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Pictured are just few of the many volunteers who helped at the Our Town Tomah Spring Planting Day. From left are JoAnne Westpfahl, Cathy Coffey, Wendy Wright, Rita Erickson, Christine Storkel and Wes Revels. The other photo shows some of the metal decorative turtles among some flowers in an Our Town planter at the south end of Superior Avenue. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein/contributed.
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:02am
    By BOB KLIEBENSTEIN Staff Writer   Cathy Coffey is never exactly sure of the number until they actually arrive. But when Thursday, May 24 arrived Coffey was pleasantly surprised with the mumber of volunteers that arrived to volunteer for Our Town Tomah's annual Spring Planting Day. Volunteers...
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:10am
“We made it. A week late but here we are outside in beautiful weather and you all look fantastic,” Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren said as she made her remarks at the Sparta High School graduation ceremony Friday evening. A week prior the event was cancelled after an individual posed a safety...
 Scott Conzemius shared a few kite flying tips with son Cayden and daughter Olivia
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:02am
    Despite cooler temperatures, overcast skies and mid-morning light rain Tomah's first Kite Fest provided a visual 'wow' factor which drew an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 people to the event. The Tomah Chamber of Commerce coordinated the June 2 event based at the Tomah School District soccer fields...
Aaron and Shari Arnold are pictured in their 1979 Dodge Adventurer. The truck will be parked at the Butterfest Car Show, which the couple are reviving after a four-year absence from the festivities.
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:54am
After a four-year absence from the event, the car show is returning to the 34th annual Butterfest. The car show runs from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on the grass just east of the beer tent along Osborne Drive. Organizer Aaron Arnold said he's hoping for at least a couple dozen entries this year but...
Janelle Buchholz and Gary Von Ruden will retire from the Brookwood school district after 35 and 17 years respectively as teachers. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:37am
 Nearly 20 years separate the teaching careers of Gary Von Ruden and Janelle Buchholz. But as the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton (NOW) School District educators near the end of the school year they find themselves joined at the hip professionally. Von Ruden, 62, and Buchholz, 57 are retiring after 17 and...
From left, Jeannie Jones, Matt Biermier, Brian Friske, Dwight Kramzusch and Cylee Friske with her favorite cow, Snickers. Contributed photo.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:31am
These days, you've got to love what you're doing if you're going to be a dairy farmer. And Brian Friske, owner of Valley Hill Dairy Farm outside of Kendall, does. For him, it's the lifestyle that keeps him going. "That's about the only reason," he said. "To be honest with you, I wouldn't want to do...
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:05am
An alleged  threat from one of the family members of a Sparta High School graduate forced officials to cancell the graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. Police and the school district issued a statement Friday, saying there was a "a direct safety threat to the graduation ceremony",...
Pictured is the Innovations STEM Academy team that competed at Western Technical College's annual High School Robotics Challenge in March. Front row, from left: Christian Perez and Christopher Witherow. Back row: Vanessa Leis, Lucy Schwarz, Kaydyn McAnany and Brayden Siekert.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:19am
The enthusiasm Lucy Schwarz has toward school is something any parent would welcome. The eighth-grader attributes that sense of excitement to the Sparta School District's Innovations STEM Academy where she's been enrolled since sixth grade. "It's completely changed the way I learn -- the way I do...
Connie Bakken, co-owner at Quilt Corner in Sparta has been selected as this year’s featured quilter for the Sparta Butterfest Quilt Show. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:12am
  After entering through the doors at Quilt Corner, located on Water Street in downtown Sparta, there is a noticeable hum of activity. Ladies are perusing through the vibrant shades of fabric while others are encouraging each other through the latest club project from their respective sewing...
Ron Waddell
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:07am
The race for Monroe County Sheriff adds another candidate to join Wes Revels, Jeremy Likely, Jeff Schwanz and Rick Dickenson to replace Scott Perkins who is not seeking another term. Ron Waddell, a lieutenant with the Tomah Police Department is running on the Republican ticket with Revels, Likely...

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