Friday, January 15, 2021


Jo Cram has walked through the front doors of the Tomah Municipal Center more times than she can recall as a Tomah city employee. First as an employee with the Tomah Police Department. Then as Tomah city clerk. She retires Friday after 35 years of public service. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:07am
When the weather cooperated it was common to see Jo Cram strolling from her home to work at Tomah City Hall and back. It may not have been every day, but if Cram had a dollar for every step..., But after 25 years as Tomah city clerk and almost 10 years prior working in the Tomah Police Department...
Sparta High School DECA Chapter member Jenna Martin is pictured at the Sparta Kriskindlmarkt in downtown Sparta collecting donations for Jingles For Santa. DECA members will be in Mueller’s Square again this weekend handing out bells to community members for free. Contributed photo.
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:04am
The Sparta High School DECA Chapter and the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce continue on a mission to spread holiday cheer by bringing the community together in welcoming Santa Claus to Sparta on Christmas Eve.  The two organizations are asking that all Sparta residents step outside of their homes...
Dewey Brooks and the Old B, the old 1941 family tractor that took him all the way from Wonewoc to Mount Rushmore. Here, Brooks shows off a dent in the tractor that was made by his father’s foot during an accident in which the tractor fell off a small bridge. Photo taken by Nicolette Nauman, HSE Editor.
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:00am
   When Sparta area native and current Wonewoc resident Dewey Brooks got the idea to fix up an old family tractor and drive it all the way to Mount Rushmore, his father told him he was crazy. However, that didn’t deter Brooks one bit!    The story begins back in 1941, when Brooks’ father and uncle...
Brente Knutson
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 10:57am
   Brente Knutson started with the Cashton Police Department in a part-time role in 2016. In early 2019 he was promoted to full-time status. Last month the Cashton Village Board voted to promote Knut­son to the position of Police Chief.     Knutson has over 18 years of experience in law enforcement...
Here they come, 200 strong soldiers of the 181st Infantry Brigade around Lake Tomah. Contributed photos
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 10:49am
They were all lined up like adult-sized elves delivering gifts. Approximately 200 soldiers, members of the 181st Infantry Brigade MFTB (multi-functional training brigade) at Fort McCoy. On Thursday, Dec. 3 the soldiers staged at Recreation Park and proceeded on the Eagle Brigade Jingle Bell Ruck....
Leah Rentmeester, TNRC facility administrator, holds a box for employee donations for the Kupper Rasch Senior Center. A similar box is available community donations. The box will be in the TNRC entry way through Dec. 21. Herald photo Bob Kliebenstein
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 10:42am
It's a simple act of holiday kindness of one center helping another. Tomah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (TNRC) and Mulder Healthcare is sponsoring a supply drive for the Kupper Rasch Senior Center to help stock supplies for much needed items, said Tina Pick, TNRC community liaison. Pick said...
An Amish buggy makes its way through the countryside in rural Cashton. Contributed photo
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 12:00pm
The five most northern districts of the Cashton Amish community donated $6,275 to the Monroe County Highway Department. Monroe County Highway Commissioner David Ohnstad said a group of Amish recently contacted him and said they were going to count the number of horse-drawn buggies they use and send...
Christmas For Kids head elf, Michele Hamilton is pictured standing in front of the program’s new distribution site, Second Season located in downtown Sparta. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 11:56am
Without Michele Hamilton and her group of elves, many local children from low-income families may not have as merry of a Christmas. Hamilton’s program, Christmas For Kids, which replaced Toys For Tots in Sparta, provides presents for anywhere between 400 to 500 kids each year.  Hamilton’s 7-year-...
Timothy I. Thomas
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 11:54am
A Portland, Oregon man was arrested in Monroe County on November 7 after law enforcement was notified of suspicious behavior on an Amtrak Train. The report indicated the man had a knife and was “talking crazy.”   While enroute, officers were notified the man had allegedly left the train and was...
Mark Chew and Mike Morphey are relaxed standing next to the 25-foot Christmas tree at Marco's. But getting it in place took the skills, and nerve, of several Town of Lincoln firefighters and their ladder truck. Morphey is TLFD chief.  Herald photos Bob Kliebenstein and contributed.
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 11:52am
Last year Mark Chew hosted his inaugural Festival of the Tree as a way to celebrate the Christmas season and to thank his Marco's Italian & American Grill patrons. This year Chew hosts the event again as way to say thanks. But also to usher out a year dominated by Covid-19 with hope that 2021...


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