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About Monroe County

Monroe County, situated in Southwest Wisconsin, holds a strategic location central to nearly every major metropolitan area in the upper Midwest. Its exceptional accessibility and unparalleled quality of life make it a highly desirable destination.

Businesses not only thrive here but also choose to establish themselves permanently. Explore Monroe County and discover its unique identity. It’s a place where success is not just a possibility but a tradition, embraced by numerous businesses and industries over many years.

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Driftless Region > what does this mean?

The Driftless Area is a region in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and the extreme northwestern corner of Illinois. The region escaped the flattening effects of glaciation during the last ice age and is consequently characterized by steep, forested ridges, deeply carved river valleys, and karst geology characterized by spring-fed waterfalls and cold-water trout streams.

Ecologically, the Driftless Area’s flora and fauna are more closely related to those of the Great Lakes region and New England than those of the broader Midwest and central Plains regions. Colloquially, the term includes the incised Paleozoic Plateau of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The region includes elevations ranging from 603 to 1,719 feet (184 to 524 m) at Blue Mound State Park, and covers 24,000 square miles (62,200 km2).  The rugged terrain is due to the lack of glacial deposits, or drift, and to the incision of the upper Mississippi River and its tributaries into bedrock.

An alternative definition of the Driftless Area includes the sand Plains region northeast of Wisconsin’s portion of the incised Paleozoic Plateau in the southwestern part of the state. This part of the Driftless Area in the southwestern section of Wisconsin’s Central Plain also lacks evidence of glaciation, and contains many isolated hills, bluffs, mesas, buttes, and pinnacles that are outlying eroded Cambrian bedrock remnants of the plateau to the southwest.

Wisconsin’s Driftless Area & Towns


Close to Metro Areas

La Crosse, WI – 36 miles
Madison, WI – 116 miles
Milwaukee, WI – 184 miles
Green Bay, WI – 175 miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – 173 miles
Rochester, MN – 99 miles
Chicago, IL – 255 miles
Des Moines, IA – 299 miles



124 N. Court St.
Sparta, WI 54656
Monroe County, WI

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