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 Black River Falls Police Department hopes to soon launch a crime mapping initiative to best track crime trends and target enforcement.The department has two maps up that eventually will be dotted with pins to signify where and what type of crimes are occurring – a tool that will assist officers as they plan patrol strategies, Chief Scot Eisenhauer said.“They teach you how to track your crime (in schooling) because you just can’t go out the door and drive blindly – you can, but you won’t be effective,” he said. “As patrolmen, we have to know where crime is happening and we have to know what kind of crime.”
The BRF initiative will use pins by color – orange for burglaries and blue for drugs among others – and have one map for the previous year and the second for the current year up for viewing.Some large...
Law enforcement searched and cleaned up a methamphetamine lab in the town of Melrose last week.A search warrant uncovered several “one-pot” meth labs in addition to other meth manufacturing materials at the N630 Highway 108 property Thursday. The search came a day after the property owner, 52-year-old James T. Schlifer, was arrested in connection with the case, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
The illegal lab was removed and officials disposed of toxic wastes at the site. The Melrose Fire Department was requested and assisted at the scene because one-pot meth labs can easily explode and catch fire, according to the sheriff’s department.Members from the sheriff’s department, West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group and Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the search as part of an ongoing investigation.
Schlifer was taken into custody last week Wednesday on a possible charge of...
Following this year’s Earth Day Cleanup, visitors to Jackson County forests and parklands will be able to enjoy scenery that isn’t blighted by illegal dumpsites. The Friends of the Black River teamed up with the Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department for the second year to remove trash from county lands.Thirty volunteers met at the Wazee Lake Park beach parking lot and were organized into teams to clean up eight illegal dump sites on county land and to do roadside patrol.
FBR has adopted Highway K in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Cleanup teams removed litter on the county highway from Highway 54 to Hryz Road. Other volunteers picked up litter along Brockway Road near Wazee Lake.By the end of the morning, the trash and recycled materials were brought back to the Lake Wazee beach parking lot and placed in dumpsters. Along with plastic, glass bottles and other litter,...
The owner of a Black River Falls-based construction company says a decision to expand to expand in Minnesota because of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is reaping benefits.Jim Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction Company, opted to ramp up the business’ presence in the neighboring state last year because of the implications of new legislative policies, and it has acquired $85 million in Minnesota state highway contracts because of it.“It wasn’t a political decision – it was a business decision,” Hoffman said. “It was basically following our market. I saw indications that Wisconsin was headed in the wrong direction.
“As businessman, I had to listen to my market instead of fight it. I had to follow where I’d have the best luck for success, which so far has come true.”Hoffman was a vocal opponent of the right-to-work law that was signed by Gov. Scott Walker in early 2015 because the...