Saturday, February 23, 2019


Soldiers at Fort McCoy for training in the 86th Training Division's Combat Support Training Exercise 86-18-02 set up communications Aug. 3 as part of exercise operations on the cantonment area. U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:22am
Thousands of service members already have trained at Fort McCoy in fiscal year 2019, and that number is only going to grow exponentially through the rest of the training year, according to officials with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS). During the first quarter...
The five dashing divas were Scott Mann, John McMullen, John Shuck, Mark Kvale and Scott Perkins. Tomah dance team members who assisted were Brielle Lueck, Elizabeth Hawes, Britnee Cox, Ellie Eswein and Destinee Perry. t. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:32am
Men, we all know getting ready for a work day or a night on the town can be somewhat hectic when running late. But as five men discovered Friday, Feb. 1, that task is always a little more of a challenge for the opposite gender. As part of Pack the Gym night at Tomah High School, the Diva Dash took...
The Sparta Area Fire District used the department's aerial platform truck to check on smoke coming from the roof of KEPS on Water Street Saturday morning.  Herald photo by John Paul Schaller.
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:27am
In a lucky twist of fate, a fire at a downtown Sparta business Saturday helped put itself out. Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold said his department was called to a reported fire at KEPS at 7:12 a.m. When Arnold arrived on the scene at 128 S. Water St., he heard smoke alarms blaring and...
Natalie and Bill Divyak of Tomah were among 54 people to donate blood during a BloodCenter drive at Tomah Memorial Hospital Jan. 25.
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Bill and Natalie Divyak appreciate that they can support their community by simply donating blood. The Tomah couple was among 54 people to donate during a BloodCenter of Wisconsin drive at Tomah Memorial Hospital Jan. 25. “It’s a mindset,” explained Bill. “Some people are afraid of needles; some...
Janet Bohn presents a check to Shanneon Grant on behalf of Ladies Auxiliary to American Legion Post 100.
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 9:00am
Sparta’s Ladies Auxiliary to American Legion Post 100 is proudly supporting the fundraising efforts of Friends of Sparta Free Library, which is launching a capital campaign to expand and renovate the library. The Extraordinary Women drive is the first initiative in the “Enduring Legacy, Enhancing...
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00am
The property owners involved in negotiations over an easement for a road into the new Sparta elementary school feel they have been portrayed in a bad light despite acting in good faith. That's according to attorney Mark Radcliffe of Black River Falls, who represents Steve and Terry Hermann, the...
Receiving attendance awards Saturday night were, from left, Mike Arnold, Rich Laxton, Eric Matson, John Wieman, Zach Vanwormer, Steven Arnold, Josh Meyer, Kody Smith, Robert Arnold, Pat Ferguson, Randy Heimke, Dan Kohn and Brody Schmitz. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Members of Erv’s Sparta Area Fire District and their families gather annually at Station 1 to receive some much deserved recognition for their accomplishments.  It was a particularly special evening last Saturday night as Fire Chief Mike Arnold celebrated 50 years of service. “How sweet it is to be...
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:00am
A regional commuter bus service, connecting La Crosse, Sparta and Tomah, is suffering from a few growing pains but officials are optimistic it's rolling in the right direction. "We're not where we want to be on that route, yet," said Charlie Handy of the La Crosse County Planning Department who...
Like death and taxes, winter was bound to arrive in the area. Starting with significant snow early this week and followed by bitter cold communities had no choice but to dig in or in many cases, dig out. Tomah's Public Works crews devoted several days this week hauling away mounds of snow from the streets. Herald photo by Bob Kliebenstein.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:06am
The recent surge of polar air will finally loosen its grip after having a strangle hold on the region since last Monday. The mercury is expected to reach into the 40s by Sunday, bringing a welcome relief from the double-digit negative temperatures that forced school and business closures over the...
Charity L. Maradiaga-Duarte.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:40am
On Jan. 9, Charity L. Maradiaga-Duarte, 40, of Whitehall was found guilty in Monroe County Circuit Court of child abuse with the intent to cause harm and strangulation and suffocation. On Jan. 1, 2018, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in the Village of Cashton for a...


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