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Monday, May 7, 2018 - 11:25am
Cancer is a common thread that weaves numerous stories, journeys and paths together in communities throughout the world. Their paths may have never crossed and they may not have much in common but this year’s Sparta Area Cancer Support Honorees will come together because there is one thing they do...
Monroe County Soil and Water Conservationist Christina Mulder discussed another aspect of government, showing the students a “lunker,” which is used in fish habitat management. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:43am
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for...
Jeff Schwanz of Tomah, announced Thursday morning he will run for Monroe County Sheriff as a Democrat. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:40am
A Monroe County man is the third candidate to make a bid for sheriff. Jeff Schwanz of Tomah, announced this morning (Thursday) he will run for Monroe County Sheriff as a Democrat. Schwanz has worked as a jailer for the past three years. Before that he was a certified nursing assistant at the Tomah...
Adventurists and authors Dave and Amy Freeman will be stopping at Ginny's Cupboard in Sparta Monday, May 7, on their 2,000 mile trek to Washington D.C. in an effort to save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from mining pollution. Contributed photo.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:40am
 Dave and Amy Freeman departed from near a proposed copper-mining site in Ely, MN on Friday, April 20, towing a canoe by bike to the nation’s capital. The couple's purpose is to raise awareness about the need to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. They...
Jesse Horn was met with ‘ooohs and aaahs’ from staff and students at Meadowview Middle School last week as he flipped and stacked his speed stacks, or cups during a demonstration of sport stacking. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:40am
Dozens of sparkling medals and trophies line the home of Jesse Horn, 21, of Buffalo City, which reflect his accomplishments as a World Champion Sport Stacker. But for Jesse, no achievement outshines how he overcame his disability or as he calls it his “abilities.” In honor of Autism Awareness Month...
Geoff Hoffman and Mary Boettcher will retire from St. Paul Lutheran School in Tomah after 43 years as educators. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:21am
Geoff Hoffman and Mary Boettcher have been educators for the last 43 years. At the end of the school year, the two of them are set to retire from St. Paul Lutheran School in Tomah, which is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS.) The duo have known each other since 1975 when they...
Dr. John ‘Skip’ Frazee, DDS (far left) invited Senator Jennifer Shilling to speak to the Sparta Kiwanis Club Tuesday afternoon led by president Mike Bernath. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:18am
State Senator Jennifer Shilling attended the Sparta Kiwanis Club luncheon this week, where she spoke to members about a few of the things she is striving to accomplish in the State of Wisconsin. “As I looked at the tremendous amount of work and good that you do in your community, I thank you so...
This shed on property off Hwy 173 near Valley Junction was completely destroyed Tuesday after a grass fore spread to the building. Herald photo by Kyle Evans.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:14am
 No injuries were reported in a rural Monroe County fire off State Highway 173 Tuesday afternoon. Oakdale Area Fire Association Chief Bob Gnewikow said crews were paged to a residence at 2:14 p.m. for a grass fire that caused a shed on the property to catch fire. The fire was spotted by a Wisconsin...
Mike McGowan of Black River Falls is paralyzed from his mid-rib cage down but that doesn't keep him from enjoying his favorite pastime, horseback riding. He'll be at Theisen's in Sparta May 5 giving a demonstration at the "All About the Horse" event. There also will be calf roping. Those attending the free event also will have a chance to try their hand at roping and can take a wagon ride. Contributed photo.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:12am
For a guy who loves horses so much, Mike McGowan is as stubborn as a mule, an Irish mule at that. The 65-year old Black River Falls man has been around horses all his life. "I've been riding as long as I can remember," McGowan said. When he was a wee lad living in Illinois, his uncle dropped off...
Melissa Duoss demonstrates one of the walkers she used during recovery from a car accident.
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 9:24am
If Melissa Duoss' intent was shock factor, it appeared to work. Duoss was one of the speakers for multiple sessions for the Monroe County Teen Wellness Day. Discussing details of the accident that shattered a right ankle, Duoss shared multiple photos of a mangled car, her severely damaged ankle and...


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