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Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:14am
The onset of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tomah and across the nation has people wondering how to coexist amid a laundry list of shutdowns and cancellations The Tomah school district will cease classroom instruction from March 18 to April 3 with tentative plans to open schools April 6. But like...
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:11am
This week school districts in Monroe County began a period of extended closure of all school buildings after Governor Tony Evers issued a press release stating schools will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency.   “This means that we simply don’t know when we will be returning...
Rite Spot owner Keith Giraud (right) and his daughter, Shannon Rixie-Giraud (left), will be offering carry-out options at the local bar and grill in the wake of Gov. Tony Evers decision to shutdown in-house dining at all Wisconsin eating establishments. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:09am
A mid-afternoon decision by Gov. Tony Evers Tuesday left thousands of bar and restaurant owners across Wisconsin with an uncertain future. Evers, in response to growing concerns over the rapid spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, ordered all bars and restaurants to close their doors to customers at...
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:03am
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Division, is reminding residents that the agency has a Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. This notification service is in place to improve...
Bryon Crawford, owner of Crawford’s New & Used, recently expanded the antique store into an antique mall. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:01am
Crawford’s New & Used in Sparta recently expanded and remodeled into an antique mall when Schnitzlers Sports Store permanently closed in early December 2019 after 27 years in business. Prior to the change, the two businesses operated next door to each other. After Schnitzlers unfortunately...
Grace Schroeder
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 9:59am
  Grace Schroeder of Cashton is among the six top candidates for the 73rd Alice in Dairyland. Following an extensive interview process over the next eight weeks, the 73rd Alice in Dairyland will be selected from among the top candidates at the conclusion of the Alice in Dairyland Finals, scheduled...
The Paul Tweed Band was one of the performers for the 2019 American Music in the Park concerts at Gillett Park. Contributed photo
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 9:55am
Dates are set for the upcoming Americana Music in the Park (AMP) concert series in Gillett Park. Singer/song writer Scott, Wilcox, who founded AMP, said the focus for the event this summer is healthy lives, healthy families and healthy communities. "Our goal with this theme is to bring focus to all...
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:20am
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tony Evers last Friday ordered the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private. The mandated closure was delayed until Wednesday, March 18, to give school districts time to make plans for kids, families, educators, and staff. Evers...
This is Fimon, the village where Kurt Brownell lives.  It has 250 people and is at the base of the Colli Berici Hills, most of which are thickly forested and protected as a nature reserve.  The total area of these hills is about 64 square miles, roughly the size of Fort McCoy.
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:08am
Editor’s note: Kurt Brownell lived in Sparta since 1992 and moved to Italy for his job with the Army in 2017.  He is a biologist and manages the natural resources for the base lands in NE Italy and two bases on the Ligurian coast by Pisa.  He lives in a small village where everybody knows everybody...
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:02am
The Tomah Area School District announced today that in lieu of school closures and the concerns with COVID-19, the open forum to meet the three superintendent finalists will still occur on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tomah High School auditorium with the following changes. 1. The live...


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