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A building located in a prime location in Merrillan still sits vacant.

AJ's Grocery is located on the corner of Main Street, right across from the police department and village hall, and has sat vacant for the past five years.

The Village of Merrillan is certainly interested in getting businesses into the town since this building provides a nice spot for new business, but the current property owners have put the building at a stalemate.

The Union Bank of Blair is currently in control of the mortgage on the property and have been pretty firm in the price that they want.

Companies like Dollar General and even some private contractors have expressed interest in buying the property, but the bank is unwilling to drop its price.

Ashleigh Thurman, 16, of Merrillan was found Sunday in La Crosse County by authorities after she had run away from home last week.

Officials have not released any specifics about why Thurman ran away, but Thurman's parents have been notified that she has been found.

Thurman was last spotted in Black River Falls on Friday, April 7, after leaving work at Donna K's at about 2 p.m. Police said she then fled with her boyfriend. She was not believed to be in any danger.

Her mother's vehicle was also found in the Chippewa Falls area, but the license plates were removed.

She had been speaking with her friends, but she refused to come home.

Ede Borek, 78, died peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017, with her family at her side.

Ede was born Edna Lois Quinn March 12, 1939, in Wrightsville, Wis. She was the sixth child of Edward and Lovetta (Preston) Quinn.

Ede lived in Black River Falls, until her senior year of high school when she moved to Milwaukee, to work and be near her sister. While in Milwaukee she worked for an insurance company and as a nanny until later becoming a dental assistant. She married John Borek July 11, 1959, in Black River Falls. She and John had three children and cared for many stray animals. They owned John and Ede’s bar in Pray, Wis., for nearly 20 years and over that time formed many friendships with people from all over Wisconsin, who came to enjoy deer hunting and other recreational opportunities in central Wisconsin.

Ashleigh Thurman, 16, of Merrillan was found Sunday in La Crosse County by authorities after she had run away from home last week.

Officials have not released any specifics about why Thurman ran away, but Thurman's parents have been notified that she has been found.

Thurman was last spotted in Black River Falls on Friday, April 7, after leaving work at Donna K's at about 2 p.m. Police said she then fled with her boyfriend. She was not believed to be in any danger.

Her mother's vehicle was also found in the Chippewa Falls area, but the license plates were removed.

She had been speaking with her friends, but she refused to come home.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox has confirmed that former Merrillan clerk Debra Green is under investigation for embezzling money from the village.

Fox has not filed charges. The investigation is ongoing.

In February, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received complaints that Green had been making unauthorized purchases for personal use.

Village president Margaret Young said  Green resigned.

 A special prosecutor will handle the case because Fox represented Green when he was a private attorney.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox has confirmed that former Merrillan clerk Debra Green is under investigation for embezzling money from the village.

Fox has not filed charges. The investigation is ongoing.