Monday, June 25th


Fire destroyed a pole shed Saturday in the town of Irving.

Black River Falls firefighters were summoned to N4846 Bible Road at 1:41 p.m. and found a 50-by-40-foot shed engulfed in flames. The building and its contents were destroyed. Two vehicles parked next to the building were damaged from the heat. The siding of the nearby home and another out building was also damaged from the heat.

Black River Falls firefighters received help from fire departments in Melrose, Taylor and Hixton, which supplied manpower as well as water tenders.

The structure and its contents are a total loss. Two vehicles parked next to the building were damaged from the heat. The siding of the nearby home and another out building was also damaged from the heat.

The departments were on scene for 2.5 hours and used 19,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.

The Jackson County Farmers Market will begin selling fresh produce and other handmade items on Diploma Drive, next to the Lunda Community Center, on June 7.

Thanks to Together for Jackson County Kids, UW Extension, Jackson County Public Health, Lunda Community Center, Black River Memorial Hospital and members of the Master Gardener Program, the Jackson County Farmers Market had a very successful 2017.

Some Farmers Markets don’t require produce and crafts to be grown or made by the vendors themselves.

Every vendor at the Jackson County Farmers Market grows or makes the items sold at the market.

Market manager Ron Gososke said, “We want the customers to know where their fruits and vegetables are coming from.” He added: “Customers not only are able to purchase good quality food, they help support our local farmers who raise the crops. It’s a win-win.”

New to the market this year are $100 voucher booklets.

Faith Lutheran Church will have new worship service times beginning Sunday, May 27, through Sunday, Sept. 2. Services at the Cataract location will begin at 8:00 a.m. Services at the Black River Falls location will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Cataract services are held in the church building located at N6774 Acorn Ave.

Black River Falls services are held in the church building located at N6598 County Trunk A. For more information contact Pastor Joel Neumann at 715-284-0772.

Black River Memorial Hospital and Together For Jackson County Kids are sponsoring a Mindfulness for Teens workshop.

The workshop is designed to help teens understand and manage stress; however, this is not a therapy group. This weeklong session will help teens learn techniques to cope with the many challenges they face every day.

Mindfulness is about being present. It is about noticing the moment between when something happens and how one reacts to it. That moment can help one respond, rather than react. Mindfulness training can help focus attention and concentration. It also helps prevent headaches, sleep disruption, anxiety and even provide pain relief. Anyone can benefit from learning mindfulness for use in everyday life.

The class will run July 9 through July 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Black River Memorial Hospital in the Dorothy Halvorson conference room, Black River Falls. Advance registration is required.

Nate and Karen Kling’s dairy farm in Taylor will host the 37th annual Jackson County dairy breakfast June 2.

Breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the farm.

This year’s dairy breakfast is full of new events as well as traditional favorites.

A few of the new events include a pedal tractor pull for kids, a chick hatching demonstration, an ag artisan tent, and the first Down ‘n Dairy Poker Run that will begin at the dairy breakfast and travel across Jackson County tasting a variety of cheeses that are produced by processors who service Jackson County farmers.

There will be a variety of nostalgic activities, including buttermaking, live animal exhibits, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, farm tours, dairy product giveaways, face painting, great company, and of course, a delicious, dairy good meal.