Monday, December 11th


Jackson County’s Steve Kling has received the highest award Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation bestows upon its members.

Kling was presented the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘Distinguished Service to Farm Bureau’ award during the organization’s 98th Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells Dec. 3.

“It is because of his selfless dedication to others and agriculture that I am extremely proud to recognize Steve’s distinguished service to Farm Bureau,” said WFBF President Jim Holte.

Kling has been an active member of Farm Bureau for 39 years and served in key leadership roles at county and state levels.

“Steve is an advocate for Farm Bureau and has devoted countless hours during his years as Jackson County Farm Bureau president,” said Holte. “His leadership and experience are assets to our organization.

The Black River Falls FFA Alumni will be holding its 26th Annual Farm Toy Show on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Black River Falls High School’s West Gym. Admission is only $2.00, with ages 10 and younger free. There will be vendors as well as displays. Great door prizes will also be given away. For show information contact Eric Johnson at 715-896-4845.

The FFA Alumni is a support organization for FFA and agricultural education. They help make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The FFA Alumni thanks you for your support of FFA members and their futures!

On Thanksgiving Day, the Black River Falls Fire Department began its annual “Keep The Wreath Green” holiday fire prevention campaign that will end on New Year’s Day.

The wreath which will be hanging on the side of the fire station has all green lights. Any time there is a structure fire in the county during the fire prevention campaign, a green light will be replaced with a red light to indicate a structure fire had occurred somewhere within the county.

The goal of the six week campaign is to have no red lights in the wreath at the end.

The goal of the campaign is not only to Keep The Wreath Green, but also help make folks aware of extra safety that needs to be taken during the holiday season.

Co-op Credit Union has added a certified financial counselor to its staff to assist members and continue its commitment to financial literacy and education.

Jason Breining, a member account representative, recently completed the Financial Counseling Certification Program through the Credit Union National Association. He has started taking referrals to aid CCU members with budgeting, the importance of saving and a good credit score and reducing debt.

A national study shows that just 10 hours of personal finance education can positively affect spending and savings habits for a lifetime, according to CUNA.

“It’s important to me to be able to assist members in this way,” Breining said. “We’re more than a place to open accounts and take out loans – we’re also here to help members achieve financial wellness and security.

Over the past month there has been a renewed conversation about removing America’s Dairyland from Wisconsin license plates.

This conversation was reintroduced by a suggestion from Kurt Bauer, the executive director of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and came on the heels of the $10 billion plan by Taiwanese electronics firm, Foxconn, to build a manufacturing facility near Racine.

In regards to due diligence, let’s take a look at what the dairy industry means for the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsinites have a proud heritage of generations of dairy farmers. Even most residents that live in urban areas of the state can look back on the not so distant past to find a family member that dairy farmed. The industry has evolved over the past few decades, but this doesn’t mean that Wisconsin has changed its local, national or even global impact on the dairy economy.