Wednesday, August 23rd

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Before the 2016-2017 Miss Jackson County court turns over their tiaras and sashes for good, there was one last event for the community.

Sunday marked the car and dog wash that would be the court's final fundraiser and a chance for the incoming court to get into the community as well.

Community members came in droves to the Black River Falls High School parking lot to get their dogs and cars cleaned.

"It was very moving to see so much support from the community, and the court is humbled by it," program director Cassie Olson said.

In just a few short hours the group raised over $700, which Olson said is easily the most successful fundraiser in awhile.

Presly D Bird, 21, Hixton, was arrested July 26 for possession of narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Adam S Bishop, 43, Ettrick, was arrested July 30 for stalking and disorderly conduct.

Robert Cleveland, 65, Black River Falls, was arrested July 27 on a warrant.

Stacy D Davis, 53, Black River Falls, was arrested July 24 on a warrant.

Jake M Ebert, 30, Black River Falls, was arrested July 29 for OWI first offense and prohibited alcohol concentration.

Emmet Evans, 42, Detroit, MI, was arrested July 27 on a warrant.

Allyson S Funmaker, 24, Black River Falls, was arrested July 28 on a warrant.

Jacqueline Funmaker, 30, Wisconsin Dells, was arrested July 26 for battery and disorderly conduct.

A group of western Wisconsin landowners have lost a court battle to block a proposed frac sand mine using a novel legal approach.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne dismissed a case brought by three families who sued to stop AllEnergy Corp. of Des Moines from opening the $130 million project in the town of Hixton on the grounds it would be a nuisance.

Greg Krueger and his co-plaintiffs claimed the 750-acre mine, processing plant and rail terminal would generate air, water, noise and light pollution, destroy the landscape, deplete groundwater supplies and unreasonably interfere with their right to peaceful enjoyment of their land.

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A Black River Falls attorney accused of trading cash and legal services for sex has agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges, avoiding a trial.

James Ritland, a former district attorney, will plead guilty to two counts of attempted adultery and one count of disorderly conduct, according to a deal presented Monday to La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke.

Ritland was scheduled to stand trial Aug. 9 on multiple felony charges, including soliciting prostitution and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman told authorities she ran into Ritland in 2013 and he told her he could help if she needed money, after which she visited his office across from the Jackson County Courthouse and received cash in exchange for oral sex and showing him her breasts, according to the complaint.

The opioid epidemic has gripped the nation’s attention, but it’s not the only health concern for health officials.

Tobacco use is still a major concern and according to the Center for Disease Control, it is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.

Jackson County was a few programs that aim to help people battle tobacco use, but it was hard for officials to give an exact number of how many people utilize these programs.

The Black River Memorial Hospital and Ho-Chunk nation each have a tobacco treatment specialist available for intervention and counseling.

“Over the past several years group sessions have become less popular with the one-on-one counseling being more desirable,” Kristi Hanson, a RN with Jackson County Public Health said.