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Two Augusta men have been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney for defrauding a Merrillan woman in a home improvement scam.

David J. Zimbauer, 31, and Levi A. Joles, 26, are accused of taking nearly $13,000 for fraudulent work. The woman told Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators that Zimbauer and Joles showed up uninvited at her residence in December 2015 to fix and replace grounding rods at her home. She said the pair told her they were sent by another contractor and began work without her consent. She said they worked from a two-tone blue truck without a company name.

The report says Zimbauer and Joles presented a bill from “Robbin’s Lightning Protection” for $12,850, and the woman wrote a check dated Dec.

For Dave Cowley, the timing was right and more importantly, his family was behind him.

It was time to wear the captain’s hat, so-to-speak, and take over the top spot in the Black River Falls High School boys basketball program. He had worn that hat before as coach of the Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball team for five years, then the Mustangs’ boys program for four years.

That was seven years ago, however.

Since then, his wife, Tracey, and Dave have been busy raising three sons – Trey (12), Reese (10) and Brooks (7). Oh, Cowley never ventured too far from basketball, as he headed the Black River Falls Middle School boys basketball program for the past six years.

In addition, his day job is a language arts teacher at the Black River Falls Middle School.

But now, with his sons in sixth, fourth and first grade and Tracey on board with even more hoops in family, it was time to rejoin the varsity ranks.

When the Black River Falls Police Department won the $15,000 grant offered by Haus Von Stolz Kennel in Lomira, Wis., they were met with financial needs.

The grant covered the cost of the K-9 unit—Kilo, a black, female German Shepherd—her officer’s five-week intensive certification training and two years of maintenance training.

But it does not cover any additional costs the K-9 unit accrues past training.

“We can do anything,” Black River Falls Police Department’s Chief of Police Scot Eisenhauer said. “This is the community’s dog, we are depending on community funding…this unit will bring the community closer together and keep Black River Falls a safe and great place to live.”

Owner Angie Fink started the Haus Von Stolz Kennel in 2014. The kennel is one of only a few in Wisconsin that breeds, raises and trains police dogs; Fink raises European line German Shepherds.

The Jackson County Tennis Association is the recipient of the Wisconsin Tennis Association 2016 Member Organization of the Year Award. This award acknowledges outstanding service by clubs or organizations to their members. Awards were presented at the Wisconsin Tennis Association’s annual meeting at the Western Racquet in Elm Grove, Wis.

The Jackson County Tennis Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing tennis programming for the youth and adults of Jackson County. This organization serves Jackson County, and includes the following volunteers: Marc Rukavina, president; Mitch Wester, vice-president; Liz Lund, secretary; Stephanie Schlict, treasurer, along with committee members Furman Newby and Scott Jacobsen.

In Black River Falls, there are about 30 adult players who regularly meet for league play. There also is a morning senior match play league. Their junior programming offers lessons and match play for children ages 5 through 18. Rukavina credits Junior Team Tennis for the development of his high school players, which has resulted in player reaching the WIAA state tournament in Madison.

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual holiday party and movie showing Monday, Dec. 5. FBR members and guests are invited to attend the gathering at in the community room of the Jackson County Bank. The evening will begin with social hour at 6 p.m.

This year’s film will be “Chasing Ice.” The Emmy award winning documentary for Outstanding Nature Programming shows the effects of climate change on glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. The 2012 documentary was made by nature photographer James Balog and was directed by Jeff Orlowski.

Although skeptical about climate change going into the project, Balog’s his opinion changed after witnessing the disappearance of glaciers and massive calving events.

Admission is $10 per person and along with the movie showing, pizza, popcorn and beverage will be served.

RSVP by Dec. 2 is requested to help with planning and ordering food.