Thursday, February 22nd

Local

An agreement with the American Transmission Co. is moving forward after approval by the Jackson County Executive and Finance Committee.

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the committee gave the nod to easement requests from ATC to allow it to run high-voltage transmission lines through 16.47 acres of county forest land.

ATC asked to be allowed temporary access to the land so it can clear vegetation, set foundations and poles and string wire. The company’s request includes an .85 access easement to the county-owned land. The resolution also designates that the transmission line company will restore the land.

As part of the agreement, ATC will pay the county $49,500 for the easement and an additional $500 for the access permit.

Local educators are bullish on proposed legislation to aid low-spending and low-enrollment school districts.

State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, has introduced legislation to allow low-spending districts to increase the amount they spend from the current $9,100 per-student limit to $9,400 per student next school year. The limit would increase by $100 each school year until it reaches $9,800 per student by the 2022-23 school year. It would also increase sparsity aid payments to small school districts from $300 to $400 for student.

Black River Falls and Tomah are among 120 school districts defined as low-spending under the bill. Black River Falls School District superintendent Shelly Severson welcomes the change.

“We’re very excited the Legislature has re-opened the discussion on low-spending districts,” Severson said.

January 11

Jordan A. Adam, Milwaukee, speeding, 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Kelley Robert Aderholdt, Neillsville, failure to stop at railroad crossing, $269.50.

Stephanie Marie Aguilar, Black River Falls, operating while suspended, $200.50.

Phillip D. Allen, Racine, operating without proof of insurance, $10.

Royd A. Anderson, Melrose, failure to inspect/pump septic tanks, $452.50.

Ronald Burton Anderson, St. Paul, Minnesota, operating without license, $200.50.

Carmelo Arroyovenegas, Racine, speeding, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Timothy Brandon Aukoker, Palmyra, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Elia Anthony Ayaz, Minnetonka, Minnesota, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Ashleigh Nicole Baker, Black River Falls, possession of drug paraphernalia, $200.50.

Raju Bandugula, Verona, speeding 16-19 mph over, $250.90.

Sergey Barannikow, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, speeding, 16-19 mph over, $250.90.

Area farmers are invited to a grain marketing and risk management meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Melrose American Legion Hall, 303 N. Washington St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brian Beyer and Terri Rudie of Cargill will discuss the corn and soybean market outlook, providing an update of market forces – domestic and international, and market strategies for 2018.

Brenda Boetel of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will discuss grain and livestock market conditions and outlook, and John Strohfus of Minnesota Hemp Farms will discuss considerations for those curious about marketing and the production of industrial hemp.

Compeer Financial will provide a brief update of 2018 crop insurance programs.

For more information, contact the Jackson County UW-Extension office at 715-284-4257.

Criminal charges are pending against a Black River Falls man arrested Monday with 35 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Independence, according to the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department.

Jeremy Mayo, 24, faces a charge of possession of meth with intent to deliver when he appears in Trempealeau County Circuit Court. Sheriff's deputies stopped his car about 3:15 p.m. He is on probation.

Criminal charges are pending against a Black River Falls man arrested Monday with 35 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Independence, according to the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department.

Jeremy Mayo, 24, faces a charge of possession of meth with intent to deliver when he appears in Trempealeau County Circuit Court.