Sunday, January 21st


On July 19, the Hiring Committee for the city of Black River Falls named Kelly B. Bakken as the new chief of police and criminal investigator for the City of Black River Falls Police Department. 

Bakken has been employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department since 2005 as a patrol officer from 2005-2010, a detective from 2010-2016 and most recently as a captain.

She has 19 years of law enforcement experience previously serving two years as chief of police for the Village of Merrillan, four years as patrol officer and investigator for the City of Baldwin and three years as a deputy sheriff jail officer with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.

Bakken earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Upper Iowa University and her Associate Degree in Police Science from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Engineers Mark Davey and Brice Nelson of Davy Engineering have been working on the plan to add a new well in Alma Center, and spoke with the village board to get approval to move ahead with some test wells and funding during the monthly Alma Center board meeting last Monday.

Davy said they have already looked at a few different well sites, but they wanted to discussing getting a test well done before locking into any ideas.

There are also a lot of different things to consider when building a new well and all the parts that go into it.

Davy pointed out that some people have complained about high levels of iron in the water and a second well would, in theory, pump similar water and the board might look into a water treatment plant which would be expensive to build.

The Meals on Wheels program is an important part of any elderly community, for some it provides the only contact they get in a day and for others it might be one of the only hot meals they receive.

For such an important program, it is crucial to know how the recipients are feeling about the program and where improvements can be made.

The 2016 statewide survey shows the program is widely adored by its users, while some wish for more seasoning and less fish, the overall response is positive.

"I enjoy the variety I get, so I eat better. If I cook, there are the dishes to wash, and I usually have to eat the same thing for two to three days and get tired of it.

The Hixton Rod and Gun Club held their Field Days on Friday and Saturday Aug. 18-19.

Things started off with their ninth annual 50 Bird Shoot on Friday, and continued with 100 bird shoot and a .22 sausage shoot on Saturday.

There were 21 shooters on Friday night and 32 shooters on Saturday, all enjoying the shooting fun, food and refreshments.  

Prizes for this year’s raffle fundraiser were a Browning A Bolt 30-06 Rifle or $400, Winchester SXP Trap 12 Ga Shotgun or $300 and Vortex Diamondback 10-42 binoculars or $100.

Kim Zagorski from BRF won first place while second went to Mike O'Leary from Humbird and third to Terry Mason from Blair. 

Some history was made at the Rod and Gun Club, their first ‘50 straight’ ever happened on Friday night.

Since falls are one of the leading causes of death in Jackson County, Black River Memorial Hospital is hosting its Stepping On program.

The program will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls. This includes strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review.

Participants will view a display of fall prevention products and leave with more strength, better balance and experience a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal fall experiences as a group.

This class is ideal for individuals who are able to walk with or without a cane or may use a walker in the community and are fairly independent.