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The more live music, the better. The Tomah Lions Club donated $1,000 to support Americana Music in the Park. Proceeds came from the Lions beer sales during the 2019 Downtown Thursday Nights Concert series. AMP kicked off its season Wednesday night at Gillett Park. The first Downtown Thursday Nights concert is Thursday, July 1. Check the Tomah Chamber of Commerce web site for more DTN details. Pictured with Scott Wilcox (AMP) are Tomah Lions Adam Gigous, Tina Thompson and Jeff Cram. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Yes, the headline may be an abuse of acronyms. But the letters represent collaboration to of provide live music in Tomah. The Tomah Lions Club donated $1,000 to Scott Wilcox and American Music in the Park (AMP) with proceeds from the Lions beer sales from 2019 Downtown Thursday Nights (DTN) concert...

Samantha Oftedahl, owner of Sam’s Spades Landscaping & Gardening in Cashton, and helper Corey Micheel, plant trees around the Monroe County Justice Center. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney
The area around the Monroe County Justice Center isn’t completely devoid of trees, but it is lacking in arboreal appeal. The courthouse square was not spared from the emerald ash borer, which killed trees throughout Sparta and that leafy deficiency is currently being addressed through a grant from...

Pete and Ginny Quirin with their faithful hound Susie at the gate to their 110-acre property that is now protected by Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Contributed photos
Pete and Ginny Quirin have signed an agreement with Mississippi Valley Conservancy to add 22 acres to land already protected by a conservation easement with the Conservancy. The agreement protects the entire 110 acres from residential development, subdivision, unsustainable agricultural practices...

Jason Derr and his youngest son Whitman are pictured relaxing in the sanctuary at Congregational United Church of Christ in Sparta. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The Congregational United Church of Christ (CUCC) in Sparta welcomed a new pastor last month. Jason Derr was originally asked to preach at CUCC twice before the congregation kept inviting him back; one Sunday, after a brief meeting, they offered him a permanent part-time position, which he happily...

“FBI & The Untouchable Horns” will headline this year’s Live On Main Street Music Festival in Cashton June 18 and 19. Contributed photo
The organizers of Cashton’s Live On Main Street Music Festival released the schedule for their upcoming festival on June 18 and 19. Kicking off the Friday activities at 6:30 p.m. are “The House Boys”. With Jay Hoffman, John Ward and Domonic Orrico and anyone else who may stop by. The "Boys" will...

Gov. Tony Evers attended the sendoff ceremony for the 107th Maintenance Company at Sparta’s Memorial Field Saturday. Also pictured are soldiers encasing the unit’s colors for the trip to Germany. Contributed photos.
State leaders, including Gov. Tony Evers, attended a deployment sendoff ceremony Saturday, May 29 for the Sparta-based 107th Maintenance Company at Sparta’s Memorial Field. The 107th Maintenance Company, which also has detachments in Viroqua and Camp Ripley, Minn., will mobilize to U.S. European...
In the Tuesday, June 1 edition of the Herald it was incorrectly reported that Monroe County Board member Remi Gomez was one of three supervisors who brought a resolution before the board in support of Medicare for All. In fact, it was Adam Balz along with Jen Schmitz and Rod Sherwood who brought...

Several dogs and puppies perished from smoke inhalation in a fire Sunday on Cty. Hwy. I. Contributed photos
The Sparta Area Fire District responded to a house fire at 4401 Cty. Hwy. I in the Town of Little Falls at 3:41 p.m. Sunday. Fire Chief Mike Arnold said a passerby called in the fire and reported heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters and sheriff's deputies had to forcibly enter the home...

Alicia Cashman
Cataract resident Alicia Cashman, a Lyme disease patient, advocate and leader with Madison Lyme Support Group, is passionate about the cause as she herself has been fighting the battle for over a decade after a tiny tick changed her and her husband’s lives. Most people don’t know that a tick can...
Correction: Gomez opposed resolution In this article it was incorrectly reported that Monroe County Board member Remi Gomez was one of three supervisors who brought a resolution before the board in support of Medicare for All. In fact, it was Adam Balz along with Jen Schmitz and Rod Sherwood who...

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