Monday, December 11th

Local

Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers held its 28th annual meeting Nov. 21 at the Skyline Golf Course. President Pastor Meg Erickson called the meeting to order and Karen Foust gave an opening meditation for her last meeting.

Annual reports were given by Lori Chown, program director; Foust, program assistant; and Fred Goettl, treasurer.

Chown updated the board on the progress of the Time for You program, with the hiring of Shawn Callisto as program coordinator. The projected time for opening the respite center will be February 2018. Chown talked about grant funds received from the Brookdale Foundation and attending a conference in Denver.

Lori also shared that the annual Oktoberfest bake sale was a great success, raising more than $1,700.

A Black River Falls school bus tipped over about 7:18 a.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 12 near the intersection of Jean Road in the town of Manchester on its way to school.

Five to six children were sent to the emergency room, but no children showed signs of visible injuries, Black River Falls School Superintendent Shelly Severson said. Some children were also treated by EMS on-scene according to the report.

“The bus driver hit the shoulder of the road, and then when tried to correct it the bus turned on its side,” Severson said.

There were 17 children on the bus including one high school student, one middle school student and the rest were elementary students.

“The route was not full at the time, so they were still set to pick up other students so that is why the low number of students were on there," Severson said.

A Black River Falls school bus tipped over about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 12 near Millston on its way to school.

Five to six children were sent to the emergency room, but no children showed signs of visible injuries, Black River Falls School Superintendent Shelly Severson said.

“The bus driver hit the shoulder of the road, and then when tried to correct it the bus turned on its side,” Severson said.

Severson said there were fewer than 15 children on the bus including one high school student, one middle school student and the rest from elementary students.

“The route was not full at the time, so they were still set to pick up other students so that is why the low number of students were on there," Severson said.

The Black River Falls High School History and Social Studies Department will be kicked off a project in November called “Voices From the Journey” that focused on the experience of students since the early 1960s when the district became fully integrated.

From 1933 to the spring of 1962, the district operated the Hochungra School at the Indian Mission east of Black River Falls as one of the many rural schools in the county.

During the 1950s and into the early 60s, the District became consolidated and many of the rural schools were closed, including the Hochungra School.

Beginning in the fall of 1963, Ho-Chunk students were bussed into town and thus began a journey that continues into the present period.

After cooking 28 turkeys and hundreds of hours preparing, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner will again take place Thanksgiving Day at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Black River Falls.

Linda and Karen Hardwick have been leading the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Black River Falls since it began 23 years ago, when a meager 19 people showed up.

“The first year we served 19 meals as a youth project. We had gotten people from River Grove apartments, which is where we started, and a few other people and it just kind of kept growing,” Linda Hardwick said.

After outgrowing the church building, the dinner moved to the Miles-Hagen Post 200 Legion Hall and then the Black River Falls armory after again needing more space.