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After more than 20 years of planning, a new recreational trail and tunnel will connect ATV riders to more businesses in Black River Falls and make the entire system safer for riders.

The new trail will be about three miles long including a new underpass under State Highway 54 near the Comfort Inn. It will also provide access to 15 different businesses that did not previously have access to the ATV trails on the west side of I-94, including eliminating the need to cross State Highway 54.

This new trail connects the Oak Ridge trail with the Bell Mound trail, which will create a looped trail between Millston and Black River Falls.

The ribbon cutting held Friday marked the opening of the new recreational trail and tunnel.

Congressman Ron Kind hosted a listening session of about 25 people Wednesday, May 10 in Black River Falls and covered a wide range of topics including the inability of the federal government to work together, health care and yes, even yoga.

“Just a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to go over to Europe with Speaker Paul Ryan and the chair of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry. It was a NATO trip to reaffirm our commitment and our support of the NATO alliance,” Kind said responding to a question about whether Democrats and Republicans work together. “A little personal secret, but Paul Ryan and I are a part of this yoga cult class first thing in the morning at 6 o’clock.

Recent heavy rains have set farmers back weeks on their planting, with many just beginning planting this last weekend.

On average, Jackson County sees about 2.95 inches of rain in the month of April, but this year the county had 4.87 inches of rain according to data from the National Weather Service.

James Giese, a grain and cattle farmer in Alma Center, said he is usually done planting corn around May 3, but this year he did not get started until May 5 because of all the standing water on the fields.

Part of the issue has been the amount of rain, but the type of soil in the county plays a factor in the conditions as well.

A La Crosse County judge has temporarily halted work on a 7-mile stretch of a controversial high-voltage power line between the La Crosse and Madison areas while denying a local community’s effort to stop the line entirely.

The La Crosse County town of Holland asked the court to overturn the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s approval of the Badger-Coulee transmission line, arguing that the panel responsible for protecting utility consumers erred when it authorized a consortium of utility companies to build the nearly $580 million project.

A joint venture of American Transmission Co. and several regional utility companies, including La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative, the 180-mile line will run between the Madison suburbs and Holmen, where it will connect to another high-voltage line, CapX2020, that runs across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Recent heavy rains have set farmers back weeks on their planting, with many just beginning planting this last weekend.

On average, Jackson County sees about 2.95 inches of rain in the month of April, but this year the county had 4.87 inches of rain according to data from the National Weather Service.

James Giese, a grain and cattle farmer in Alma Center, said he is usually done planting corn around May 3, but this year he did not get started until May 5 because of all the standing water on the fields.

Part of the issue has been the amount of rain, but the type of soil in the county plays a factor in the conditions as well.