A semi-truck leaked liquid zinc Monday night near the Flying J truck stop in Black River Falls.

Initially the Black River Falls Fire Department was concerned phosphoric acid was the chemical that had been spilled.

The driver advised the only liquid he was aware of on the mixed cargo was 144 five gallon pails and four 55 gallon drums of phosphoric acid.

For this reason, the Regional Level A Hazmat Team from La Crosse was contacted and responded to the scene.

Upon further examination of the material on the truck while it was being unloaded, it was discovered that it was actually a 55 gallon drum of liquid zinc that was leaking.

The leaking drum was placed into an over pack container.

In the first reading of a new meal charge policy, the Black River Falls school board during their monthly board meeting Monday, May 15 heard the new proposed policy on how to handle negative balances on meal accounts.

“We have had our best practice, but we have not had it spelled out in board policy how we handle families with past due balances on their lunch accounts,” BRF superintendent Shelly Severson said during the meeting.

Even though more than 70 families owe more than $100 in school meals to the district, the board is planning to move in a direction that reduces the stigma for the children in the school, while increasing the pressure on parents.

“Our past practice in the district has been that in the elementary schools, they get the exact same tray as everyone else and in the middle school and high school they got a replacement meal,” Severson said discussing the current policy in regards to a student who has a negative balance.

In preparation for Memorial Day, members of the Alma Center Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 8494 and members of the 4-H Milk Duds from Garden Valley, placed crosses Saturday at the graves of over 200 Veterans in Alma Center and Merrillan.

The tradition of installing crosses at grave sites to honor past Veterans has been in place for decades. The crosses will remain in place until one week after Memorial Day.

Memorial Day services will be held at the Merrillan cemetery at 9 a.m. and the Alma Center cemetery at 10 a.m. The VFW and American Legion work together to host the ceremonies.

Following the ceremonies, the VFW will host a chicken luncheon at the Alma Center VFW Hall from 11 a.m.

The Black River Falls Fire Department hosted the 13th Annual Show and Shine Car Show Sunday, attracting more than 160 classic cars.

The turnout was lower this year because of poor weather, but many cars still came out to show off.

The new Squad One for the Black River Falls Fire Department was on display, which was partly funded by past car shows.

“We use funds to purchase equipment and stuff for the department that is not in the budget,” Black River Falls fire chief Steve Schreiber said.

Also attending the event was Pink Heals, which is a program that helps raise money for those battling cancer and have distinctive pink fire trucks or ambulances.

In the early morning hours Saturday, a vehicle struck Rhiana Lloyd, 26, of Strum in Hixton near 130 W. Main Street.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received the emergency 911 call at 2:48 a.m. Saturday.

Hixton First Responders, Black River Falls Ambulance and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene. 

Once on scene, Lloyd was found suffering from a possible broken leg and ankle injury. 

Lloyd was transported by ambulance to the Black River Memorial Hospital and later sent by Med Link Helicopter to La Crosse for medical treatment.

Deputies are contacting people that are involved and following up on the incident so they can determine what occurred. The incident is under investigation.