Monday, December 11th


Ten seconds are counting down on the clock and the team pushes the ball underneath the basket and gets the shot off just in the nick of time before the buzzer goes off.

But wait, the referees do not agree so they have to go to you to decide the game.

Cody Arnold, the long-time clock operator for Black River Falls athletics, has had to make this call.

Arnold can remember the call like it was yesterday. Westby was playing at Black River Falls and the Coulee Conference boys’ basketball title was on the line.

“It was a packed house all night and it was a close game through the entire ball game,” Arnold said.

“About 10 seconds left to go, Westby was down towards the far west end of the gymnasium.

The Black River Falls School District was recently notified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) that, based on state testing, their special education students were lagging behind the average Wisconsin test scores for special education students.

DPI used state testing results from the Wisconsin Forward Exam taken by third through eighth grade students and sophomores and the ACT test taken by juniors to find this gap based on a 3-year rolling average (school years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016).

DPI found this issue by comparing the test score gap between the special education students and regular education students in Black River Falls to the state average test score gap between special education students and regular education students in Wisconsin.

The Partners of Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) will be holding their Love Lights Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 3 at Black River Memorial Hospital.

The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome by Partners’ member Kate Phillips. Pastor Kathy Jury from the United Methodist Church in Black River Falls will give the invocation.

The Pinetones will provide special musical entertainment. Dennis Ruda of the Pinetones will lead group carol singing while BRMH CEO Mary Beth White-Jacobs lights the trees. One of the special carols includes “O Christmas Tree” with words written by Partners member Lydia Lunda.

Cider and cookies, prepared by the hospital nutrition services staff, will be served in the dining room following the group singing.

Craig A. Kulig, 38, of Blair was arrested Nov. 18 for sixth offense OWI in the village of Hixton after he was seen leaving a bar.

The deputy was called previously to the bar on a separate matter, and so while inside the bar the deputy told Kulig he should not drive home and that he would pull him over outside because Kulig was obviously heavily intoxicated.

The deputy returned to his squad and began to make traffic stops, one of which was for Kulig. The deputy initially pulled Kulig’s vehicle over because the license plates did not match the vehicle Kulig was driving.

When Kulig said he would not consent to performing standardized field sobriety testing or a preliminary breath test, the deputy then placed Kulig under arrest.

Hunters killed slightly fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than last, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources data released Tuesday.

The season began Nov. 18 and ran through Sunday. According to the DNR's preliminary totals, hunters killed 195,738 deer. That's less than the 197,262 killed last year and the 198,049 killed the year before, but more than the 192,111 killed in 2014.

Hunters killed 98,364 bucks, which was 0.4 percent fewer than in 2016. The buck kill was down in three of the DNR's four management zones. The northern forest was the only zone to see an increase in bucks killed. Hunters there killed 26,437 antlered deer, which was 12.7 percent more than in 2016 and a sign that the northern herd is growing again after a number of severe winters.

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