadets and the program. From left: running back - Ellis Merriweather (#38), linebacker - Brenton Cox Jr. (#57), safety - Benny Sapp III (#48), Challenge Academy Director – Joni Mathews, defensive end - Colby Wooden (#96),  safety - Zayne Anderson (#39), and kicker - Anders Carlson (#17). Herald photo by Benny Mailman.
Challenge Academy hosts Green Bay Packers Common ground and lessons shared
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, November 28th, six members of the Green Bay Packers were welcomed onto the military base of Fort McCoy. They arrived by helicopter and were escorted to 749 East …
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.
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All the chill and thrill without the grill Sparta DQ opening soon under new management

Sparta Dairy Queen (DQ) is re-opening soon, under new ownership. The occasion will mark the sixth investment opportunity for James Fowler, the store owner; a well-deserved beginning for Jordan Leaf, …

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In one of many upgrades, the new sign was installed at the Sparta DQ last Thursday by Perfect Image Signs. DQ is now open!
In one of many upgrades, the new sign was installed at the Sparta DQ last Thursday by Perfect Image Signs. DQ is now open!
In one of many upgrades, the new sign was installed at the Sparta DQ last Thursday by Perfect Image Signs. DQ is now open!
In one of many upgrades, the new sign was installed at the Sparta DQ last Thursday by Perfect Image Signs. DQ is now open!
In one of many upgrades, the new sign was installed at the Sparta DQ last Thursday by Perfect Image Signs. DQ is now open!