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Herald photo by Logan Everson
Cycling Without Age is a movement started in Denmark in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Kassow was looking for a way to help elders get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to local nursing home...

The Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull is slated to kick off this Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
It was 1976. Dave Schreier had been pulling on the national circuit himself for about three years and had seen the possibilities of what a tractor pull could do for the Tomah community, but he never thought the event would grow into what it has today. “I had a dream to start it and I never dreamt...

Thomas Aspseter
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office released new details on a homicide that occurred in rural Sparta June 6. The suspect in the case, 36-year-old Thomas W. Aspseter, will be in Monroe County Circuit Court today (Monday). He was released from the hospital last Friday where he was recovering from a...

Herald photo by Izak Anderson.
When the Monroe County Board meets this Wednesday, June 23, supervisors will consider accepting bids on six project scopes that were previously denied. Bids on masonry, roofing, siding, doors, drywall and food service equipment will be opened by the Rolling Hills Committee before Wednesday’s...
The new owner of the soon-to-be vacated Sparta Police Station on East Oak Street is still up in the air after the city council Wednesday failed to garner a majority of support for either of the two proposals for the building. Beau Burlingame, owner of the Beer Shop, and Heidi Prestwood, Sparta Area...
Many people have inquired as to the status of the Park Progress Day event in Rockland this year. The Park Committee has met and decided that due to lingering COVID concerns, it will not be holding the traditional full day of events. However, the committee felt that it is important to carry on the...

George Wilson, president of the North American Squirrel Association, shares a few thoughts. Tomah nasa volunteer Dave Stutzman is at the podium. Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein
It started as an idea between friends at a business outside Tomah several years ago. It culminated with a ribbon cutting/dedication and unveiled signage Wednesday in Tomah. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Butts Park for the North American Squirrel Association (nasa) All Inclusive...

Fort McCoy community members participate in an Army Birthday 5k Run on during the installation observance of the Army's 246th birthday at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Photo by Liz Faber, Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)
The 2021 observance of the Army's 246th birthday was held June 11 at Fort McCoy with hundreds of Fort McCoy community members participating. Observance events were coordinated by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). Events were more like 2019 than 2020,...

Nozji Van Wychen will host Cranberry Blossom Day at Wetherby Cranberry Company Saturday, June 26. Contributed photo
Before cranberries, there are blossoms. The Warrens Cranberry Festival is a well-known event that signals an end to summer in the area. However, one local cranberry business likes to celebrate the beginnings of the bog … the blossom, itself. Cranberry Blossom Day is an annual event, being...
Heidi Prestwood has been wanting to start a community garden of some sort since she took her position as Executive Director of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce over a year ago. Now, Prestwood is seeking out local businesses that might be interested in forming a partnership with the chamber by...

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