Saturday, July 22nd


The summer is all about getting some sun, beating the heat and cook outs with lots of food.

Jackson County Beef Promotion Committee tried to hit one of those with its 19th annual Beef Cookout on Saturday.

The Jackson County Fair Grounds played host to thousands of hungry customers and drive-through eaters as well.

Hope Laufenberg with the JCBPC said they sold 1,520 plates of food which is up from last year.

People had a choice between a hot dog or rib-eye steak sandwich, both with sweet corn and ice cream.

"I think the numbers really speak for themselves in how fun it was, people love the bigger portions," Laufenberg said.

The idea started years ago when one of Laufenberg's daughter was interning in college.

Rain and thunder couldn't stop the Karner Blue Festival from filling downtown Black River Falls to the brim with people from all around June 30-July 1.

The whole event kicked off with a Paddle in the Park at Lunda Park, helped by the Friends of the Black River, where adults and children packed in what was for many their first attempt at kayaking.

That was quickly followed up by the Miss BRF contest where Bella Cowles’ coronation was sped up a bit by impending storms.

When the weather calmed down later that night the sky was brought to life with a fireworks explosion to end the first day of the festival.

Day two started with a half-marathon and a bustling downtown full of classic cars and craft vendors, everything wrapped up with a parade that started at the high school and cruised down Main Street.

A trailer loaded with an excavator tipped over near the intersection of Highway 61 and Pine Street in Soldiers Grove at about 11:40 a.m. July 6, according to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

A southbound Mack dump truck, owned and operated by Joseph Zitzner, 53, of Viroqua, was pulling the trailer. When he turned left on to Pine Street it tipped over. The street was closed for four hours until crews removed the excavator and trailer.

Zitzner was not injured. Soldiers Grove Fire Department, Digger Don’s Excavating, Crawford County Highway Department and La Farge Truck Center assisted.

A trailer loaded with an excavator tipped over near the intersection of Highway 61 and Pine Street in Soldiers Grove at about 11:40 a.m.

Small towns are often tightly knit communities with closeness that spans generations.

A few years back, two Millston sisters, Doris Johnson and Myrtle Bundy, joined together with other women in town to create a museum to showcase their community and the many people and stories within it.

Unfortunately that museum, which was in the old town hall, would shut down after a few years after some building issues forced them to put the items in storage at the old school house.

Years later the granddaughters of those original founders, Sara Hendricks and Jenny Walworth, would ask the town if they could reopen what their grandmother and great-grandmother had started.

"Nobody had done anything with it until last fall we saw it and talked about it," Walworth said.

With a wet spring and early summer, farmers planted their corn crop later than usual this year, which has led to varied crop sizes across the region. This has left some with corn shorter than knee high, but not all.

“We have corn that is waist high and we have corn that is ankle high, so I guess if you averaged it, it would be knee high,” said Darby Sampson, who farms in rural Melrose.

Joe Schultz, agronomist with Central Wisconsin Ag Services in Alma Center said this is a common sight across the county.

“This summer has had a lot of variability, variability in corn height and corn development. It started with variable corn emergence that led to variable height,” Schultz said.