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Pictured is the artist's drawing of the 1st Community Credit Union building under construction in Tomah. Also pictured are 1st Community employees along with members of the Tomah Chamber of Commerce and city leaders. Contributed photos and graphic
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:42am
1st Community Credit Union conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new branch under construction and a ribbon cutting for the formal opening of their Pop-Up Tomah Branch inside the Heartland Cranberry Mall at 201 Helen Walton Drive, Suite #9 next to the Ground Round restaurant. The pop-up...
Pictured, from left, are Lori Asher, Director of the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry;  Bill McClain, President of Sparta Kiwanis Club; Stephanie Rahr, Director of the Monroe County Couleecap Emergency Food Pantry. Contributed photo
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:40am
Sparta’s Butterfest celebrates summer with royalty and music, even as some area residents turn to Sparta’s two food pantries for help with grocery bills. Every June, Sparta Kiwanians help stock those pantry shelves by collecting non-perishable goods or cash from spectators who line the Butterfest...
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:58am
The City of Sparta is set close two tax incremental districts (TID) worth a combined $42 million in real property value. The two TIDs include the East Side Business Park and the Century Foods International building on Hwy. 16. The TIDs were created as economic incentives to draw business to the...
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:57am
Monroe County supervisors will be voting on adding a new patrol officer to the sheriff's department when they meet Tuesday. Meetings usually are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month but the July meeting date was moved up to accommodate supervisors who wanted to attend Wednesday's Monroe...
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:54am
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Tomah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 74-bed skilled nursing home on Butts Avenue, isn't in danger of closing. That's according to Mike Wenzel, the nursing home's new administrator who was brought onboard to turn the facility around. "We are absolutely not...
Bill Tourdot started his duties July 1 as principal at Queen of Apostles School in Tomah. Contributed photo
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:49am
During his career ascent in education Bill Tourdot's transition from teacher to administrator was steady. Now after retiring from the Osseo-Fairchild school district as its superintendent last school year, Tourdot finds himself in a dual role as administrator and once again, teacher, at Queen of...
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:47am
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, last week returned a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm against Isaac Morales, 43, Tomah. The indictment alleges that on February 15, 2019, Morales possessed a loaded 9mm pistol and 9mm ammunition. If...
Larry Scheckel discussed the NASA Apollo program and more at the Tomah Area Historical Museum. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:44am
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon was celebrated nationwide last week with significant hoopla on July 20. That was the day in 1969 when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo lunar module on the moon's surface and took their historic steps. The...
Tina Osterberg
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:40am
When Monroe County Administrator Tina Osterberg took the mike to address Sparta Kiwanians at their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, July 16, she admitted she was a “numbers” person. Osterberg served as Monroe County Finance Director for a decade before her recent appointment to succeed retiring County...
Johnsonville's Big Taste Grill, pictured above, will be rolling into Ontario July 25 to help raise money for flood relief efforts. The village was devastated by floods in 2017 and 2018. Contributed photo
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:36am
When Mike Paskiewicz responded to a promotion from Johnsonville Sausage for the Big Taste Grill asking for help in Ontario, he had no idea he would get a reply so quickly. Paskiewicz wrote to Johnsonville about the devastation the small community has experienced from two consecutive years of...

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