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Across the Fence book coverHoward Sherpe writes about his experiences growing up on a dairy and tobacco farm near Westby, Wisconsin in Across the Fence. The sights, sounds, and smells of nature; everyday life—past, present, and future; military service related issues and his Vietnam experience as an Army medic.




Howard Sherpe

Howard Sherpe grew up on a farm south of Westby and graduated from Westby High School in 1962. He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and was a medic with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1966-67.

After the Army, Sherpe got in the advertising and graphic art business in Madison where he lived for over forty years. He moved back to the Westby, Wisconsin, area in 2007 to work for the Vernon Telephone Cooperative and Vernon Communications as their Member Relations and Marketing Manager. Howard retired in May, 2014.

Howard lives on the back 40 of the farm he was raised on near Westby. He’s been married to Linda for 47 years, and they have two grown children, Erik and Amy, and one grandchild, Sean Davis. He’s written a weekly column for the last ten years called “Across the Fence,” that appears in newspapers in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota and has published seven books. He’s owner of Sherpe Advertising Art, Prairie Viking Press, and does Norwegian folk art woodcarving. You can learn more about Howard Sherpe and his work at