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Curtis L Goulet
Court proceedings are moving ahead for a 52-year-old Tomah man accused of firing gunshots at a Wilton bar in March. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe set a preliminary hearing date for Curtis Goulet during the defendant’s initial appearance Monday after his attorney, Andrew...
Pictured are shoppers enjoying a past Sparta Wine Walk. Fourteen businesses will be featured in this year’s event, which kicks off at 5 p.m. May 14. Contributed photo
The “Sparta Wine Walk” hosted by the Sparta Business Generator in partnership with the Sparta Lions Club will take place Friday May 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in historic downtown Sparta. Fourteen businesses, featuring 20 different wines to sample, will welcome folks for an evening of shopping and fun....

Adam Robarge discusses plans for a proposed emergency services building that will be home for the TAAS and TFD. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Adam Robarge was ready for the change. Same career, medical emergency service response, but a different role. Robarge started his duties as deputy ambulance chief for the Tomah Area Ambulance Service (TAAS) in early January. In a realignment of emergency services administration the city approved...

Julie Degenhardt
The Tomah School District has six teachers retiring at the end of the school year. Following are brief snapshots provided by each teacher. TODD KIRSCHBAUM Todd Kirschbaum has been with the Tomah school district for 30 years and has taught 33 years total. During his career he has been a fifth-grade...

The 2021 Sparta Butterfest button was designed by Morgan Revels, who was the winner of this year’s button design contest. Contributed photo.
After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Sparta Butterfest is back. The event will take place June 10-13 at Sparta Memorial Park with an impressive list of scheduled events. On Thursday, June 10 the A&P Carnival will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. along with food from a variety of food...

Lamont Kiefer, left, explains his trail landscape vision with TMS science teacher Steve Ewers and members of his science club. Also pictured are tree planting crew/club members. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
It's land without a plan. Lamont Kiefer hopes that will change. He is seeking public input for landscape design for an approximate two acre parcel along the Tomah recreation trail just past Butts Park. Grasses, flowers or any other natural Kiefer's announced his intent as part of the Arbor Day...

Fishing forecasts look good for the general fishing opener on May 1. Contributed photo
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the 2021-2022 fishing season will open May 1, without any changes to season dates. All regulations and license requirements still apply. “I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the 2021 fishing season,” said Justine Hasz,...

Blake Champlin, 10, of Tomah shot a 31-pound turkey on April 18 during Wisconsin’s 2021 Youth Turkey Hunt. Contributed photo.
It was an early morning on Sunday, April 18 for soon to be 11-year-old Blake Champlin as he and his dad Travis headed out into the woods just south of Tomah before dawn for his second and final day of the 2021 Wisconsin Youth Turkey Hunt. The young Champlin tells his story of bagging a monster 31...

Josh Lydon will serve as the new Sparta Area School District Board President.
At its regular meeting this week, the Sparta Board of Education conducted a reorganization and election of its officers. New board member Colin Burns-Gilbert attended his first meeting in official capacity after being elected to a seat left vacant by outgoing board member Lee Culpitt, who did not...

The parcel being considered is located along 10th Ave S in Bangor between the La Crosse River State Trail and Meadow View St, adjacent to the baseball fields.
At its last regular meeting, the Bangor School Board discussed a land/lot donation to the district for Agricultural and Environmental Education. The parcel in question is located across 10th Ave S from Bangor High School between La Crosse River State Trail and Meadow View St. Back in September...

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