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Ashley Bean is store manager at G.I. Need That/Cup O' Joe Coffee Shop and Community Center.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 1:10pm
By BOB KLIEBENSTEIN Regional Writer   Don Roach hopes the Tomah community is not misled. Don't be misled by its connection with the Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc. (VAF). Don't be misled by the sign above the building entrance that prominently features a smiling soldier with a cup of joe (...
Norwalk firefighters battle a shed fire at the Muehlenkamp family farm near Norwalk Saturday afternnon.
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Area firefighters had their work cut out for them this past weekend with the Norwalk Fire Department responding to a shed fire Saturday, a grass fire that evening and the Sparta Fire Department taking five calls since Friday. The shed fire was on the Muehlenkamp family farm on the corner of Cty....
Leo Schroeder's work truck (left). His grandson, Don, and his wife, Pat, run Schroeder Construction today.
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:38am
One family has – quite literally – helped build Monroe County over the last nine decades. Don Schroeder, grandson of the business’s founder, Leo Schroeder, is filling both his grandfather’s and father’s shoes as the owner and operator of Schroeder Construction LLC. “I started riding to work with my...
Sparta residents enjoy the Beaver Creek Farmers Market in Sparta.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:31pm
Though they may not have always been easy to find, growers in the Sparta area have been gathering on a weekly basis during the summer months, offering fresh produce to their fellow community members. Over the last quarter century, the Sparta Farmers Market has set up shop in the at the former...
Danielle Melby reads a statement during her sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Vicki Horstman.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:27pm
A 2006 Tomah High School graduate stood before Circuit Court Judge Mark Goodman yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) for sentencing in the 2014 death of her then-boyfriend, Chad Rosier of Camp Douglas. Despite a joint recommendation to place Danielle R. Melby, 29, on 10 years probation and one year...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:17am
Both the Sparta and Tomah school boards had four candidates running for three seats. In Sparta,  Julie M. Leis, Susan Bickford and incumbent Mary Treu gained the three availble seats. Leis led the contest with 934 votes followed by Bickford with 728 and Treu with 631. With 614 votes, Nancy Sikorsky...
The Sparta Parks and Recreation Board of Directors renamed the Beaver Street Market area “Mueller Square” in honor of Reinhard Mueller, who was instrumental in developing the project. Herald photo by Tim Evans.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:14am
Reinhard Mueller has volunteered for 12 years on improving Sparta’s parks, Monday evening, at the meeting of the Sparta Parks and Recreation Board of Directors, Muller was rewarded with the honor of having a downtown park named in his honor. “Mueller Square” is now the name of the “Beaver Street...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:06am
Countywide, voter turnout was a dismal 15%, but a few town and village races saw those numbers spike above 50%. In the Town of Ridgeville voters turned out at a rate of 60% to cast ballots for three contested seats on the town board. Keith Giraud beat out Charlie Neumann for town board chairman,...
Gary Kirking
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:45pm
Gary Kirking had more than the wellbeing of his five children in mind when he joined the Sparta School Board in 2003. During what he calls a “time of unrest” in the district, Kirking says he was concerned about the direction of the schools at the time. “I think it was making sure that the things...
Dave Ohnstad, who took over as Monroe County's highway commissioner in December, is gearing up for a busy summer season. Photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:59am
avid Ohnstad, who was recently hired as Monroe County's highway commissioner, is settling into his new job and looking forward to the new challenges. Ohnstad, originally from Hinckley, MN, has spent most of over the last two decades in Ravalli County in Western Montana, where he was a county road...


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