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.
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.
Merrillan has opted to hire a new village marshal and keep its own police department after it considered disbanding the force and contracting with Jackson County.
The village’s Committee of the Whole last week officially voted to hire retired Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Johnson for the marshal — or police chief — position.
The move came after Merrillan considered whether to keep its own department following the September resignations of previous marshal Kelly Bakken and another deputy marshal.
Because of the nature of where (the position) was, I’m very familiar with Merrillan after working with the sheriff’s office,” said Johnson, who’s already been on patrol in the village.
With the fact that I’m retired, it just fit in well for me, and I was hoping I could help the community at the same time.
The resignations of Bakken and deputy marshal Travis Gregerson prompted the village to look into rehiring its own police personnel or contracting with the sheriff’s department for services, which other county communities have done over the past four years.
We kind of wanted to keep our own police department....
Black River Falls will move ahead with reestablishing a housing authority to assist with low-income housing needs despite a split city council last week.
Mayor Ron Danielson broke a 4-4 tie to approve the resolution after discussion over the need for the body, which assists with low-income housing projects.
It’s to improve our housing for low-income . people,” Danielson said after the council meeting....
Jackson County and the Ho-Chunk Nation will use a nearly $650,000 federal grant to push their new family court programs forward.
The county and Nation have been working together to establish the Jackson County Family Treatment Court and Ho-Chunk Healing-to-Wellness Court.
The initiatives hope to keep adults and children out of the justice system and curb out-of-home placements through early intervention with entire families.
It’s going to be a huge undertaking, but we are up for the challenge,” said Judy Luttio, who was named the county’s family court project coordinator earlier this fall.
We are hoping for the best to come out of this....