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Sam Rogstad was living life like any high school freshman would, going to football practice and trying to focus on school. But shortly into his first year, something just wasn’t right.

He would come home from practice and go right to sleep, without even taking off his clothes. He became moody and would go to the bathroom almost every hour. Eventually, he began to lose his eyesight and couldn’t see the whiteboard in class.

In October of that year, Rogstad saw a doctor and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Suddenly everything made sense. There was a reason for all of his peculiar symptoms, and now something he would need to learn to overcome.

“My main struggle was keeping my sugars maintained.

The Black River Memorial Hospital recently held its Women in History awards ceremony honoring five women in the area.

Those winners were Ruth Casper, Mildred H. Perner, Elaine Musser, Mary Bue and Joanne Nash.

These five were honored at the Skyline Golf Course where they were presented with their plaques.

Ruth was born and raised right in Jackson County on a farm in Hixton.

She and her mother were very involved with the Hixton Hustlers 4-H club right up until she graduated high school. At her graduation she was given the 4-H club's Junior Homemaker of the Year award and has kept the cookbook that she was awarded with the title.

Ruth then went to CVTC where she graduated as a medical secretary because medicine and helping people was always important to her.

It was a day of music at Tomah High School.

Dean Witz, Tomah High School choir director; Charlie O'Brien, THS band director; and Joseph Phillips, Black River Falls High School choir director, are all pleased with the outcome of the regional Wisconsin School Music Association Solo & Ensemble Festival Saturday.

The all-day music event went smoothly, Witz said.

"It went very well across the board. Band had a great showing; choir had a great showing," he said. "I'm always surprised how each year you usually have a pretty good idea where kids are going in, but then they can sing in one room and get a one and then in another room and get a two. So you don’t know how things are going to shake out.

State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, and state Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, will conduct a pair of budget listening sessions in Monroe County Friday.

The lawmakers will be at Oakdale Village Hall, 133 Well St., from noon-12:45 p.m. and Warrens Village Hall from 1:15-2 p.m.

The public is invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to focus their questions and comments on items in the 2017-2019 state budget proposal so that all in attendance can have a chance to speak.

State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, and state Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, will conduct a pair of budget listening sessions in Monroe County Friday.

The lawmakers will be at Oakdale Village Hall, 133 Well St.

Prior to the Alma town board meeting last Wednesday, a new sand mine agreement was handed to Wisconsin Proppants. If Wisconsin Proppants does not agree to the agreement before the election, it would effectively put the fate of the agreement in the hands of voters in the upcoming April 4 election.

The Town of Alma and Wisconsin Proppants have been working on a sand mine agreement for over a year, which would provide sand mine ordinance variances for Wisconsin Proppants in exchange for additional funding for the town and property value guarantees for all Alma town residents whose property is next to the mine boundary.

“We are looking for some slight modifications to those rules. To do that, we have to come to a mining agreement within this township,” said Jack Mitchell, who owns Wisconsin Proppants.

The Wildcat boys basketball squad had an up and down season this year.

That's not to say it was a bad season though as Coach Randy Storlie had a lot of positives to take away when it was all said and done.

Even with only eight wins on the season, Storlie says it was successful because of the positive strides his team took, being named to the Hall of Fame is just the cherry on top for Storlie.

"I think the highlight of the season was the progression our team has made since we began in November to when we played in March," Coach Storlie said.

He was also impressed by his team's tenacity in the efforts they gave during games and the hustle his players put forth.

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