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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:21am
At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Tomah School Board unanimously voted to allow the use of school facilities including playgrounds and ball fields for the public as well as classrooms for certain outside organizations. Although Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order was overruled by the Supreme...
The main entrance into Herrman Elementary School, which is near completion, is an impressive façade of glass and multi-color bricks. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:17am
As the bulk of the project is complete, crews continue to put on the finishing touches at Sparta Area School District’s new school Herrman Elementary, which is slated to be complete on June 30. Last week, members of the school board took a tour to see the progression of the project. Construction at...
Forester Charles Mentzel shows children how to plant a tree during the installation's observance of Arbor Day on April 29, 2016, at Fort McCoy. The observance included reading the proclamation, presenting the Tree City USA award to Fort McCoy, and planting dozens of trees. The ceremony was coordinated by the installation Forestry program, which is part of the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:13am
Depending on the time of year, he's used to hearing the crunch of the snow underneath his snowshoes or the swishing sound of boots moving through mud as he makes his way around the tens of thousands of acres of forest land on Fort McCoy. But it's all okay, because it's another day in his outdoor "...
Sparta firefighters extinguish flames at garage in rural Sparta ignited by a lightning strike. The fire spread to the house, which also received damage. Contributed photos
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:10am
A lightning strike from a severe storm that blew through the area Tuesday evening caused a fire at a rural Sparta house. According to Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold, firefighters responded to the scene at 15758 Hammer Road in the Town of Sparta where lighting started a garage on fire...
Tomah Health Community Foundation vice president Brian Eirschele, left, presented a $1,000 ceremonial check to Tomah Health Patient and Family Services social worker Kaelyn Laylan, CSW, to support the hospital’s Lend a Hand program. Contributed photo
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:05am
Imagine being taken to a hospital by ambulance and then realizing you have no way to get back to your home after being treated. For some area elderly patients and those who are homeless, the situation is real. That’s why the Tomah Health Community Foundation has donated $1,000 to help fund the Lend...
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:36am
After voting to open the pool and cancel all adult sports leagues at a special meeting last Tuesday, the Sparta City Council will be holding another special meeting tonight (Monday) to revisit those decisions. Mayor Kristin Gust scheduled the meeting after the Wisconsin Department of Health...
Eleanor Hansen is pictured in her assisted living apartment at the Morrow Home holding a gift of flowers from her son and daughter in law, Gregory and Betsy Hansen of Jonesboro, AR, on her 99th birthday April 2. Contributed photos
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:33am
Eleanor Hansen has seen a lot in her 99 years. Now a resident at the Morrow Home’s Homestead assisted living facility in Sparta, she was born in the shadow of the Spanish Flu pandemic, was raised through the Great Depression, lived during the deadliest war in history and is now witnessing another...
Hundreds of area residents turned out to watch live demonstrations during the 2019 National Night Out in Tomah’s Winnebago Park. Organizers of the annual Monroe County National Night Out have canceled this year’s event due to COVID-19. Contributed photo
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:29am
The list of coronavirus cancellations continues to grow Organizers of the annual Monroe County National Night Out canceled this year’s event due to COVID-19.  Tomah Health community health educator Julie Anderson MSN, RN, said the decision to cancel the Aug. 4 event was a group decision which...
Jana Mitchell has been chosen by SACS as this year’s female honoree. Contributed photo.
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:26am
In 2013, this year’s female SACS Honoree, Jana Mitchell, found a large lump on her right breast. Her husband, Brian, who is in the military, flew into La Crosse from North Carolina to be with her and on March 18, 2013, she was diagnosed with Stage 3C breast cancer. She underwent a bilateral...
Bangor’s 35th annual Hootenanny music festival was a little smaller than usual this year and the venue was changed to the front porch of event founder John McCue, pictured front left. Also pictured are, from left, John Ward, Jay Hoffman and Dave Zwiee. Contributed photo
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:24am
While it’s no Summerfest, Bangor’s annual Hootenanny music festival is an important tradition for a lot of area musicians. One in particular is John McCue, who started the event, held every Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, in 1986. And after a run like that, he wasn’t going to let something like a...

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