Certified Site Announcement

Black River Falls added to ranks of certified sites

Joining 16 other locations statewide, the Black River Falls Industrial Park was recently recognized as the latest Certified In Wisconsin® site.

The park sits on 76 acres just northeast of downtown Black River Falls and consists of four individual parcels, two of which make up more than 90 percent of the property. The site is also ideally located for distribution, with short commutes to regional airports in Eau Claire and La Crosse as well as the Union Pacific Railroad.

“In today’s market, we can’t just wait for a company to approach us. We need to be proactive in preparing sites for development,” said City Administrator Brad Chown. “When a developer becomes interested in a community, they want to move quickly and having a Certified In Wisconsin development-ready site in the industrial park puts Black River Falls in a great position to meet those needs.”

The Certified In Wisconsin Program, which launched in 2012, gives site selectors and real estate decision makers confidence when selecting a potential location by putting in place many of the key permits and paperwork, which help avoid costly delays and allow businesses to get up and running faster.

For more information on the Certified In Wisconsin Program, visit Certified.InWisconsin.com.



To learn more about the site in Black River Falls go to http://inwisconsin.com/select-wisconsin/available-sites/certified-in-wisconsin/black-river-falls/.


Come and get your fresh seasonal produce every Thursday 2:00 pm — 6:00 pm & Saturday 9:00 am — 1:00 pm at the Jackson County Farmers Market on Diploma Drive, Black River Falls!  The market is located at the UW-Extension office which is right next to the Lunda Community Center.



June 30-July 1!

This festival is Jackson County’s Premier Summer Event! It is Festival in the Park combined with Karner Blue Festival. There’s something for everyone!

Friday, June 30th : Events, entertainment, and fireworks at the Lunda Community Park. This is a family friendly fundraiser to help maintain the Lunda Community Park! Free will donations will be accepted and are encouraged.

Saturday and Saturday Night: Karner Blue Race, Other Events and Entertainment in downtown Black River Falls. Come enjoy the festivities and experience historic downtown Black River Falls!


Spring has sprung and it’s time for summer to roll into Wisconsin, and that wondrous time is marked by the return of the Jackson County Farmer’s Market.

For the second year it is situated on Diploma Drive out by the high school and Lunda Community Center, which works great for vendors.

Char Engler, who runs a stand with her husband Bill, say this location works much better than previous years when it was downtown.

“Cars would just go around the barriers and motorcycles would come through,” Char said. “We have some people who don’t walk as fast.”

This new spot provides plenty of space for cars and pedestrians alike which worked out a lot better for everyone when they first tried it last year.

Some of the vendors also say the new location provides a lot better visibility being just off a busy road and right across from the Jackson County Fair Grounds, which is booked pretty much every weekend throughout the summer.

The only downside to the new venue last year was that no one really knew what to expect and sold out quickly.

It remained a friendly market though, even amidst all the high-selling produce Char said, “There’s no competition here, it’s always so friendly and helpful.”

The folks running the stands are not shy about helping a customer find what they need, even if it’s at another stand.

It’s not just a boon for the customers and the farmers, though as some say it will be a huge benefit for the city as well by increasing its agricultural tourism.

The Farmer’s Market has been getting some good exposure in the Western Wisconsin Farmer’s Atlas, which spans Hayward to La Crosse and drew in some folks last year.

On average the market sees about 10 vendors, but that number can expand as Fall comes around.

It is open every Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the first Thursday of every month until October there will be a free car seat and safety check.

Story by Stephen Knoll (stephen.knoll@lee.net) / Jackson County Chronicle


Black River Falls ranked #8 in Millennial Personal Finance’s “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers” report.

The rankings for this report were compiled by using licensed data and MPF’s unique scoring system. Over 5,000 U.S. cities and towns were evaluated on their outdoor friendliness. For each town and city, the exact number of campsites, outdoor reservations, and parks was summed together. That sum was divided by the respective city’s population to develop the MPF Outdoor Lover Index. A higher score meant a better ranking, and vice versa.

