Sunday, January 21st

News

All open Jackson County Board of Supervisor seats now have a candidate for the spring election.

Running uncontested in District 10 to replace outgoing supervisor Tom Reid is Michelle Mary Greendeer-Rave.

John C. Higgins and Robert Louis Perry will be running for the District 14 seat to replace outgoing supervisor John Chrest.

In District 15, Curtis Frank Redbird will be running unopposed to replace outgoing supervisor Joe Hunter.

Three candidates are vying for outgoing supervisor Dan Iverson's spot in District 19 including Ed Chamberlain, Rebecca Franks and Tena R. Quackenbush.

Currently the only challenge to a current supervisor seeking re-election will be in District 16 against current supervisor Grady Gutknecht. Desiree Gearing-Lancaster will run as a write-in candidate.

A 26-year-old Jackson County man was killed Wednesday evening when a semi struck his buggy in the Jackson County town of Garfield, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

A 36-year-old St. Cloud, Minn., man was driving the semi when it hit the buggy about 5:10 p.m. on Hwy. 10. Names were not released pending notification of family.

A 26-year-old Jackson County man was killed Wednesday evening when a semi struck his buggy in the Jackson County town of Garfield, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

A 36-year-old St. Cloud, Minn., man was driving the semi when it hit the buggy about 5:10 p.m. on Hwy. 10. Names were not released pending notification of family.

Black River Falls patrol officer and K-9 handler Jeremy James has been placed on paid administrative leave so an investigation into a situation involving James can be conducted.

The matter was announced by city administrator Brad Chown during the Dec. 20 Black River Falls Special Common Council meeting.

“I cannot comment on Jeremy James. That is a personnel issue, so I unfortunately cannot provide any information on that,” Black River Falls police chief Kelly Bakken said when asked about the investigation.

Mattis, Black River Falls’ K-9, has been sent for additional training during the investigation.

“The police department does have a K-9 program. The police department will continue to have a K-9 program. Mattis is receiving some additional training right now.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded Hoffman Construction a contract to complete a 6½-mile stretch of road that will be in front of the new Foxconn manufacturing facility in Racine County.

The $12.7 million contract is to reconstruct a north-south frontage road along Interstate 94 south of Hwy. 11 in front of the future Foxconn manufacturing facility to accommodate the I-94 widening project.

Foxconn is investing $10 billion for a 13,000-employee complex that will be built in Mount Pleasant in Racine County. The Taiwan-based company plans to make advanced liquid-crystal display panels for commercial and consumer uses, including televisions.

The project will consist of 240,000 cubic yards of excavation, 240,000 tons of aggregate base and more than 50,000 tons of asphalt.

In a cross-cultural literary feat two years in the making, a class of dual-language immersion students at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison has helped create the first trilingual children’s book about the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Now in fifth grade, the students as third-graders in teacher Emily Schroeder’s class worked for several months with a Ho-Chunk tribal officer and Ho-Chunk students from a language school in Nekoosa to record, transcribe and illustrate a traditional Ho-Chunk story about a boy on a quest, and translate it into English, Spanish and Ho-Chunk.

“I wanted to dive deeper into this whole idea of Madison history before European contact,” Schroeder said. “Plus there are not a lot of children’s books, fictional or nonfictional, in general about the Ho-Chunk Nation.

When Sunny Rufsholm got the role as Emma Carew in last year’s Black River Falls musical “Jekyll and Hyde,” she felt like the person she was impersonating was in many ways like herself.

“I am not the weak young thing

You’re seeking, Simon,

Someone seventeen, obedient and sweet.

I am not the protégée

To waste your time on.

I’m complete.”

These lyrics from the song “Emma’s Reason” in “Jekyll and Hyde” ring especially true for Rufsholm because she doesn’t want anyone to see her as “a weak young thing” with a disability, but instead wants to show people that she is just like everyone else.

“She has been quite assertive that she doesn’t want to be treated any differently,” Black River Falls choir teacher Joe Phillips said.

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