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Geotechnical Engineer Tim Haakenstad with EA Engineering was on the team for the NRCS study of West Fork Kickapoo and Coon Creek dams. He worked with Monroe County Conservationist Bob Micheel to estimate the maximum flood control impact that conservation land management could achieve in the watersheds.
At meetings held last week in Cashton and Coon Valley, NRCS recommended decommissioning the flood control dams in the West Fork Kickapoo and Coon Creek. The exception was Jersey Valley dam, which they recommend rebuilding downstream. Information about the economic analysis is available at the...

Conrad Miller (right) and his partner Lloyd Clark (left) have put a lot of effort into making their lily garden a beautiful and relaxing space. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Sparta residents Conrad Miller and Lloyd Clark are excited to share their backyard lily garden to the public through the 2021 Open Gardens for the North Star Lily Society (NSLS) this month. The purpose of the NSLS is to educate its members in the culture of lilies and to promote the genus lilium by...

A semi involved in a crash in the Love’s Travel Stop parking lot Tuesday sat idle after striking a fireworks stand. Contributed photo
Two people were taken to the hospital after a semi crashed into a fireworks stand in Oakdale Tuesday, June 30. The accident occurred at around 11 a.m. at Love’s Travel Stop where the semi hit the stand, injuring a pedestrian. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, the driver of the...

A bicyclist is photographed taking a rest near the remains of the roundhouse once standing in Kendall, taken around 1966 when the Elroy Sparta Bike Trail was still under development. This picture is just one of several historic pictures to be featured in the ‘Pop-Up History’ display.”
The Monroe County Local History Room & Museum, along with the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum in Sparta, are providing a “Pop-Up History: Along the Bike Trail” display at two Monroe County bike trailheads in July. The “Pop-Up History” display is a tabletop exhibition of...

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 “...
Rumors and few radio reports earlier this week had President Joe Biden coming to Sparta on his trip to Western Wisconsin to tout his bipartisan infrastructure deal. However, that visit never materialized. Air Force One landed at the La Crosse Airport Tuesday and the president never made it out of...
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...

Though the skies were gray, Friday was a day full of spectacular pulling competition at the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull in Tomah. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Despite Saturday’s cancellation and the early end to Thursday night’s session due to rain, thousands of spectators were treated to a fantastic show Friday as competitors gave it their all at the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull in Tomah. Pulling fans of all ages sat...

A firefighter is pictured ventilating the upper level through a window.
The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched Friday morning, June 25, at 7:59 a.m. to 402 W. Council St. for the report of a working structure fire. The TFD entry team gained access through the front door of the home and quickly knocked down the fire, according to Tomah fire chief Tim Adler. It was...
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....

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