Thursday, February 22nd

Local

TOWN OF ADAMS -- A fire damaged three vehicles and caused serious heat and smoke damage the morning of Feb. 15 at McCullough's Service and Repair.

Jackson County Emergency Dispatch paged the Black River Falls Fire Department at 7:37 a.m., and the fire at N7035 Hwy. 12/27, just north of Black River Falls, was out at 8:16 a.m.

Smoke and fire was coming from the 200-foot-by-65-foot metal-frame building when firefighters arrived, and they discovered a neighbor using a garden hose to knock down the fire on the west side of the building before they extinguished the fire from inside. 

A damage estimate was unavailable, according to Fire Chief Steve Schreiber, and no one was injured. No one was in the building when the fire was reported by a passing motorist.

A generation ago, passing on the family farm meant a farmer could draft a simple will to transfer ownership to children.

Profit margins were higher, land values were lower, farm size was smaller, and tax rates were not as significant.

Today, you need careful planning in order for the family farm to be passed from today's owners to the next generation. Farm business owners looking to the future of their farming operations have many issues, and estate planning needs to happen whether there will be a business succession.

Jackson County University of Wisconsin-Extension and the UW Center for Dairy Profitability will host the second meeting in the series, “Cultivating Your Farm Business’s Future” to address farm succession and estate planning topics on Tuesday, Feb.

Black River Memorial Hospital has been selected as a bronze medal winner for being a Friend of Business Education.

The selection was announced this week by the state Department of Public Instruction to honor businesses that forge partnerships with local schools.

“Our kids and their schools benefit from the opportunities that interaction with our business community provides,” state Superintendent Tony Evers said. “I’m encouraged by the number of businesses that came forward to be part of this program and look forward to finding new ways to promote the impact these relationships have.”

Any Wisconsin business or business-related organization or nonprofit group that is working with its local public schools to provide student offerings can submit an application to join the superintendent’s Business Friends of Education.

Black River Falls is in need of alderpersons, particularly in Ward 1.

Two Common Council members decided not to run for re-election, leaving the first ward without a registered candidate for the April 3 election.

First Ward Alderperson Jeriah Rave Sr. was appointed to the position Dec. 6, 2016, to represent the ward during Alderperson Ryan Simonis’ military leave. Simonis filed a notice of non-candidacy June 29, 2017, and Rave is not seeking election for the office.

Second Ward Alderperson Laura Colloton Chrest was elected in April 2016 and is not seeking re-election. So far, registered write-in candidates for that seat are Tasha Koresh and Travis Brown.

In the third ward, Alderperson John Ross did not file nomination papers to appear on the ballot but has since registered as a write-in candidate for Ward 3.

February 8

Joseph Lee Bellanger, Black River Falls, violation of license restriction, $389.50.

Anacleta Santiago Gullin, Black River Falls, operating with prohibited blood-alcohol content, $937.50, six-month license revocation.

Nikkileight Hazel Ann Martin, resisting/obstructing an officer, $389.50.

Cody Michael McCarthy, speedometer violation, $150.10.

Peter T. Moles, Oak Brook, Illinois, speedometer violation, $200.50.

February 8

Joseph Lee Bellanger, Black River Falls, violation of license restriction, $389.50.

Anacleta Santiago Gullin, Black River Falls, operating with prohibited blood-alcohol content, $937.50, six-month license revocation.

Nikkileight Hazel Ann Martin, resisting/obstructing an officer, $389.50.

Cody Michael McCarthy, speedometer violation, $150.10.

Peter T. Moles, Oak Brook, Illinois, speedometer violation, $200.50.