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   A Monroe County woman died in a one-vehicle accident on I-90 early Tuesday morning.    Margo Degenhardt, 22, was traveling west on the Interstate. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., her pickup truck drifted off the roadway near milepost seven near...
   A year ago this month, a ground breaking ceremony was held for the 12th Monroe County Habitat for Humanity House. On Friday, May 6, the Sanchez family was handed the keys for their newly built house at 410 Central Avenue in Sparta.    The home is a dream come true for Jamie Sanchez, his wife,...
   Veterans and their guardians were brimming with anticipation before boarding the chartered plane to Washington D.C. from La Crosse Airport Saturday morning. Everyone knew it was going to be a fantastic and memorable day, but a surprise visit by a special guest sealed the deal.    A bald eagle...
   Cashton Middle School social studies students had a unique opportunity to learn about local government this week.    Students in Mr. Nick Bakke’s class toured the brand new Monroe County Justice Center in Sparta on Wednesday and spent sessions learning about the types of jobs and duties...
   A new program in the Sparta Area School District pairs volunteer mentors with children to help them read successfully.    “Read to Success” is a partnership with Great Rivers United Way.    It’s a pilot reading program that pairs up third graders from Lawrence Lawson, Southside, Maplewood and...
Tomah attorney Aaron Lueck announced this week he is running for Monroe County District Attorney. Lueck is running on the Republican ticket along with incumbent Kevin Croninger. The two will face each other in the August 9 primary. Lueck, a Tomah native raised on a dairy farm in the Town of Tomah,...
An investigation into a suicide at the Monroe County Jail last December found jail staff acted appropriately before and after the incident. Deputy Roy Torgerson of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department performed the investigation, concluding jailers on duty adhered to the facility’s suicide...
If there is anyone who ever doubted the financial power of organic food, a trip to Cashton last Thursday would have made believers of them. Hundreds of visitors to the southern Monroe County village braved nasty weather to attend the dedication of Organic Valley’s latest venture, a 106,000 square-...
   James Lanska completed the family “hat trick” in February when he was named valedictorian of the Tomah High School Class of 2016. He is the third of three brothers to earn this honor.    James has fast-tracked several stages of his Tomah education. In eighth grade, he attended math and science...
  His name and face have been associated with healthcare in Sparta for more than 30 years, but come May, long-time and well-known Gundersen Family Medicine physician, Michael Pace, MD, will retire from the Gundersen Sparta Clinic. Dr. Pace grew up in Waverly, Iowa, and while in high school decided...

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