Cleveland recall election results remain same after recount

Cleveland Town Board Supervisor Joe Egloff has retained his seat after a recall election and recent recount.

Challenger Gerald Jenks last week petitioned for the recount, which drew the narrow race one vote closer but didn’t change the results. Jenks said he considers the election complete and doesn’t plan to challenge the recount.

However, he said he isn’t ruling out a run for town board in next spring’s election.

I think (the recall) is done on my part anyway,” said Jenks, a longtime town resident. We have an election in April – we can fight it out then.

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Districts prepare to welcome students back to school

Districts prepare to welcome students back to school

It’s almost time to get back to the books for area students.

Students in the Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan, Black River Falls and Melrose-Mindoro school districts will be back in the classroom Sept. 2, and superintendents are excited for a new year.

We’re feeling really, really ready,” said BRF Superintendent Shelly Severson. get to the point where we’re anxious to see the kids again.

All area districts will have some changes in store, including a transition to new state testing and a new teacher evaluation model.

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New BRF business provides wellness opportunities

New BRF business provides wellness opportunities

Jodi Fitzpatrick wants her new downtown business to serve as a hub for wellness and relaxation.

The Black River Falls native recently opened Next Level Wellness on Main Street in Black River Falls and the new venture already is drawing members.

The overall goal would be to find a balance within your body,” Fitzpatrick said. It’s to feel good – to get rid of tension and stress.

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County escapes major storm damage

Jackson County experienced some damage from an early Monday storm, but it escaped more major impacts seen in the region.

The county drew several reports of downed trees and power lines, which caused some power outages, but the severe thunderstorm spared the local area more major damage, said Jackson County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristina Page.

It wasn’t too bad, considering there was some wind,” she said. did see some winds but nothing widespread.

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Ho-Chunk Nation launches new website

The Ho-Chunk Nation has launched a new effort to educate the public about its economic impact and charitable contributions.

The website – www. oodforwisconsin. org – and a paired commercial campaign launched earlier this month seeks to illustrate the tribe’s impact in local communities and partnerships with businesses and other local governments.

Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer said the move comes as the tribe moves ahead with planned gaming expansions and that the information is an effort to show its work outside of its casino operations.

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Recount likely in Cleveland recall election

The challenger in a recall election to unseat Cleveland Town Board Supervisor Joe Egloff likely will request a recount.

Results in the Aug. 12 election had Egloff, a first-term incumbent, defeating Gerald Jenks by a 121-118 margin, but Jenks said late Tuesday afternoon he plans to pursue a recount because of “possible irregularities” in the paper ballot count.

The recall drew a higher turnout than 2010 state gubernatorial election, with the 239 votes cast. Jenks, a longtime town resident, said Tuesday he was urged by recall committee members to prompt a recount.

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County implements ethics policy

Jackson County has formally approved a policy that will help guide the ethical decisions of its elected officials and employees.

The county board on Monday approved the new ethics ordinance, which establishes guidelines for working in the best interests of the county and avoiding conflicts between personal interests and public responsibilities.

The policy creates an ethics board to field complaints of alleged misconduct or impropriety and will have the ability to issue sanctions, including monetary penalties and discipline ranging from censure or removal from office to employee firing.

The county began mulling a possible ethics policy following a sheriff’s department investigation into allegations of misconduct against Jackson County Board Chair Dennis Eberhardt.

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New cafe opens in downtown Black River Falls

New cafe opens in downtown Black River Falls

Theron Haas and Monica Jordan wanted to become a part of downtown Black River Falls.

They made their goal a reality when they opened a cafe on Main Street early last month.

The FALLS Cafe, with its tagline “real food, real people” aims to provide fresh food and friendly service to the community, the couple said.

I care about how many people we make smile – that’s what matters,” Haas said. st real, honest-to-goodness food.

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Melrose to address long-term pool maintenance

Officials will move ahead with a new committee charged with planning for long-term maintenance of Melrose Area Pool.

The village board earlier this month discussed some upcoming repairs that will be required at the 25-year-old, village-based facility, including fixes for a broken fill line discovered earlier this summer, the filter system and other parts.

The board agreed the facility would be best served by a committee of village, Melrose-Mindoro School District and surrounding town officials to help make upcoming decisions because of how the pool is funded and who uses it.

Something has to be done and we need to figure out how we’re going to go about looking into the future of it,” said Sandy Paisley, manager of Melrose Area Pool.

The Third Street facility opened in 1988 after Clinton Tanner left $110,000 in his will for the construction of a pool, which now primarily is funded through school district dollars, donations and fundraisers.

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Former mayoral candidate mum on pursuit of John Doe investigation

Former Black River Falls mayoral candidate Randy Molini won’t divulge whether he’s still pursuing another investigation into allegations of misconduct by city officials.

Molini last spring announced he planned to research how to petition for a John Doe investigation into the case after formal charges weren’t filed against Mayor Ron Danielson, Street Superintendent Todd Gomer and another employee in the middle of the election season.

However, the local business owner recently declined to say whether he’s still looking into a John Doe investigation. Those investigations typically begin when a district attorney or another person reports to a judge that they believe a crime has been committed, which may prompt the judge to refer to the complaint to the local DA or another prosecutor if the complaint relates to the DA’s conduct, according to state statues.

I don’t really have any comment at this point,” Molini said.

Molini, who challenged Danielson in the April election but was defeated, said during the race he disagreed with DA Gerald Fox’s decision not to file charges in the case.

Allegations included that over $26,000 worth of payroll records were falsified, Danielson’s brother received special treatment from the street department and an employee was given exclusive access to city sand and gravel.

Danielson and Gomer contended there were explanations for the decisions or arrangements. The city made some policy changes in light of the investigation.

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Barefoot water ski nationals draws crowds to Blue Moo

Barefoot water ski nationals draws crowds to Blue Moo

The 2014 Barefoot Water Ski National Championships were a success at The Blue Moo last week.

The event, held at the Heller family’s manmade lake, drew about 100 athletes and big crowds of spectators, particularly on Saturday when the finals were held. The competition, held Aug. 12 through Saturday, featured “perfect” weather, athlete and organizer Cody Heller said.

It went really well.

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