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County board supervisors and county officals donned hardhats and hoisted shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the new Rolling Hills senior care facility, which will be located on Cty. Hwy. B north of Sparta across from the current Rolling Hills complex. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
Dozens of people, including dignitaries, nursing home residents, elected officals and well-wishers, showed up at the future site of a county-run senior care facility on an empty field across from the Rolling Hills Complex north of Sparta for a groundbreaking that was the culmination of years of...
A number of parents and community members within the Sparta Area School District (SASD) spoke at the Sparta School Board meeting this week regarding whether or not students should still be required to wear face coverings on school grounds. Heidi Coburn asked that masks no longer be mandatory but...

Bangor’s main drag, Commercial Street, will be under construction until mid-July. Contributed photo.
Bangor residents and visitors to the village may run into a little inconvenience over the next few months since construction crews recently began work on what is probably the biggest road project the village has ever experienced. The $5.24 million infrastructure improvement, which requires ripping...

Tom Flock
Tom Flock has been municipal court judge for the City of Tomah 33 years. The last 20 Flock has been involved with adjudication of truancy tickets issued to Tomah high school and middle school students. Flock is a vocal advocate of nipping trouble at the bud. For 15 of those last 20 years Flock has...
Monroe County Board supervisors sealed the deal on a multi-million-dollar senior care facility last Thursday. At a special meeting, the board voted unanimously to both bond an additional $4 million to shore up a funding shortfall and award nearly $15 million in bids to get construction moving. The...

So many stories. So little time. Tomah's three surviving fire chiefs are eager for Aug. 28 when the community will recognize the 150th sesquicentennial of the Tomah Fire Department. From left, retired fire chiefs Kevin Decorah, Tom Flock and current fire chief, Tim Adler. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Yes, pun intended, Tom Flock, Kevin Decorah and Tim Adler all carried a burning desire to serve their community. Over its 150-year history, the first 11 fire chiefs for the Tomah Fire Department were elected by the firefighting ranks, according to current chief Adler. The last four, Adler included...

Sparta Area Cancer Support is set to host several Kicking Cancer to the Curb fundraisers throughout the summer.
Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS) continues its fundraising efforts with its annual Kicking Cancer to the Curb. The curbside event is as easy as swinging through and dropping some cash for a good cause in a bucket. Last year, the event raised $7,863.36 for the organization, making it the third...
This is an exciting time at area school districts as hundreds of high school seniors prepare for their graduation ceremonies. Last year, the graduation commencements looked a bit different due to the pandemic, however, this year, the five school districts in the Monroe County area are moving ahead...

Monroe County Local History Room & Museum Director, Jarrod Roll, and a young helper, clean the James family grave marker in the Oakdale Cemetery during a past Cemetery Walk program. Contributed photo
With Memorial Day around the corner, our thoughts return to honoring the men and women who died in the service of their country. Honoring the fallen often takes us out to cemeteries to mourn for those whom we have lost. As we place a flag at the grave marker, many of us will notice the signs of...
County Board Supervisor Rod Sherwood resigned his seat last Thursday night after casting his final votes to approve the new multi-million-dollar, county-run senior care facility. Sherwood, who served on the board since 2014, represented District 10, which encompassed City of Tomah districts 20-24,...

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