As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association.

State Dems pay visit to Fort McCoy 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Congressmen Ron Kind and  Mark Pocan led a contingent of Wisconsin Democrats Tuesday on a visit of Ft. McCoy.

When Craig and Jane Meeusen first read the detailed report surrounding their son Nick's death it was difficult because they knew "the patient" had a name.

As of Friday, more than 8,000 refugees from Afghanistan were being temporarily housed at Fort McCoy and the military base, which had originally been asked to provide capacity for 10,000 evacuees, was …

Schnitzler named to WCA Board

The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) recently tapped Monroe County Board Chairman Cedric Schnitzler to be one of its newest members.

Cashton Fall Fest to resume usual schedule this weekend

Last year, in an effort to accommodate the global pandemic, Fall Fest was reduced to a drive thru chicken-q and a drive-by parade. This year however, the festivities will resume with most of the traditional events along with some new ones.

Tomah nurse midwife Kathy Kett says she was born to deliver babies so a recent mission trip to Uganda fulfilled her passion to help expecting moms.

Mace Olson was just a little tentative as he embarked on his primary education career Wednesday. Mace, a pre-K student at Southside Elementary School in Sparta, got a comforting goodbye from his parents, Jim and Michelle.

False rumor circulates about refugees

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office is trying to put to rest a rumor circulating around the Tomah area involving Afghan refugees housed at Ft. McCoy.

County board approves tentative redistricting plan

The Monroe County Board Wednesday approved a new tentative supervisory redistricting plan. While there are still 16 supervisory districts under the plan, the borders have changed to conform to population shifts in the county.

Local artist creates whimsical, vibrant pet portraits

Salvatore (Sal) D’Agostino grew up in an environment where his creativity was nurtured and appreciated. From third through eighth grade, D’Agostino studied at Three Rivers Waldorf School in La Crosse where he learned through artistic means. 

Hanging up his Hammer

If he could, Jim Leis, of Sparta would just keep building homes for the rest of his life and throughout his 45 years in the profession, he always found it fun. 

Training at Fort McCoy addresses emerging drone threat

In the early hours of Sept. 14, 2019, a swarm of small aerial drones left two Saudi oil facilities in ruins. The aftermath was caught on film from several angles and captured a near-Biblical sight - giant pillars of flame and smoke, like a burning sword extended from the Earth and stretched toward the heavens.

MCHD warns public not to self-treat with Ivermectin

The CDC Health Alert Network recently issued an alert to public health agencies and health care providers regarding the increasing numbers of individuals using Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army makes ‘historic’ visit to Fort McCoy

U.S. Army Soldiers were seeing stars, and lots of them, while conducting annual training at Fort McCoy when Gen. James C. McConville, the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army, visited the post for the first time Aug. 11.

Tomah Fire Department celebrates its sesquicentennial

The Tomah Fire Department celebrated 150 years of dedicated service this past weekend during its Sesquicentennial Celebration held at Tomah Recreation Park on Saturday. 

SASD keeps masking optional after much debate  

Several Sparta Area School District community members, parents and students spoke at last week’s school board meeting regarding requirements for masking during the upcoming school year.

Possible increase for TAAS per capita fee

The service area for the Tomah Area Ambulance Service ranges from a township with 89 residents in Juneau County to the City of Tomah with a population near 9,500 that according to recent census data shared at a recent Tomah City Council meeting.

Road construction ahead?

According to Monroe County Highway Commissioner David Ohnstad, 55% of the county’s highways are not in sustainable condition, with a number of them having surfaces that date back to the 1960s.

Disabled veterans cycle through Monroe County  

It was not your average group of cyclists that quietly traveled through Monroe County while participating in the Great Lakes Challenge hosted by Project Hero representing every branch of the United States military.

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