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The Sparta City Council Wednesday gave Beau Burlingame, owner of the Beer Shop, the greenlight to transform what will be the former Sparta Police Station on East Oak Street into his vision of a restaurant/beer hall and production facility for specialty sodas and bitters. The council voted 6-1 with...

Bobby Shaw makes sure, Terror, his American black and tan coonhound is camera ready. Also on display, some of the hardware Shaw has brought home with coonhounds other than Terror. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Bobby Shaw knew there were plenty of trophies and plaques in the bedroom of his rural Wyeville home. But the hardware rekindled a painful loss. Shaw is the son of Randy Shaw and Carol Antone. He was 11-years-old when his American black and tan coonhound, Rip, contracted and eventually died from...

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...

The Village of Bangor is one big construction site at the moment with multiple projects in progress. The new reconstructed Commercial Street has begun to take shape. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
The Village of Bangor is currently one, giant construction site and residents are being heavily impacted by the reconstruction of the village’s main thoroughfare as well as several other projects that are now underway. Bangor Village Board President Gary Althoff likened the inconvenience to that...

Alex Knoepker readily accepts the challenge of maintaining the level of excellence instilled by former band director Charlie O'Brien. Knoepker was hired as THS band director and returns to a band room where he spent countless hours in high school. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Alex Knoepker was sincerely intent at Grafton High School. First job as a band director after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Neat city only a short jaunt from the Lake Michigan shoreline and 20 miles north of Milwaukee. A city to quench any musical thirst and Knoepker has a...
Every year, the Monroe County Fair is a highlight for 4-H members as it gives them the opportunity to exhibit and display their projects, which they have put a lot of hard work and dedication into all year long. The University of Wisconsin-Monroe County Extension works in partnership with the...
Downtown Thursday Night (DTN) concerts 2019 series were a significant success. So much that organizers were eager to improve and upgrade in 2020. How to improve an event that first attracted crowds in the hundreds and increased to a couple thousand at the end. Then an unplanned pandemic shut down...

Christian J. Godfrey
A Tomah man was charged in Monroe County Circuit Court July 2 with eight felonies related to the sexual assault of a female minor. On June 29, investigators in Tomah were assigned a sexual assault investigation after a 22-year-old male identified as Christian J. Godfrey confessed to having sexual...

Mark Sund
As the City of Sparta grows, so does its cost of delivering services. According to Co-City Administrator/Treasurer Mark Sund, the city is in need of another full-time position in the parks department, is in the process of hiring another police officer and plans to have another street department...

Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad
Competitive pay and staffing are two of Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad’s concerns as she looks toward the future of the department. Nottestad addressed those matters during the annual police report she delivered to the Sparta City Council in June. She said while most employers are having...

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