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Scott Christie pulled members of the audience on stage in an attempt to hypnotize them during opening night of the fair on Wednesday. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:48am
Year after year, Monroe County Fairgoers are eager to head to the grandstands for a long list of impressive scheduled events. The barns are full of activity with 4-H’ers impressing judges and spectators alike. The laughter and shrills ring out from the thrilling carnival rides but oftentimes some...
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:44am
Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins recognizes it's been a disturbing trend in his 30 plus years working for the department. As the number of service calls for deputy response continue to increase across the county, the number of deputies to respond has decreased. Perkins is hopeful action taken by...
Dan Wagner and his “flock” of 4-Hers gathered on Sunday morning to sheer their sheep in preparation for this week’s Monroe County Fair. Pictured from left, are Kyla Johnson, Kendyl Hericks, Kylie Moake, Hannah Walters, Rhiann Moake, Wagner, Paul Doyle, Caleb Fox, Jordyn Steinhoff, Jeron Hericks and Dana Johnson. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:43am
There was an abundance of activity at the Wagner family farm in Tomah Sunday morning as Dan Wagner’s flock of 4-H’ers were hard at work preparing their sheep for the Monroe County Fair slated to begin this week. Wagner, who the kids lovingly refer to as Danny, has been breeding and raising sheep...
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:40am
The Monroe County board will be taking action on two land purchases and four new positions when it meets tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24. This month the board is convening on Tuesday instead Wednesday. The board will vote to approve the purchase of a house at 201 South K St., which is adjacent to the...
Four generations of the Roland and Lois Von Haden family have been involved with the Monroe County Fair. Front from left, Lois and Roland Von Haden, Linda Lynch. Back from left, Carter, Calynn, Cale, Kelli and Collin Ollendick. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:39am
When Roland Von Haden first stepped into the show ring at the Monroe County Fair he likely had no idea of the generations that would follow his lead. Literally. Leading cattle, pigs and sheep into show rings. When the fair kicks off Wednesday at Recreation Park the fourth Von Haden generation will...
The Sparta Area School District has welcomed two new administrative staff this school year. Director of Teaching and Learning Jodi Brueggeman (left) and Director of Pupil Services Amber Kulig (right) both assumed their roles earlier this summer. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:27am
The Sparta Area School District has welcomed back two returning staff members for the 2018-19 school year. Both the new Director of Pupil Services Amber Kulig and the new Director of Teaching and Learning Jodi Brueggeman are returning to the Sparta area, having both taught at Meadowview...
The old Bangor Baptist Church, which stands at the corner of Badger Street and 17th Avenue, is in need of preservation. Curator and Education Director for the Bangor Area Historical Society Gregory Wegner along with other members have been putting their best foot forward in an effort to help preserve this historical building
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:20am
The Village of Bangor has a long and deep history, which is evident when looking at its buildings, one of which is in dire need of some major physical preservation. The Bangor Baptist Church was organized in February of 1855, construction of the building began in 1862 and was completed in 1865...
Four-year old Ivan Tichenor was joined by his mom and dad, Ryan and Angie, as they posed  on one of the benches Ivan and Ryan built to replace a couple of rotting benches in Memorial Park.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:52am
Even though he's only four years old, Ivan Tichenor of Sparta is as civic minded as they come. In fact, the preschooler has undertaken a community project to replace worn out benches in Sparta's Memorial Park -- or as he adorably calls it, Memorial Day Park -- after pitching the idea to the Park...
Sparta's Holiday Lights organization recently donated to the Ladles of Love program. Pictured from left are Michael Bonello, president of Holiday Lights, Grace Hellman and Robert Thomas, coordinators of Ladles of Love, and Philip Schulz, vice president of Holiday Lights.
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:40am
Ladles of Love, a soup kitchen in Sparta started by then Sparta High School junior Laney Sullivan in 2016, has been quietly ladling along since it served its first meal. The program, which Sullivan started to help feed the area's needy, has provided hot meals every Thursday at the Sparta Barney...
Tossing the dirt, well actually sand, from left are Blake Grams (Toro), Brian Murray (Ryan), Rick Olson (Toro) and Mike Murray (Tomah mayor). And for the record Brian Murray and Mike Murray are not related, although both had a little fun with sharing the same last name.
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:24am
Real time excavation started around six weeks ago, but the symbolic groundbreaking for a $40 million addition to the Tomah Toro plant took place Thursday, June 27. The crowd consisted of Toro production employees, Toro management, city leaders, business representatives and representatives of the...


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