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The fourth annual Milk for Moola challenge community event will be June 1 at Black River Country Bank in both Black River Falls and Melrose BRCB lobbies. 

Stop-in between 12-1 p.m. and to help kick off June Dairy Month here in the heart of America’s Dairyland.

This year BRCB will be making a donation for every challenge participant to the Jackson County Dairy Youth Project to help offset costs of running the Youth Dairy Ice Cream Stand at the Jackson County Fair. 

Proceeds from the stand go directly to the dairy youth exhibitors.

It’s Open House-style, swing by for a quick “dairy toast” or bring a team.  If you’re feeling extra competitive, challenge another team! If you can't make it between 12-1 p.m.

On May 8, the Alma Center Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8494 installed newly elected officers. 

The VFW performs a number of volunteer services for veterans and the community including providing color guard for funeral services, placing crosses at the graves of deceased veterans and working with local communities and Lion’s clubs to organize community events, Memorial Day Ceremonies, Veteran’s Picnics and participating in parades and local school veteran events. 

The VFW post also sponsors the Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen college scholarships. 

Other causes supported by the VFW post include the VFW National Home for Children, Jackson County Veteran’s Park and the Jackson County veterans Service Office. 

The Alma Center VFW meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

The science behind the cranberry industry is about to get a significant boost.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation announced Monday that it is purchasing about 155 acres of land in Jackson County for the creation of a state-of-the-art, USDA-supported cranberry research station.

Work conducted at the facility, the first of its kind in the state, will help develop and refine cranberry growing practices to improve crop yield and quality, support the industry’s economic sustainability, minimize environmental impacts, and determine how to best manage pests and disease, said Bill Wolfe, president of the foundation's board of directors. The facility will be located on what is an existing cranberry farm about 10 miles south of Black River Falls.

“We are thrilled to have identified the site for a world-class cranberry research station for Wisconsin,” Wolfe said.

Last week some workers with the Black River Falls water department noticed a culvert had been washed out and exposed from the recent rains in the area.

Street crews are working on fixing it as fast as they can, but it’s not an easy fix according to street supervisor Todd Gomer.

The culvert is located under the bridge near Advance Chiropractic and also needs to be realigned, which is costly.

Gomer said the area has seen years of deterioration and needs some work done.

The city is looking into bringing in an engineering firm to assess what work is really needed.

Gomer also said BRF will be looking into getting some federal funds to help offset the costs since it is under a federal bridge.

After more than 20 years of planning, a new recreational trail and tunnel will connect ATV riders to more businesses in Black River Falls and make the entire system safer for riders.

The new trail will be about three miles long including a new underpass under State Highway 54 near the Comfort Inn. It will also provide access to 15 different businesses that did not previously have access to the ATV trails on the west side of I-94, including eliminating the need to cross State Highway 54.

This new trail connects the Oak Ridge trail with the Bell Mound trail, which will create a looped trail between Millston and Black River Falls.

The ribbon cutting held Friday marked the opening of the new recreational trail and tunnel.

Congressman Ron Kind hosted a listening session of about 25 people Wednesday, May 10 in Black River Falls and covered a wide range of topics including the inability of the federal government to work together, health care and yes, even yoga.

“Just a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to go over to Europe with Speaker Paul Ryan and the chair of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry. It was a NATO trip to reaffirm our commitment and our support of the NATO alliance,” Kind said responding to a question about whether Democrats and Republicans work together. “A little personal secret, but Paul Ryan and I are a part of this yoga cult class first thing in the morning at 6 o’clock.

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