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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:09am
   Sparta’s newest pedestrian bridge is now accepting name suggestions, according to the Sparta Park Board.    The bridge, which was installed on May 19, spans the La Crosse River at the falls in Amundson Park, located in southwest Sparta.    Reinhard Mueller, a member of the Five Shovelmen, the...
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:07am
   A change in the state statute related to the local option for issuing liquor licenses means referenda related to the sale of alcohol is null and void.    In late April, Governor Walker amended Wisconsin Act 372 making it permissible for municipalities to issue “Class A” liquor licenses “without...
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:39am
   In the past 15 years, I have written over 7,000 stories for this newspaper. I’ve interviewed professional musicians and athletes, a pair of presidential candidates, and countless state, regional and local politicians. Reader, I’ll let you guess which were my favorite interviews.    I have worked...
Meet the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. Handler Deputy Mike Geier has been on the force about two years. He trained with Kelton during the month of May, and the two hit the road for the first time on duty during Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Renae Caldwell
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:16am
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit is officially on duty.    Deputy Mike Geier and Kelton the K-9 returned from a month-long training on May 27 and were officially on duty the following day.    Kelton is a year and one-half old Czech Shepherd from Hungary. He’s friendly but knows when...
Laura Bishop has served as Voluntary Services coordinator for the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the last 28 years.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:11am
After 37 years with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, Laura Bishop retired on May 31. “I’m proud to work for the VA,” Bishop said. “It’s been good to me. People are good, dedicated to taking care of the veterans. I think that’s important.” As Voluntary Services Coordinator for the...
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:28am
Bucking what is usually a routine matter, Monroe County Board supervisors last week voted to return a disputed real estate bid to its committee of origin for further review, causing a dispute of their own. The bid was for a small parcel with a house in the Town of Wilton near Highway 131 and...
Four SAILS students installed a fence at River Run Golf Course last month. A number of entities came together to approve and fundraise for the 285-foot split-rail fence, and SAILS students did the heavy lifting. From left, are Kyle Spivey, Brian Shawley and Hunter Stark. Student Jacob Crocker is not pictured.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:11am
   A new split-rail fence separates the cart storage area from the ninth green, thanks to brain and brawn from some local folks.    Ted Roels was the brainchild behind the idea, and he enlisted SAILS students to implement the project, along with some adult leaders.    Roels, a retired State Farm...
Ron Tralmer of Tomah witnessed an atomic explosion and joined in the mock assault during nuclear testing at Camp Desert Rock, NV while serving as a Marine in 1952.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:55am
  (This is the second of two stories about Marine veteran Ron Tralmer.)    Not only did Ron Tralmer of Tomah face the enemy head on during the Korean War, he also experienced plenty stateside, as he witnessed an atomic bomb blast.    Tralmer joined the Marines in 1950, shortly after graduating from...
Tomah Middle School seventh graders are learning about the presidential election process by having their own student presidential election. Presidential candidate Hayden Peters, right, is shown with running mate Jacob Roberts.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:52am
   Tomah Middle School seventh graders have a vested interest in politics this spring. All month long, students have been participating in an election simulation.    As part of the civics portion of seventh grade social studies, teachers Jeff Brieske and Luke Bohlen use middle school issues to...
Ron Tralmer was a Marine Corporal with Able Company, 1st Bn., 7th Marines during the Korean War
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10:06am
   The Korean War is often called “The Forgotten War”, but for Ron Tralmer, it’s an event he can’t forget, even 64 years later.    A fellow Marine saved his life, and Tralmer has been looking to thank him for more than six decades.    Tralmer was born and raised in Tomah. He graduated from Tomah...


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