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Black River Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a gold recipient of the 2018 Workplace Health Achievement through the American Heart Association.

The Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a healthy workplace for employees.

Companies are measured on how well they have implemented these practices. The hospital is being recognized at the gold level for achieving a score of 186 out of a possible 217 points.

Rob Stapel, the hospital’s human resources director and wellness team chairman, said, “We’re very proud to receive this recognition. Our goal as a wellness team is to continue to improve the health of BRMH’s workforce from one year to the next.”

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Black River Country Bank has delivered a corporate contribution to Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers as part of its bank-wide community giving model, which has recently expanded to include a new employee giving initiative called WE.GIVE.

Interfaith was one of the first community organizations to become involved with the WE.GIVE. launch at Black River Country Bank, which is an employee-driven effort to do more to serve.

This new program will facilitate and encourage bank employee-giving relationships with different community organizations. Employees already volunteer for Interfaith’s Jackson United Mentor Program and its Visually Impaired Program.

This donation will help with the growth of Interfaith’s new Time for You program. Time for You is one of the many programs that Interfaith offers to assist the elderly and disabled in Jackson County.

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The Jackson County Master Gardeners will offer a workshop during National Farmers Market Week at the Jackson County Farmers Market Aug. 9 and 11 on Diploma Drive, Black River Falls

The workshop is entitled “Refreshing Brews from the Garden.” Making refreshing beverages during the summer months can be interesting and fun. Those attending will learn how to make refreshing summer drinks including infusions and smoothies using switchel and vinegar-based shrubs, also, fermented non-alcoholic drinks such as Kvass and Kombucha, both touted for their health benefits to the digestive track and immune system.

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Gardeners and interested members of the public are welcome to attend this workshop by UW-Extension Jackson County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Life is sometimes like a blackberry patch.

That was the great epiphany that came to me last week while I was in the midst of harvesting the purplish-black fruit of summer.

The annual appearance of the rubus allegheniensis — the blackberry — is a late July and early August treat. The prolific plants grow throughout our hardwood forests and we try our best to harvest plenty of the berries for eating fresh, making jam, freezing and making wine.

It was a cool evening last week when my wife Sherry and I — with ice cream pails in hand — started on a patch that covers both sides of a hilltop field. It was quiet and peaceful and were we serenaded by the chirping of a cricket and bird song.

We got a late start because I was late getting home from work. In typical fashion my mind was busy with all that had to be done and all that was not done.

For the Hangartners, pie-eating competition is a family affair. Wilhelmina (age 5), Icean (9) and Kellee (12) all took the stage Thursday to enter the annual pie-eating contest held at the Jackson County Fair.

Contestants ranging age from three years old to adult took shifts downing chocolate/whipped cream pies. The winners received free milk shakes and “bragging rights,” said contest organizer and master of ceremonies Leonard Olson.

“Some of them are up there on a dare, and some of them are just willing to give it a whirl,” Olson said.

The Hangartner family of Melrose earned the most bragging rights. Icean and Kellee won their age groups.

For Icean, winning was an accomplishment because he’s not a huge fan of chocolate. He said, “I kind of like chocolate,” but doesn’t care for chocolate chips.

“All I did was start eating the big chunks first,” he said.

Kellee said it wasn’t difficult to consume the cream pie.

BLACK RIVER FALLS — An Eau Claire man faces charges of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated after his car was involved in a collision immediately after someone woke him up early Saturday in Black River Falls.

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Chris McMillan also faces two counts of felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct. Additional charges are pending.

Black River Falls police were dispatched about 3:30 a.m. to a vehicle blocking a residential driveway in the 200 block of Harrison Street. A witness found the driver passed out in the vehicle. When the witness woke him, the driver’s vehicle rear-ended a parked car.

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Black River Falls Police Chief Kelly Bakken said the driver was identified as McMillan.

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