Saturday, July 22nd


Growth is happening in Black River Falls and Common Council members want to make sure the city is prepared for it, they said at a July 6 meeting. Part of those preparations are making sure there are enough liquor licenses available for businesses moving into town.

The previous limit was four and the council approved the increase to six, but that vote came after some intense discussion.

Some alderpersons felt the increase was unnecessary and would create a slippery slope when even more businesses want to come in.

“I think four is enough, are we just going to keep increasing it every time someone asks?” Alderperson John Ross said. “Where do we stop?”

Ross’ feeling was that by increasing it now the council would be forced to increase for the next person who asks.

Gordon Street resident Dennis Jelinek said though he didn’t like how the city handled a reconstruction project at first, he is happy knowing that it is moving forward and hopes it will alleviate the “river of water, sand and grass clippings” the street turns into during heavy rain.

If all goes as planned, “de-watering” will begin on the street next week, Street Department Supervisor Todd Gomer said. Then comes reconstruction and sewer work.

“At first they didn’t handle it right because they kept promising they’d do it,” Jelinek, a 45-year-Gordon Street resident, said of the city’s failure to get the project going. But they didn’t. Jelinek started a petition, gathering about 60 signatures, asking Black River Falls’ leaders to make the street a priority.

A trio of people face meth charges after authorities found meth in a car that was parked near a dirt trail outside of Brockway on June 25.

Alexander Robertson, 21, Aurora Dodge, 19, and Seth Hawley, 27, each face charges of possession with intent to deliver or distribute methamphetamine, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

When Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Evan Mazur approached them, Hawley said he was having brake trouble and that’s why he pulled over in an unusual spot.

The area was known to be used for drug transactions and Hawley had physical signs of drug use, such as dark rings around the eyes, according to Mazur’s report.

With temperatures on the rise after a wet and cool June, the Hoffman Aquatic Center in Black River Falls opened its gates to the public.

It wasn’t weather that was holding back the community pool though, it was mechanical issues.

The pool usually opens earlier, but after city Parks and Recreation Director Steve Peterson was told the furnace went out in the pool heater, everything was pushed back until it was fixed.

Peterson said that regulations say a pool has to be 65 degrees to open and all their equipment and chemicals are designed to work at a specific temperature in the pool. Without the heater it was difficult to reach that temperature.

When everything finally came together for Hoffman, the decision was quickly made to open it and get people relief from the heat.

Congressman Ron Kind and his office recently held meetings and listening sessions in all 18 counties that cover his district. This included a visit by Mark Aumann to Merillan Town Hall in Jackso County Tuesday morning.

One of the biggest concerns that came up was the issue of health care and the problems with the system as a whole. A family that sat down to talk with Aumann wanted to make sure Kind knew these problems were real and happening. A main issue for the mother was the cost of health care and the struggle it has been getting insurance to approve treatments for her son who has a form of muscular dystrophy.

There is a medication that could help her son, but it would cost them $6,000 a week and it's the only thing available for his condition at this point.