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North Bend now has a weekly farmers market.The town welcomed the new event on June 22 and it will be held every Wednesday from 2:30-6 p.m. across from Around the Bend on North Bend Drive.“I just want to bring people to town,” said Tracy Stuhr, who helped launch the market. “I think it’s a way to bring people into town. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and get to know each other.”The first market had items from an Amish producer and included vegetables, jams and jellies, pies, bars and breads, and Stuhr said she hopes more vendors will come to sell at the event, which has no cost for participation.“We’re looking for more,” she said. Stuhr said the new market is an added event in the Melrose-Mindoro community, which has a market in Melrose on Saturday mornings and a new one in...

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The former site of the historic Rustic Mill restaurant in Jackson County has been cleaned up after sitting dilapidated for nearly five years in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed the building.The town of Albion allocated up to $15,000 to clean up the N5491 Highway 54 site, and workers concluded the effort in late June. The county already has started the process of taking the property back in light of back taxes owed by its former owner Brian Adkins, who was sentenced to prison for soliciting a former employee to burn down the establishment.“It’s definitely a benefit to the township,” Albion Clerk Tammy Rush said of the cleanup. “It’ll be a definite improvement.” Albion for years had been exploring ways to clean up the site, which sat as a pile of rubble since the July 2011 fire that destroyed the building. The structure dated back to...

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Authorities are in are in the midst of working with a Florida university to help garner more information about a homicide victim whose body was discovered in Jackson County in 1978 and hasn’t been identified since.The University of South Florida’s Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences agreed to take the Jackson County case that started when loggers discovered a body in the town of Knapp nearly 38 years ago. It’s been a year since Jackson County authorities released a sketch of what the man may have looked like when he was killed.USF has the ability to help determine a deceased person’s birthplace and geographic mobility, hopefully giving law enforcement a better picture of where the man was from before his body was left in the remote area of Jackson County. “The goal is that if I can at least get enough information to determine where this...

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BLACK RIVER FALLS — Jackson County authorities are working with a Florida university to track down the travels — and hopefully the identity — of a homicide victim whose body was discovered in Jackson County in 1978.The University of South Florida’s Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences agreed to take the Jackson County case opened when loggers discovered a body in the town of Knapp almost four decades ago. It has been a year since Jackson County authorities released a sketch of what the man may have looked like when he was killed.The USF institute can help determine a a dead person’s birthplace and geographic movements. Police hope to learn where the man had been before his body was left in the remote area of Jackson County. “The goal is that if I can at least get enough information to determine where this person was from,...

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The psychiatric unit at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center was set to reopen on a limited basis with seven beds this past Tuesday.The facility was forced to close 10 months ago due to a provider shortage.A psychiatrist and two nurse practitioners — one specializing in mental health and the other in primary care — have recently been hired. Matt Gowan, Tomah VA public affairs officer, said reopening the unit has been one of the VA’s biggest priorities.“It’s not just here at Tomah, it’s also La Crosse, it’s Wausau, it’s Cashton — it’s important for us to be able to serve these veterans in these areas,” he said. “(Since the unit closed) 125 veterans have been referred from here to other areas.”Gowan said the seven beds should be enough for the time being as the average length of stay is around three days.“It depends − everyone is...

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Freedom Honor Flight announced Friday that all veterans are now eligible to apply for seats on a chartered jet to Washington, D.C., to take in the memorials built in their honor.La Crosse Freedom Honor Flight president Pat Stephens shared the news at a press conference at the Copeland Avenue Festival Foods store because Festival stores are in the middle of a fundraiser whose goal is $20,000 — a fifth of the cost of the next scheduled flight out of La Crosse Regional Airport on Sept. 17.Festival stores were selling $1 and $5 icons through Tuesday, and the next flight will be dubbed the Festival Foods Freedom Honor Flight, Stephens said. “Festival has been a great partner in this since the beginning,” he said.Freedom Honor Flight is the La Crosse hub of the national Honor Flight Network, which decided to change the rules for eligibility to include all...

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The Fourth of July weekend brought good fishing.Don Roscovius, owner or Rosco’s Live Bait Shop, said fishermen were out, and the fish were biting this past weekend in the Tomah area.Bass were doing particularly well, he said. “A lot of bass are being caught right now,” he said. “They’re taking everything from rubber frogs to topwater baits. (Fishermen) are still catching quite a few on spinners. Chatter baits have been working − any type of action lures seem to be working now for bass.”Roscovius said crappies were also biting, at least the bigger ones.“Crappies have been a little sparse, but (someone) got really close to the state record yesterday at Eagle’s Nest ... 18 ¼ inches long and weighed 3.3 pounds,” he said. “That’s a big crappie.” Crappies have been responding best to minnows and beetle spins, Roscovius said.Live bait also is working well...

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The Public Service Commission has given the village of Warrens permission to sell water to a cranberry processing facility located adjacent to the village that will begin production next month.The Cranberry Growers Cooperative plans to begin processing fruit at its 60,000-square-foot plant on Aspen Avenue on July 6 with water it will buy from the village.CGC CEO Jim Reed said the co-op is in the town of Lincoln but right on Aspen Avenue, the site of the old Cotts receiving station. The PSC order issued last week authorized the village to sell water only to the processing plant, which is in the town and outside of the village’s service area. Any other potential customers would be considered on a “case-by-case basis” by the village board and the PSC, said village Clerk and Treasurer Jolene Rhea.The cooperative will pay the $20,000 estimated cost to connect to the village...

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A new weekly farmer’s market is providing fresh produce and other items to visitors in Black River Falls.The Jackson County Farmers Market wrapped up its second week this past Thursday at its site near the Lunda Community Center on Diploma Drive after launching in response to a survey that indicated interest in a new event in the area.“We think it’s great,” said Lisa Listle, who’s helping coordinate the market. “I just think it’s another option because we’re not the only market in town.” A spring community survey taken by nearly 400 people found a majority of respondents had visited a farmer’s market in Black River Falls in the past and just over 71 percent indicated they might visit a new option if placed near the new Lunda Community Center and high school. Respondents also overwhelmingly indicated they feel it’s important to have farmer’s markets and their available...

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Jake Mason has received treatment for substance abuse from the private sector and the Veterans Administration.He has no doubt which delivered the more effective care.“The VA − they take it from the standpoint of veterans,” said Mason, an ex-Marine. “A lot of doctors hear about PTSD, but these are people who know what you’ve gone through.” Mason was one of 15 patients and employees of the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center who held a lunchtime “Keep the Promise” rally last Thursday at the facility’s entrance.Carrying signs and chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho, hospital closings got to go,” and “hire nurses, hire doctors,” rally participants objected to proposals that would transition much of the VA system to private care.Lin Ellinghuysen, president of the American Federation of Government Employees union chapter that represents Tomah VA employees, said privatization is bad for veterans, VA employees and taxpayers.“Today is primarily about...

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Wind is not a good fishing buddy.Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait Shop, said few anglers were out fishing this past week due to the high winds.“Bluegills slowed down a little bit − I’m not sure if it was because of the wind keeping people off (the water), but it was a little slower this week for the bite,” he said. “Crappies were pretty much the same. The wind wasn’t too successful for people.” Despite the wind, bass and northern have been biting, Roscovius said.“Waters in our local area are doing OK — Tomah Lake, cranberry marshes. It has been fairly decent for the bass; northerns are a little on the slow side,” he said. “Elsewhere it’s been a little slow.”Chris Abbott, manager of Hatfield Sports Shop, said all species of fish on Lake Arbutus and the Black River are biting. “On the...

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