Sunday, July 23rd

Local

Merrillan EMS coordinator Scott Loveland expressed how short staffed they are at the recent Merrillan village board meeting, stressing that they are in dire need of more daytime EMS workers.

Loveland said he knows how much of a responsibility it is and it's hard to ask people to do it, but the village needs the volunteers.

At the village board meeting, police chief Mike Johnson also addressed the problem of Hammond Street.

The street has had more than it's share of problems like parking and cut through traffic.

Johnson noted that it is a particularly dangerous intersection and some view obstruction makes parking particularly hazardous.

One suggestion was the possibility of converting Hammond Street. into a one-way in hopes that it could lessen some of the danger.

During the Jackson County Highway Department meeting Tuesday, committee members approved the department to begin discussing a Road-Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) with Meteor Timber for the proposed truck route from their mine to their rail loadout facility.

Meteor Timber proposes trucking sand south on Fish Creek Road and then west on Hwy. 0. They would then turn left on Hwy. 12 to get to their rail loadout facility. The RUMA proposed by Meteor Timber would make Hwy. O an all-seasons road and would allow them to truck sand the entire year without the possibility of the road having weight restrictions.

The $65 million dollar project proposed by Meteor Timber has been under heavy scrutiny for filling in wetlands on top of mining for sand.

A few months removed from the blowback the Melrose-Mindoro School Board received after residents opened their property tax bills and were outraged by the increases, construction of the new consolidated campus project began quietly on Monday, June 12.

The consolidated campus project will bring together all students in the Melrose-Mindoro School District under one roof at the current high school location. When voting on the $24.7 million referendum last November, residents were told their property taxes would go up an additional $222 per $100,000, but residents were outraged when their property tax bills increased by much more than expected.

After months of contentious debates at school board meetings, the Melrose-Mindoro School District has moved forward with stage one.

“This summer is considered stage one of the project.

Ciara Koboski of Black River Falls was recently selected as the Section 3 vice president for the Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.

The other officers include Meikah Dado, Amery, reporter; Brooke Brantner, Menomonie, vice president; Morgan Fitzsimmons, Mineral Point, vice president; Liz Grady, Oregon, secretary; Saml Jesse, Lodi, sentinel; Kathryn Lampi, Owen-Withee, parlimentarian; Elisha Riley, Waupaca, treasurer; Sam Pinchart, Luxemburg-Casco, vice president; and Amelia Hayden, Big Foot, vice president.

Koboski is the daughter of Amy Ervin and Todd Koboski. Bradley Markhardt is her advisor.

Ciara Koboski of Black River Falls was recently selected as the Section 3 vice president for the Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.

Anglers looking for diverse fishing experiences would do well to consider the Black River and its tributaries. The Black River watershed has a wide variety of fish species to entice fishermen and women of any age.

“The Black River corridor in Komensky and Adams (towns) have some of the highest biological diversity in the region,” said Pete Segerson, former fisheries technician and fisheries operations supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “There are more than 70 species of fish in the Black. The Black River drainage also has many tributaries that are high quality brook trout streams.”

Segerson presented a program about the fish and fisheries found in the Black River and its watershed at the Friends of the Black River’s June 14 meeting.