Saturday, December 16th

Local

Black River Falls Public Utilities recently took out a $280,000 bond to pay for a new automated meter information system, which will change how water and electric meters are read in the city.

The automated meter information system will come with an electric and water meter that is equipped with a radio so that Black River Falls Public Utilities will be able to gather the meter reads on a daily basis directly from their office. The 10-year bond is at zero percent interest and will be provided by WPPI Energy, which is the utility’s energy provider.

“It offers a lot more options for the utility and the customer,” Casey Engebretson, Black River Falls Public Utilities general manager, said. “Whenever the customer can get setup, they can monitor when their usage is.

Richard F. Nava White, 33, of Black River Falls was arrested Dec. 6 after leading the Jackson County Sheriff's Department on a high-speed chase in the town of Brockway on Hwy. 12.

The deputy initiated the traffic stop after midnight for a faulty rear license plate lamp.

The vehicle sped up once the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour in areas according to the report.

The vehicle slowed to make a turn off Hwy. 12 onto Brockway Road, but the vehicle did not make the turn and went into the ditch.

Once the vehicle went into the ditch, both Nava White and a passenger exited the vehicle and fled.

Imagine two elementary students sitting in a corner reading to each other. You would usually expect to see them off in their own little worlds paying attention to everything but their books.

Today is different though because Harrison, a golden retriever, is sitting next to them as they read back and forth. Harrison is not judging the children’s reading, but instead he is just listening.

According to Jenna Steers, Harrison’s owner and a kindergarten teacher at Melrose-Mindoro, this is a common sight when she brings one of her two therapy dogs into the school for a day.

“It has been proven that dogs bring a therapeutic rapport to environments such as classrooms, hospitals, nursing homes and just even having a dog present has been proven through research to calm kids, to make kids feel comfortable and to give kids almost a purpose for learning,” Steers said.

Congratulations to Ashley Marie Rave of Merrillan for graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from the Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Congratulations to Megan Murray of Melrose for graduating from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Congratulations to Ashley Marie Rave of Merrillan for graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from the Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Congratulations to Megan Murray of Melrose for graduating from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Summa Cum Laude honors.

The Mustangs traveled to the Hornets nest last Thursday for a game against two Jackson County teams where the Mustangs ultimately prevailed 69-35.

The Mustangs took a commanding 16-point lead into the first half and never looked back.

Mesa Byom led all scorers for the Mustangs with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Erika Simmons would follow with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Emily Herzberg added 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting including two 3-pointers.

For the Hornets, Madison Shramek netted 11 points with 80 percent shooting during the game.

The Mustangs out-rebounded the Hornets 37-27 with Byom getting nine boards and Simmons seven.

Natalie Fischer and Shramek each had six rebounds for the Hornets.