“This is the broadest, most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.” I told my colleagues during a recent Senate debate. “It’s an obscure way to shut down government from doing something that the Legislature intended to do.”

Senate Bill 15, known by the initials REINS, would allow leaders of the Legislature to shut down the implementation of new laws if the leader found the new law too costly to implement. A version of the bill is moving toward passage at both the state and federal levels of government. I expect the state Assembly will soon take up the bill.

A little background; after a bill becomes law, agencies work on writing the details of how to implement the law. These details, known as Administrative Rules, are vetted by the Legislature through a committee and vetted by the public through hearings.

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is making emergency bottled water available when private wells in rural parts of the state are contaminated by livestock manure, responding to concerns raised by environmental groups and others in the wake of a spike in problems in recent years.

Environmental groups that have clashed with the DNR over its response to contaminated wells, especially in northeastern Wisconsin where there are a lot of large cattle operations, praised the department Tuesday for taking action to start the program. The department quietly updated its website in April with details about how to obtain the clean water.

"This relief has been a long time coming and we're glad the DNR finally stepped up to address this public health threat," said Sarah Geers, attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, a public interest law firm.

Congratulations to the April Black River Falls Students of the Month.

Emma Markhardt was the agriculture department's Student of the Month; Robert Rave was the athletic department's Student of the Month; Bailee Ciezki is the english department's Student of the Month; Ariana Krpata-Ball is the FCE/business department's Student of the Month; Jenna Eversum is the math department's Student of the Month; Isabella Cowles is the music department's Student of the Month; Callie Hentsch is the science department's Student of the Month; Nathan Mlsna is the social studies department's Student of the Month; and Daunte Greyhair is the tech ed department's Student of the Month.

Congratulations to the April Black River Falls Students of the Month.

Dessert salad was the chosen topic of the 2017 June Dairy Recipe Contest, with several rising to the challenge on May 2 when they submitted their best recipe.

Judges Sarah Halverson and Carol Wenzel had their work cut out for them, but the final results were announced by Pat McGowan, chairman of the recipe contest.

Jean Helland took first place with her Raspberry Salad Squares. Snow Grapes was the offering of Susan Grotjahn, and she received second place. A new twist on pretzels was highlighted by Cheryl Gabrielson and her Pineapple Pretzel Dessert Salad. It received third place. Perfect for the upcoming hot summer days, Pat Gower’s Frozen Raspberry Salad, received fourth place. Geri Muth’s dairy recipe entries usually are prize winners and this year was no exception with her Company Fruit Salad, which placed fifth.

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual wildflower hike Saturday, May 13 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Each spring, the conservation organization sponsors a hike for those interested in learning to identify spring wildflowers blooming in the Black River watershed.

Those interested in carpooling to the trail head are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The parking lot is located at 120 N. Water Street, Black River Falls.

There’s no charge to join the hike. The trail is considered easy walking and the hike will last about an hour.

For more information about the meeting and FBR, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Steve Rake at 715-284-2087.

The BRF Tigers tennis squad hit a bit of a rough patch in its last couple of matches.

The team first faced off against the Regis Ramblers. While the Tigers fought hard it was simply overwhelmed by the offensive performances from the Ramblers.

BRF would go 0-7 in its matches, being held to a shut-out in both the singles and doubles matches.

Next up on the docket was the Madison-Edgewood Crusaders who proved just as difficult to handle as the Ramblers.

It would be another 7-0 shutout for the Tigers who struggled against its opponents.



No. 1 — Marcus Bourget, Regis, def. Jeffree Herde, 4-6, 0-6; No.