Wisconsin is recognized as one of the premier deer hunting states in the nation as Wisconsin is home to a thriving deer herd and Jackson County has earned the title "Deer Capital of Wisconsin" for it's large deer population and harvest over the years.
Jackson County has some of the most popular ATV trails in the Midwest. Over 100 miles of trails wind through the scenic Black River State Forest and Jackson County Forest. All trails are clearly marked. No "off-trail" riding is permitted in Jackson County.
Karner Blue Butterfly Festival
The Karner Blue Butterfly Festival in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, celebrates the endangered Karner Blue butterfly, which is indigenous to the Black River Falls area. The festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in July
The Jackson County Aging Office will offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to income-eligible seniors again this year.Residents 60 years or older and Native Americans 55 or older with annual household incomes at or below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines may apply. They can receive a $25 voucher packet to purchase locally grown produce at certified farmer’s markets and food stands.
Vouchers will be distributed on June 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at Lincolnwood Apartments in Black River Falls and on June 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Friends Sharing Food in BRF. They will be distributed on June 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at River Grove Apartments in BRF, on June 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Center Circle Apartments in Merrillan and on June 29 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Taylor Food Pantry in Taylor.The program is first-come, first-serve and has 94 packets for distribution in...
Two people were injured in a shed fire in the town of Manchester last week.A 71-year-old man sustained burns and a 45-year-old person also had possible smoke and fire inhalation injuries following the Friday fire at W11203 Larry Young Rd., according to the Black River Falls Fire Department.
The 48-by-36-foot pole shed and its contents are a total loss and it’s currently unknown if the property was insured, according to the department.Firefighters were called to the property after a 9:40 a.m. call for help because of the fire and a possible injury. BRF Fire Chief Steve Schreiber was first on scene and observed the shed fully engulfed in flames and part of the roof collapsed. The department, with assistance from the Sparta Fire District, made an exterior attack and prevented the blaze from spreading to the nearby single-family home on the property.
The family of a Wisconsin veteran who died from a combination of medications prescribed by Veterans Administration doctors is optimistic after the House passed a bill May 10 to reform the VA’s use of painkillers.Jason Simcakoski, a 35-year-old former Marine from Stevens Point, was being treated at the Tomah VA Medical Center in August 2014 when he died from the toxic combination of medicine, according to VA reports.His death was at the center of a 2015 report from the Center for Investigative Reporting highlighting excessive opioid painkiller prescription rates at the hospital, which some veterans called “Candy Land.”
Simcakoski’s mother, widow and daughter were on Capitol Hill as guests of U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, co-sponsor of the Jason Simcakoski Promise Act, which directs the VA to update its opioid prescription practices.Heather Simcakoski said she hopes the Senate will pass a larger VA reform bill, which contains similar...
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking for elk monitoring volunteers for its herds near Black River Falls and Clam Lake this summer.The trail camera monitoring will add to other cameras instituted in 2015, and volunteers are needed to help maintain the camera grid. The department would like willing property owners to place cameras on their property to assist as more elk are born that won’t have radio collars for monitoring.“These trail cameras and the methods behind them are being used more and more and more, and the hope is that we can use these as a cost-effective monitoring tool,” said Dan Storm, a DNR deer and elk researcher. “We’ve already got about two dozen volunteer inquiries in each area in both Clam Lake and another two dozen or so in Black River Falls, but there’s still more need.
“We’ve got a good start, but we...