HAYWARD, Wis. -- Stanley Strainis Jr., 77, of Hayward passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Golden Living, Valley of Hayward Nursing Home with his family by his side.

Stan was born July 22, 1939, the first of three sons of Stanley and Helen (Krebs) Strainis in Springfield, Ill. He was raised in Riverton, Ill., on the family farm and was an excellent baseball player while attending school. After graduating from high school he was extremely proud to sign a contract with the N.Y. Yankees to join their farm club. After some time with the Yankees he returned to Springfield, where he was joined in marriage to Carol Jaenicke Nov. 19, 1960. He attended Springfield Junior College and then Illinois State University-Normal. He graduated in 1964 with a major in biology and teaching.

Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) is highlighting the importance of advance healthcare decision making. April 16 is designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day. An advance directive is a legal document that tells family, friends and other healthcare professionals a person’s wishes about the medical care they want when they are too sick or hurt to do so.

BRMH wants to help people understand how to fill out an advance directive, also known as healthcare power of attorney or living will. BRMH is holding a free educational event on Tuesday, April 18, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Halvorson Conference Room. Dr. Kirk Lane will provide a 20-minute presentation about how to begin the conversation on advance healthcare planning.

“All we seek is help to get the basic broadband services that you all take for granted,” Justin Fortney from Clifton Township in Pierce County wrote to me. “It has been frustrating for us families to watch the digital revolution pass us by…We often…pack the family into the car and drive to a relative’s house or commercial business to use their Internet.”

According to the federal government’s most recent information, Wisconsin ranks last in the Midwest in both rural and urban broadband access with only 44% of rural folks accessing download speeds of 25 Mbps.

Both federal and state governments responded with grant programs to expand broadband but there are problems with assuring that residents actually receive the promised services.

Apply now for buy local, buy Wisconsin grants

Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $8.4 million in new local food sales. Farmers and others in Wisconsin’s food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply in the 2017 round of grants. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and businesses more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions.

“Just as a wide variety of foods make for a healthy diet, a variety of farms and agribusinesses makes for a healthy economy,” said BLBW program manager Kietra Olson. “We encourage growers, processors and distributors of diverse products to apply, and we look forward to funding some innovative ideas.

Brian Keith Flick, 55, Merrillan, place, use, hunt wild animals with bait, $343.50.

Hanh Tuyet Nguyen, 22, St Paul, MN, speeding (11-15 mph over), $200.50.

Andrea Marie Nicholas, 36, Black River Falls, battery, $452.50.

Alexa Nicole Nippa, 27, Chicago, IL, speeding (20-24 mph over), $276.10.

Forest Eugene Nott, 40, Springfield, OH, speeding (11-15 mph over), $200.50.

Connor Robert Olson, 18, Hudson, operating motor vehicle without proof of insurance, $10.00.

Xena Olson, 46, Black River Falls, spedometer violations, $150.10.

James Sylvester Pace, 32, Williston, ND, operate without valid license (first offense), $200.50.

Michael Thomas Palke, 27, Stevens Point, speeding (16-19 mph over), $200.50.

Mary Ellen Papa, 56, Prospect Heights, IL, speeding (11-15 mph over), $200.50.