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Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:56am
A $100,000 appropriation for repairing flood damage to the Elroy Sparta State Bicycle Trail and 400 State Trail was one of the 78 proposals Gov. Tony Evers slashed from the state budget with his veto pen last week. In his veto statement Evers said that instead of earmarking funds for specific...
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:53am
Monroe, Vernon and La Crosse counties are pursuing a $1.5 million grant to study two area watersheds where flood prevention dams were breached during last summer's heavy rainfalls. The counties are applying to the Natural Resources and Conservation Service for the federal money in order to perform...
Students enrolled in the Summer Pack Pay It Forward class are Larry Baldwin, Shelby Vervoren, Dane Vervoren, Ben Hilson, Lexi Athnos, Nizhu Doddridge Hornett, Aubrey Jungmeyer, Tyler Sonic, Johanna Kara, Destiny Bennett, Mikina Hillesheim, Leeland Hatchett and Alexis Berg. Also pictured is Rocky Shutter, who is teaching the class. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:42am
Though nearly 20 years past, Rocky Shutter still has a soft spot for the movie, Pay It Forward. Pay It Forward is a 2000 movie loosely based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is based on a 12-year-old character's acts of goodwill known as 'pay it forward.' When the Tomah school district was...
The band Georgia Clay played the inaugural Downtown Thursday Nights concert series in July. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein.
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:36am
One down and five to go. But if the first Downtown Thursday Nights is any indication, attendance for the next five Thursday nights should bode well. Downtown Thursday Nights is the free concert series coordinated by the Tomah Chamber and Visitor's Bureau. One of the goals was finding balance for...
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:30am
Sparta Area School District Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren felt the school board should be aware of the district’s staff turnover rate and the reasons behind why staff are leaving. “I felt this merited a little more discussion to kind of wrap our heads around the facts and what’s going on with...
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (at the podium) was at the Tomah VA Tuesday to discuss it success story to transition away from the use of prescription drugs to treat veterans. To her left are Linda and Marv Simcakoski and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. Contributed photo
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:51am
The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center has come full circle in dealing with its use of prescription drugs to treat veterans. In 2014, Jason Simcakoski died from a drug overdose while he was being treated at Tomah VA. Five years later, his parents, Marv and Linda Simcakoski, continue in their...
Standing water on a  field in Farmers Valley south of Sparta shows how wet conditions have left the soil saturated. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:42am
A wet spring followed by a wet beginning to the summer has left some area crops stressed, and conditions don't look too favorable for a rebound. With parts of Monroe County receiving anywhere from eight to 12 inches of rain since May 15, the ground is saturated and it's not uncommon to see standing...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:28am
The Monroe County Board voted last Wednesday, June 26, to support Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal to access  over $1.6 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid, freeing up an estimated $324 million in state revenue over the next biennium. Evers  proposal includes a projected $18 million for...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:25am
The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has released the name of a state employee who died Monday, July 1 at Volk Field. Nicholas Janz, 40, a facility maintenance specialist at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, died while performing his duties at the base. According to the DMA,...
Alexis D. Mashak
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:21am
A former teacher in the Sparta Area School District accused of having sexual contact with a high school student pled guilty in Monroe County Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Alexis D. Mashak, 27, of Bangor was found guilty on all four charges and sentenced by Judge Mark Goodman to one year in jail...


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