Monday, December 9, 2019

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A group of homeschool student performers delighted crowds at last year’s Holiday Happening at the KVR. Contributed photos.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:51am
This year’s Holiday Happening at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will feature music, crafts, soup, cookies and stargazing.  The annual event will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. at the KVR Visitor Center, S3661 State Hwy. 131, La Farge. The KVR Friends craft sale will be 1-4 p.m.; and...
In the last few weeks, volunteers from the Sparta Kiwanins Club checked and readied over a half mile of Holiday lights for the 5th annual Kriskindlmarkt, a traditional outdoor European-style market, set to kick off on Friday, Nov. 29 in Mueller Square and on the Water Street Bridge in downtown Sparta. Pictured, from left, are Paul Oswald, Mike Bernath, Neal MacCallum and Jim Moorehead. Contributed photo
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:48am
The fifth annual Kriskindlmarkt kicks off at 4 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 29 (Black Friday) with a brief opening ceremony in downtown Sparta.  Volunteers have been hanging garland, stringing lights, and generally decking the halls, preparing the market’s chalet-style booths for the stream of crafters,...
The Hemmersbach family includes, front row, from left: Owen, Deb, Joe, Sadie and Brent. Back: Derrick, Trevor, Jacob, Josh, Zach and Ashley. Contributed photo
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:45am
Joe and Deb Hemmersbach, who operate an organic dairy farm on St. Mary’s Ridge outside of Cashton, were named the 2019 Monroe County Conservation Farmers of the year. It’s an honor Joe’s father, Lavern, earned in 1966, and one that very likely could be given to one of Joe’s sons in the future. “We’...
Sean Gadbois built 12 bat houses to help earn his Eagle Scout award. Six (two houses each) stations now stand at various locations around Tomah. Each station has two bat houses. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:42am
When it comes to bats, many cringe of the site and sound of them swooshing outdoors. Even worse when the occasional bat finds that tiny crevice to create havoc indoors. But Sean Gadbois understands the bat's role in nature's food chain. Bats feed on insects, especially mosquitoes. And while some...
Global travelers at Tomah High School include Matt Hellinger and Isak Sabinsky seated and standing from left Lauren von Arx, Anna Apathy and Nellie Maartenson. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 8:43am
This is no huge revelation. It's a big world out there. How big? Tomah High School is getting a small taste of European expanse with the four foreign exchange students enrolled for the school year. On the home front, THS senior Lauren von Arx recently returned home after nearly one year in an...
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 8:27am
Tammi Landowski does not mind her interim working conditions as Camp Douglas village clerk/treasurer. There is the slight smell of diesel that goes with sharing space with the village's public works building. But there is the upside. She has the opportunity to mingle with village public works...
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:33am
The Sparta City Council voted Wednesday to sell a one-acre parcel on the city’s east side to a company that plans to build a cell tower on the site. Cloud 1, LLC purchased the land, located immediately west of the Century Foods plant on Hwy. 16, for $6,000. Cloud 1 is a tower development company,...
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:31am
Monroe County’s nascent drug court just got a funding boost from the State of Wisconsin. The program, which, barring any impediments, should be up and running in January, received a $57,401 expansion grant it will use to hire a mental health provider to perform assessments and help with treatment...
Cindy Zahrte
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:30am
Tomah school district superintendent Cindy Zahrte announced her retirement at the Tomah School Board meeting Monday night. Zahrte said retirement is effective July 1, of next year. The announcement was made at the start of the board meeting with a large contingent of building principals in...
Patrick Testin
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:28am
The deal is not etched in stone, but Sen. Patrick Testin did say some big news is on the horizon for Kendall. Testin made his way through the area Friday with listening sessions in Sparta, Tomah and Oakdale. There were only a handful of people for Testin's brief stop at Murray's On Main. One of...

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