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Casey Muessigmann
The first of six Downtown Thursday Night concerts kicks off the season this week. The outdoor street concerts will take place on the 800 and 900 blocks of Superior Avenue. Its first year, 2019, was a success. Spearheaded by the Tomah Chamber, organizers are optimistic for a great season after 2020...
President Joe Biden will be in La Crosse Tuesday making a swing through Wisconsin to talk about developing the state’s agriculture and rural economies. Biden will make the trip with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Tuesday. As of the deadline for the Monroe County Herald, Biden’s exact...

Pictured off duty is the late Sparta PD K9 Larz and his handler Officer Brian James. Contributed photo.
The Sparta Police Department said its final goodbye to one of its own this week, retired K9 Larz, after a lifetime in law enforcement. The Sparta PD posted on its Facebook page that Larz recently suffered a short but devastating illness after enjoying the past year in retirement with his family. K-...
When Loren Schleusener heard about a large delivery of pop tabs en route to the Wizards of Rods Car Club Show on Father's Day weekend at Jellystone Campground he had no idea what to expect. Schleusener is chairman of the club, which recognized its 40th anniversary, this past weekend, with the show...
Viterbo University hosted a virtual town hall on Monday, where several officials from Monroe County spoke on the effectiveness of drug treatment courts and explained how it can help those community members struggling with addiction and substance abuse disorders. Monroe County drug treatment court,...

Kari Nelson stands on the wing of an airplane wearing a sweatshirt with a photo of the Sport Aviation magazine in which her father was featured on the cover. Nelson had assistance obtaining her pilot's license, including from left, Larry Lunda, flight instructor Dale Klevgard and Keith Myers, her flight test examiner. Contributed photos
Instead of the “new kid on the block”, there is a new kid in the skies as a third generation pilot has recently earned her wings and gotten her pilot’s license. Kari Nelson, a family nurse practitioner at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, lives in the Tomah area. Born and raised in the...

Jim Kuhn, left, and Mark Nicholson are sworn in by Monroe County clerk Shelly Boll prior to the board meeting Wednesday. Herald photo by Bob Kliebenstein
One is a familiar face, the other a new face to the Monroe County Board. Jim Kuhn and Mark Nicholson were appointed to fill the Dist. 14 and Dist. 10 seats respectively at the start of the board meeting Wednesday night at the Sparta American Legion. Kuhn is filling the Dist. 14 vacancy following...

Pictured is an artist sketch of the outdoor interactive musical instruments the Tomah Rotary Club is raising money for with their Rally For the Record.
No one is going to scoff at the accolade of setting a world record. And that is clearly a goal of the Tomah Rotary Club's Rally for The Record set for Sept. 17-18 at Recreation Park. But Tomah Rotarian Jeff Holthaus is quick to point out the event is more than a publicity attraction. First a little...

Thomas W. Aspseter
A high bond was set for a 36-year old Sparta man accused of killing one person and injuring two others with an axe June 6. On Monday, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Todd Ziegler ordered Thomas Aspseter be held on a $1 million cash bond. Aspseter is charged with first degree murder in the death...

This photo is from a combined Easter event hosted by the Warrens Lions and Cranberry Country Lioness clubs. Per Lions Club International, (LCI) other Lioness clubs will transition to become part of their local Lions club. Lioness members have the option to continue Lions service. Contributed photo
It was a group that started with 19 women and a desire for public service, the Cranberry Country Lioness Club in Warrens. But after a decision from Lions Club International (LCI) local Lioness service organizations will cease to exist. In 2018 the LCI board of directors decided to encourage all...

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