Last week, I took a ride with the owner of a sand mine. They were making these huge craters in the earth and my millennial-shaped heart just wept. I kept thinking, what are we doing to our countryside? Why are we letting industry do this?

My heart strings were being pulled, but my head was going in another direction. I was caught in a pickle, going back and forth between third base and home. Sitting in this guy’s big, burly truck, I didn’t know what I thought. I didn’t know how much I cared.

While I would like to preserve our little piece of Jackson County, I also understand that this County needs good-paying jobs. Let’s face it, many residents in this County are barely making it.

The Jackson County Deer Advisory Council will meet to discuss preliminary antlerless quota recommendations, permit levels and season structure options for the 2017 deer hunting season.

The March 22, 2017 meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Electric Cooperative Conference Room. The public is encouraged to attend and provide written or verbal feedback.

The council will continue to work toward its population objective recommendation of increasing the Forest Zone and maintaining the Farmland Zone deer populations in Jackson County. Population objectives set in 2014 continue to guide deer management decisions for a three-year period.

Antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure options will help achieve population objectives and will help determine the number of antlerless deer carcass tags available in Jackson County during the 2017 deer hunting season.

Western Technical College Information Technology students are offering free technology assistance to the public. The student-run technology help desk will provide troubleshooting and training assistance until April 12, during the following hours:

  • Mondays/Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
  • Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
  • Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The help desk is located in Room 219 of the Business Education Center, 405 8th St. N., La Crosse. Walk-ins are welcome and customers can schedule appointments for one-to-one assistance or training. Make an appointment or ask your technology question by calling 608-785-9900, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting http://studenthelp.westerntc.edu/portal. Questions can be submitted without an appointment and will be answered during available hours.

With peak demand for vehicle sales occurring in spring and fall, dealers’ advertising and enticing discounts may tempt buyers. Before customers sign on the dotted line, Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds customers to do their homework. DMV offers a number of brochures and online resources to buy wisely. The consumer guides include:

  • Odometer Tampering: Tips to spot fraud;
  • Sell It Right: Tips for selling your car;
  • Smart Buying: Tips for buying a car.

“Wisconsin DMV’s comprehensive online information and knowledgeable agents are valuable tools when buying a new or used vehicle,” said Michael Domke, Dealer and Agent Section supervisor. “DMV ensures transparency and provides resources to consumers and dealers to help understand and follow Wisconsin’s laws on vehicle sales.

Freedom Honor Flight, the La Crosse hub of the national Honor Flight program for veterans, announced on March 7 its 2017 flight schedule. The spring flight is scheduled for May 6. The fall flight is set for Sept. 16. The organization has flown more than 1,800 to date. The 2017 flights will be the 19th and 20th held.

Veterans for the spring flight were notified by phone Wednesday night, March 8, as part of the organization’s Veterans Calling Night. “It is such a fun experience, calling veterans and letting them know it’s their turn to fly,” said board member Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski. “Most of them have been on the waiting list for some time, so they’re really excited and ready to go.