Monday, December 11th

Local

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office hosted a chicken-q dinner last Friday to help support their K-9 unit, with many showing their support and causing the event to actually run out of chicken.

“We basically sold over 600 pre-sale tickets and then we had about 100 on-hand and we sold out of those,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Moan said. “Rooster Andy’s had us doing pre-sale tickets to purchase a meal and then we have some on hand to sell the day of.”

The chicken-q dinner was a fundraiser for the Jackson County K-9 Unit, which now has five dogs: Gunner, a blood hound; Gus, a blood hound; Sonny, a German shepherd; Chance, a malinois; and Bishop, a black lab.

WARRENS—Renovating and transforming the former Bog restaurant site into Lost at Donna K’s Bar and Grill has been a challenge.

But the end is in site, and the restaurant is tentatively expected to open Wednesday, Nov. 15 pending a state health inspection.

Chuck Bowers, owner of Donna K’s, said there were more problems with the building than expected.

“This was a long road,” he said. “This building was very distressed, run into the ground. The previous owner did good when he was here, but as the end came they let things go.”

There was a lot to fix, Danielle Laehn of Donna K’s, said.

“There were more troubles here than we thought as far as plumbing and electricity; there was a lot of remodeling,” she said.

Nature scenes have captured Jim Hornby’s creative imagination, which have inspired him to capture them in photographs.

The former Black River Falls High School educator, coach and athletic director presented a slide show of his work at the Nov. 8 Friends of the Black River meeting.

In the presentation, Hornby traced his photography hobby from his early adult years when he borrowed a camera to record a trip to Europe.

He has practiced the hobby throughout his adulthood, but since retiring, he has found more time to pursue the avocation.

His favorite subjects are bald eagles, leading him to visit three nests in the area to capture the birds of prey with his digital camera. He showed photos of adult eagles in flight and at the nests.

Community members are invited to Black River Memorial Hospice’s Evergreen Memorial Service to pause and remember those who have died during this past year.

“We know that the holidays can be an especially hard time for those who have recently lost a loved one,” says Dena Graff, director of Black River Memorial Hospice and Homecare departments. “We will have printed materials and grief support staff available to help those who have experienced a loss,” said Graff.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Memorial Hospital Dorothy Halvorson Conference room. The program will include readings, songs and sharing.

There will also be a “Remembrance” evergreen tree at the service.

Friends and Family of Hometown Heroes is still sending care packages to locally connected soldiers serving overseas. If anyone has a name and address, please get information to Barb Simonis to be included for a Christmas goodie box. Packages will be sent by Dec. 18. If anyone is interested in making a monetary donation, please make payable to Fiends and Family of Hometown Heroes and mailed to 360 N. 12th Street Black River Falls, WI 54615 or brought to Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors located at 304 Main Street in Black River Falls.

Friends and Family of Hometown Heroes is still sending care packages to locally connected soldiers serving overseas. If anyone has a name and address, please get information to Barb Simonis to be included for a Christmas goodie box.