Tuesday, September 26th

Local

Jesse Hieb’s standup paddle board adventure is not just historic; it led the adventurer on a journey to advocate for the state’s longest river.

Hieb paddle boarded the entire length of the Wisconsin River in 2016, beginning at the river’s source at Lac Vieux Desert, on the Wisconsin-Michigan border, to where it meets the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien.

Hieb will tell the story of his trip and his work to preserve the health and beauty of the river at the Friends of the Black River’s Wednesday, Sept. 13 meeting. The meeting will be held in the Jackson County Bank’s community room beginning at 6:30 p.m.

To his knowledge, Hieb believes he is the only person to paddle the length of the river on a paddle board.

Jackson County is known for its recreation destinations, ATV trails and tourist spots, but what it might not be known for is its hidden important historical sites.

Tucked back on the hillside in rural Alma Center is a little spot called Silver Mound that holds a special historical value for researchers and human history in general.

“This is one of the first sites in the area that Paleo people visited,” lecturer at UW-La Crosse Constance Arzigan said.

The importance of the site is tied to a special rock inside the mound, which contrary to the mound’s name, isn’t silver.

What makes Silver Mound special is the Hixton Silicified Sandstone (HSS) that comprises the mound and provided high quality material to early humans.

Some hunts are just special, which is why many people in the area turn to a taxidermist like Jon Beck of Hixton Ridge Taxidermy in Hixton to commemorate the hunt...and maybe so they can brag a little.

Beck is currently preparing for bear season, which will usually bring in about 30 bears every year for his shop.

“Bear season starts [Wednesday] so I’ll for sure be skinning bears tomorrow night,” Beck said.

The numbers always differ year to year and depend on when the season actually opens, but it’s rarely slow for Beck.

While the bear numbers are nice, it’s nothing compared to the deer season for Beck.

“I usually do about 100 buck heads a year,” Beck said.

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) has announced the winners of 42 prestigious statewide awards. Lillian Marie Ruda of Merrillan received an award for “At the Water Trough” as part of the organization’s juried state exhibition, which runs through Sept. 23 at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.

WRAP is a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that encourages adults to create visual art, share it with their communities and connect with fellow nonprofessional artists.

Participants show their work at regional exhibitions, where they receive feedback from experts and build their art knowledge at workshops and presentations.

Professional artists give state awards to outstanding work from these events.

Artists who win these awards may show their work at the state exhibition, where they compete for nearly $5,000 in prize money.

Faith Lutheran Church will end their summer worship service times beginning Sept. 10.

Services at the Black River Falls location will begin at 8:00 a.m. and services at the Cataract location will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Black River Falls services are held in the church building located at N6598 Hwy. A.

Cataract services are held in the church building located at N6774 Acorn Avenue.

For more information contact Pastor Neumann at 715-284-0772.

Faith Lutheran Church will end their summer worship service times beginning Sept. 10.

Services at the Black River Falls location will begin at 8:00 a.m. and services at the Cataract location will begin at 9:45 a.m.