Monday, December 9, 2019
From left, Jeremy Haldeman, Izzy Garcia and Kali Scholze are pictured with the coat rack located inside Haldeman’s office, American Family Insurance in Tomah. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The winter weather in Wisconsin can be relentless and even dangerous at times. For low-income families, it can be a terrible struggle to find affordable, warm clothes, especially winter coats and boots, which can be very expensive.  
The contrast is very clear as Mark Chew of Marco's in Warrens stands in the snow in front of a 25-foot Douglas Fraser Christmas tree wearing a shirt more appropriate for sun and sand. The tree is bare at this time, but Chew is hosting his first Festival of the Tree Sunday, Dec. 15 at Marco's. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein.
The 25-foot Douglas Fraser Christmas tree on the deck outside Marco's Italian & American Grill looks very naked without holiday lights and ornaments.
Emilee Nottestad
Sparta Police Department Deputy Chief Emilee Nottestad will become Sparta’s first female police chief on Jan. 11
rekumani and Kristin Pomykala, community liaisons to the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislative Workgroup speak on the Rights of Nature.
With government seeming to drag its feet on climate change, a group of nearly two dozen Monroe County activists are taking matters into their own hands.
Firefighters battled a house blaze on Walrath Street in Sparta early Saturday morning. A mother and daughter were rescued but two dogs perished in the blaze. Contributed photo
A mother and daughter barely escaped a house fire early Saturday morning in Sparta, while one of the paramedics sent to the scene collapsed and had to be taken by helicopter to a La Crosse hospital.
Nancy Schaitel of Sparta was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wisconsin Montessori Association's annual conference Nov. 2 in Madison. Contributed photo
Anyone who’s sent their child to the Sparta Montessori Charter School knows that program is inexorably linked to the name Nancy Shaitel.
From left, Jeremy Haldeman, Izzy Garcia and Kali Scholze are pictured with the coat rack located inside Haldeman’s office, American Family Insurance in Tomah. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The contrast is very clear as Mark Chew of Marco's in Warrens stands in the snow in front of a 25-foot Douglas Fraser Christmas tree wearing a shirt more appropriate for sun and sand. The tree is bare at this time, but Chew is hosting his first Festival of the Tree Sunday, Dec. 15 at Marco's. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein.
Emilee Nottestad
rekumani and Kristin Pomykala, community liaisons to the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislative Workgroup speak on the Rights of Nature.
Firefighters battled a house blaze on Walrath Street in Sparta early Saturday morning. A mother and daughter were rescued but two dogs perished in the blaze. Contributed photo
Nancy Schaitel of Sparta was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wisconsin Montessori Association's annual conference Nov. 2 in Madison. Contributed photo
From left, Jeremy Haldeman, Izzy Garcia and Kali Scholze are pictured with the coat rack located inside Haldeman’s office, American Family Insurance in Tomah. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:35am
The winter weather in Wisconsin can be relentless and even dangerous at times. For low-income families, it can be a terrible struggle to find affordable, warm clothes, especially winter coats and boots, which can be very expensive.   When 10-year-old Izzy Garcia saw kids in her Tomah neighborhood...
The contrast is very clear as Mark Chew of Marco's in Warrens stands in the snow in front of a 25-foot Douglas Fraser Christmas tree wearing a shirt more appropriate for sun and sand. The tree is bare at this time, but Chew is hosting his first Festival of the Tree Sunday, Dec. 15 at Marco's. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein.
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:32am
The 25-foot Douglas Fraser Christmas tree on the deck outside Marco's Italian & American Grill looks very naked without holiday lights and ornaments. That will change by Sunday, Dec. 15. Marco's owner Mark Chew is hosting the Festival of the Tree to solve a multifold purpose. To help usher in...
Fort McCoy Challenge Academy cadets provide reliable volunteer help at the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry. Contributed photo
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:28am
The first Tuesday of each month can be a little hectic for Darold Kukowski. The Tomah Lions Club member is coordinator for the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry held at the Gold Building at Tomah's Recreation Park. The pantry is a key food resource for many people in and around Monroe County. The...
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:25am
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Mathew 17:20 From this Bible quotation came Mona Spohn’s first shop, The Mustard Seed in downtown Ontario. Growing out of...
Members of the Tomah Health Community Foundation donated $2,500 to Viterbo University Friday, Dec. 6 to support free foot care clinics at Tomah Health. Pictured are Foundation members Erin Dawley, Pete Reichardt, Brian Eirschele, Derek Burnstad, Jenny McCoy, Viterbo assistant professor LuAnn Fowler, Foundation member Jeremy Haldeman and Viterbo graduate nursing program director Mary Ellen Stolder.
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:19am
We stand, run, dance, hop, skip, jump and do a variety of other activities on our feet. It only stands to reason we take time to pamper our feet. That was the one of the factors behind a free foot care clinic Friday, Dec. 6 at Tomah Health. It was the first clinic at Tomah Health, but two previous...
Brennan McPherson of Sparta holds the latest of his self-published books, “The Simple Gospel”. The 28-year-old author of religious themed books, started his own self-publishing business two years ago. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 10:15am
Local writer Brennan McPherson is circumventing the traditional approach to publishing his Christian-themed books and finding success. The 28-year-old author from Sparta started McPherson Publishing two years ago after going through a publishing company for his first book and realizing he could do...
Two Monroe County Sheriff’s Department personnel man a road block on Hazelwood Avenue Tuesday during a manhunt for two suspects who abandoned their car near the area and fled on foot. The 28-year-old suspects from Minnesota were eventually captured without incident. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:21am
A pair of suspects involved in a high-speed chase Tuesday before abandoning their car near Sparta and leading officers on a manhunt, are in custody. According to law enforcement officials, Janssen McGee and Paris Akon, both 27-year- old Minnesota residents, are facing a raft of charges, including...

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