The Black River Falls Fire Department needs your help keeping the fire hydrants in your neighborhood free of snow. If you have a snowblower, and your neighbors don’t, please help out and get the hydrant at the end of the block. Remember, if your house is on fire the Fire Department will be using the closest hydrant so it is best to keep all neighborhood hydrants cleared of snow.

Thank you in advance for your help.



The Black River Falls Police Department has been fielding numerous reports of citizens receiving scam phone calls. With tax season upon us, the IRS scam call will tell you that you need to give them money or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Another popular one is that the Publisher’s Clearing House will send you your winnings only if you send them a small amount to cover their costs. Some criminals even try to pose as a family member who is in trouble that needs money! Most of these crooks will try to tell you to go to Walmart to buy a money gram or a gift card and to give them the information over the phone. DO NOT DO THIS! These scammers are even good at faking phone numbers so it may look like a local phone number that is calling you. Remember, if it seems too good to be true it probably is. Ignore and/or block these calls and please help educate the elderly about these types of scams. Unfortunately, they are often the hardest hit! We’ve included a link below to the US Dept. of Justice that includes a list of websites and phone numbers to report fraudulent activity.


Due to the extreme temperatures forecasted for Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and Thursday, January 31, 2019, the City of Black River Falls will not be collecting garbage in Ward 3 and Ward 4.  Garbage collection in these areas of the city will be done on Friday, February 1, 2019.  If your garbage is normally picked up on Wednesday or Thursday, please plan to place your garbage curbside by 6:30am on Friday, February 1, 2019.  There will be two Street Department crews collecting garbage on Friday, February 1, 2019 so pick up times may vary from regularly scheduled days.

A Ward map is available on line at

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Due to the extreme temperatures forecasted for the City of Black River Falls,

City Hall will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

A Wind Chill Warning has been issued for the entire Coulee Region beginning at noon today and lasting through noon on Thursday.  During this time period, strong winds could result in wind chills approaching -45° to -65°.  Frostbite can occur within just 5 minutes! We are asking all city residents to limit outdoor exposure, stay warm, layer up if you HAVE to be outside, and make sure to check on family, friends, and the elderly.

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On December 29, 2018 at around noon the Black River Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at 119 South 3rd Street Apartment 2 in the City of Black River Falls to locate evidence of a substantial battery incident that is reported to have occurred in the early morning hours on that day. During the search of the residence several items pertaining to the battery complaint were seized. There was also a significant amount of drug paraphernalia, drug packaging material, and some methamphetamine. Kelsey M. Jensen and Brendan D. Gerber, both of Black River Falls, were arrested and referred to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for charges including:

Brendan D. Gerber, 21 years old of Black River Falls:
Substantial Battery, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Child Neglect, and Possession of Illegally Obtained Prescriptions

Kelsey M. Jensen, 24 years old of Black River Falls:
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Child Neglect, and Possession of Illegally Obtained Prescriptions

The police department was assisted by the Ho Chunk Nation Police, Conservation Wardens of the Wisconsin DNR, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. As always, the police department appreciates the support of local and state agencies in making the community a safer place.
Officers located numerous syringes and drug paraphernalia in a common basement area of this residence. The police department encourages landlords to check their properties and secure doors as needed to prevent this type of activity. If this if found, please report it immediately to law enforcement.

Chief Kelly Bakken

*Photos Courtesy of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Dept.*


The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Street Superintendent. The current Street Superintendent is retiring after 29 years of public service with the City. The Superintendent is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of the Street Department including maintenance of streets, sanitary sewer lines, and the storm water system as well as the collection of garbage and recycling. The City maintains over 29 miles of local streets and several municipal parking lots.

The Department

The Street Department has 8 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Full-time staff includes the Superintendent, a Foreman, a Mechanic, and 5 maintenance workers. Two part-time employees are responsible for garbage collection and two part-time employees are responsible for recycling collection.

