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The majesty of the capitol rotunda had a ringing sound Tuesday as six schools, including Black River Falls and Blair-Taylor, performed handbell pieces as a part of the WSMA spring concert series.

“I think it is a nice way for kids to collaborate. Most of the time when kids see each other from other school districts, they think competition. I just like the fact that we can come together and do something collaboratively where we are putting out a product as a team instead of against each other,” said Karla Hulne, who is the band instructor from the Blair-Taylor School District and the one who started the project.

Hulne thought of the idea last September when she was helping to revamp the state contest for handbells with two other handbell choir instructors from around the state.

Co-op Credit Union’s continued growth and commitment to member and community service were highlighted during its recent Annual Meeting.

“It’s a great day and a great time to be a credit union member,” said CCU Board Chairman Tim Torkelson during the chairman’s report. “As we forge into the future, you can be assured we will not forget who we serve. Service is at the heart of all we do, and that will not change.”

Three Board of Director incumbents were re-elected at the event, which drew nearly 375 people to the Lunda Theater in Black River Falls on March 16. Torkelson, Secretary Dave Overlien and Treasurer Steve Hogden each were re-elected to three-year terms.

The event included chairman, treasurer, president, loan officer and audit reports that provided the financial and operational status of the credit union.

The American Legion Hanson-Lien Post 368 in Hixton will be holding its 6th Annual Garage/Thrift Sale Fundraiser, which will be held May 4-6.

They will be accepting donations April 24-May 3 for the sale. Donations can be dropped off at the Legion Hall at 124 N. Hoffman St. in Hixton. Call Ron Brown at 715-896-1222 for assistance/questions.

The American Legion Hanson-Lien Post 368 in Hixton will be holding its 6th Annual Garage/Thrift Sale Fundraiser, which will be held May 4-6.

They will be accepting donations April 24-May 3 for the sale. Donations can be dropped off at the Legion Hall at 124 N. Hoffman St. in Hixton. Call Ron Brown at 715-896-1222 for assistance/questions.

Innovators from across the UW System with a business idea that could contribute to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy” are invited to apply for the Ideadvance program.

Beginning with the April 28 deadline, Ideadvance will accept applications from graduates of any UW System campus except UW-Madison. The program combines early-stage grant funding with business mentoring for UW System part-time or full-time staff, faculty, students and alumni from all campuses except UW-Madison. Those affiliated with UW-Madison are allowed to contribute as team members on eligible projects, just not as primary clients.

Ideadvance, launched in 2014, has awarded grants to 48 stage 1 teams, of which 13 teams have been awarded stage 2 funding. Stage 1, with funding up to $25,000, focuses on achieving commercialization milestones to reduce risk and determine need in the marketplace to solve a problem.

A day-care center in Whitehall is being ordered to appear in Jackson County court on allegations that it failed to disburse money it had withheld from a former employee for child-support payments.

Lisa Standish was working at the day-care center and was supposed to be making child-support payments, but no payments were turned over.

Money was being taken out from Standish's paychecks for child support, but the day-care center withheld that money and did not send it in to the child support agency.

In March 2016, a check for more than $700 was sent by the Whitehall Daycare Center. It was later returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds.

Stacy Lisowski, a representative of the day care, said she knew the check had been returned, but as of March 2017 has not sent anything to cover the bounced check.