Local

The National Veterans Creative Arts local competition is scheduled for the week of Feb. 13.

This competition is open to military veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or outpatient clinic. An eligible veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year.

The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leather work to paint-by-number kits.

In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. There are also group categories in both visual and performing arts.

Entries can be submitted beginning Jan. 23. Staff will be accepting entries Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Authorities are trying to identify three men who led troopers on a high-speed chase Sunday from Jackson to Monroe county.

A trooper tried to stop a Buick Encore for speeding 110 mph on Interstate 94 near Black River Falls about 7:40 a.m., according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The vehicle drove into a rest area and then fled east at more than 100 mph on the interstate to Tomah, where it ran over a spike strip and crashed into a snowbank on Hwy. 12.

Three males fled from the car. One of them, a juvenile, was taken into custody, according to the state patrol.

Tomah police responded to the Econo Lodge about 10:30 p.m. after a clerk saw two males matching those involved in the pursuit enter a room they hadn’t rented.

University of Wisconsin-Extension in Jackson County is hosting some new classes in the next few weeks covering gardening and farming practices.

Extension is holding a workshop from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday presented by the Jackson County Master Gardeners on how to start a monarch habitat. The class will cover topics such as how to best plant seeds, different types of milkweed plans, and do-it-yourself methods for setting up grow lights.

People who participate in the workshop will also be able to pick up seeds for four milkweed varieties as well as native and non-native nectar plants.

The monarch habitat workshop is free of charge.

On Jan. 24 and Feb. 21, the extension will be hosting pesticide applicator training at the Jackson County UW-Extension office at 227 S.

Desiree Gearing-Lancaster was unanimously elected chair of the Airport Commission last week.

Also receiving unanimous approval were Tom Reid, vice-chairperson, and Joel Busse, secretary.

Dale Klevgard was appointed airport manager, and Brad Chown was appointed assistant airport manager.

Also during the meeting, Klevgard provided an update on the lighting project, which replaced the runway lights with LEDs, and also installed a new beacon and wind cone.

The project was funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics and local funds.

A new snowblower is also needed for the airport to help protect the new LED lights. One option is to replace the current end loader the airport has or another option is to place a snowblower attachment to the current end loader.

The Black River Falls High School boys basketball team knew it was going to be tough to repeat last season’s success, but it wasn’t impossible.

Led by All-Coulee Conference senior guard Jack Roou and sophomore Ethan Anderson, the Tigers accomplished a 16-9 record while finishing third in the Coulee Conference with an 8-4 conference mark en route to their first regional championship since 1988. Roou averaged a team-best 19 points per game and provided leadership both on and off the court.

More importantly he was the guy the Tigers turned to for the big shot. With Roou’s graduation, that meant that Ethan Anderson would have to shoulder the responsibility of being the go-to guy for the Tiger offense.

“Last year with Jack (Roou), who was a scorer, Ethan didn’t have to be the guy,” Black River Falls coach Dave Cowley said.