Sunday, January 21st

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Black River Falls Municipal Utilities has been reimbursed $314,000 by FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management for phase one emergency repairs that were made to the dam after a Sept. 22, 2016 flood event.

Gate three was damaged and detached from the dam after severe rain events in northern parts of the Black River watershed caused flood waters to rise quickly allowing large debris including boats, boat docks and large trees to flow through the Black River Falls dam.

“That large pine tree came down and got stuck between the gate and the gate hoist drum. The forces exerted on the gate from the tree and the current of the water deflected the gate enough to make it become detached from the trunnion pins, which are embedded in the piers, and caused the gate to become dislodged from the spillway,” Casey Engebretson, general manager of Black River Falls Public Utilities, said.

Ruth Wise is the November Student of the Month for the agriculture department, Ashley Overlien is the November Student of the Month for the athletics department, Emma Bible is the November Student of the Month for the English department, Kyle Eversum is the November Student of the Month for the FCE/business department, McKenna Aldach is the November Student of the Month for the math department, Kaitlyn Gilbertson is the November Student of the Month for the music department, Lily Howe is the November Student of the Month for the phys. ed/health department, Jenna Quakenbush is the November Student of the Month for the science department, Kaitlyn Neumann is the November Student of the Month for the social studies department, Blake Tollefson is the November Student of the Month for the tech.

A former Black River Falls city council member faces charges of retail theft and possession of stolen property related to five incidents at Scholze Ace Home Center in Black River Falls.

Eric J. Erickson, 54, of Black River Falls was referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office Friday.

Detectives received reports from Scholze Ace Home Center of thefts that occurred Oct. 14, Nov. 2, Nov. 12, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.

Detectives were able to recover most of the stolen property Dec. 4 after executing a search warrant based on information obtained from their investigation.

Erickson resigned as the city of Black River Falls First Ward Alderperson Nov. 26.

Black River Falls Administrator Brad Chown said that Erickson's resignation letter stated that he resigned due to personal demands and ongoing health concerns.

A former Black River Falls city council member faces charges of retail theft and possession of stolen property related to five incidents at Scholze Ace Home Center in Black River Falls.

Eric J. Erickson, 54, of Black River Falls was referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office Friday.

Detectives received reports from Scholze Ace Home Center of thefts that occurred Oct. 14, Nov. 2, Nov. 12, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.

Detectives were able to recover most of the stolen property Dec. 4 after executing a search warrant based on information obtained from their investigation.

Erickson resigned as the city of Black River Falls First Ward Alderperson Nov. 26.

Black River Falls Administrator Brad Chown said that Erickson's resignation letter stated that he resigned due to personal demands and ongoing health concerns.

Eric J. Erickson, 54, of Black River Falls was referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office Friday, Dec. 8 for charges of retail theft and possession of stolen property related to five incidents at Scholze Ace Home Center in Black River Falls.

Detectives received reports from Scholze Ace Home Center of thefts that occurred Oct. 14, Nov. 2, Nov. 12, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.

Detectives were able to recover most of the stolen property Dec. 4 after executing a search warrant based on information obtained from their investigation.

Eric J. Erickson, 54, of Black River Falls was referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office Friday, Dec. 8 for charges of retail theft and possession of stolen property related to five incidents at Scholze Ace Home Center in Black River Falls.

Trisha Wagner

Jackson County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent

The increasingly important role that immigrant workers play in Wisconsin’s dairy industry is relatively new. On average, dairy farmers started hiring immigrant labor around the year 2000. However, Latino immigrants have worked on the upper midwest’s vegetable farms seasonally since at least the 1930s, and the region’s meatpacking and food processing industries have relied on immigrant workers throughout the 20th century.

Many Wisconsin dairy farms now hire employees versus family labor alone. Wisconsin dairy farmers have increased herd size to pursue a strategy of increased production to make ends meet or increase farm income. Tighter farm budgets may also compel members of farm families to seek off-farm work for a secure income base and/or health insurance.

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