Thursday, July 9, 2020


A drive by staff parade earlier this year. A cake before her final school board meeting Monday night. Cindy Zahrte was recognized for her contributions to the Tomah school district as educator and administrator. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 9:58am
On Monday night retiring Tomah Superintendent Cindy Zahrte was able to have her cake and eat it to. But she shared with those at the Tomah School Board meeting Zahrte presided over her final board meeting before she retires the end of this month. Zahrte served as superintendent 10 years replacing...
Sparta Police Officer Brian James with K-9 Lars. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:06am
After a lifetime in law enforcement, one of Sparta’s finest is hanging up his badge, or more appropriately in this case, his collar. K-9 Lars will be retiring in March following a stellar career, in which he served both the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and the Sparta Police Department. At 10...
Bruce Ardelt
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 10:43am
Oakdale Electric Cooperative general manager Bruce Ardelt announced earlier this year his plan to retire in January 2020 to the board of directors.  He served as the fourth general manager in the 85-year history of Oakdale Electric Cooperative (OEC). Ardelt began his cooperative career at Adams-...
Ron Konieczny, left, receives the golden fire axe from Oakdale Area Fire Association chief Bob Gnewikow. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 9:47am
Ron Konieczny concedes it was not an easy decision, but two factors eased his mind when he decided it was time to retire after 25 years as a firefighter with the Oakdale Area Fire Association, the last 19 as the department's fire inspector. Konieczny and his wife, Sheila, own and operate R&S...
Jan Path
Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:37am
Jan Path always knew she wanted to be a nurse. However, she discovered a health care field that allowed her to make a more impactful difference for many patients over her career. After 30 years in health care, Path has retired as one of the first infection prevention nurses at Tomah Memorial...
Cindy Zahrte
Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 11:30am
Tomah school district superintendent Cindy Zahrte announced her retirement at the Tomah School Board meeting Monday night. Zahrte said retirement is effective July 1, of next year. The announcement was made at the start of the board meeting with a large contingent of building principals in...
Sparta Police Chief Dave Kuderer announced Wednesday he will be retring effective Jan. 10. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 9:41am
Over the past 39 years Dave Kuderer has seen the Sparta Police Department go from a simple Mayberry-like force to a sophisticated organization of highly trained professionals with the latest technology and gadgets at their disposal. In that same time, Kuderer has gradually moved up the ranks,...
Ron Waddell will retire from the Tomah Police Department in early December after 28 years in law enforcement. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 11:45am
Law enforcement and dairy farming share a few occupational traits. First is a commitment to an occupation that is seven days a week. Another is on the bad days you can find yourself stepping through a lot of..., well you know what. Finally, on the good days both jobs bring a great deal of...
Oakdale fire chief Bob Gnewikow, left, presents Tim Flock with a mounted gold axe for 30 years of service and his retirement from the Oakdale Area Fire Association. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 10:23am
The signs at the Oakdale Area Fire Association's two station houses leave no question with their need. 'Firefighters needed' is the simple message. Not unlike message shared by rural volunteer fire departments across the region, across the state. As of Tuesday night the Oakdale department is down...
Cheri Moser, left, and Diane Keene are retiring after 39 and 35 years respectively from driving bus and as school aides for the Tomah school district. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:10am
When Diane Keene shared a few thoughts at a recent Tomah School Board on her retirement, Cheri Moser had little to offer. Not too surprising since both ladies shared similar duties and experiences in 30 plus years of employment with the Tomah school district. Moser retires after 39 years as a bus...


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