Tuesday, September 26th


“We are up to our gills in meth,” the county worker told me. “Four years ago one quarter of our child-protection cases were related to meth. Now, 92% of these cases are related to meth.”

“Our system just isn’t equipped to deal with the meth problem,” said another social worker.

Recently, more than 400 county supervisors and Health and Human Services staff came to the Capitol. I had visitors from every county in our Senate District. These officials brought me one clear message: Help us deal with the meth problem.

The statistics the county employees shared were staggering. Trempealeau County experienced more than a four-fold increase in child-protection cases in less than two years. Most of these children were living with a meth-addicted parent.

Recently I went to an Amish breakfast. Let me tell you, it was quite an experience.

We pulled up to this huge white house and there was a line coming out the front door and down the steps. When we got inside it was dark due to the lack of artificial light coming from light bulbs, with the only thing providing light being the natural sunlight shining through the windows.

As you walked inside, you just felt this warmth come over your senses, the smell of sweet pancakes on the griddle and the sound of good conversation.

As you pulled up to the buffet, you collected a real plate and gathered whatever pancakes, sausage and eggs you wanted. If you looked beyond the buffet, there were nearly 20 people standing over fire-burning stoves cooking the breakfast.

As you drive through Jackson County, there is a lot of natural beauty between the beautiful lakes, tall pine trees and natural rolling hills. The many hills in Jackson County are part of what makes the county unique.

With the possibility of some of those hills being destroyed due to sand mines, it has left a lot of residents worried that sand mines are ruining the natural beauty of the county, which is one of the driving factors for the counties’ booming tourism industry.

This is why before a sand mine even begins, it is required to have a reclamation plan. For Badger Mining in Taylor, that means putting the entire landscape back as they found it using a process called geomorphic modeling.

Thunderhail? Mother nature threw another weather possibility at us on Sunday night, with enough of the hard white ice pellets that it looked like snow outside, with sizes double the size of peas. And enough of a lightning show to accompany it that I shut down my computer for the night and as a result am scrambling to meet my deadline come Monday morning. And the way it sounds like out there right now, I better type fast because the storm is still lurking- just now there was a big enough BOOM to shake the house. To look on the bright side, if it had to hail, better now than in July, August or September.

Sure glad if the weather had to act up on Sunday that it waited until after we returned from our visit to Chilton, to help my Jason celebrate his 30th birthday.

BRF traveled up to UW-Stout for the last of its indoor meets for the season.

Facing stiff competition from the area, the boys and girls teams were able to crack the top 10 landing at fifth and sixth place respectively.

The girls first put points on the board as Abby Ross got off to a quick start with the 55 meter dash, coming in third. She would come in ninth during the 200 meter dash, just barely missing out on grabbing another point for her team.

BRF girls would have a hard time placing in a lot of the other dash competitions as those were dominated by Eau Claire Memorial, White Bear Lake and Lakeville North.

Stephanie Brauner would come back to place for her team in the 55 meter hurdles, coming in second only nine-tenths of a second behind first place.