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On Sept. 18, the Cataract First Responders, an organization dedicated to serving and keeping the community safe, held a 35th-anniversary celebration in honor of founder Don Herr who passed away in 2019.

A 42-year-old St. Croix Falls man is facing over 90 years in prison after being accused of crimes including repeated sexual assault of a minor.

1,000s flock to Warrens for the 48th annual Cranfest

On an average day, the population of the Village of Warrens is somewhere around 360 people. During the Warrens Cranberry Festival, that number swells to more than 100,000 people visiting from all over the world.

County looks to expand recreational opportunities

Monroe County is considering purchasing a 234-acre parcel of woodland in the Town of Byron to add to its inventory of county forest and increase recreational opportunities in the area.

Write an essay, win a café

When Tammy Haldeman bought a building on Water Street in downtown Sparta last November and turned it into a café, she had every intention of pouring her heart and soul into it.

No surprise, Amtrak service down for 2020

Amtrak service dipped considerably in 2020 with the loss attributed to decreased Covid ridership.

County confirms support of opioid lawsuit

While there still isn’t any figure on how much Monroe County stands to get from a $5 billion settlement in a class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Pudue Pharma, the county board last week confirmed its support of the lawsuit and agreed to a procedure facilitating action in the fast-moving negotiation.

For so many a cancer diagnosis can oftentimes lead down a dark and lonely path, but that is not the case for Ann Johnson. With her strong faith and the help of Sunshine on the Trail, Johnson has a lot of positivity and light in her life despite enduring a tough couple of years. 

Tomah School Board approves staying with mask option

Tomah School Board opted to continue with the district policy for optional face masks.

County COVID policy gets pushback

A proposed change to Monroe County’s COVID policy got pushback Wednesday over its separate treatment of vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.

Two Afghan evacuees who were being housed at Ft. McCoy are facing federal charges involving alleged abuse against women.

BSD adopts new adaptive COVID response plan

With the masking requirement set to expire on Sept. 17, the board voted to allow the masking requirement to expire and follow an administrative recommendation.

Seventy-six Sparta School District students, grades K-7, successfully completed the 2021 Sparta Scavenger Hunt.

Missioner to speak at United Methodist Church

Kathy Flatoff has quite a story to tell.

Walkers and teams from across the area participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tomah at Winnebago Park on Sept. 19.

Sunshine on the Trail kicks off Oct. 9

After going curbside last year, Bangor’s cancer support group, Sunshine on the Trail, will host its 14th annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bangor Village Park. 

St. John’s Lutheran Pastor Jonathan Hackbarth was installed as new pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta on July 25. Since then, he has been busy getting to know the people and ministry at St. John’s– the blessings, opportunities, and challenges.

Lawmakers call for Fort McCoy probe into refugee mistreatment

Lawmakers call for Fort McCoy probe into refugee mistreatment U.S. Congresswomen Gwen Moore from Wisconsin and Ilhan Omar from Minneapolis called for the Department of Defense (DOD) investigation …

Oakdale Area Fire Association plans 75th service anniversary

 The Oakdale Area Fire Association (OAFA) will celebrate 75 years of service with an open house Saturday, Oct. 9. Although technically it was first established as the Oakdale Fire Department …

Worker dies at Tomah manufacturing business

The Tomah Police Department reported the death of a 70-year old man at General Stamping and Metal Works Friday, Sept. 17. According to a post on the TPD web site at approximately 7:45 a.m. Tomah …

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