Wednesday, April 25th

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If you're interested in growing fresh produce or want to learn tips by gardening with others, the Spaulding Road Community Garden has plots for rent.

A Community Garden open house and informational session will be 2-4 p.m. May 4 at the Jackson County Extension office.

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the community garden, find out what is new this year, meet the other gardeners and even learn some tips about the deer at bay.

Beginning and experienced gardeners alike are welcome. You can receive tips as well as share tools. 

Gardeners are also invited to workshops held monthly at the garden so you can receive help throughout the growing season. You can rent raised boxes (waist high) for those who garden from a chair or standing. These boxes are wheelchair accessible.

The garden is located across from Lunda Park at Spaulding and Ryebluff roads.

April showers bring snow plowers. We have a new season—sprinter—which combines winter in spring.

Mother Nature and Old Man Winter have banded together to argue the quote that “No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.” I’ve been getting a lot of things like this after the predicted snows came. I still marvel at how one place can get a couple of inches of the white stuff, then another place just down the road got hit with more ice, and still farther a few places got 12 inches of snow again. Yup, sprinter in Wisconsin. Thanks to all the snow plowers for keeping the roads clear.

It’s funny about spring snowstorms. You all know how verbal I am about not being a fan of snow, but the morning after we got dumped on, I looked out the window and saw clumps of snow on our pine trees against a sky so blue it almost took my breath away.

Area dairy farmers are invited to connect with University of Wisconsin Dairy Sciences specialists April 19 at upcoming meetings in two western Wisconsin locations.

Dairy reproduction, nutrition and well-being will be discussed as well as outlook for domestic and international dairy markets.

Dr. Paul Fricke will talk about integration of reproductive programs and technology to maximize reproductive efficiency in dairy cows.

Dr. Jennifer Van Os will discuss research that targets best management practices of housing and management to help the Wisconsin dairy industry adapt as our scientific knowledge about animal welfare continues to grow.

Dr. Randy Shaver will discuss dairy nutrition topics in what could be his last dairy meeting in western Wisconsin before retirement.

Katie Burgess, commodity risk analyst with Blimling and Associates, will discuss how farms can prepare for the opportunities and obstacles that come with managing price risk in dairy markets.

The program will be held simultaneously from 10:30 a.m.

The Friends of the Black River and Jackson County Forestry Department are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Earth Day Cleanup, Saturday, April 21.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Lake Wazee beach at 8 a.m. to receive assignments. Cleanup volunteers will have free admission to the county park that morning.

After working in groups to clean up the park and along roadways, volunteers will bring the trash and recycled materials back to the parking lot to put them into dumpsters.

Lunch will be provided by the county at noon. To get a count for the lunch, volunteers are asked to contact Steve Rake by calling 715-284-2087 by April 20 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Taylor man has been charged with theft by contractor for accepting $2,000 and failing to complete a project at a village of Taylor residence.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman told Jackson County police that she hired 38-year-old Dustin Webb for construction work that included set up for a pool and construction of a deck around it. The woman said she paid $2,000 to Webb on June 13, 2017, and that he agreed to complete the deck before June 24.

The complaint says Webb came to the residence once to tear down the old deck and began erecting the framework for the new deck. He came back one more time to drop off materials but never finished the work.

The woman estimated Webb left about $500 worth of materials at the residence, some of which was used lumber. She told police she agreed to pay Webb $2,000 for materials and another $1,000 for labor after the job was completed.