Thursday, October 22nd


Airplanes will be used to spot speeders this weekend on busy highways in Jackson and Buffalo counties.

Aerial traffic enforcement will be used Saturday on Interstate 94 in Jackson County and Sunday on Hwy. 35 in Buffalo County, according to a State Patrol news release.

Pilots use highway marking and a timing device to identify vehicles that are speeding, and then relay the information to patrol vehicles on the ground that will stop the offending drivers.

The State Patrol chooses highway corridors for aerial enforcement using data on traffic citations, crash statistics and other information tied to traffic safety. Federal funds pay for most aerial missions, the State Patrol news release stated.

A six-time convicted drunken driver from Black River Falls is facing a charge of operating while intoxicated/7th offense after a one-vehicle accident in the town of Albion.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies were called about 1 a.m. July 19 to a one-vehicle crash on Hwy. 54.

Deputies located the vehicle that had left the roadway and crashed into a tree. Inside was John E. Climer, 54, of Black River Falls. Deputies reported signs of alcohol impairment.

Climer was transported to a medical facility for treatment. He was cited for operating while intoxicated/7th Offense.

Climer had OWI convictions in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2009.

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.