Thursday, February 22nd


A 34-year-old Black River Falls man was charged in Jackson County Circuit court with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft after allegedly breaking into Best Western Lodge in the town of Brockway Oct. 4.

Woody Bird is accused of stealing a television and coffee pot from one of the rooms. According to the criminal complaint, employees noticed the items missing and showed a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy surveillance footage of Bird leaving the room with the two items. Hotel personnel told police they didn't believe the person who booked the room was responsible for the theft. Police were told Bird and another person left the scene in a red Ford Escape.

Later that day, police matched the description of Bird and the other person with photos posted on the Tomah Police Department's Facebook page in reference to a theft in Tomah.

There's nothing worse than having frigid temps after the holidays when the blahs hit.

When you see that your area has colder temperatures than Antarctica, it’s really easy to snuggle back into your warm afghan with a hot mug of cocoa, a good book and plans to stay there til spring.

I received some wonderful quote:

  • "I don’t call them New Year’s Resolutions -- I prefer casual promises to myself that I’m under no legal obligation to fulfill."
  • "My goal in 2018 is to accomplish the goals I set in 2017 which I should have done in 2016 because I made a promise in 2015 which I planned in 2012."
  • "I was thinking about making a New Year’s resolution but why tamper with perfection?"

The story of the aging farmer is one familiar to many in agriculture. The average age of a farmer in America is 58 years. A big part of our nation’s food system rests on these aging shoulders, but young farmers are out there, some waiting to take over the family farm business and others working (or struggling) to gain a foothold in the industry.

A recent report by the National Young Farmers Coalition brings to light valuable information about younger farmers in the U.S. It features the results of a survey of 3,517 past, current and aspiring farmers under 40 to gain a better understanding of their population, the challenges they face and what might help support them and the future of food production.

After several flooding events left the Black River Falls high school and community gardens at the corner of Rye Bluff Road and Spaulding Road useless this last year, city officials and users of the site are beginning to discuss different options to remedy the situation.

The Black River Falls agriculture department has been using the site since 2009 to teach about 80 students a year about growing crops, while the Spaulding Road Community Garden began in 2009 to provide space for those living in the city to have a garden. The gardens together occupy about one acre of land.

“Two years ago is really when we began to notice it is not draining like it used to. We’d get big rain events and we’d flood and it would drain out, but it hasn’t been draining out.

While many focus on improving the more than 100 miles of classified trout streams and habitats in Jackson County, a perched culvert is often an overlooked aspect that can ruin a perfectly good habitat with one poor decision.

A perched culvert is when the water flowing through a culvert doesn’t flow through at an even level, often times with the downstream end of the culvert higher than the water level.

“We can do a lot of habitat improvement, but if these culverts are installed wrong, you have just cut off all of that habitat work that you have done upstream,” Jackson County conservationist Gaylord Olson said.

A perched culvert can create issues that can affect several different aquatic species including trout.