Citizens in Black River Falls can download a free app, HeyGov, on iOS and Android to report issues in the city, sign up for updates, get news and notices, and vote in straw polls about issues in the community.

City residents can now vote in a straw poll and share their opinions on proposals to authorize ATV/UTV traffic in the City of Black River Falls.  The Black River Falls Downtown Association has submitted a written proposal to allow ATV/UTV traffic to access downtown Black River Falls.  Several city residents have also submitted written requests to allow ATV/UTV traffic on all city streets.  This topic has been discussed at recent Common Council meetings and will be discussed again at upcoming Council meetings until a decision can be made.  Other local municipalities such as the Town of Brockway, the City of Sparta, the City of Tomah, and the City of Neillsville allow ATVs/UTVs to operate on all streets/roads in their municipalities.  The Black River Falls Common Council would like to hear from city residents!  The straw poll is intended for city residents only and can be completed by downloading the “HeyGov” app, accessing it on-line at, or completing it in person at City Hall located at 101 S Second Street in Black River Falls.  Be sure to cast your vote by midnight, May 15th in the app.

City Administrator Brad Chown collaborated on the app with HeyGov, a government technology firm in Madison, Wis., with a goal to make citizens happier. The HeyGov widget was added to the municipal website in March. Now, the HeyGov app is available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

You can download the app to:

  • Report Issues in the city and sign up for status updates on your issues.
  • Participate in Straw Polls, including this week’s ATV/UTV poll.
  • View the latest News and Notices within the app whenever they are posted on the city website.

The newly added Straw Poll feature perfectly represents the goals set by the city of Black River Falls in its collaboration with HeyGov. It’s a way for citizens to interact and communicate easily with city leaders and departments. The Straw Poll on ATV/UTV use in the city ends at midnight on Monday, April 19th.

To download the free app:


The Tomah VA Medical Center announced today it will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers through a special one-time outreach event in Black River Falls. The event will take place Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm within the Jackson County Fairgrounds at the Milt Lunda Memorial Arena at 388 Melrose Street in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

This special outreach event supplements continuing COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Tomah Medical Center as well as at four community-based clinics in Clark County (Owen), La Crosse, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. The Black River Falls outreach event provides greater accessibility for Veterans in Jackson County and the surrounding area.

With respect to the SAVE LIVES Act, the VA defines caregivers to include any family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.

Anyone who served in the military, their spouses, and their caregivers should visit or call 800-872-8662 extension 66274 to register for vaccination and receive vaccine updates. Eligible individuals unable to attend the Black River Falls clinic may schedule to receive a vaccination at any of the Tomah VAMC clinics.


On March 20, 2021, the Hiring Committee for the City of Black River Falls selected Chad Duerkop as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Black River Falls.  Duerkop has been employed with Eau Claire Parks, Recreation, & Forestry since 2005 as the Program and Facility Supervisor.  He has 22 years of parks & recreation experience previously serving 5 years as Recreation Supervisor for the City of Bloomington, MN and 2 years as Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Waukon, IA.  Duerkop earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration – Parks & Recreation Emphasis from Winona State University.  The City’s Hiring Committee received 52 applications and interviewed eight (8) candidates for the position.  Duerkop is expected to begin his tenure as Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Black River Falls on April 19, 2021 pending standard pre-employment screenings and exams.


The City of Black River Falls Parks & Recreation Department is looking for Lifeguards and a
Pool Manager for the Hoffman Aquatic Park for the 2021 season.

Please contact Parks & Recreation Director Steve Peterson at 715-284-9246 or by email at

The Hoffman Aquatic Park will need at least 20 lifeguards, a pool manager, and 6 non-lifeguard staff persons for this season.

The Hoffman Aquatic Park is open daily from 11:30am to 7pm.


Sealed bids for paving projects in the City of Black River Falls will be received by the City of Black River Falls Public Works Dept. 101 S 2nd St. Black River Falls, WI 54615 (Telephone: 715-284-2315) until 10:00 am on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Bid specifications and bid requirements for this project are available on our website at, at City Hall, 101 S 2nd St, Black River Falls WI 54615, or emailed upon request. Sealed bids shall be labeled “2021 Street Projects”.

In accordance with Wis. Stat. 62.15(3) all bids must be accompanied by a certified check or a bid bond equal to 10 percent of the bid payable to the City of Black River Falls (the “City”) as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within the time limited by the City. If the successful bidder so files the contract and bond, upon the execution of the contract by the City the check shall be returned. In case the successful bidder fails to file such contract and bond the amount of the check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the City as liquidated damages.

The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and to award the Contract in the best interests of the City of Black River Falls.


Greg Rush

Street Superintendent


The Black River Falls Municipal Utilities office will be opening to the public on Monday, March 8th. The office will be back to normal operating hours 8:00am – 4:30 pm, but they continue to encourage customers to use the drop box to drop off payments unless you need to meet with utility staff concerning your bill.


Something New @ the Library! 

Activity Kits: At-home fun for all ages!

Libraries are adapting and changing to fit the needs of their communities. No longer are libraries a place to only check out books. Many libraries offer what has been termed a “library of things” –  a collection of things that patrons may check out exactly as they would a book or movie. In addition to the novelty cake pans the Black River Falls Public Library has available to check-out, we have now added NERF Activity Kits to our “library of things”!

NERF Activity Kit 1 is a NERF Blaster Kit which includes 5 NERF darts, 1 toy NERF blaster, 1 NERF target, and 1 pair of safety glasses.

  • NERF Activity Kit 2 is a NERF Vortex Howler and includes 2 NERF Catchers and 1 NERF ball.
  • NERF Activity Kit 3 is a NERF Golf Putting Kit and includes 1 extendable golf putter, 1 NERF foam golf ball, and 3 foam rings.

These new additions to our collection encourage screenless physical activity while boosting creativity with at-home setup options. While we still cannot gather for in-person programming, we are excited to be able to offer this new option for entertainment at home. Check a kit out today and treat the family to ‘NERF Night’!

2020 George Wilson Service Award – Steve “Petey” Peterson

Parks & Recreation Director, Steven Peterson, received the 2020 George Wilson Service Award from the Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association (WPRA)! You may recall “Petey” also received the Parks Section Outstanding Professional of the Year Award from the WPRA back in 2018! Congratulations Petey on an award winning career – you will be missed !!!!

Click here to watch the award presentation!


Black River Falls Municipal Utilities will be hosting a ground breaking ceremony for their new facility on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:00PM at 349 South McKinley Street (behind D&S Manufacturing).


In case of inclement weather, the event’s rain date is Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:00pm.