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Caucus ‘first step’ in political process

DFL to caucus in Lakefield, GOP in Jackson Tuesday

Locals will be able to get involved with the political process at its most basic level next week as the Jackson County Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties host their precinct caucuses. The Jackson County DFL caucus will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Multi-Purpose Center in Lakefield, with registration opening at 6:30. The Jackson County GOP caucus will begin at […]

Farm and home show to feature old favorites, new attractions

The 41st Jackson Farm and Home Show promises fun for all, with a blend of old favorites and new attractions planned. More than 70 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Central High School, said Corey Christopher, director of the organizing Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition […]

Titus turns bad grade into his favorite hobby

In his seventh-grade shop class, Mark Titus got a D-. Now, woodworking is his favorite hobby. Titus is the owner of Blue Jay Wood Shop in Jackson, where he makes a variety of woodworking crafts, ranging from decorative boxes and urns to cake stands and clocks, and everything in between. After graduating from Jackson High School — despite that shop […]

New housing development continues in west Jackson


New housing development will continue this year along North Pond Drive in Jackson, thanks in large part to United Community Action Partnership. UCAP has already completed and sold two new grant-funded homes in the area, with another two set to be constructed this year. The city of Jackson has donated lots for this project. These new homes will be market-rate […]

Sandy Point Park in line for major upgrades

Sandy Point Park will see major upgrades over the next several months, with a new family-style bathroom facility set to be constructed and more camping sites likely to be added. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a bid from Wisconsin-based HUFFCUT in the amount of $305,250 to construct the new facility, which will double as a storm […]

Local resident looks to plant new church


A local resident is looking to plant a new church in Jackson. Steve Kelly of Jackson said he is gauging interest from locals in starting a new Church of Christ in Jackson. The plan would be to meet in homes to begin with, Kelly said, and look at securing a building at some point in the future. Kelly said the […]

City one step closer to new administrator

FREE Candidate meet-and-greet is Tuesday

Jackson is one step closer to hiring a new city administrator. Members of the Jackson City Council’s hiring committee are scheduled to interview three finalists for the position this Wednesday prior to selecting a candidate to whom to offer the position. Finalists include Shelley Oltman, organizational leadership lecturer at Culver Stockton College in Missouri; Adrian City Administrator Sheri Platt; and […]

Council looks to fill need with creation of new senior activities coordinator position

Senior citizens in Jackson County have a need for organized activities and additional services, and the Jackson City Council is looking to do something about it. Council members are advancing a plan to the city’s new senior advisory committee to create a new part-time senior activities coordinator position. As proposed, the position would consist of 15 to 20 hours per […]

Long-awaited pool meeting pushed back

A joint meeting of the Jackson County Central Board of Education and Jackson City Council regarding the future of their indoor pool — a meeting more than a year in the making — will not take place next week as originally scheduled. The two boards were to meet in joint session on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the JCC Performing Arts […]

Council lashes out at one local business, loans money to a former one

Members of the Jackson City Council last week spoke out publicly against one local business, then loaned money to a former one. Council members last Tuesday approved sending a letter to Maryland-based Choice Hotels regarding the EconoLodge in Jackson while publicly lamenting the “dire situation” surrounding the privately owned business. That same evening, the council authorized loaning an additional $40,000 […]

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