Saturday, January 20th


The state of Wisconsin will hold a hearing next month to review whether a Georgia timber company should be allowed to fill wetlands for a frac sand processing site in Monroe County.

Clean Wisconsin last year challenged the Department of Natural Resources’ decision to issue Meteor Timber a permit to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands for the proposed $65 million processing and loading facility near Millston.

A contested case hearing, a process similar to a court trial, has been scheduled for Feb. 26 through March 2 in Tomah.

An administrative law judge will listen to testimony and determine whether the project will have significant adverse environmental consequences and is the least environmentally harmful alternative as well as whether the DNR had sufficient information and followed procedures outlined in state statute.

Corn price highs and lows have different definitions to different people.

The dairy farmer may prefer when corn is cheap to reduce the cost of feed.

For crop farmers, low corn prices mean a tightening of the proverbial belt on margins and profitability.

What we learn from this is that the definition of “normal” is relative to what is grown and produced. However, there are many factors that demonstrate the new long-term “normal” may be $3.50 per bushel.

In order to understand this paradigm shift, we need to explore what caused the record high prices seen in 2012 and why it will be very difficult for the markets to sustain that high for any length of time during the next five to 10 years.

An agreement with the American Transmission Co. is moving forward after approval by the Jackson County Executive and Finance Committee.

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the committee gave the nod to easement requests from ATC to allow it to run high-voltage transmission lines through 16.47 acres of county forest land.

ATC asked to be allowed temporary access to the land so it can clear vegetation, set foundations and poles and string wire. The company’s request includes an .85 access easement to the county-owned land. The resolution also designates that the transmission line company will restore the land.

As part of the agreement, ATC will pay the county $49,500 for the easement and an additional $500 for the access permit.

Local educators are bullish on proposed legislation to aid low-spending and low-enrollment school districts.

State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, has introduced legislation to allow low-spending districts to increase the amount they spend from the current $9,100 per-student limit to $9,400 per student next school year. The limit would increase by $100 each school year until it reaches $9,800 per student by the 2022-23 school year. It would also increase sparsity aid payments to small school districts from $300 to $400 for student.

Black River Falls and Tomah are among 120 school districts defined as low-spending under the bill. Black River Falls School District superintendent Shelly Severson welcomes the change.

“We’re very excited the Legislature has re-opened the discussion on low-spending districts,” Severson said.

January 11

Jordan A. Adam, Milwaukee, speeding, 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Kelley Robert Aderholdt, Neillsville, failure to stop at railroad crossing, $269.50.

Stephanie Marie Aguilar, Black River Falls, operating while suspended, $200.50.

Phillip D. Allen, Racine, operating without proof of insurance, $10.

Royd A. Anderson, Melrose, failure to inspect/pump septic tanks, $452.50.

Ronald Burton Anderson, St. Paul, Minnesota, operating without license, $200.50.

Carmelo Arroyovenegas, Racine, speeding, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Timothy Brandon Aukoker, Palmyra, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Elia Anthony Ayaz, Minnetonka, Minnesota, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Ashleigh Nicole Baker, Black River Falls, possession of drug paraphernalia, $200.50.

Raju Bandugula, Verona, speeding 16-19 mph over, $250.90.

Sergey Barannikow, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, speeding, 16-19 mph over, $250.90.

Area farmers are invited to a grain marketing and risk management meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Melrose American Legion Hall, 303 N. Washington St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brian Beyer and Terri Rudie of Cargill will discuss the corn and soybean market outlook, providing an update of market forces – domestic and international, and market strategies for 2018.

Brenda Boetel of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will discuss grain and livestock market conditions and outlook, and John Strohfus of Minnesota Hemp Farms will discuss considerations for those curious about marketing and the production of industrial hemp.

Compeer Financial will provide a brief update of 2018 crop insurance programs.

For more information, contact the Jackson County UW-Extension office at 715-284-4257.