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BRMH is hosting a free support and educational meeting group for people with sleep disorders, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia and CPAP machines and their family and friends. The meetings are to gather together to share experiences, learn tips for better health, preventing infection, getting comfortable with machines you might have to use and getting a good night’s rest.

Paula Voskuil, certified sleep technologist says, “There is a lot to know about sleep and we can help support those who suffer with a lack of sleep. When you add machines that assist in better sleep, there is even more to know.”

The first meeting is scheduled for March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at B-Home Services and Supplies, 311 County Highway A, Black River Falls, and costs nothing to attend.

A Grief Support Group for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one will be meeting for six weeks. The dates are:

  • Thursday, March 30
  • Thursday, April 6
  • Thursday, April 13
  • Thursday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 27
  • Thursday, May 4

The meetings are scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. at B-Home Services and Supplies (formerly the Calhoun Building), 311 County Highway A, Black River Falls, and cost nothing to attend.

Material and information on the grieving process will be shared with the participants. These sessions will provide those who have lost a loved one the opportunity to meet with others who are experiencing the same sense of loss and provide the tools to help people go through the grieving process.

UW-Extension Dairy Team members will discuss hoof health topics based on revised recommendations for footbath dimensions from new research conducted at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. The program, entitled “Walking Strong” will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at the Alma Center VFW Post, 111 E. Main Street from 1-3:30 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

“Walking Strong” is an educational meeting for dairy farm employees focused on dairy cattle hoof health, including economics of dairy cattle hoof health, proper foot wrap application and footbath management. In addition, basic recommendations for successful milking routines will be discussed.

A footbath is one of the most important tools used on farms to prevent lameness and maintain hoof health. When used properly and paired with a disinfectant, a footbath can prevent and control foot rot and digital dermatitis on dairy farms.

MADISON — Dakotah Daffinson is a confident kid, but believing in himself to win a state wrestling championship was a process.

He had to fight for the chance to even try the sport as a seventh-grader, and progress was slow until the last couple of years.

As the Gale- Ettrick-Trempealeau senior plowed his way through the postseason, the wheels to a big Saturday night at the Kohl Center were set in motion.

The week before Daffinson (42-6) knocked off top-ranked German Fitzgerald (42-4) of Wisconsin Lutheran by a 10-6 score for the WIAA Division 2 220-pound state championship, the thought of winning started to consume him.

“I’d sit for a couple of hours at a time and think about what winning would be like, and what my celebration would be,” an ecstatic Daffinson said after the victory.

Nacho Escamilla has lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years after he left his home country of Mexico in 1991 at the age of 16, leaving behind his mother, father and two younger brothers. He is one of the lucky immigrants, having had citizenship for nearly seven years.

Immigration was a hot topic during the recent presidential election, causing a lot of uproar across the U.S. Today in Jackson County, Hispanic immigrants make up 2.5 percent of the county population with most of the Hispanic population located in areas surrounding Alma Center and Black River Falls.

Cowz-R-Us, a local dairy farm in Alma Center that milks about 1,000 cows, employs 36 employees. Cody Heller, one of the owners of the farm, says they rely heavily on immigrant labor for several reasons.