Saturday, July 22nd

Local

Thanks in part to a donation by several local companies, the Agtivity area at the Black River Falls High School is beginning its first year of growing produce, most of which will be donated to the local Friends Sharing Food pantry.

The area includes several raised beds in front of the greenhouse at the high school, which is where the produce is grown.

“We have a couple different types of raised beds, we have pretty standard ones. Over there we have something called a keyhole garden,” said Jacob Markhardt, who is the intern working on collecting the produce from the garden this summer.

He continued to explain that a keyhole garden is a circular raised bed with an inlet that allows you to walk into the center of the garden so you can work with the plants.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a man who was involved in a hit and run at the Hixton Travel Plaza in Hixton on June 9 at about 1 p.m.

This man struck a vehicle and then left prior to a deputy arriving on scene.

The photos were obtained from surveillance cameras at the Hixton Travel Plaza.

If you have any information regarding the driver or the vehicle, please contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 715-284-5357.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a man who was involved in a hit and run at the Hixton Travel Plaza in Hixton on June 9 at about 1 p.m.

The Alma Center Improvement Club held a concert for the community by the Black River Area Community Band Wednesday, June 21 at Turtle Pond Park in Alma Center. The club also gave away nearly $3,000 in grants to the community.

The band played for nearly an hour while attendees were treated to strawberry sundaes, with strawberries donated by Comstock Strawberries.

During intermission, the Alma Center Improvement Club gave away six grants to better the Alma Center community.

The Alma Center Improvement Club received $450 to plant trees and plants at Turtle Pond Park; the Alma Center Fire Department received $500 to buy hand-held radios; the Lincoln Elementary School received $500 to help with student presentations; the Lincoln Junior/High School tech ed program received $500 for a new saw; the Lincoln Junior/High School consumer science department received $500 for kitchen equipment; and the Village of Alma Center received $500 for Christmas lights downtown.

Pat Malone will be the new UW-Extension area extension director for area nine, which includes Jackson, Trempealeau, Buffalo and Pepin counties.

Malone received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural Economics. She is currently the community development educator and co-department head for Trempealeau County UW-Extension. She has been the community development educator since 1988 and co-department head since 2011.

UW-Extension is undergoing a reorganization process that is set to be completed by the end of the year. These new area extension directors are one of the first visible employment steps completed in the reorganization of the program.

A total of 22 area extension directors were announced Friday. These positions will be responsible for managing resources in geographic areas while fostering partnerships to identify new opportunities in programming, funding and staffing.

After reconsidering the signalization project at the intersection of Hwy. A and Hwy. 12 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin DOT may have found a viable funding source for the project that could have the traffic signals in place in 2021.

With the Kwik Trip being built at the Hwy. A and Hwy. 12 intersection, many have had growing concerns that traffic would be too heavy for the intersection. Wisconsin DOT previously said they would not be able to fund the project until more was learned about the traffic congestion after the new Kwik Trip was in place.

Wisconsin DOT now feels the project might be eligible for state funding.

“I think previously we didn’t think we had a viable funding source.