Tuesday, May 21st


Daniel H. Richards of Fairchild faces a sixth-offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after a weekend arrest in Jackson County.

Richards, 52, also faces charges of operating after revocation and felony bail jumping.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 5:30 p.m. Sunday about a white van pulling in front of another vehicle and weaving into the opposite lane of traffic near Hwy. 10 and Townhall Road in the town of Cleveland.

A Jackson County deputy checked the area and located a vehicle matching the description. The deputy observed the vehicle traveling left of center and running a stop sign on Hill Road at Hwy. 10.

The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Richards.

Richards denied drinking, but a strong odor of intoxicants was detected and open intoxicants were observed in the vehicle. 

Seven FFA Officers from the Melrose-Mindoro FFA Chapter attended the recent state FFA convention in Madison.

The three-day event included convention sessions, workshops, a career show, exhibits, delegate meetings and a tour of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, plus bowling and swimming.

Brady Patterson and Sheradyn Johnson were voting delegates at the business meeting and voted for next year’s section 3 state officer.

The FFA alumni helped finance the trip.

The Mel-Min FFA also has received a $2,500 grant from Monsanto called the Grow Communities program.

Leon Pfaff of Mindoro applied for the grant, and chose our FFA as the recipient of the funds.

Aptiv currently has openings in the Black River Falls Day Service program

Hands-on instructional service focused on skill development

Aptiv has 10 openings for participants in its day services program in Black River Falls.

Adults with disabilities of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in programming Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aptiv’s day services program offers semester classes based on personal interests and needs.

Services allow individuals to select from a range of activities to help them meet their goals.

Whether they want to learn to cook healthy meals, strengthen social skills or become more physically active. These classes will be offered at the Black River Falls Facility, 720 Red Iron Road, Black River Falls.

“With this program, participants make suggestions and have direct input into their own services.” said Lisa Duncanson, Aptiv’s northern regional service director.

The Melrose Alliance Church will have its Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 from 8:45 to 11:45 each day.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship will work with students, and children pre-K through 6th grade are welcome.

Fourth of July activities will include face painting before and after the parade and then the movie, "I Can Only Imagine," starring Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley showing at 7 p.m. at the church.

This film is based on a singer's struggles in his unstable childhood and finally the reconciliation with his abusive father, which led to writing of song on which the movie is based.

Abbey Johnson and Kacey Koenigs, college students from Black River Falls, have each received Fern Helbling Scholarships from the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce.

The scholarships honor Helbling, a local registered nurse who died in 1999, who established a fund to benefit local scholars.

This year, two $500 scholarships were awarded in the Business Scholarship category due to lack of applications for the Women’s Scholarship.

The Business Scholarship is awarded to a male or female student applicant enrolled in a four-year college. The student applicant must be at least a college sophomore in good standing, currently taking at least six credits, and enrolled in a business curriculum of his or her choice.

The first recipient selected for the 2018 Business Scholarship was Abbey Johnson of Black River Falls. She is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Interior Architecture.