Thursday, July 2, 2020
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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to two separate incidents this past weekend.
Monroe County Solid Waste Director Gail Frie is pictured at his home away from home for the past 12 years – the Ridgeville Landfill. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Gail Frie has worn a lot of hats in his life. He’s been a farmer, school bus driver, business owner, county board supervisor, politician and most recently, the Monroe County solid waste director. But one thing he’s never been is retired.
Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heidi Prestwood has officially stepped into her role. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Heidi Prestwood, the new executive director at the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce is settling into her new role nicely. Prestwood began in late May, replacing John Hendricks who had been with the Chamber since June 2017. 
Firefighters assess the damage of a Rockland area home after a fire early Sunday morning. The home is a complete loss after firefighters were called to the home twice over the course of the morning. Contributed photo
An early morning fire on Sunday destroyed a Rockland area home.
Members of the Sparta Rotary Club unveil the WWII Memorial in Blyton Park Saturday. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
It took a little longer than planned, but last Saturday, members of the Sparta Rotary Club finally saw its vision of a WWII Memorial in Blyton Park come to fruition.
Pictured are workers getting ready to install the monument last week. Contributed photo
The WWll monument dedication in Blyton Veterans Memorial Park in Sparta is slated for Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m.
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Monroe County Solid Waste Director Gail Frie is pictured at his home away from home for the past 12 years – the Ridgeville Landfill. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heidi Prestwood has officially stepped into her role. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Firefighters assess the damage of a Rockland area home after a fire early Sunday morning. The home is a complete loss after firefighters were called to the home twice over the course of the morning. Contributed photo
Members of the Sparta Rotary Club unveil the WWII Memorial in Blyton Park Saturday. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
Pictured are workers getting ready to install the monument last week. Contributed photo
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Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:36am
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to two separate incidents this past weekend. On Thursday, June 25, at approximately 6:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to the scene of an accident in the Township of Wellington involving a motorcycle and a truck, where injuries had been reported...
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:34am
Several area school districts are working hard to figure out what school will look like come fall. According to Sparta Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren, the best guidance districts currently have is the Coulee Region COVID Compass.  “We have four possible status levels, severe, high, moderate and...
Monroe County Solid Waste Director Gail Frie is pictured at his home away from home for the past 12 years – the Ridgeville Landfill. Herald photo by Pat Mulvaney.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:29am
Gail Frie has worn a lot of hats in his life. He’s been a farmer, school bus driver, business owner, county board supervisor, politician and most recently, the Monroe County solid waste director. But one thing he’s never been is retired. On June 26, “Garbage Gail” as he jestingly refers to himself...
Owners of Hometown Real Estate LLC Cindy Zinke (front left) and Mary Schleicher (front right) are proud to be working alongside fellow agents Caitlin Henry (back left) and Kimberly Handy (back right) under their new name and logo. Contributed photo.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:11am
Re/Max Hometown in Tomah is now known as Hometown Real Estate. It’s the same dedicated realtors promising to offer the same great service under a new name and a new look. Owners Mary Schleicher and Cindy Zinke liked the Re/Max brand, which is why they chose to be a part of the franchise when they...
Lola Morrison, 106, of Sparta was recently commended by the Wisconsin Legislature for her decades of service to the U.S. Army Exchange Service. Contributed photo.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:08am
On behalf of the Wisconsin Legislature, Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, recently commended Lola Morrison for her decades of service to the U. S Army Exchange Service and thanked her for her shining example to the Sparta community and the state of Wisconsin. Morrison was born on July 20, 1913 in Viroqua to...
Jayme Altman and Todd Scholz from Tomah Area Credit Union presented checks to five area fire departments and two Monroe County social agencies as part of a COVID-19 Relief Grant. Checks were presented to Brighter Tomorrows Jan Bruder and Corina Nohr. Contributed photos.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 8:55am
Tomah Area Credit Union was awarded a $20,000 COVID-19 Relief Grant. TACU divided the money between five local fire departments and two agencies on the front lines to help with homelessness and domestic violence in Monroe County. The fire departments divided $15,000 and $5,000 was divided between...
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 8:45am
Can people just burst into flames? is a question for which there is an answer.  But you will have to look it up yourself in Larry Scheckel’s new book “Can People Just Burst into Flames?” That’s the title and it caught my eye along with its bright yellow cover with a border of black diagonal stripes...

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