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Recent changes in the cost to dispose livestock mortalities has led to an increased interest in composting of mortalities as a management strategy.

This program will provide information for best practices for successful composting of animal mortalities (cattle and swine) and economic and legal considerations for mortality composting on-farm in Wisconsin. 

Area livestock farmers and ag professionals are welcome to attend Wednesday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the farm site of N9235 North Branch Road, Hixton Wis. 

The program location includes an on-site composting facility and demonstration.

Successful livestock mortality composting can save farmers money in rendering fees if done correctly. 

Steve Okonek, Trempealeau County UW-Extension agent, will discuss best practices, including the composting process, materials and methods, common problems and solutions.

After sitting dormant for some time the Taylor Cafe and General Store is under new management and officially open for business.

Greg and Lori Tollefson took the reins with a mix of nervous anticipation.

The store has only been open for a little over a week, but the response has already been overwhelming for the Tollefsons.

"It's been busy, really busy," Lori said.

The Tollefsons lived in Taylor for about 12 years previously and have returned to take over.

Taylor General Store and Cafe also provides a new and unique challenge for the couple who are making their first foray into this type of business.

"It's a new adventure, something totally different," Lori said.

Spring has sprung and it's time for summer to roll into Wisconsin, and that wondrous time is marked by the return of the Jackson County Farmer's Market.

For the second year it is situated on Diploma Drive out by the high school and Lunda Community Center, which works great for vendors.

Char Engler, who runs a stand with her husband Bill, say this location works much better than previous years when it was downtown.

"Cars would just go around the barriers and motorcycles would come through," Char said. "We have some people who don't walk as fast."

This new spot provides plenty of space for cars and pedestrians alike which worked out a lot better for everyone when they first tried it last year.

The opioid epidemic in Wisconsin has no easy solution, but there are new ideas and new programs aimed at helping fix it.

One of those ideas is the prescription drug monitoring program, which was recently made a mandatory program and has been implemented in Jackson County.

Under the new rules, virtually everyone who deals with prescribing opioids to patients has to participate in the program, which makes it a game changer to people like Lisa Listle.

Listle is the program director for Together for Jackson County Kids and helped facilitate the training for the new system.

"We had people from all over Jackson County come to the training," Listle said. "There were police, doctors, nurses, even some from the DA's office.

One man was injured and nine others displaced after a Saturday morning fire in a second-floor apartment above Murphy's Pub on Main Street, Black River Falls.

Smoke could be seen coming from around the apartment's door, and flames could be seen under the doorway before firefighters knocked down the fire, according to the Black River Falls Fire Department.

The occupant of the apartment was found on the building's roof with an injury to his arm. He was treated at the scene before being transported to Black River Memorial Hospital.

The fire was contained to the apartment, but there was smoke damage to the eight other apartments in the complex, and the pub below reported water damage.