Wednesday, October 18th


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls regarding scams this week. 

The caller will state something such as, “You have won $2 Million from Publisher’s Clearing House and a 2017 Mercedes. In order to claim your prize you need to send “x” amount of money."

Another is that Oprah Winfrey is coming to your residence to present money to you but wants a portion in return for a donation to a charity.

Also, there are still the occasional IRS scam phone calls as well. Remember, the IRS will never call you for payment of money owed.

Please remember if you have truly won something there should never be a fee or need to provide money in order to claim your prize.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, the Melrose Satellites 4-H club had their monthly meeting.

New officers were elected for 2017-2018. Trent Laufenberg was voted in as the president, the vice president is Connor Waughtal, the secretary is Katie Ramsey, the reporter is Kellee Hangartner, the sergeant of arms are Victor Pontenio and Jack Laufenberg and treasurer is Nick Waughtal.

After all that, the 4-H club made 62 apple pies from scratch.

The pies are sold as a fundraiser for the club. There were stations for peeling and slicing apples, making crusts, rolling crusts and putting the pies together.

Next month, the club plans on visiting the corn maze in West Salem.

On Sunday, Sept.

Groups of Wisconsin farmers can now apply for the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants for 2018. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 3.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award grants to producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields and farmsteads.

Each group is eligible for up to $40,000 a year, with a total of $250,000 available in this round of funding.

Applicants must find or contribute matching funds at least equal to the grant request.

The grants are intended to help farmers find solutions best suited for their particular watersheds, based on topography, soil type, types of operations and other factors that differ among regions of the state and work to increase farmer participation in these voluntary efforts.

State environmental regulators are seeking public input on plans to amend a permit for a controversial Monroe County frac sand plant.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing Friday in Tomah on possible changes to a permit issued in May allowing Meteor Timber to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands for its proposed $65 million processing and loading facility, which environmentalists call “massive” wetland destruction.

According to the official notice, Meteor has requested the DNR modify the permit to reflect “current construction and design specifications” in satisfaction of conditions attached to the permit.

DNR spokesman Jim Dick said there is no change or addition to the permit, but the agency is considering Meteor’s proposed plans to satisfy some 59 conditions attached to the original permit.

Taking Care of You is a research-based, four-week program that offers practical strategies and experiences to help people deal with the stress in their lives. Managing life's challenges in healthy ways allows participants to take better care of themselves and their overall health.

Each week explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities.

Participants will consider ways to become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this awareness for better health; develop habits that can lead to a healthier person, body, mind and spirit; respond versus react to the stress in life; discover opportunities in life's challenges; find ways to bring more joy into life; simplify life; and live more in the moment.

Those interested in taking part in Taking Care of You can choose from four upcoming sessions; each session lasts four weeks.