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It wasn't quite the picturesque Spring day that most would hope for when participating in a 5-K or biking, but the drizzles weren't enough to shut down the Pace and Pedal event.

Going into its fourth year, the Pace and Pedal features a 5-K, a duathlon and a youth race through trails near Lake Wazee.

"We wanted to have something that got people out and active and also have a chance to show off all the wonderful parks we have in Jackson County,"  said Dawn Jacobson, an athletic trainer with the Black River Memorial Hospital.

Over 230 people showed up to Lake Wazee for the event, some even crossing the border from Minnesota to take part in the Pace and Pedal.

The Jackson County Aging Office will offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to income-eligible seniors again this year.

If you are a citizen 60 years or older (55 if Native American) with an annual household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, you may apply and receive a $25 voucher packet to purchase locally-grown produce at certified farmers markets and food stands. The following table describes eligible households:

Program to offer vouchers to seniors for farmers markets

Household SizeMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
1$1,860$22,311
2$2,504$30,044
3$3,149$37,777
4$3,793$45,510

*For each additional household member, add $645 monthly, $7,733 annually.

The distribution of vouchers will be as follows:

  • June 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lincolnwood Apartments in Black River Falls
  • June 5, 3–4:30 p.m.

There’s no better time to get outside and do a bit of exercise than on a beautiful, warm spring day.

The Alma Center community decided to partake in the weather and hold their second annual Lincoln 5-K Color Run/Walk.

Color Runs are essentially the same as regular 5-K’s but with a little extra flair.

That flair comes from various stations set up to douse the runners in a colored powder with a tunnel of color at the end of the race to make sure everyone finishes looking like a rainbow.

A total of 62 participants came out to the Lincoln High School track to take part in the color run.

One of those participants was Alma Center native Jimmy Castner who also participated in last year’s color run.

Nearly ten residents of the town of Millston attended the Jackson County Highway Department committee meeting Tuesday in an effort to change the route the Meteor Timber sand mine will use to truck sand to their rail loadout facility.

Currently, Meteor Timber is proposing trucking sand south on Fish Creek Road and then west on Hwy. 0. They would then turn left on Hwy. 12 to get to their rail loadout facility.

“The problem with Hwy. O is that it is a road with many homes, commercial businesses, a very narrow underpass under Hwy. 94 and as many as 280 and above ATV and snowmobilers going underneath the freeway on a single day,” town of Millston chairman Dan Smrekar said. “We all have the legal and moral obligation to make sure we mitigate and stop any unsafe conditions that we may see.

Jackson County and Wisconsin as a whole has been facing a growing epidemic of opioid-related deaths in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, the Ho-Chunk Nation buried two members in the same week because of opioid overdoses.

That event motivated members to come together May 17-18 at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls and provide three sessions on opiate overdose treatment, Narcan, use, training a total of 120 people.

Tena Quackenbush, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Laura Runchey, from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, gave a rundown of how to use Narcan, where it can be picked up and answered questions from the crowd.

Narcan doses can come in either a vial with a needle or in a nasal spray device.