Sunday, July 23rd


Some construction projects were planned on Gordon Street in Black River Falls, but had to be put on hold.

As the street department set to start fixing the street, they discovered the water table was significantly too high to do any work.

Todd Gunderson said that the area is usually pretty wet, but in a normal year they would have been able to do the construction with no issue.

"With all the rain we've been having and in the winter, it's just made the water table too high," Gunderson said.

Originally the city had planned to put the construction off until next year, but the citizens who live on the street were upset with that idea.

"It's about time something is done for the street, nothing has been done in 45 years," one citizen in attendance told the board.

Over the years, volunteers have provided hundreds of shawls to help comfort and provide warmth to Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) hospice and home-care patients in the Jackson County area.

Patients receive a comfort shawl upon entry to the hospice or home-care program.

BRMH is once again seeking volunteers who know how to knit or crochet and are interested in helping.

Sue Lindberg, BRMH home-care-hospice biller, is coordinating the collection of the shawls and said, “We love being able to provide these shawls and our patients really appreciate them. A slightly bulky yarn made up in the preferred pattern is very soft and comfortable.”

Patterns are available for printing for private use from the BRMH website with permission from

The Jackson County Veterans park recently finished its facelift.

The work was finally unveiled Saturday with an appreciation lunch and showing of the new donor plaque.

Located on Hwy. 54 just past the Lunda Community Center, the park now boasts a freshly-paved parking lot and hut to cook snacks and food from.

There are also several different military displays amidst the small park. Most notably is a decommissioned helicopter that flew missions in Vietnam.

The park also hosts a decommissioned tank and a piece of artillery  on opposite sides of the parking lot.

Two large ammunition shells mark the gateway to the walk up to where the flags tower above the park.

Veterans and community members packed the park to enjoy the lunch and new sights.

It was in the summer of her seventh grade year at Black River Falls that Ciara Koboski would be introduced to FFA by Zachary Markhardt, one of her friends that happened to be a state FFA officer that year.

“The year my friend talked me into joining the FFA he was a state FFA officer. Watching him grow up and be my leader inspired me to be like him,” Koboski said.

This experience along with watching other state FFA officers from her time in high school is what encouraged Koboski to run for state office herself this year.

After a full week of festivities and interviews, she was selected as the section three vice president for the Wisconsin FFA state officer team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention June 12-15, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.

Merrillan EMS coordinator Scott Loveland expressed how short staffed they are at the recent Merrillan village board meeting, stressing that they are in dire need of more daytime EMS workers.

Loveland said he knows how much of a responsibility it is and it's hard to ask people to do it, but the village needs the volunteers.

At the village board meeting, police chief Mike Johnson also addressed the problem of Hammond Street.

The street has had more than it's share of problems like parking and cut through traffic.

Johnson noted that it is a particularly dangerous intersection and some view obstruction makes parking particularly hazardous.

One suggestion was the possibility of converting Hammond Street. into a one-way in hopes that it could lessen some of the danger.

During the Jackson County Highway Department meeting Tuesday, committee members approved the department to begin discussing a Road-Use Maintenance Agreement (RUMA) with Meteor Timber for the proposed truck route from their mine to their rail loadout facility.

Meteor Timber proposes trucking sand south on Fish Creek Road and then west on Hwy. 0. They would then turn left on Hwy. 12 to get to their rail loadout facility. The RUMA proposed by Meteor Timber would make Hwy. O an all-seasons road and would allow them to truck sand the entire year without the possibility of the road having weight restrictions.

The $65 million dollar project proposed by Meteor Timber has been under heavy scrutiny for filling in wetlands on top of mining for sand.