The Black River Falls Tigers boys basketball team took a trip down to Viroqua on Feb. 7 and came away with a 63-53 win.

Facing a small deficit going into the half, the Tigers would storm back in the second to outscore the Blackhawks by 14 points.

That second wind was provided by Ethan Anderson’s 15-point effort in the second half, which boosted him to a team-leading 24 points overall in the game.

The Tigers Elliot Bird helped bolster that attack with 16 points of his own along with a 10-point outing by Bryce Seiber to round out the offensive effort.

Viroqua’s Bailey Nelson did a lot of damage to put the Blackhawks ahead by scoring 17 points in the first half, but only managed three more points in the second.

The recent column, “$20 billion in farm subsidies doesn’t reach the poor, leaves them hungry” (Tribune, Jan. 20) demonstrates why we need to reform our nation’s current crop insurance program.

This study highlights one reason why I continue to fight to make our farm programs, especially the crop insurance program, more responsive to the needs of Wisconsin family farmers, consumers and taxpayers.

This year we will begin work on the next Farm Bill and crop insurance is at the top of the list of agriculture programs in need of reform. While crop insurance is a valuable risk-management tool for Wisconsin farmers, the current program is inefficient and costs taxpayers almost $9 billion per year. Also, a large percentage of crop insurance subsidies go to a few, big agribusinesses, at the expense of our family farmers.

In the fall of 1954, Lucy Hansche took her first ever train ride at the age of 18 from Kenosha, Wis. to Oklahoma City, Okla., where she was destined to make a life-altering decision.

Waiting for her at the train station was her fiancé, Merlin Anderson. He was in the Army, stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

It was there on Sept. 1, 1954 that they got married by a Presbyterian minister, while Lucy wore a powder blue and white suit.

“We had looked for a Lutheran minister, but apparently we didn’t look good enough,” said Merlin.

Their friends, Ralph and Betty Raether, were their only witnesses and drove them up Mount Scott to celebrate. The Raether’s would ultimately get married a year later themselves.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has put forth plans to allow timber production in previously untouched parts of the northern forest areas, including parts of the Black River State Forest.

The proposed changes stem from Act 358, which was passed in the 2015 state budget that mandated 75 percent of the forests be forest production areas, an increase from 66 percent.

The DNR will hold a meeting for public comment about this change on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the state forest office on W10325 Highway 12 near Black River Falls from 12-4 p.m.

These plans have many citizens concerned and upset over the proposed change, with many fearing the emphasis on timber production will hurt the state. They fear that not only will this increase in mandated production areas hurt the forests but are also upset that the public and the DNR weren’t allowed to have any say in the bill before it was passed.

The Blair-Taylor girls basketball team finished out the week with two wins against Gilmanton and Royall.

On Thursday, the Wildcats outscored Gilmanton by 28 points to send the Panthers home with a 67-39 loss. In the win, Blair-Taylor spread the ball around as they had eight different players notch a point.

The leading scorer for the Wildcats was Samantha Fuselier with 18 points, who was followed closely behind by Danyelle Waldera with 16 points.

McKenna Nehring and Marlee Nehring each came away with eight points, Isabel Berg and Felicity Pooler added seven points, Liza Howe had two points and Kylah Frederixon hit a free throw to complete the scoring.

The leading scorer for Gilmanton was Sadie Wulff who ended the night with 10 points.