When the Black River Falls Police Department won the $15,000 grant offered by Haus Von Stolz Kennel in Lomira, Wis., they were met with financial needs.

The grant covered the cost of the K-9 unit—Kilo, a black, female German Shepherd—her officer’s five-week intensive certification training and two years of maintenance training.

But it does not cover any additional costs the K-9 unit accrues past training.

“We can do anything,” Black River Falls Police Department’s Chief of Police Scot Eisenhauer said. “This is the community’s dog, we are depending on community funding…this unit will bring the community closer together and keep Black River Falls a safe and great place to live.”

Owner Angie Fink started the Haus Von Stolz Kennel in 2014. The kennel is one of only a few in Wisconsin that breeds, raises and trains police dogs; Fink raises European line German Shepherds.

The Jackson County Tennis Association is the recipient of the Wisconsin Tennis Association 2016 Member Organization of the Year Award. This award acknowledges outstanding service by clubs or organizations to their members. Awards were presented at the Wisconsin Tennis Association’s annual meeting at the Western Racquet in Elm Grove, Wis.

The Jackson County Tennis Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing tennis programming for the youth and adults of Jackson County. This organization serves Jackson County, and includes the following volunteers: Marc Rukavina, president; Mitch Wester, vice-president; Liz Lund, secretary; Stephanie Schlict, treasurer, along with committee members Furman Newby and Scott Jacobsen.

In Black River Falls, there are about 30 adult players who regularly meet for league play. There also is a morning senior match play league. Their junior programming offers lessons and match play for children ages 5 through 18. Rukavina credits Junior Team Tennis for the development of his high school players, which has resulted in player reaching the WIAA state tournament in Madison.

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual holiday party and movie showing Monday, Dec. 5. FBR members and guests are invited to attend the gathering at in the community room of the Jackson County Bank. The evening will begin with social hour at 6 p.m.

This year’s film will be “Chasing Ice.” The Emmy award winning documentary for Outstanding Nature Programming shows the effects of climate change on glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. The 2012 documentary was made by nature photographer James Balog and was directed by Jeff Orlowski.

Although skeptical about climate change going into the project, Balog’s his opinion changed after witnessing the disappearance of glaciers and massive calving events.

Admission is $10 per person and along with the movie showing, pizza, popcorn and beverage will be served.

RSVP by Dec. 2 is requested to help with planning and ordering food.

The annual Christkindl event is fast approaching for Black River Falls residents, as the festival will be held on Dec. 3 on Main Street.

The festival is meant to bring the city of Black River Falls together to celebrate Christmas traditions and is put on annually by the city’s Downtown Association. This year’s event will be the 8th annual Christkindl.

Those at least 18 years old in the area can register at participating downtown businesses daily from Nov. 28—Dec. 3 for a chance to win $100. A winner will be picked every day.

Those attending can expect a variety of activities including a pancake breakfast bright and early at 8 a.m. at Donna K’s Bar & Family Diner.

After the breakfast, a Christkindl introduction ceremony will be held and other events will take place at the diner throughout the day.

At 9 a.m.

Black River Memorial Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient satisfaction.

This award places BRMH among the highest performing critical access hospitals in the nation.

“The entire team at BRMH should take great pride in this type of award; it validates every individual’s contribution and commitment to our 'Excellence Always' pledge,” said BRMH CEO Mary Beth White-Jacobs.

The rankings are determined by an assessment of rural hospital performance. A data-driven program helps identify excellence in hospital performance and patient care. This data, combined from 66 individual metrics, creates a single overall rating for each facility.

For more information on BRMH’s commitment to the community and patients it serves, visit www.brmh.net.

Black River Memorial Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient satisfaction.