Thursday, June 20th


The Black River Falls Public Library will transform into a mini golf course during an annual event set for July 21.

The Friends of the BRF Public Library group will host the “Friends Golf Open” from 9 a.m. to noon on a new course built by local resident Dennis Ruda. The course will weave around the aisles of the Fillmore Street library with each hole sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations.

“We are excited to continue the Friends Golf Open and show off the new course,” said Joan Zenz, current chair of the Friends group. “We welcome families to enjoy the event and explore the library.”

Mini golf event chairperson Jean Lee contacted Ruda after last summer’s event, and the group was excited when he undertook the project to construct the course to alleviate the Friends’ need to rent a course. It also allows the group to have a unique course that will be used for years to come, Zenz said.

It all began some 40,000 years ago when cavewoman pointed at the soot-covered walls of her domicile and made it clear to caveman in the universal language of feminine displeasure still spoken today that she was not pleased with the appearance of her abode.

That proclamation was likely met with a shoulder shrug from caveman who felt pigmentation spreading was very low on his agenda when there were mastodons to slay and it was poker night with the boys. But after some repeated cold glances and cold shoulders and probably a few kicks for additional emphasis, even old caveman understood who wore the animal skins in the family.

So with the mixture of some earth pigments, charcoal and calcium and probably some spit and primitive swear words still in use today, caveman created the first emulsion consisting of pigments suspended in a liquid medium for use as a decorative coating.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday, July 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Mindoro Town Hall.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Walk-ins are welcome. For an appointment, please call 488-3723 or 857-3930.

Fire destroyed a semi last week on Interstate 94 in the town of Millston in Jackson County.

The driver, Prentice Brown of Atwood, Illinois, told authorities he heard a pop before pulling over and seeing fire under the hood July 3.

Atwood was unable to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

Firefighters were on the scene for 90 minutes but weren't able to save the truck, which was carrying dog food and kitty litter.

Black River Falls firefighters were assisted by the Town of Lincoln (Warrens) Fire Department. Wisconsin State Patrol and Jackson County Sheriff's Department conducted traffic control. I-94 west bound was closed for a short time while the fire was extinguished and traffic was rerouted onto Hwy 12 in Millston.

Seven contestants are in the running for Miss Jackson County 2018.

Judging will take place on Saturday, July 28.

The next day, Sunday, July 29, the pageant committee will be hosting its second annual Dog and Car Wash at the Black River Falls High School Greenhouse parking lot.

Each dog or car will cost $5 per wash and all funds will support the Miss Jackson County scholarships and programming for the coming year.

The wash will run from noon to 4 p.m.

The Miss Jackson County pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31,  at the Lunda Theater.

Here are the contestants:

Rebecca Ross

Black River Falls

Parents: John and Melanie Ross

Sponsor: Waumandee State Bank

Kianna Heller

Black River Falls

Parents: Jeff Millis and Stephanie Heller

Sponsor: Highway 54 Towing

Emma Ernstes

The Black River Falls Public Library, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, is offering appointments with a licensed professional career counselor.

These one-on-one appointments are offered on the second Wednesday of the month, and you need to register in advance by contacting Vicki or Tammy at the library.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone desiring assistance in securing employment, advancing themselves in their career, or any employment-related issue.

A list of services offered can be found on our website, or you can contact the library for more information. Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with friends and family.

On Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m., the BRF Writers Group will meet in the library's program room. New members are encouraged to attend. For more information about the BRF Writers Group, contact Ken Luchterhand at 608-488-2102.

On Tuesday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m.