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The New Editor, Adventurer, Author

Greetings Monroe County, I am your new editor and senior reporter Benny Mailman. I am no stranger to Sparta or to Monroe County, although I have been abroad for quite a while. I would like to take …

A New Company Roaming the Streets of Sparta

If you happen to travel on River Road in Sparta you may have noticed some construction started recently. TDS, a telecom company based out of Madison, Wisconsin, has begun laying down their …

New principal for three area schools

It is going to be a busy year for Lisa Culpitt, who has just been named principal of Oakdale, Camp Douglas, and the Tomah Area Montessori Schools. Her position was approved at a special meeting of …

McCoy family descendants visit Fort McCoy

The Fort McCoy newspaper is named The Real McCoy and on July 8, eight members of the real McCoy family associated with Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy for whom Fort McCoy is named came to the …

Sandmine Lake Puts High Trust in Hi-Crush

A new lake is coming, but do not make plans just yet. An 11 acre parcel of land just north of Wyeville is currently being mined for sand by Hi_Crush-Proppants LLC. They have plans of moving south to …

Norwalk-Sparta USS Indianapolis Connection

In July 1945, the USS Indianapolis heavy cruiser was sent on a top secret mission, that of delivering atomic bomb components to Tinian Island in the South Pacific. The delivery was a success and …

Erik Forde Takes The Reins of Spartan Principal

Sparta High School has a new principal who is no stranger to the halls of Spartan Academia. Principal Erik Forde started out 24 years ago at Sparta High as a student teacher under Mike Montgomery. …

County Nursing Home Nears Completion

Just North of Sparta, on County Highway B, the new Monroe County Nursing home- Rolling Hills is nearing completion. Toni Wissestad, Chairperson of the Rolling Hills committee said, “the project …

Sober Eyes aims to create friendships

Sober Eyes originated almost four years ago, and the group keeps growing. The founder of Sober Eyes, Devon Brenson, is from Warrens and that’s where the group originated and started around four …

Downtown Sparta Welcomes Authentic Japanese Matsumoto Ramen House

Many have tried store-bought ramen, where a quick meal can be made from hot water, a brick of noodles, and a tiny packet of ‘seasoning’. Fresh ramen, however, is on a whole different …

Road Construction Changes in Sparta

Road Construction Changes in Sparta By Kyle Evans Interim Editor Over the last couple of months, the east end of Sparta hasn’t been easy to get through. Highway 16 has been closed in …

MADISON, Wis. – July 3, 2022, was a SUPER day in WINsconsin. Four $350,000 SuperCash! top prize-winning tickets were sold on the same day. Two at the Hansen's IGA, 1701 Omaha St., in Elroy …

Local club works to get roads open to UTVs and ATVs

New UTV/ATV routes are now open, due to the work of the County Line Cruisers, a local club with about 150 members. According to Katie Craig-Henchen, the club's secretary, requesting roads to be …

Sparta Crazy Daze this Saturday

This Saturday, Sparta will be filled with crazy deals throughout the city. The Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with Sparta’s Downtown Cooperative, is hosting the annual Crazy …

Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Change of Command

On July 14th, Colonel Michael Poss will turn over command of the Fort McCoy Garrison to COL Stephen Messenger. COL Poss came to Fort McCoy two years ago on June 10, 2020 from Wichita, KS where he …

Headlines 7-7-22

Here are the headlines from today’s Monroe County Herald Dr. Amy Van Deuren Resigns, Sam Russ named Interim Superintendent, Sparta Area School District looks to move forward. Local …

Local business helps a struggling family

A couple weeks ago, Dave and Cindy Waraxa, owners of the Key to Comfort, in Sparta decided to do something rarely heard of for a customer in need. Remona Crowe, of Sparta’s husband got sick and …

Bangor Facility Study Leading to Potential November Referendum

  The Bangor School District is considering asking taxpayers for additional support to address facility projects this November. While the financial management leading to this timeline has …

Sunshine and celebration 

There was plenty of music, munchies and much more during a sunny evening at Tomah's first Downtown Thursday Night (DTN) event of this summer.  DTN is hosted by the Tomah Chamber and Visitors …

1940s AND 1950s Camp McCoy:  From One Who Lived It

Fort McCoy has over 100 years of history, opening as Camp Robinson and Camp Emory Upton in 1909.  Camp Robinson, an artillery camp, occupied the South side of the railroad tracks while Camp …

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