Wednesday, October 18th

Local

It is always a special time when alumni gather at reunion time as people have fun reminiscing and it is interesting to hear what people have accomplished after their school years are finished.

At this year’s Hixton High School reunion, Marion Eid Olson enjoyed a reunion within the reunion.

Marion graduated from Hixton High School with the class of 1946. She went on to school to become an elementary school teacher.  

This year, three of her students present at the All-School Reunion were also graduates of Hixton High School.  

Another two went on to graduate from other high schools after the Hixton High School closed its doors in 1961.

Beverly Jacobson Frank and Lois Hagen Faldet were taught by Marion at the Schermerhorn one-room school near York.

The UW-Extension is holding an event to help farmers and businesses owners be able to better apply for agricultural grants.

The class will be held Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UW-Extension office in Black River Falls.

This workshop is designed to give farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs information, tools and hands-on training to strengthen grant and loan applications. This workshop will help you create a competitive application and get the financial resources you need to fuel your business.

The program will include the following topics: designing a sound project, identifying funding sources and grant-writing basics perspective from a grant recipient: “How I applied for and used a grant in my agriculture business,” grant programs highlight panel (USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and USDA value added producer grant, USDA SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant), hands-on grant proposal evaluation and development, review and evaluate an actual proposal and review of additional financial options & networking with grant agencies.

In rural Jackson County, a family business has been preparing for the holidays all year long, grooming thousands of Christmas trees for families in the Midwest to enjoy this winter.

With more than 7,000 acres, Northern Family Farms is the largest Christmas tree grower in Wisconsin and is located in the town of Alma, near Alma Center and Merrillan. The business was started in 1955 by two Illinois farmers, Calvin and George Frelk, who started it as a wholesale Christmas tree farm.

At the same time, the Frelk brothers grew tomatoes and asparagus in Illinois for Campbell’s Soups. In 1972, they decided to split the businesses.

Calvin Frelk and his wife Arlene remained in Wisconsin to handle the tree farm, while George Frelk went back to Illinois.

An IST Logistics (Illini State) truck tipped over Saturday morning on Hwy. 95 near Green Acres Road outside of Hixton, spilling a partial load of silica sand on the shoulder.

The driver, Ali Sipahioglu, told officers a vehicle stopped across from his location on Green Acres Road and pulled in front of the semi truck while he was making a left turn onto Hwy. 95.

Sipahioglu avoided the crash and instead ended up turning over the semi truck on the shoulder of Hwy. 95, spilling some of the silica sand he was hauling.

The other vehicle was described as an older silver or gray Chevy Impala, but Sipahioglu did not get a license plate number. The Impala left the scene and has not been positively identified.

The American Red Cross blood drive held at Melrose-Mindoro High School Sept. 18 collected 37 units. The champion donors of the day were Roxanne Storandt reaching three gallons and Tammy Johnson completing six gallons. Congratulations! Thanks to Organic Valley Farms, Mindoro Lions Club and Melrose-Mindoro Schools and maintenance staff. Thanks to all donors and volunteers. The next drive at Melrose-Mindoro will be Dec.r 6.

The American Red Cross blood drive held at Melrose-Mindoro High School Sept. 18 collected 37 units. The champion donors of the day were Roxanne Storandt reaching three gallons and Tammy Johnson completing six gallons. Congratulations! Thanks to Organic Valley Farms, Mindoro Lions Club and Melrose-Mindoro Schools and maintenance staff. Thanks to all donors and volunteers. The next drive at Melrose-Mindoro will be Dec.r 6.