Saturday, July 22nd

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The city of Tomah City Council has decided to express its opposition to proposed federal budget cuts that threaten Tomah’s Amtrak service.

In a show of hands during Thursday’s regular council meeting, all seven council members voted to draft a letter to send to state representatives expressing the council’s support of Amtrak.

City administrator Roger Gorius raised the topic after a letter was mailed to him at city hall without a signature or return address.

Gorius presented it to the council at Thursday’s meeting.

“This is not an attempt to politicize the situation, rather it is intended to convey concerns from members of the public to the city council for their consideration,” he said.

Budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration outline a 13 percent funding reduction for the U.S.

Hixton Clerk/Treasurer Becky Frederick is appreciative of volunteer fire departments and sees first-hand the dedication it takes.

Steve Kirschner, who works part time for the village is a Hixton Volunteer Fire Department member and she’s seen him jump to the call.

“When that pager goes off, he heads right out to help people out,” she said. “As a volunteer fire and rescue, people are needed to drop everything and respond.”

When they are not running out the door, volunteers often have full-time jobs, families and the need to sleep through the night like anybody. On top of that, they have meetings and spend hours training. While they rely on some municipal support, they also need community support to buy equipment so they organize fundraisers.

Many communities in Southwest Jackson County are dealing with flooding Thursday after a severe thunderstorm moved through the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Jackson County was part of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday night and then a Flash Flood Warning for Southwestern Jackson County until 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning.

Hwy. X between Pete Coulee Road and Post Road between Taylor and Disco is currently closed due to flooding in French Creek as it makes its way to the Trempealeau River. Reports of flooding have been reported downriver of Taylor on Trempealeau River between Blair and Arcadia.

Most of the severe rain overnight in the county was near North Bend and Melrose.

Other areas affected included Southeastern Winona County, Northeastern Houston County, La Crosse County and Southwestern Monroe County.

Faith Lutheran Church invites everyone to see Koiné in concert at the Lund Park Bandshell at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There is no charge to attend.

Koiné strives to find a balance between the familiarity of the classic hymn melodies and the raw instrumentation of new arrangements. It’s a bit of a renaissance of sorts for Lutheran music, according to a press release.

Koiné is pronounced “koi-nay.” It is a Greek word that means “common.” Koiné Greek was the language that the Bible’s New Testament was originally written in. It was a common language for the common man that everyone could understand. This Christian worship band from Milwaukee formed in 2003.

Today, Koiné is again a voice for the common people.

The Jackson County Highway Department decided Tuesday during their monthly meeting to begin the process for hiring their own highway commissioner, ending an eight-year relationship with Clark County.

For more than eight years, Randy Anderson has split his duties as highway commissioner between Jackson and Clark Counties. With his announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the year, the two counties have been working on a solution to replace Anderson.

Both counties decided to post a job application as a dual highway commissioner for both counties, looking for someone with previous commissioner experience.

A total of five applicants applied to the position, with one actually qualifying for the position, “There were about five applicants, but the others do not have any commissioner experience so that was the one we were going to interview,” Anderson said.