Monroe County WI


Fred Clark, executive director of Wisconsin Green Fire, leads the discussion at last Wednesday’s inaugural Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment meeting in Sparta. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
When it comes to recognizing and addressing the problems associated with climate change, Monroe County is setting the example in Wisconsin. That’s according to Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who addressed a team of experts last Wednesday at the kick-off meeting for the Climate Readiness and Rural...

Rhonda Schmidt of Sparta who lives near Rockland spotted this black bear loitering on her deck. Contributed photos
With trees leafing out, flowers popping up and just the general greening of the landscape, it’s apparent spring is in full bloom. With that comes the inevitable return of insects, birds and another type of creature that is becoming more and more abundant in Monroe County – black bears. There have...

Tomah firefighters were dispatched to a residence early Monday night. A group check out an attic area in the home where smoke and fire was seen. Contributed photos
The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a house fire just before 6 p.m. Monday at 721 W. Council St. When firefighters arrived at the scene there was light smoke coming from the attic vents. An entry team found smoke and fire in the attic area. Fire crews worked for a lengthy...
Two Wisconsin federal lawmakers not only believe farmers need to be a major part of addressing climate change, they also are backing legislation to ensure they are compensated for their efforts. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison and Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse spoke to the Monroe County Climate Change...

Curtis L Goulet
Court proceedings are moving ahead for a 52-year-old Tomah man accused of firing gunshots at a Wilton bar in March. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe set a preliminary hearing date for Curtis Goulet during the defendant’s initial appearance Monday after his attorney, Andrew...

Sheriff Wes Revels
Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels wants area residents to know that a letter they will be receiving from him this week on behalf of the Badger State Sheriff’s Association (BSSA) is legitimate. The letter asks members of the public to support the organization by offering them an honorary membership...

Last January, Roxie Anderson with the Monroe County Climate Change Task Force demonstrated one of the water-level data stations the task force purchased as part of an early warning system for flood events. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
The Monroe County Climate Change Task Force continues to forge ahead with fundraising for and installation of flood monitoring stations in the Kickapoo and Little LaCrosse River Watersheds. At their April 7 meeting, Land Use Planner Roxie Anderson reported that the first station had been installed...

The History Room’s current exhibit, Monroe County Chooses: The Toys We Love, is available to view Thursdays through Saturdays; reservations no longer needed. Contributed photo.
A recent county policy change has permitted the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum to end the reservation system to see the museum’s exhibits. Effective April 9, the public can now visit the History Room’s exhibits without having to call ahead to make an appointment. The museum will be...

Pictured are some of the Monroe County 9-1-1 Communications Center. They include, front row from left Pat Deethardt and Randy Williams, communications center administrator. Back row left: Krista Perkins, Jessie Jandt and Megan Schoonover. Contributed photo
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is being celebrated this week to recognize the pivotal role dispatchers play in supporting law enforcement, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Services. Unseen and often underappreciated, 911 Dispatchers are honored during the second week of April each...

A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle’s exhaust system. The expensive parts, like the one pictured above, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain. Contributed photo
Authorities are warning the public about a rash of auto parts thefts in Monroe County, actually, one auto part in particular – catalytic converters. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating 15 cases of thieves cutting the parts from underneath vehicles and making off with them....

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