- Written by Jackson County Chronicle
The Tiger boys soccer co-op put up a good fight against Coulee Christian last week.
The Black River Falls/Melrose-Mindoro squad went on the road to West Salem Friday to take on Coulee Christian and started the game with a lead.
The Tigers went ahead about 20 minutes into the first half when some build-up play paved the way for Mike Bronsdon to feed a pass to Levan Lobjandze, who scored a low shot in the far post to send the BRF co-op up 1-0.
Coulee Christian, however, tied the game with a goal before halftime and then rebounded in the second half with two more goals to take a 3-1 victory over the Tigers.
Despite the loss, BRF co-op head coach Josh Warmke said the game will be one to build from as the Tigers head into the rest of the 2016 season – the first for the new team.
Jackson and Monroe counties and the Ho-Chunk Nation are evaluating how to move forward after they weren’t awarded key state grant funding to support court treatment and diversion programming.
The three groups weren’t among the 46 counties and two Native American tribes that recently were awarded a total of more than $6 million in Wisconsin Department of Justice Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program grants for 2017.
Now, officials are considering the future of the programs that were funded by TAD funding this year and in 2015.
“It really puts us in a bind because we have got a severe heroin, prescription opiate and meth abuse program in this county,” Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox said. “I can’t overstate how bad it is.
“This is a setback. I can’t put a smiley face on it, but this is a very resilient group of folks that I work with, and we’re going to work through this.
The Black River Falls School District dedicated is new elementary school during a special ceremony Monday evening.
Hundreds of people attended the open house for Red Creek Elementary, which has been serving students since the start of the 2016-17 school year earlier this month.
Tours were available before the ceremony, which included remarks from local and state school officials and those involved in the design and construction of the building.
John Ashley, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, complimented both the building and the community support that allowed it to come to fruition.
“It took my breath away,” Ashley said of his tour of the building. “You were thinking about kids. I have never seen a more kid-friendly environment.
“This is really a testament to the people of this community believing in your kids.”
Construction of Red Creek Elementary concluded this summer and came after the public OK’d a series of projects, including the new building, via a successful 2014 referendum totaling $22.5 million.
Barbie Rave had no inclination she was in for life-changing news five years ago.
A colonoscopy when she was 50 revealed a cancerous polyp, and after that came surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
She’s been cancer-free since August of last year and is hoping for similar results at an appointment next month.
“It’s life changing. I had no idea that I was even sick to begin with,” said Rave, of Black River Falls. “I encourage people to get colonoscopies. (Cancer) is something I never thought I would have.”
Rave and fellow local resident Jenel Berkowitch were two cancer survivors chosen to serve as this year’s honorary co-chairs of the American Cancer Society Sole Burner-Jackson County run/walk event, which was held Saturday at Lunda Community Park in Black River Falls.
The women were two of the more than 100 people who turned out for the event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society for cancer research and support programs.
The town of Curran has been investigated after a resident filed a formal complaint that alleges the town board violated Open Meetings Law.
Dwight Swenson filed the formal complaint with the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office after the Aug. 8 meeting in which the board voted on its position on a conditional use permit for a frac sand company’s proposal to conduct filling and grading work along Curran Coulee Creek.
The meeting notice didn’t specifically outline that the board may discuss and vote on its position on the county zoning department’s conditional use permit requested by Wisconsin Proppants RR. The vote supporting the permit came after many members of the public left because it appeared the meeting was complete, Swenson said.
“(It) was done without any public input at all,” Swenson said. “To me, that was deliberatively deceptive on (town Chair) Todd Olson’s part.