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  1. Badger Coulee transmission line to cause business major landscape changeRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WKBT

    It's expected to provide lower-cost power and more renewable energy to the region, but it will also be forcing property owners to make some landscape changes. Thursday's decision by the PSC was the verbal order.

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  2. Badger Coulee to cause business major landscape changeRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday | WKBT

    It's expected to provide lower-cost power and more renewable energy to the region, but it will also be forcing property owners to make some landscape changes. Thursday's decision by the PSC was the verbal order.

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  3. Badger Coulee Transmission Line to travel through northern routeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 26 | WKBT

    The Wisconsin Public Service Commission voted Thursday to approve the Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project, selecting the northern route through the Town of Holland. The 345-kilovolt high-voltage transmission line will connect to the CapX2020 line at the Briggs Road Substation in Holmen, travel north to Black River Falls, and follow the I-94 corridor to Madison.

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  4. Black River Falls apartment fire causes $150,000 in damagesRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 20 | WKBT

    Crews were called to the apartment fire at 125 Rye Bluff Road in the City of Black River Falls on February 28 at about 9:30 p.m. The fire was contained to the first floor area.

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  5. Fundraising goal met for memorial playground in River FallsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 19 | WKBT

    A fundraising effort has reached its goal of collecting $550,000 to build a playground in memory of three western Wisconsin girls killed by their father in 2012. Groundbreaking for the Tri-Angels Playground is scheduled for June at Hoffman Park in River Falls.

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  6. River Falls man accused of trying to kill girlfriendRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 13 | WKBT

    Twenty-three-year-old Benjamin Force is being held on $100,000 bail in St. Croix County. He's charged with six felonies, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide and mayhem.

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  7. Crews fight Jackson County pole shed fireRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 10 | WKBT

    No one was injured in a fire that appears to have destroyed a pole shed in the Township of Albion in Jackson County Monday night. When Black River Falls firefighters arrived at N5056 Cloverdale Road, heavy smoke and flames were showing from a 70' x 32' pole shed.

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  8. Wisconsin business owner says he's expanding in MinnesotaRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 10 | WKBT

    A Wisconsin business owner upset over enactment of a right-to-work law and other policies says he is expanding in Minnesota because the economic policies there are more conducive for his operation. James Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls, said Monday that he was accelerating plans to expand an office in Lakeville, Minnesota, that currently has two full-time employees.

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  9. Black River Falls police officer injured in arrestRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 9 | WKBT

    A Black River Falls police officer was injured while arresting a man who refused to leave the Hardees Restaurant at 605 Water Street on Thursday night. Police said they were called to the restaurant at about 8 p.m. because 53-year-old Jimmie Dean Linville, of Baraboo, was refusing to leave the building and the restaurant was closing.

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  10. Authorities believe wood stove is to blame for fire in Black River FallsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 8 | WKBT

    The Black River Falls Fire Department responded to the 300 block of East Third Street in the township of Brockway for a garage fire. When crews arrived, flames were showing from the back and the roof of an unattached garage.

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  11. Hot mix asphalt leaks from tanker on I-94 near Black River FallsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 6 | WKBT

    A hot mix asphalt leaked from the tanker of a semi-tractor trailer, causing a lane closure on I-94 near Black River Falls on Friday morning. At about 5:30 a.m. the Wisconsin State Patrol was called to a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of I-94 eastbound near Black River Falls.

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  12. Crews fight fire at Black River Falls apartment, wood shedRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 2 | WKBT

    Black River Falls Fire Chief Steve Schreiber said crews were battling a wood shed fire at W10385 Paquette Road in the Township of Manchester when they were called to an apartment fire at 125 Rye Bluff Road in the City of Black River Falls. When crews arrived at the first fire, they found an 18' x 24' structure fully engulfed in flames.

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  13. Police: Man messaged adolescent girl on Facebook for sexRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | WKBT

    Police are investigating the suspect for two different assaults that happened on the morning of February 24 in two different but close locations within the City of Black River Falls involving the same victim. Police were contacted by a local medical facility about information concerning the adolescent girl that reported a sexual assault by an adult male.

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  14. Worker injured in Jackson County fireRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 26 | WKBT

    A Lunda Construction worker was treated for non-life-threatening burns to his legs and hands after a fire broke out at the business early Thursday morning in the Town of Brockway. When the Black River Falls Fire Department arrived on scene at about 5:30 a.m., they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the mechanical shop of Lunda Construction.

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  15. A community fights back: residents seek to stop a deadly trendRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 21, 2015 | WKBT

    The host was the S.H.E.L.B.Y. Project, a group wanting to start a conversation and hopefully find a solution to stop the high rate of drug use and drug-related deaths in their town. Shelby Perkins is described by those who knew her as a smart, happy young woman, with a smile that could light up the room.

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  16. Black River Falls School District continues D.A.R.E-like education in curriculumRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 18, 2015 | WKBT

    About 75 percent of school districts across the United States participate in a program known as D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and encourages students to stay drug-free. The Black River Falls School District does not participate in the program but has found a way to include it into its curriculum.

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  17. Recent string of overdose deaths has Black River Falls on high alertRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2015 | WKBT

    Since Jan. 1 there have been four separate drug-related deaths in Black River Falls but there have been even more close calls. One EMT said in all of his 21 years on the job, he has never seen the number of drug overdose incidents increase this quickly.

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  18. Drug overdose likely cause of 2 Black River Falls deathsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2015 | WKBT

    Drugs are believed to be the cause of death for two people in Black River Falls in unrelated cases this weekend. On Saturday, February 14, at about 1:25 p.m. Black River Falls police responded to an apartment complex at 214 Third Street South for a reported death.

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  19. Area utilities support northern route of Badger Coulee LineRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2015 | WKBT

    The American Transmission Company and Northern States Power told the Wisconsin Public Service Commission they would prefer the northern route. That would take the proposed 180 mile power line from Holmen to Blair and Black River Falls before running along I-94 to the Madison area.

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  20. Authorities asking for public's help in locating man who made threatsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 5, 2015 | WKBT

    Authorities in La Crosse and Jackson Counties are looking for a man accused of making threats towards Wal-Mart stores. The Jackson Co.

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