Monday, December 11th

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Denzel T. Sanders, 26, of Black River Falls was arrested Monday after leading an armed 4-hour standoff with police in the grove area of Black River Falls.

After Sanders was arrested, four guns were found in the apartment he used during the standoff with police at 119 S. Third St.

“We after the fact found that there were four (guns). The guns had a long range or were a high-powered rifle all the way up to pistols with different calibers,” Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera said.

The incident ended after Black River Falls Police Chief Kelly Bakken negotiated with Sanders for 45 minutes, ending the standoff peacefully with no guns fired at 6:24 p.m.

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Four guns were found in the apartment used by a male suspect during a four-hour standoff with police at 119 S. Third St. in the grove area of Black River Falls Monday night.

“We after the fact found that there were four (guns). The guns had a long range or were a high-powered rifle all the way up to pistols with different calibers,” Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera said.

The incident ended after Black River Falls Police Chief Kelly Bakken negotiated with the suspect for 45 minutes, ending the standoff peacefully with no guns fired at 6:24 p.m.

“She had the primary link during this situation where she was the negotiator. She did have a good conversation with him and was able to negotiate well and get him to comply with her requests and come on out,” Waldera said adding that Tom Sharp with the Department of Corrections also aided in the negotiation process.

BLACK RIVER FALLS — A four-hour standoff in the Grove area of Black River Falls ended peacefully Monday evening when a suspect was taken into custody, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody at 6:24 p.m. Police had responded to a call about a man barricaded in a residence in the 100 block of South Third Street.

“We understand that it was long time to ask people to stay away from the area,” Sheriff Duane Waldera said. “We were able to ensure citizens’ safety by them cooperating while we worked to resolve the situation.”

The Black River Falls Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department and Black River Falls Municipal Utilities assisted at the scene.

The Black River Falls School District's Career and Technical Education Department is sponsoring a special event for the community on Monday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the middle school commons.

The Black River Falls FCCLA and Art Club are hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Have a hot bowl of soup, warm piece of bread, drink and holiday baked good while you wait for the middle school music concert performances. The cost is $5 and is "all you can eat." All proceeds from the Empty Bowls fundraiser will benefit the local food shelter to help end hunger in our community.

High school and middle school students will also be exhibiting and selling hand-made items. A portion of all gifts sold will be donated to local charities.

I look forward to Thanksgiving more than any other holiday. The combination of seeing family, eating great food and the excitement of the holiday season comes second to none. These things tied in with the mindset of gratitude makes Thanksgiving, in my mind, the perfect time of year.

I will never forget the Thanksgivings on the farm as I was growing up. I am willing to put money down that my grandma, Lillie Olson, was the best cook in the Squaw Creek area, and if there was one thing Lillie knew how to do and do well, it was hosting a knockout of a Thanksgiving meal.

At the time, my dad was full-time dairy farming. Thanksgiving morning was always frosty, extra chilly and somehow our bellies were always extra hungry.