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Command Sgt. Maj. Raquel DiDomenico, new Fort McCoy Garrison command sergeant major, passes the garrison flag back to 1st Sgt. Lauren Phillips, garrison first sergeant, July 1, during a change of responsibility ceremony at Fort McCoy, Wis. DiDomenico replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Mantha as the garrison command sergeant major during the ceremony. (Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy)
Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss presented the Fort McCoy Garrison flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Raquel DiDomenico as she became the new Fort McCoy command sergeant major (CSM) on July 1 during a change of responsibility ceremony at Fort McCoy. DiDomenico previously served at Fort McCoy at the Fort...

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...

Since most lakes in Wisconsin are not tested for blue-green algae, it is important to know what it looks like and always assess conditions before swimming. Inset photo credit: J. Sullivan
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding beachgoers and their pets to watch for blue-green algae and know the risks. Blue-green algae can cause illness if swallowed or inhaled in water droplets, or irritation if rubbed on the skin under clothing. Blue-green algae, or...

Ashton Mlsna of Cashton was the envy of a lot of kids as he traveled the 2019 Wood Turtle Days parade route with a fleet of antique pedal tractors. Many of the same events will be featured in the village’s new Wilton Fest celebration but there will be plenty of new events, too. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
It won’t technically be Wood Turtle Days, but Wilton community members and visitors to the village will be enjoying a festival at the end of this month. Wilton Fest will be held Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 1. Leigha Barton, Wilton’s clerk/treasurer, said the village board has taken over...

Ted Radde
Theodore “Ted” Radde, a former newspaper publisher and Sparta City alderman, died Monday, July 12, in La Crosse following a prolonged illness. He was 73. Radde was a 1966 Sparta High School graduate, who grew up in the newspaper business, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, T.C. Radde,...

The Solberg family, pictured from left, Eric, Becky (holding Nala, the newest addition to the family), Cindy and Paul are excited to host their 75 +1 year bash this coming Saturday. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Sparta Floral & Greenhouses has an extensive history in the Sparta area, which the Solberg family recently reflected back on, as they prepare to celebrate their 75 +1 year anniversary of ownership this upcoming weekend. It all began in 1865 with a hobbyist greenhouse built by the Jewett family...

The Monroe County Historical Society recently dedicated a bench in front of the Brackett Valley School in memory of the late Joan Cook. Pictured, from left, is son Joe Cook, daughter-in-law Katie Cook, grandsons Grayson and Finley Cook and husband Jim Cook. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The Monroe County Historical Society (MCHS) recently dedicated an iron bench in memory of the late Joan Cook, who devoted her life to educating others as a teacher within the Sparta Area School District and through various volunteer positions throughout Monroe County. After graduating from the...

Authorities say the driver of this truck suffered a medical problem Wednesday before veering off the road and striking a tree off Hwy 21 in the Town of Greenfield. Contributed photo
On Wednesday, July 14, at approximately 6:38 a.m., the Monroe County Communications Center received a report of a truck crashing into a tree off of Hwy. 21 near Cty. Hwy. E in the Town of Greenfield. The driver of a red 2011 Ford F-150 was found to be injured and trapped in the vehicle. The...

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...
Sparta aldermen put the brakes on a proposed plan Wednesday to help buy a downtown building for the Chamber of Commerce using COVID relief money after it became clear the guidelines for distributing the money are currently too vague. The city is receiving $1.03 million in American Recovery Act (ARA...

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