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Adam and Gwen Lamb, owners of Wandering Sheep Beard Care, offer a unique and original beard balm that is eco-friendly and easy to use. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
The new, veteran-owned business Wandering Sheep Beard Care out of Tomah offers a solution to the classic, itchy beard syndrome that is locally sourced and all natural. According to owner Adam Lamb, the idea for his venture started in August of 2005 when he joined the United States Navy. Lamb, his...

So many stories. So little time. Tomah's three surviving fire chiefs are eager for Aug. 28 when the community will recognize the 150th sesquicentennial of the Tomah Fire Department. From left, retired fire chiefs Kevin Decorah, Tom Flock and current fire chief, Tim Adler. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Yes, pun intended, Tom Flock, Kevin Decorah and Tim Adler all carried a burning desire to serve their community. Over its 150-year history, the first 11 fire chiefs for the Tomah Fire Department were elected by the firefighting ranks, according to current chief Adler. The last four, Adler included...

Gov. Tony Evers, right, talks with Western Technical College president Roger Stanford during Evers stop at the Tomah campus Wednesday. Contributed photo
Gov. Tony Evers made a stop in Tomah Wednesday on a swing through Wisconsin to promote his recent budget proposal. Evers was at the Western Technical College campus. He spoke for approximately 30 minutes before heading to his next destination in Wausau. Evers continues to lobby to find common...

Tomah firefighter Jared Tessman provides instruction to fellow firefighter Megan Mickelson before she sets sail in a kayak on Lake Tomah. Firefighters also practice a simulated emergency with MASKhaze equipment at Recreation Park. Contributed photos
On land and water, Tomah Fire Department firefighters have been working to hone their skills. On Monday night, TFD firefighters and members of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office conducted water rescue training on Lake Tomah. The scenario for the training was saving a distressed kayaker. Several...

Anderson Becker, holding suitcase, has starred in many plays over the years, but he will be sitting in the director’s chair for Clue on Stage, to be performed by ACT. Auditions are this weekend. Contributed photo
Anderson Becker is no stranger to the stage, but the Tomah man is about to embark a new theatrical adventure – directing his first show. He said he was surprised when he was contacted by Tomah’s theatre group Tomah Area Community Theatre (ACT) in the fall of 2019 to direct a show. Becker said he...
Tomah Health Emergency Services registered nurse Jackie Brown, left, is congratulated by hospital Emergency Services coordinator / registered nurse Ariel Bohm, BSN, RN and Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Myhre, MSN, RN as part of this year’s Nurses Week salute. Brown was the fifth nurse to receive the DAISY award since the hospital first took part in the program in 2017.
Jackie Brown never thought she would receive an award for taking care of people. The Tomah Health Emergency Services registered nurse was named the hospital’s 2021 recipient of the internationally recognized DAISY Award May 10 as part of Nurse’s Week. “I feel very honored; it is a special thing and...

Tomah firefighters were dispatched to a residence early Monday night. A group check out an attic area in the home where smoke and fire was seen. Contributed photos
The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a house fire just before 6 p.m. Monday at 721 W. Council St. When firefighters arrived at the scene there was light smoke coming from the attic vents. An entry team found smoke and fire in the attic area. Fire crews worked for a lengthy...

Jeff Paulson and his wife Son get ready for their next customers at the market. Herald photos by Rhonda Hess
The Tomah Farmers Market opened Saturday morning in Tomah’s Gillett Park with vendors offering everything from farm raised beef and pork to upcycled bird feeders and mushroom logs. One of the participants, Abby Wiedmeyer, used to write about life on the farm in a column for the Monroe County Herald...

Curtis L Goulet
Court proceedings are moving ahead for a 52-year-old Tomah man accused of firing gunshots at a Wilton bar in March. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe set a preliminary hearing date for Curtis Goulet during the defendant’s initial appearance Monday after his attorney, Andrew...

Julie Degenhardt
The Tomah School District has six teachers retiring at the end of the school year. Following are brief snapshots provided by each teacher. TODD KIRSCHBAUM Todd Kirschbaum has been with the Tomah school district for 30 years and has taught 33 years total. During his career he has been a fifth-grade...

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