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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes' gambling compacts with the state.

The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds of slot machines, table games, a restaurant and a hotel to its casino in Wittenberg, and construction has begun. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans fears the development, less than 20 miles from its North Star casino-resort, could lure away gamblers and cost the tribe $22 million per year.

The lawsuit argues the Ho-Chunk's compact allows them to run only what's called an ancillary facility in Wittenberg — one where less than half the revenue comes from gambling — and the expansion would violate that agreement.

Sand mines in Jackson County have become a large part of the local economy, providing good paying jobs to many residents in the area, but many argue that this economic benefit has a social cost.

The unemployment rate for February in Jackson County is sitting at 5.4 percent, which is above the 3.7 percent employment rate for the state of Wisconsin. Behind this strong unemployment rate are hundreds of employers in the county, including its six sand mines.

According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, frac sand processing facilities create 50 to 80 jobs and each mine creates an additional 10 jobs. According to these numbers, sand processing facilities and mines in Jackson County directly employ between 360-540 people.

As I sit near my desk there is this painting titled the “Country Editor” by Norman Rockwell. The focal point of the painting is an older gentleman sitting at a typewriter, with another gentleman looking over his shoulder. They are both analyzing an article that is being written, mulling over the best words to use next.

Off to the right are three people talking, inevitably gossiping about the day’s events as a guy with a pipe walks in with a package. In the bottom right hand corner, a man is sitting down and is two pages in to the Monroe County Appeal.

As you go to the left side of the painting, there is a paperboy running out the door, catching a glimpse of a girl behind another typewriter.

Area photographers, amateurs and professionals are invited to display their favorite pictures during this year’s Library Photography Exhibit.

The Black River Falls Public Library will be accepting photography on May 4 and 5. 

Bring your exhibit photographs to the library any time during these two days. 

Any photographer may exhibit one or two photographs, which are framed or matted ready for hanging.  A short entry form must be completed and submitted with entries. 

These entry forms may be picked up at the library either before or when photographs are entered. 

The library photo exhibit will be on display May8-June 2 during library hours. 

This is an exhibit only; there is no entry fees, no official judging, nor monetary prizes.

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced Lincoln as one of the 178 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for the 2016-17 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families.

“These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids,” Evers said. “They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs.”

All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.

During the May 1 ceremony at the State Capitol, the state superintendent will recognize 21 High-Achieving schools and 21 High-Progress schools as identified by results from 2015-16 statewide assessments; nine schools will be recognized for earning both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors.

Owners of vacation homes, such as those near Lake Arbutus or ATV trails, often seek to rent their homes out to visitors to offset the houses’ costs. They can do that in Jackson County, provided that they have a county lodging permit and a conditional use permit from the county.

“A lot of people when they are not using their cabin like to rent them out to earn a little extra income. That becomes a business and you need to have a license to do that and you need to have proper zoning, not only for health issues, but liability issues,” Susie West said, the sanitarian for Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services.

Wisconsin State Code requires a lodging license if sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or travelers for a short period of time for vacation, business or employment.

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