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Members of the Jackson County Farm Bureau will hold their annual meeting at noon Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Steve and Pat Kling Party Barn in Taylor.

All Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this important meeting to help create policy resolutions and vote in elections for county board directors.

The county’s voting delegates also will be selected for the WFBF Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells Dec. 1-3.

As a grassroots organization, it is Farm Bureau members on the county level who set the policy goals of the state’s leading farm organization. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is often asked to get involved in issues affecting production agriculture and rural Wisconsin both in Madison and Washington, D.C.

This fall, Farm Bureau members across the state will be crafting, discussing and forwarding policy recommendations on emerging agricultural issues.

Made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.

The spirit of friendliness and good cheer is just around the corner as the 12th Annual Black River Area Oktoberfest will take place Saturday, Oct. 6.

This festival has continued to grow and is one of the area’s most popular fall celebrations. The event will once again be held in the Animal Arena at the Jackson County Fair Park. The arena provides a weatherproof spot for vendors, food and entertainment.

Scheduled events will include a car show – which is getting bigger every year –children’s inflatables, medieval knight demonstrations and, of course, plenty of music, food and fun.

“We made some big changes during the past few years with this festival, which continues to draw larger crowds and overwhelmingly positive responses,” said Amanda Gunn, executive director of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce. “Come celebrate Wisconsin’s German heritage and enjoy music, food, crafts, inflatables and beer from our local Sand Creek Brewing Co.

TOWN OF BROCKWAY -- A 64-year-old Black River Falls man faces a 14th drunken driving charge in Jackson County.

Herman Decorah was apprehended Wednesday after refusing to stop while traveling below the speed limit.

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The vehicle eventually stopped in a town of Brockway driveway, where Decorah said he resided.

Decorah was booked into Jackson County Jail for 14th-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a felony, and operating after revocation.

The measurement of progress is at times an inexact science akin to the eye of the beholder. Not every advancement of science or latest technology equates to progress.

I’ve thought about that often this summer as my work commute takes me past the construction zone of the northern portion of the Badger Coulee Transmission Line project. The 186-mile powerline runs from Holmen to near Madison and will cost an estimated $580 million. It is a joint venture of American Transmission Co. and utilities including Xcel Energy and La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative

The project was years in the making and there were many in support and against. The application approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in 2015 said that the project will improve electric reliability, provide lower-cost power and bring more wind power to customers. It will become part of a transmission grid and connect with the CapX2020 high-voltage line from Minnesota.

Monday's funeral procession for Alec Muth, 22, of Black River Falls included fire engines, ambulances and at least 100 motorcycles. Muth died Aug. 19 of injuries sustained in an Aug. 7 motorcycle crash at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. He was a member of the Black River Falls Fire Department and an avid motorcycle racer. The long procession accompanied Muth's body from the Lunda Community Center Field House to Riverside Cemetery.

Authorities in Jackson County are looking for a man who fled after a domestic dispute on Interstate 94.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was called at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday to near mile marker 122 in the town of Manchester for a report of a possible domestic disturbance.

A woman told deputies that Dale K. Becklin, 58, of Louisiana had run off. Deputies with K9 and state troopers searched and were unable to find him.

Authorities said they believe it was an isolated incident and that Becklin has no known ties to this area.

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Jackson County deputies are urging people to call 715-284-5357 if you see Becklin, and that you should not try to apprehend him.