Sunday, July 23rd


A few months removed from the blowback the Melrose-Mindoro School Board received after residents opened their property tax bills and were outraged by the increases, construction of the new consolidated campus project began quietly on Monday, June 12.

The consolidated campus project will bring together all students in the Melrose-Mindoro School District under one roof at the current high school location. When voting on the $24.7 million referendum last November, residents were told their property taxes would go up an additional $222 per $100,000, but residents were outraged when their property tax bills increased by much more than expected.

After months of contentious debates at school board meetings, the Melrose-Mindoro School District has moved forward with stage one.

“This summer is considered stage one of the project.

Ciara Koboski of Black River Falls was recently selected as the Section 3 vice president for the Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.

The other officers include Meikah Dado, Amery, reporter; Brooke Brantner, Menomonie, vice president; Morgan Fitzsimmons, Mineral Point, vice president; Liz Grady, Oregon, secretary; Saml Jesse, Lodi, sentinel; Kathryn Lampi, Owen-Withee, parlimentarian; Elisha Riley, Waupaca, treasurer; Sam Pinchart, Luxemburg-Casco, vice president; and Amelia Hayden, Big Foot, vice president.

Koboski is the daughter of Amy Ervin and Todd Koboski. Bradley Markhardt is her advisor.

Ciara Koboski of Black River Falls was recently selected as the Section 3 vice president for the Wisconsin FFA State Officer Team during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention, joining 10 other individuals from across the state for the one-year honor.

Anglers looking for diverse fishing experiences would do well to consider the Black River and its tributaries. The Black River watershed has a wide variety of fish species to entice fishermen and women of any age.

“The Black River corridor in Komensky and Adams (towns) have some of the highest biological diversity in the region,” said Pete Segerson, former fisheries technician and fisheries operations supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “There are more than 70 species of fish in the Black. The Black River drainage also has many tributaries that are high quality brook trout streams.”

Segerson presented a program about the fish and fisheries found in the Black River and its watershed at the Friends of the Black River’s June 14 meeting.

Black River Falls will be busy with music, food, running events, a parade and fireworks during the Karner Blue Summer Festival June 30 and July 1.

This event is a combination of the former Karner Blue Butterfly Festival sponsored by the Black River Falls Downtown Association and the Festival in the Park sponsored by the city of Black River Falls that were held on different weekends in July. The Karner Blue Race 5K/10K/Half-marathon sponsored by the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce also is part of the festival.

The festival will be held at Lunda Community Park on Friday night with music and fireworks sponsored by Hoffman Construction at 10:15 p.m. The events will then switch to downtown Black River Falls on Saturday where there will be craft and food vendors, a car show, children’s games, music and a 3 p.m.

The Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department has received a national award for outstanding use of national recreational trails program (RTP) funding.

The Black River Falls motorized access trail which recently opened is one of 10 national projects that received the 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Award by the Coalition for Recreational Trails.

The awards are named for the former Wisconsin congressman who was a long-time champion of the federal trails program.

The winners were honored at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 14. 

Jon Schweitzer, trails coordinator for Jackson County, received the award. Also at the ceremony were Congressman Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Schweitzer’s family.

“This project represents the collaborative effort of a diverse partner group which included all levels of government and private sector businesses,” Schweitzer said.

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 St.

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 St. into a one-way in hopes that it could lessen some of the danger.