Tuesday, November 21st


The Jackson County Home and Community Education Organization (HCE) will be sending 30 stuffed toys to Nicaragua for children in hospitals and burn centers.

HCE has enjoyed donating various items to poverty-stricken Nicaragua for many years including material, yarn, thread, sewing notions, stitchery and jewelry making kits, non-glass cooking utensils, bicycles and portable sewing machines.

Darlene Hostrawser, president of the Snow Creek HCE club, shared the story of Nicaragua with her great granddaughter Alanah Gaier. The question came up - would the children in Nicaragua appreciate gently-used stuffed toys? Gaier needed to downsize her collection of stuffed toys and thought sending them to Nicaragua would be the thing to do.

Connie Patterson, international chair for Jackson County HCE, was pleased with the idea, and HCE President Joan Staffon checked with Amy Wiza, director of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, the organization through which the items have been donated.

Sophomore Lauren Steien will represent the Coulee Region as part of the Black River Falls co-op girls team at this weekend’s WIAA state swimming and diving meet in Madison.

Steien, who helped Blair-Taylor to a runner-up finish at the Division 5 state softball tournament last spring, has been added as an extra qualifier in the 200-yard individual medley after second-place finish and time of 2 minutes, 16 seconds during Saturday’s Division 2 sectional at UW-Stevens Point.

Steien had already qualified automatically with her sectional victory in the 100 buttterfly (1:00.1). She will swim in Lane 8 of the second heat in the 100 butterfly and Lane 2 of the first heat in the individual medley.

Steien also qualified in both events as a freshman, placing sixth in the butterfly and 10th in the individual medley.

During their Oct. 23 budget hearing, the Melrose-Mindoro School District decided to reduce their regulatory levy for the 2017-2018 school year which will reduce the mill rate residents will see next tax season.

The board decided to reduce the mill rate for the coming school year to $12.94. The mill rate is $0.80 less than the previous year’s mill rate of $13.74.

DeBerg said that the reduction in levy is mainly due to additional funding coming from the state and other income, which added more than $335,000 to the budget for this year.

The district decided to reduce the levy despite the fact that they are under-levying by $590,000 because of the levy override referendum previously passed by the district.

Co-op Credit Union recently was honored with a statewide award for providing financial education to youth.

CCU received a 2017 Desjardins Award from the Wisconsin Credit Union League and will be considered for a national-level honor from the Credit Union National Association.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this award because we are committed to education and serving as a resource for financial literacy,” said Eric Chrisinger, CCU’s president and CEO. “It represents the work of the entire credit union staff, past and present, to bring financial education to youth and set them on a path to future success.”

The League honored CCU for several of its financial education initiatives, including reality day events at area high schools, financial presentations in schools and its work to bring a Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl for high school youth to the La Crosse area.

Cell.Plus and Tricor Insurance have recently moved into their new location in the mini-mall near Walmart in Black River Falls, with a Papa Murphy’s to be the third business in the new development by the end of the year.

BRF Capital LLC/TDW Brokerage, LLC broke ground on the 7,000-square foot property at the beginning of the year with the hope of attracting four to five businesses to open up a storefront at the location.

So far for Cell.Plus, an authorized agent for U.S. Cellular, the move has been a good one.

“It is great to have more room. Traffic has actually been really steady,” Cell.Plus store manager Nancy Stevens said. “Even though we were in the old building for almost 20 years, some people didn’t know it had been there, so business has been great here.