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Pam Pelot, left, and Duane Helwig, architects from Community Living Solutions of Appleton, the architectural firm hired to design a new nursing facility for the county, presented updated designs for the building to the Nursing Home Building Advisory Committee Wednesday. Also pictured is Rolling Hills Nursing Home Administrator Linda Anderson. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:13am
While Tomah City Administrator Roger Gorius told county officials Wednesday he was only making them aware of a site option for its planned nursing home complex, it sure sounded like a sales pitch. Gorius and Tomah Mayor Pater attended the Nursing Home Building Advisory Committee where a few county...
The Tomah High School Science Olympiad team consists of Adgre Anna Borden, Cameron Butler, Charlie Fries, Spencer Gadbois, Dalton Jewell, Sabin Koss, Samantha La Porte, Syria Modica, Sydney Moore, Haden Path, Cody Simon, Braden Taylor, Kaitlyn Thomas, Anton Waitkus, Austin Whaley (manager). Contributed photo.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:02am
Any coach knows the importance of team chemistry to succeed. Elizabeth Howe likes the chemistry exhibited by students who are part of the Tomah High School Science Olympiad. Howe, a THS science teacher, is in her third year as advisor for the team. Their first competition was Saturday, Nov. 11 at...
Local History Room employee Hannah Scholze cleans a 1950s steel fire truck, one of dozens of vintage toys on display in the upcoming 1950s Christmas exhibit.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:57am
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – of the 1950s – at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta. Starting Monday, Nov. 13 visitors can time travel to the not-so-distant past by viewing the History Room’s special Christmas display, “A 1950s Christmas.” This retro holiday display...
Donleigh Gaunky, left, and his father David pose with a copy of Donleigh's book about living with the memory of his brother Alex's death. Alex was killed in action in Iraq 12 years ago this month. The book will be released on Veterans Day. Contributed photo.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am
In a sense, Donleigh Gaunky's journey home from Iraq has never ended. A soldier with the 101st Airborne working in Army intelligence, Donleigh was on his second tour of duty in the war-torn country when his life was irreversibly interrupted on November 17, 2005. That's the day his youngest brother...
K-9 Officer Brian James of the Sparta Police Department works with Larz, a German Shepherd K-9 police dog that is recovering from knee surgery. Herald photo by Tim Evans.
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 11:04am
The Sparta Police Department is down a nose. Larz, the 7.5 year-old German Shepherd K-9 that has been part of the police force since 2015 suffered a knee injury that has sidelined the dog for the past six weeks and is likely to keep him out of action for at least another six to nine weeks. The dog...
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:59am
 The first load of groceries arrived Oct. 18 and stocking shelves started that day for the soon to be open Festival Foods. The store will open Nov. 10 at 6 a.m., said Aaron Aspenson, store planning director for Festival Foods. Hours for the store will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. "...
Turner Wood
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:52am
One of two men charged in the shooting death of a Sparta man during an attempted robbery last year will be sentenced Feb. 23 in Monroe County Circuit Court. Turner Wood, 23, faces 73 years in prison after pleading no contest to felony murder, according to Monroe County District Attorney’s office....
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:23am
The Sparta School Board certified the district's 2017-18 tax levy Wednesday, which included a slight decrease in the mill rate. According to Leah Hauser, director of business services, the levy increased by 3.87% to $9.9 million, but a 4.7% growth in equalized value (the state average was 4% growth...
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:17am
A 25-year-old Sparta man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges stemming from a 2015 crash that killed his passenger. Channing Mathews pled guilty to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle for causing the death of 26-year old Ryan Johnson of Cataract in a crash on Highway 71 on March 13...
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:12am
“It was a fair decision.” That’s the comment Mike Gorniac, owner of The Overtime Pub, made after the Bangor Village Board anguished over a decision to suspend his “Class B” retail intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverage license for 30 days Wednesday evening at a special hearing at the...


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