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Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) is expanding. Property at 775 Eighth St. was purchased to gain access to the north side of the hospital’s main property.

During a facilities study, the leadership team realized the need for additional space to add patient care services on the first floor. BRMH also needs space for staff in the billing and medical records departments, some of whom are in a temporary construction trailer. Based on all of this, BRMH is building a new office facility for billing and medical records at the Eighth St. location.

Matthew Streeter, BRMH CFO, said, “We hosted a meeting in May with our neighbors to gain feedback on the Eighth St. project, which was very helpful. Adding additional services for patients and moving other services to a more convenient location is very important in providing excellent customer service to our community.

Spring sports are all done leaving some with the decision to either take a summer to relax or start training for the fall.

Those with the drive to improve made their way to the Lunda Community Center Field House in Black River Falls for a wrestling camp Friday.

UW-Eau Claire's wrestling coach Tim Fader ran the clinic this year with a focus on takedowns.

The kids ran the gamut from first grade to high school seniors and made their way through different drills, techniques and even a takedown tournament.

Steve Markee, BRF's wrestling coach, along with some of the Tiger wrestlers also helped with the setup and facilitated some of the program.

"It is great to have good numbers attend camp," Markee said.

The Alma Center Village Board addressed issues that have been raised by village residents surrounding its utility billing during its monthly meeting held Monday, June 12.

Currently, the meters are read every three months. The other two months, the village estimates what a home would use during that cycle.

When the third month comes around, the meters are read and the residents are responsible for whatever is left.

However, some residents' bills overestimated and so pay too much for their water the first two months.

The board felt the simple solution would be to credit the money back, but Alma Center village clerk Claudia Fields said that the current system doesn't allow for it. Instead they adjust it for the next billing cycle, forcing residents to wait three months for their credit.

Two environmental protection groups have challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ approval of a Monroe County frac sand operation.

Midwest Environmental Advocates and Clean Wisconsin are seeking reviews of the decision last month to grant Meteor Timber permits to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands to make way for a proposed $65 million processing and loading facility that would serve a nearby mining site the Georgia investment company acquired in a 2014 purchase of nearly 50,000 acres.

That would be the largest single destruction of wetlands in the state for an industrial frac sand project, according to Clean Wisconsin.

In petitions filed with the DNR and in Dane County Court, Clean Wisconsin argues that destroying the “pristine” forested wetlands — home to several rare and endangered species — would open the door to the destruction of more rare wetlands.

A Black River Falls woman died in a traffic crash Monday after a pickup truck ran a red light near Woodman’s Food Market in Onalaska, according to Onalaska police.

Rebecca Wilkinson, 66, was turning east on Hwy. 16 from East Main Street onto Hwy. 16 on a green arrow when a truck driven by Steven Kasper, 39, of Cadott, Wis., traveling west on Hwy. 16 failed to stop for a red light and collided with Wilkinson's sedan, according to police.

Wilkinson was extricated from her car and died at Gundersen Health System.

The La Crosse County District Attorney’s office will determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

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