Monroe County WI


The Monroe County Fair’s carnival is by far its most popular attraction during the five-day event. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
The Monroe County Fair concluded Sunday afternoon following five days packed full of action and beautiful summer weather. After the fair was cancelled last year due to the COVID pandemic, the Monroe County Ag Society (MCAS), promoters of the fair were pleased that attendance nearly doubled from...

Carol Schauf has decided to step away from volunteering as a 4-H leader, superintendent and volunteer at the Monroe County Fair after almost 60 years. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
After nearly 60 years, Sparta native Carol Schauf has made the difficult decision to step down as a Monroe County 4-H Leader, Superintendent and volunteer at the Monroe County Fair. Schauf grew up in the West Beaver Creek Valley just outside of Sparta, where she has lived her entire life aside...

Nordic Creamery will once again be producing fresh cheese curds and aged cheddar cheese from milk collected from exhibitors at the Monroe County Fair. Pictured, from left, is MCAS Board President Chris Schreier, Al and Sarah Bekkum of Nordic Creamery, MCAS board members Simon Wells and Paul Dwyer. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Just like the fair itself, the Fair Cheese Curds will be back again this year and who in Wisconsin doesn’t enjoy a fresh, squeaky cheese curd? In 2018, Monroe County Fair became one of the first fairs in Wisconsin to have its fair milk made into the squeaking bits of deliciousness. In 2019, the...

Ron Luethe, chairman of Monroe County’s tourism committee, demonstrates how to use a bicycle repair station located in Norwalk. The committee recently purchased three of the units, which are located along the Elroy-Sparta Bicycle Trail in Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Monroe County has always been a friendly place for bicyclist but with a recent $4,200 investment by the county’s tourism committee, it just got a little friendlier. That money went toward three bicycle repair stations that were installed along the Elroy-Sparta Bicycle Trail in Norwalk, Wilton and...
McKinley J. Phillips.
Officers with the Tomah Police Department made an arrest at the Greyhound bus depot last week, capturing a man wanted in a Twin Cities area murder. On June 26, 39-year-old McKinley J. Phillips was arrested in Tomah and was held in Monroe County on a charge of stabbing his wife at their home in...
The Monroe County Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday, July 7, to vote on confirming its support of a negotiated settlement plan with Purdue Pharma over its involvement in the nation’s opioid crisis. In November 2017, supervisors voted to join a class-action lawsuit against the...

RPW Convention attendees pictured, from left, are Emily Diefenbaugh (rural Cashton), Doug Rogalla (rural Kendall), John Christy (rural Cataract), Matthew Hoffland (City of Sparta), Dave Steinert (City of Tomah), Brett Larkin (City of Tomah) and Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (Town of Greenfield).
The Republican Party of Wisconsin held its annual state convention at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells on June 25-26, hearing positive messages from party stalwarts including Senator Ron Johnson throughout the convention. The theme of this year’s convention was “...
Independence Day is this weekend already with lots of family-friendly, fun activities planned throughout Monroe County and the surrounding areas. Since the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year the Tomah Chamber and Visitors Center is making plans to host the annual Independence Day parade on...
The Monroe County Board approved adding a list of new staff to its coffers. But only one is slated to start this fiscal year to help with department needs. Pending the budget process later this year, the remaining will have to wait until Jan. 1 of next year to be added to the county payroll....

Herald photo by Izak Anderson.
When the Monroe County Board meets this Wednesday, June 23, supervisors will consider accepting bids on six project scopes that were previously denied. Bids on masonry, roofing, siding, doors, drywall and food service equipment will be opened by the Rolling Hills Committee before Wednesday’s...

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