Monday, June 25th


Readers of all ages will have some musical fun this summer as the Black River Falls Public Library presents “Libraries Rock” during the summer library program.

Children will participate in group games, musical crafts, listening to musical instruments, reading, science, experiments and singing.

The 2018 Youth Summer Reading Program is open to young people and includes programs on Tuesdays, reading challenge prizes, Storytime, and a Teen bookmark program.

“The Magic of Isaiah” will present a magic show on July 3, and there will be a “Storytelling sing-song-along” by Tracy Chipman on July 24.

Registration for “Libraries Rock” begins on Saturday, June 9 at the Bike Rodeo or at the library. For more information, call the library at (715) 284-4112 or visit our website,

Donors to the children’s reading program include McDonald’s, Hoffman Construction, BRF Area Foundation, Jackson Electric Cooperative, Friends of the Library and Terrie Stevens.

As 911 dispatchers for Jackson County, Chris and Sarah Wruck are experts in sending help.

Now they find themselves on the receiving end.

Friends and family are raising money to help Chris Wruck in his fight against IgA Nephropathy, a condition that has progressively destroyed his kidney function since he was a child. To help the family with medical expenses, a kickoff fund-raising event has been scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls.

The family received good news April 21, when doctors learned a kidney match had been found. Most of the transplant's $415,000 cost will be covered by health insurance, but the family estimates expenses not covered by insurance − prescription drugs, therapy, travel costs, meals and lodging − will reach $30,000.

Wruck's mother-in-law, Donna Sigler, said $30,000 is a significant expense for a family with two toddlers and a third child on the way.

A soloist and a quartet from Black River Falls took home top honors during the recent State Solo & Ensemble music festivals sponsored by the Wisconsin School Music Association.

Vocalist Mark Gacek of Black River Falls and the Black River Falls quartet of Katie Leadholm, Kim Leadholm, Andrea Peterson and Sunny Rufsholm won exemplary performance awards.

They were two of only 460 performances designated as exemplary out of the more than 11,000 vocal and instrumental solo and ensemble performances at the 10 state festival sites.

Other vocal soloists from region who won exemplary performance awards included: Erick Hunter and Ahmad Jandal, La Crosse Central; Ethan Nott, Aquinas; Anna Van Riper, La Crosse Logan; Juhl Kuhlemeier, Alma; Simon Geiger-Schutz, Cochrane-Fountain City; Savannah Horstman, Holmen; Kate Copps and Rachel Shoenecker, Onalaska; Joseph Krpan, Sparta; Anderson Becker, Tomah; Elena Morton, Viroqua; and Evan Philips, Westby.

Three small vocal ensembles from the area also won recognition, including duets from Holmen (Savannah Ploessl and Carter Sime) and Alma (Juhl Kuhlemeier and Katrina Danzinger).

Entrants in the Jackson County Home and Community Education Organization Cultural Arts Contest like to hear the words “going to state.” This year, 12 of the more than 30 entries heard those words.

In the Photography category, which received the most entries, Joyce Grunlien’s “Peaceful Scene” and “Native Story Teller,” Susan Grotjahn’s “Reflection” and “Butterfly Garden,“ Mary Nortman’s “Candles of Spring,” Cheryl Gabrielson’s “Beautiful Bird,” Joan Staffon’s “Threatening Sky” will move on to state competition.

In addition, Cheryl Gabrielson also received firsts on six photographs and one second place. Joyce Grunlien received four firsts, Susan Grunlien received two firsts and one second, and Mary Nortman, three firsts.

In the Sewing, useful sewn items category, Cheryl Gabrielson ‘s purse is state bound.

In the crocheting wearable item—Poncho and baby blanket by Kathy Leis and in other crocheting, Joan Staffon’s Christmas ornaments will be going to state.

Co-op Credit Union has contributed $1,000 to the Melrose Area Pool. The donation check was presented during the annual Melrose Area Pool Fun Night fundraiser event held April 14 at the Melrose American Legion Hall. Pictured during the event is CCU’s Melrose Branch Manager, Jamie Lockington, right, as she presented the check to Friends of Melrose Treasurer Kathy Blaken.