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Korean War veteran Donald Dokken of Rochester, MN was approached by school children on a class trip while visiting Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Dokken and his son, Craig, were each humbled as the children lined up to thank the veteran for his service. Photo by Renae Caldwell
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:58am
   Veterans and their guardians were brimming with anticipation before boarding the chartered plane to Washington D.C. from La Crosse Airport Saturday morning. Everyone knew it was going to be a fantastic and memorable day, but a surprise visit by a special guest sealed the deal.    A bald eagle...
Cashton Middle School students Hadyn Boyer, Michael Barnes, Amariya Harter and Noelle Flint watch as Monroe County 911 Dispatchers Mollie Ostrander and Adam Robarge demonstrate the many screens they view during the course of their shift.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:23am
   Cashton Middle School social studies students had a unique opportunity to learn about local government this week.    Students in Mr. Nick Bakke’s class toured the brand new Monroe County Justice Center in Sparta on Wednesday and spent sessions learning about the types of jobs and duties...
The United Way’s “Read to Success” program pairs volunteers with third grade students who need a boost in literacy. United Way volunteer Jarrod Richardson and Southside student Samuel Lira are partners in the program.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:20am
   A new program in the Sparta Area School District pairs volunteer mentors with children to help them read successfully.    “Read to Success” is a partnership with Great Rivers United Way.    It’s a pilot reading program that pairs up third graders from Lawrence Lawson, Southside, Maplewood and...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:14am
Tomah attorney Aaron Lueck announced this week he is running for Monroe County District Attorney. Lueck is running on the Republican ticket along with incumbent Kevin Croninger. The two will face each other in the August 9 primary. Lueck, a Tomah native raised on a dairy farm in the Town of Tomah,...
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:49am
An investigation into a suicide at the Monroe County Jail last December found jail staff acted appropriately before and after the incident. Deputy Roy Torgerson of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department performed the investigation, concluding jailers on duty adhered to the facility’s suicide...
Organic Valley’s new 106,000 square-foot office building in Cashton has enough space to accommodate 400 workers. The building also has an organic cafeteria for employees, a fitness center and cardio workout room and a 1,500 square foot organic goods retail store, which is open to the public.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:47am
If there is anyone who ever doubted the financial power of organic food, a trip to Cashton last Thursday would have made believers of them. Hundreds of visitors to the southern Monroe County village braved nasty weather to attend the dedication of Organic Valley’s latest venture, a 106,000 square-...
As valedictorian of Tomah High School James Lanska, center, will address the graduating class of 2016 on Saturday, May 28. James is the third of three brothers to be named valedictorian of THS. James is flanked by brothers John, left, class of 2012, and Joseph, class of 2006.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:10am
   James Lanska completed the family “hat trick” in February when he was named valedictorian of the Tomah High School Class of 2016. He is the third of three brothers to earn this honor.    James has fast-tracked several stages of his Tomah education. In eighth grade, he attended math and science...
Dr. Michael Pace, a fixture in Sparta since 1984, is none the worse for wear after practicing medicine in the community for over 32 years. The family practice physician announced he is retiring. The pubic is invited to a celebration in his honor at Jake’s Northwoods on May 5 from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 9:46am
  His name and face have been associated with healthcare in Sparta for more than 30 years, but come May, long-time and well-known Gundersen Family Medicine physician, Michael Pace, MD, will retire from the Gundersen Sparta Clinic. Dr. Pace grew up in Waverly, Iowa, and while in high school decided...
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:43am
    To be in El Salvador during Holy Week was a colorful experience for John Budin and his daughter Maya.  Their hotel was right on the square in Ahuachapan next to Iglesia de La Asuncion, a Catholic Church more than 100 years old.  From their hotel window they looked down on the central plaza and...
10-year old Ellsey Caulkins of Sparta drops off the donations collected from her birthday party. Ellsey requested partygoers bring donations for the Monroe County Animal Shelter instead of gifts for her. Contributed Photo
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:07am
  The selflessness of some young children never ceases to amaze. Another Sparta youth has demonstrated her generosity by putting animals in need before herself.    Ellsey Caulkins turned 10 on April 9, and in preparation of her double-digit birthday, Ellsey decided she didn’t need any presents, but...

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