Sunday, July 23rd


In a school setting with hundreds of kids running around, it is inevitable that accidents are bound to happen at school.

After taking their child to the doctor, many parents assume that their school will have some sort of assistance to help them with the costs.

Unfortunately for some, they found out the hard way that Melrose-Mindoro schools had no such insurance.

According to superintendent Del Deberg, this led to some calls from upset parents.

At the last school board meeting, members sought to rectify the problem.

In a unanimous decision, the board approved the addition of an insurance policy for students.

With this in place they hope to give parents more piece of mind when their child is at school.

Some construction projects were planned on Gordon Street in Black River Falls, but had to be put on hold.

As the street department set to start fixing the street, they discovered the water table was significantly too high to do any work.

Todd Gunderson said that the area is usually pretty wet, but in a normal year they would have been able to do the construction with no issue.

"With all the rain we've been having and in the winter, it's just made the water table too high," Gunderson said.

Originally the city had planned to put the construction off until next year, but the citizens who live on the street were upset with that idea.

"It's about time something is done for the street, nothing has been done in 45 years," one citizen in attendance told the board.

Over the years, volunteers have provided hundreds of shawls to help comfort and provide warmth to Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) hospice and home-care patients in the Jackson County area.

Patients receive a comfort shawl upon entry to the hospice or home-care program.

BRMH is once again seeking volunteers who know how to knit or crochet and are interested in helping.

Sue Lindberg, BRMH home-care-hospice biller, is coordinating the collection of the shawls and said, “We love being able to provide these shawls and our patients really appreciate them. A slightly bulky yarn made up in the preferred pattern is very soft and comfortable.”

Patterns are available for printing for private use from the BRMH website with permission from

The Jackson County Veterans park recently finished its facelift.

The work was finally unveiled Saturday with an appreciation lunch and showing of the new donor plaque.

Located on Hwy. 54 just past the Lunda Community Center, the park now boasts a freshly-paved parking lot and hut to cook snacks and food from.

There are also several different military displays amidst the small park. Most notably is a decommissioned helicopter that flew missions in Vietnam.

The park also hosts a decommissioned tank and a piece of artillery  on opposite sides of the parking lot.

Two large ammunition shells mark the gateway to the walk up to where the flags tower above the park.

Veterans and community members packed the park to enjoy the lunch and new sights.

It was in the summer of her seventh grade year at Black River Falls that Ciara Koboski would be introduced to FFA by Zachary Markhardt, one of her friends that happened to be a state FFA officer that year.

“The year my friend talked me into joining the FFA he was a state FFA officer. Watching him grow up and be my leader inspired me to be like him,” Koboski said.

This experience along with watching other state FFA officers from her time in high school is what encouraged Koboski to run for state office herself this year.

After a full week of festivities and interviews, she was selected as the section three vice president for the Wisconsin FFA state officer team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention June 12-15, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.