• Black River Falls, Wisconsin
    Black River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Deer Capital of Wisconsin
    Deer Capital of Wisconsin

    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.

  • ATV Trails
    ATV Trails

    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
    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.

Upcoming Events

04/21/2014 - 04/25/2014
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04/28/2014 - 05/02/2014
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BRF facilities upgrades could cost up to $40 million

Upgrades to Black River Falls School District facilities could cost up to $40 million if all current options are given the go ahead.

But residents are scheduled to receive a survey in May that will ask which of the proposed options they support – or if they support the district pursuing a fall referendum at all, Superintendent Shelly Severson said.

Our big push in this survey is not to convince anybody of anything but to work hard at gathering feedback so we have their input,” she said.

We are not driving this – it is what the community tells us what their priorities are.

The $40 million price tag would only come if survey results show – and the school board ultimately approves – all three proposed facilities projects that have been discussed and formulated by the district’s community facility taskforce. s that will be part of the survey include facilities upgrades for elementary and high school buildings and district-wide maintenance, Severson said.

Closing Third Street Elementary and building a new school to help house elementary students is pegged at anywhere from $16 to $20 million, while adding on to already existing elementary buildings would cost anywhere from $20 to $23 million in the event of Third Street’s closure, according to engineering estimates.

In addition, the taskforce has planned to ask the community’s thoughts on upgrades at the high school that would cost between $9.


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County residents some of most unhealthy in state, says study

Jackson County residents are some of the most unhealthy in Wisconsin, according to a recently released study.

The county ranks 66th of the 72 counties in a yearly study that provides county-by-county comparisons of the overall health and well-being of residents. Jackson County dropped from a ranking of 61st last year, which is “discouraging,” said Beth Smetana, the county’s health and human services director.

It’s discouraging that we dropped,” she said. s a little discouraging because we had been on the upswing.


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Running water advisories to end

Local communities are in the midst of ending recommendations that advised residents to run water continuously to help alleviate frozen pipes.

Residents in Alma Center, Hixton and Merrillan already have been advised to turn off their water, and utility customers in Black River Falls and Melrose will do so next week.

The recommendations came earlier in the winter after harsh cold prompted frost to settle deep into the ground and caused subsequent water and sewer lateral freeze-ups.

Jerry Ewert, manager of BRF Municipal Utilities, said the utility responded to 75 freeze-ups and noted the running water recommendation likely averted a much higher incidence.


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