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The Bantam A Bulldogs represented Black River Youth Hockey, Tomah Youth Hockey and Sparta Youth Hockey Associations with 15 players from several local communities as Wisconsin's Region 6 Champions at the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) State Tournament in Rice Lake March 3-4.  

The Bulldogs battled through the weekend and brought home the honor of Wisconsin Bantam Division 2A Runners-Up at the State Tournament.

The weekend's tournament started with a 6-3 win against Onalaska, Saturday morning at 8 a.m., which advanced them to the winner's bracket and 4:45 p.m. game versus DePere where they won 4-3.

That win advanced the Bulldogs to the State Championship Game Sunday at 2 p.m. Bulldogs fans from all over Region 6 packed the stands to rival the "home," and host team, Rice Lake on Sunday.

Can Do Canines is a non-profit organization that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities and provides them free of charge to those who need them.

They are starting their sixth puppy prison program at the Jackson Correctional Institution and are searching for volunteers to provide a foster home for puppies arriving to the correctional institution in April.

For the prison program to succeed, Black River Falls and surrounding area volunteers are needed every weekend for the duration of the puppies prison stay to provide “furloughs”. Furloughs give each puppy an opportunity to work on social skills, house manners and help socialize them to the outside world.

Can Do Canines will hold two ‘Tails to Tell’ informational sessions. The first session is on Sunday, March 26 at the Trinity Lutheran Church located at 1010 Sill Street, La Crosse From 3-4 p.m.

Both Mel-Min track teams would start off on a positive note finishing in the top ten at the Golden Eagle Invitational.

The boys would finish fourth while the girls would land themselves at the seventh place spot.

First on the board for the girls was Calette Lockington who placed sixth in the 400m run to bring back 3 points for her team.

Sydney Becker would place seventh in the next event, the 600m run, to get another two points for the Mustangs.

Mel-Min would also place in both the 1000m and 3000m run grabbing four points from the two events.

Lockington and Becker along with Carrie Pfaff and Hannah Peterson would blaze a path to second place in the 400m relay.

New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host Michael Perry will visit Black River Falls on Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lunda Theater.

The author visit is the highlight of the Jackson County Reads initiative of the 2017 community read of Perry’s book, “Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting.”

The evening, sponsored by the Friends of Black River Falls Public Library group, offers a presentation of "behind the pages" tales drawn from the hilarious and heartfelt stories that fill his bestselling books, from “Population: 485” to his latest, “The Jesus Cow.”

“Michael Perry shares with us a window into the agricultural community, both past and present, both urban and rural,” said Joan Zenz, acting president of the Friends group.

For a few years now, the roof at the Forrest Street Elementary School in BRF has been leaking. To fix the issue, the school board put money in the budget to replace the roof.

After putting out five bids, the school board decided during its monthly board meeting to go with CustoFoam Roofing to replace the roof, which was bid to cost $168,070.

Joe Schmit, who is the building and grounds supervisor for the BRF School District, was responsible for collecting the bids and giving his recommendation.

“I recommend we go with what is called TPO, thermoplastic polyolefin. It is a 16 mm thick membrane that goes over the roof, mechanically adhered through the insulation,” said Schmit talking about the product CustoFoam Roofing will be using.