City attorney tosses hat into ring for judge

Black River Falls City Attorney Dan Diehn has announced his candidacy for Jackson County Circuit Court judge.

I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Jackson County as circuit court judge,” Diehn said. As your next judge, I will work tirelessly to promote the values of fairness and justice in Jackson County.

The volume of cases in Jackson County requires that the next judge improve the court’s efficiency while upholding the court’s obligation to provide justice and the protection of the law for all Jackson County residents.

Diehn is the third person to announce they will run for the position when it’s up for election next spring.

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Hospital, community partners collaborate regarding Ebola

Black River Memorial Hospital has been working closely with community agencies including Jackson County Public Health, the Ho-Chunk Nation and Krohn Clinic following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in preparation of caring for patients exposed to Ebola.

Procedures are in place to care for the patient who may have been exposed to Ebola. Our staff has been informed about the virus and how to care for those patients,” said Amy Yaeger, public information officer for BRMH.

Currently there are only three persons in the U. S.

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No voter photo ID required at November election

Jackson County Clerk Kyle Deno is advising voters that they do not need to show photo identification to vote at the Nov. 4 election.

On Oct. 9 the U.

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Daniel Diehn Announces Candidacy For Judge

Black River Falls City Attorney, Daniel Diehn, announces his candidacy for Jackson County Circuit Court Judge. Diehn is a graduate of Black River Falls High School, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Arizona State University College of Law.

Following his graduation from Law School, Diehn held a one year clerkship for the Honorable Edward C. Voss of the Arizona Court of Appeals. He returned to Black River Falls in 1996 and started his own law practice. Diehn has lived here ever since with his wife, Heather, and two daughters, Maddie and Bailey.

Diehn has served as Black River Falls City Attorney since being elected in 1999. In addition to his duties as City Attorney, Diehn has helped area residents with a wide range of legal issues. His practice has included family law and divorce, criminal defense, real estate, estate planning, and civil litigation. In 2008, Diehn was appointed as a Court Commissioner for Jackson County by the Honorable Gerald Laabs and was subsequently re-appointed by the Honorable Thomas E. Lister. In this role, he has exercised judicial authority to assist the Circuit Court Judge. In 2011, Diehn earned a Family Mediation Certificate through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Diehn also serves on the Jackson County Courthouse Security Committee and the Steering Committee for the Jackson County Treatment Court. Diehn is also a former director of the Jackson County Teen Court Program.

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City hall to honor longtime mayor

Black River Falls officials will honor the legacy of former Mayor Lou Perry by naming a city hall conference room in his honor.

The city council last week gave the go-ahead to rename city hall’s small conference room the Lou Perry Conference Room to highlight the late mayor’s contributions to Black River Falls.

It’s an excellent idea,” said current Mayor Ron Danielson. deserves that for all the years he put in for the city.

Perry, the city’s longest serving mayor, died in late July at age 92.

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Two city council members step down

The Black River Falls City Council is undergoing leadership changes after the recent resignations of two of its members.

Alderpersons Walt Pankowitz and Amber Hackman have stepped down from their positions because of moves out of their wards, and the council already has appointed Eric Erickson to fill Pankowitz’s seat.

I truly enjoyed it, and I’m going to miss it,” said Pankowitz, who has served in one of two Ward 2 seats since last April. only drawback to my move is that I have to leave (my position).

Hackman, who also was elected last April, submitted her resignation last week, and the city currently is soliciting applications for her Ward 1 position.

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Candidates square off at forum

Candidates square off at forum

Candidates squared off on hot-button issues like frac sand mining in the lead up to the November election at a Ho-Chunk Nation-sponsored forum last week.

Several incumbents and challengers for state- and federal-level seats attended the Thursday event, which also was sponsored by River Valley Newspaper Group and was held at the Nation’s executive building outside Black River Falls.

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, said she’s consistently heard two issues raised by voters during the election cycle: Preserving public school districts and local control – and the latter as it relates to regulating the growing frac sand mining industry in Western Wisconsin.

It’s about having a say,” said Vinehout, who’s being challenged for her 31st District seat by Mel Pittman, a Republican. are very concerned that their voices are not being heard.

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Two announce interest to run for judge

The recently appointed Jackson County Circuit Court judge and a local attorney announced last week they will run for the position next year.

Judge Anna Becker, who was sworn in at the beginning of the month, and former prosecutor Robyn Matousek said they will seek the position when it comes up for election in spring 2015.

Becker, the county’s first female judge, was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to fill the remainder of retiring Judge Thomas Lister’s term.

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Rustic Mill arson trial gets under way

The Rustic Mill arson trial is under way this week and testimony and evidence is expected to focus on the financial motive of the man who allegedly helped solicit another to burn the restaurant down.

Testimony in the trial of 42-year-old Brian C. Adkins started Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court and already began highlighting his alleged financial struggles in the lead up to the July 2011 fire that destroyed the historic Jackson County restaurant.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox, who’s prosecuting the case, said Adkins was facing increasing debts as business at the Highway 54 establishment was declining.

Both of those lines were going in the wrong direction,” Fox told the jury during his opening statement Monday afternoon.

The place just went into the ground.

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Tensions rise over Melrose dam project

Emotions were heightened last week as Melrose village officials and the non-profit group working to restore Douglas Mill Pond sparred over an application to move the project forward.

Representatives from Friends of Douglas Creek and Melrose Mill Pond appeared before the village board as it considered whether to give the group permission to apply for a necessary Wisconsin Department of Resources permit to allow for construction of a new dam.

The board eventually voted in favor of allowing the permit application but not before tensions arose as some village board members questioned the group amid concerns about not yet having the land necessary for moving forward.

The discussion also eventually led board Trustee Bertina Zager to leave the Oct.

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Accused killer to have competency hearing

The Jackson County man accused of killing his father will have a hearing to determine his competency for trial later this fall.

Lars E. Helgeson, 20, was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was committed to a mental health facility earlier this year. However, he’s now back at Jackson County Jail awaiting a contested competency hearing, according to Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox.

Attorneys won’t comment further on the contents of a report on Helgeson’s competency compiled after his stay at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, but public defender Carly Sebion said the defense still is gathering information from the professionals who examined Helgeson and will be “retaining our own experts as needed.

The court plans to hold a contested competency hearing within 60 days, Fox said.

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