The 2019 Operating Budget for the department is set at $838,902. The 2019 Capital Budget for the department is set at $256,000.

The Position

The Street Superintendent has administrative responsibility for effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers and certain designated municipally owned facilities; fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the Street Department.

The Superintendent is under the immediate supervision of the City Administrator, and subject to general direction from the Mayor, and Common Council. A detailed position description is available at City Hall and on-line at

The Superintendent is an exempt, non-represented employee. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm. The Street Superintendent is also expected to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting held the third Wednesday of each month and other meetings as needed. The position requires working varying hours as needed for snow removal, emergencies, and other department business.

The position’s annual salary is initially established by the City of Black River Falls Hiring Committee and then annually established by the Common Council. Based on the current Superintendent’s salary, the minimum starting annual salary for the position will be $59,196.80.

An excellent benefit package including health insurance coverage and retirement benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System accompanies this position. Additional benefits and optional insurances are available.

Required Education, Experience and Certifications

The Superintendent should possess extensive responsible Public Works experience, preferably in a municipal setting including three years of experience in a management / supervisory position. This experience should include administrative and supervisory duties. The City may consider other public works administrative experience in lieu of these desired qualifications.

A high school diploma is required. Preference will be given to an individual with a post high school education and/or additional training or certifications in managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers; facilities and fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the public works department.

The ideal candidate for this position should also have a track record focused on strong customer service, human relations, leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This professional, supervisory position must be able to lead the department to full performance capability, achieving high morale and placing “safety first”. Qualified candidates should possess the skills for writing grant application submissions & organizing people, projects and schedules on an ongoing basis.

The Recruitment Process

Interested applicants MUST submit the following items to the address noted below:

• A completed City of Black River Falls employment application
• A cover letter
• A current resume, detailing qualifications for this position
• A list of three (3) professional, work related references

A printable PDF version of the application can be found on the City’s website at

The application form may also be obtained at City Hall located at 101 South Second Street or by contacting the City Administrator via email at

The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. The application review process will begin on February 19, 2019 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Application materials should be placed in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows, and either mailed or hand-delivered by the deadline noted above to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: Hiring Committee
101 South Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Electronic submissions are acceptable and may be forwarded to However, applicants must still provide an original signature on the “Authorization / Consent to Release” statement on page 4 of the City of Black River Falls’ Employment Application. This page with original signature should either be mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the address above.

Applicant names are subject to release pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, unless confidentiality is requested in writing. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation and a physical examination to determine fitness for duty.

Additional questions on this position or on application procedures may be directed to City Administrator via email at or by phone at (715) 284-2315.


The City of Black River Falls / Black River Falls Fire Department/ EMS Division is seeking a Full-Time Emergency Medical Technician. The service area consists of over 1,000 square miles with a population over 20,000. The Basic Life Support (BLS) service responds to 2,200+ calls annually. Successful candidates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide Emergency Medical Care to patients in a wide variety of environments. Responsibilities will include respond to 911 calls and provide emergency medical care within the Scope of Practice for an EMT as outlined by the State of Wisconsin. Additional roles include participate in public relations events, standby at special events, assist with department training, and maintaining department vehicles, equipment, and property. Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, Wisconsin licensed EMT or higher, Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, and a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. A minimum of 6 months field experience as an EMT or higher, firefighter certification, and CPR Instructor is preferred. Normal hours of work are Monday – Friday 2pm-10pm. Additional hours may be required dependent upon department needs.

A full job description with a list of qualifications is available by clicking on the link below. Resumes may be mailed or dropped off: Black River Falls Fire Department/ EMS Division, 30 South Water Street, P.O. Box 455, Black River Falls, WI 54615, Attention: EMS Division Chief Stoker. Resumes must be received by February 8, 2019. NOTE: Candidates will be required to submit to an oral interview, background investigation, psychological evaluation, medical exam, physical abilities test and serve a twelve-month probationary period. The city offers a competitive salary and benefits package and is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.