The full report and methodology can be found here:


We are proud that Black River Falls ranked in the top 500 for the Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers list. In today’s world of excessive technology getting outside is as important as ever, and our city is one of the best for this!


The City of Black River Falls is seeking a Chief of Police / Criminal Investigator with a combination of excellent administrative and supervisory skills and extensive knowledge of criminal investigation procedures to provide innovative, professional leadership to the City of Black River Falls Police Department.  A successful Chief of Police must be honest, straightforward, and be able to deal transparently and directly with elected officials, city staff, other law enforcement agencies, and the public.

Responsibilities include research, planning, scheduling, training, disciplinary actions, administering crime prevention programs, public relations, developing and administering policies, directing and coordinating all aspects of department operations and administration, preparing the department’s annual operating budget, and leading criminal investigations.

Candidates must have at least 10 years of full-time law enforcement experience with at least 3 of those years in a supervisory position, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, hold current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Wisconsin, and have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of police administration and criminal investigations.

            The City of Black River Falls offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience and an excellent benefit package.  All inquiries related to the recruitment and selection process should be directed to Brad Chown, City Administrator / 715-284-5514 / city.admin@blackriverfalls.us.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, four (4) professional references, and a copy of your most recent DJ-LE-303 form to:  City of Black River Falls, c/o Hiring Committee, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

Deadline to apply is June 16, 2017.

The City of Black River Falls is an equal opportunity employer.


Win a New Bike !!!

The Black River Falls Police Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo at City Hall on June 10, 2017!

10:00am-11:00am at the Black River Falls Library.

Obstacle Course, Finger Printing, Face Painting, Ambulance and Fire Truck Display, T-Shirts, Helmets, and Food!


Black River Falls Police Department (715-284-9155), Ho-Chunk Nation Police (715-284-2658), Black River Falls Library (715-284-4112), Whitetail Crossing, and Ho-Chunk Environmental Health.


Black River Memorial Hospital Application for Conditional Use Permit

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held before the Planning Commission of the City of Black River Falls on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls to hear the petition of Black River Memorial Hospital to obtain a conditional use permit for Black River Memorial Hospital to construct a professional office building on the following described land and premises:

Northeast ¼ of the Northwest ¼ of Section 15, Township 21 North Range 4 West, City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.
Parcel #206-2335.0000
775 North 8th Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

The conditional use permit would allow Black River Memorial Hospital to construct a professional office building on the premises for the purpose of medical records, coding, transcription, release of information, customer service, insurance billing, credit and collection service, financial assistance, and other patient-related business matters.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

Alex B. Chown
City Clerk
City of Black River Falls

Posted: May 17, 2017


Street excavation will begin in Clifton Acres the week of June 5th starting at Forrest Street and working North to the cul-de-sac, then continuing onto Clifton Street. Gordon Street will get new sewer, gravel and pavement, and a storm basin will be installed towards the East end of Gordon Street.

As each street is being excavated we ask that there be NO PARKING on the street. The police department will be posting signs to remind people.

Paving will be completed in August before school starts.

Discover Wisconsin Episode to Feature Black River Falls

  • Water Trails of the Driftless Airs: 05/13/2017 – 05/14/2017

Bust out your paddles and scuba gear: Discover Wisconsin is kayaking, canoeing and “cannonballing” their way through west central Wisconsin. First, they discover the waterways of the La Crosse area by kayak, pontoon and airboat. Heading north to rural Trempealeau County, Mariah takes in a stunning view of the Mississippi River from Perrot State Park. In Buffalo County, she kicks things up a notch by attempting barrel racing but slows things down at Danzinger Winery, Merrick State Park and a farm-to-fork hidden gem along the river. The show comes to a close in Black River Falls, home to Wisconsin’s deepest lake and the endangered Karner blue butterfly. If you’re all about that H2O, this episode is for you.

Click here to watch the episode on-line