Thursday, October 22nd


Seven FFA Officers from the Melrose-Mindoro FFA Chapter attended the recent state FFA convention in Madison.

The three-day event included convention sessions, workshops, a career show, exhibits, delegate meetings and a tour of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, plus bowling and swimming.

Brady Patterson and Sheradyn Johnson were voting delegates at the business meeting and voted for next year’s section 3 state officer.

The FFA alumni helped finance the trip.

The Mel-Min FFA also has received a $2,500 grant from Monsanto called the Grow Communities program.

Leon Pfaff of Mindoro applied for the grant, and chose our FFA as the recipient of the funds.

Aptiv currently has openings in the Black River Falls Day Service program

Hands-on instructional service focused on skill development

Aptiv has 10 openings for participants in its day services program in Black River Falls.

Adults with disabilities of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in programming Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aptiv’s day services program offers semester classes based on personal interests and needs.

Services allow individuals to select from a range of activities to help them meet their goals.

Whether they want to learn to cook healthy meals, strengthen social skills or become more physically active. These classes will be offered at the Black River Falls Facility, 720 Red Iron Road, Black River Falls.

“With this program, participants make suggestions and have direct input into their own services.” said Lisa Duncanson, Aptiv’s northern regional service director.

The Melrose Alliance Church will have its Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 from 8:45 to 11:45 each day.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship will work with students, and children pre-K through 6th grade are welcome.

Fourth of July activities will include face painting before and after the parade and then the movie, "I Can Only Imagine," starring Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley showing at 7 p.m. at the church.

This film is based on a singer's struggles in his unstable childhood and finally the reconciliation with his abusive father, which led to writing of song on which the movie is based.

Abbey Johnson and Kacey Koenigs, college students from Black River Falls, have each received Fern Helbling Scholarships from the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce.

The scholarships honor Helbling, a local registered nurse who died in 1999, who established a fund to benefit local scholars.

This year, two $500 scholarships were awarded in the Business Scholarship category due to lack of applications for the Women’s Scholarship.

The Business Scholarship is awarded to a male or female student applicant enrolled in a four-year college. The student applicant must be at least a college sophomore in good standing, currently taking at least six credits, and enrolled in a business curriculum of his or her choice.

The first recipient selected for the 2018 Business Scholarship was Abbey Johnson of Black River Falls. She is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Interior Architecture.

My learning curve has always been on a slightly steeper slope but I recently had a great epiphany in the midst of swearing at a piece of farm machinery.

It came to me after an hour of trying to thread a piece of twine through the knotter of an old square baler. I understood why big round hay balers were invented.

I still put up some small squares because it’s much easier handling them with our smaller animals. But like everything else this spring, the 2018 haying season was delayed by several weeks because of wet weather. Trying to find a window of dry weather while juggling another full-time job is a challenge.

But it looked like we finally had an opportunity and I enlisted the help of a neighbor, teenager Blake Stenberg, who could also bring some equipment — although it’s even older than the 36-year-old baler that I use.

The Blair-Taylor school district received $43,047 Wednesday through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program.

The grant was announced by Attorney General Brad Schimel, part of $1.9 million granted to 19 schools and districts in Wisconsin.

The grant money will fund building safety improvements, as well as training for faculty and staff.

“School officials and law enforcement share the responsibility in keeping our kids safe when they leave their homes every day,” Schimel said. “These grant funds will establish a meaningful way to improve school safety through physical improvements to school buildings, and a focus on mental health training for school faculty.”

Grant applicants are required to partner with law enforcement agencies to ensure that proposed expenditures, visitor protocols, and school safety plans will be effective and provide students with the safest learning environment possible.

Grant dollars are divided into two categories: the Primary School Safety Grant and Advanced School Safety Grant.