Monday, August 19th


I rose early on a sultry summer morning, wanting to fulfill my animal chores before the day grew hotter.

It was also deadline day for my weekly column and I needed time to sift through the inspirational source pile that appeared to be a little sparse.

Wet and heavy air greeted me as I stepped outside. They say it will be 95 later in the day with heat advisories. Perhaps the blanket of humidity was also smothering my creativity.

Already it’s the height of summer. Where went May and June? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the Fourth of July. The dog days are just around the corner. Too fast is time.

Steamy clouds of fog hovered over the wet grass, which glistened in the rising sun. I noticed dozens of small patches of fluffy white on the green, as delicate as a spider’s web.

Faith Lutheran Church in Black River Falls is inviting children ages 4-13 to a Bible Soccer Camp themed “Victory is the Goal!”

The camp will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Monday, Aug. 6, through Wednesday, August 8, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. each day.

Bible Soccer Camp activities include physical soccer training, Bible studies, crafts and snacks.

Each child should have appropriate footwear and shin guards if possible. Shin guards will be available.

There is no cost for this camp. Each child will receive a T-shirt and water bottle. To register, please contact Pastor Joel Neumann at 715-284-0772. Faith Lutheran’s mission is to help people stay rooted in Christ.

Jackson County farmers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on the Jackson County Farm Service Agency committee.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA.

“The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Julie Dokkestul, FSA executive director for Jackson County. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit the FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Committees consist of three and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Airplanes will be used to spot speeders this weekend on busy highways in Jackson and Buffalo counties.

Aerial traffic enforcement will be used Saturday on Interstate 94 in Jackson County and Sunday on Hwy. 35 in Buffalo County, according to a State Patrol news release.

Pilots use highway marking and a timing device to identify vehicles that are speeding, and then relay the information to patrol vehicles on the ground that will stop the offending drivers.

The State Patrol chooses highway corridors for aerial enforcement using data on traffic citations, crash statistics and other information tied to traffic safety. Federal funds pay for most aerial missions, the State Patrol news release stated.

A six-time convicted drunken driver from Black River Falls is facing a charge of operating while intoxicated/7th offense after a one-vehicle accident in the town of Albion.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies were called about 1 a.m. July 19 to a one-vehicle crash on Hwy. 54.

Deputies located the vehicle that had left the roadway and crashed into a tree. Inside was John E. Climer, 54, of Black River Falls. Deputies reported signs of alcohol impairment.

Climer was transported to a medical facility for treatment. He was cited for operating while intoxicated/7th Offense.

Climer had OWI convictions in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2009.