Thursday, February 22nd


Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, has announced that representatives from his district office will conduct office hours in 18 counties that comprise his Third Congressional District.

Kind’s office can assist people having issues dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service and other federal agencies.

“The most important part of my job is having an open and accessible office for the people of central and western Wisconsin,” Kind said. “I hope people will take advantage of these opportunities to share their thoughts and seek assistance with issues they have with a federal agency.”

Office hours in Jackson, Juneau and Monroe will be held Feb.

Krissy Johnston has joined Investors Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Investors Community Bank, as a crop insurance specialist serving the Black River Falls area.

Johnston, who will be based out of Eau Claire, has worked in the crop-insurance industry for the past 17 years, serving the risk-management needs of the agriculture industry.

Johnston was born and raised on a dairy farm outside of Durand and currently operates a beef farm west of Mondovi with her husband Jeremy and their two children. She is a graduate of Durand High School.

Reach her at (715) 579-6794.

Krissy Johnston has joined Investors Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Investors Community Bank, as a crop insurance specialist serving the Black River Falls area.

Several Black River Falls residents must think Michael Rave has what it takes to be a civil servant.

The Black River Falls Common Council appears to agree with that assessment as council members welcomed Rave as its newest member.

“People from the general public and a couple from the common council approached me about submitting a letter of interest for the position,” Rave said. “I thought I could bring skills to the city and it allows me to have more of a voice in the city’s operations.”

Rave was sworn in as alderman for the city’s first ward last month. His appointment fills the seat vacated by Eric Erickson. In filling Erickson’s uncompleted term, Rave will hold the position until April 2019.

ONALASKA — More than 170 educators from the Coulee Region will receive Character Strong curriculum training from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Onalaska High School. Character Lives, a program of Coulee Region Whole Child, is sponsoring the training to promote social-emotional skills and servant leadership in area high schools.

The curriculum can be integrated into existing classes or offered as a separate class.

John Norlin, a Seattle educator and co-creator of Character Strong, the curriculum on which Character Lives is based, will lead the training.

The training will introduce a model to become the bedrock for educators in western Wisconsin, along with techniques to improve student attitudes and school climates.

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BLACK RIVER FALLS -- City officials forgot about their 2018 mayoral race.

The city announced this week that the election for mayor won't appear on the April 3 ballot after the city failed to include the mayoral race in its spring election notice.

Mayor Jay Eddy said confusion over the length of the mayor's term led to the omission.

"I thought I had a four-year term and I never said anything," Eddy said. The term for mayor is two years.

Black River Falls city administrator Brad Chown acknowledged the oversight.

"None of us caught it," he said.

The oversight will create a vacancy when the Black River Falls City Council meets April 17. The council is likely to make a temporary appointment until a special election can be held.