Wednesday, August 23rd


Administrator Brad Chown had a long list of economic development activities happening in Black River Falls as his time came up during the Economic Development meeting held last Monday.

This has become common for Chown and the city of Black River Falls as the city has had a lot of economic development news to share this year including the new Kwik Trip and Arby’s that have come to town.

“We really are a fantastic location, we always have been. I think that the economy has come to the point where we are recovering from 2008 and people are starting to expand and take a little bit more risk,” said Chown.

With a lot of growth happening near Interstate 94, Chown is hoping creating a historic district downtown will be a new tool that can continue to spur economic development in the area.

Jim Bible bought 16 acres of cranberry marsh near Millston in the early 80s, and has since expanded the operation to 32 acres using his own blood, sweat and tears.

“It was first founded by Art Janke Jr. and his father in the 1930s, who had about 16 acres when we bought it,” Bible said.

Bible is selling his marsh to the Wisconsin Cranberry Grower’s Association this year to make room for a new research center.

Bible said he hadn’t really considered selling his land until he received the letter from the WCGA looking for land for a research center.

WCGA sent out a letter to a lot of marsh owners to let them know they were looking to purchase land, and Bible thought his land would make sense for them and allow him and his family to restructure their business as well.

The city of Black River Falls requested some changes to the easement for the ATC Badger Coulee Transmission Line that is going through parts of Black River Falls at the monthly Common Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The ATC Badger Coulee Transmission Line project is a 180-mile line that stretches from Holmen to Blair and then across to Black River Falls and then follows Interstate 94 to Dane County. The line is expected to be operational in the fall of 2018.

Most of the changes centered around section six of the power line that stretches between Black River Falls and Blair, including a segment that goes past Skyline Golf Course.

“I had a conversation with the management of Skyline because its easement goes right over part of hole number six.

Jackson County gathered last Tuesday night at the Lunda Community Park for National Night Out, which is a national initiative that aims to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Black River Falls Police Department, Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were the local police departments in attendance for the carnival, which included bouncy houses, K-9 demonstrations and good food.

“For me, it is a format where members of the community can come and meet their law enforcement officers so there is not a huge wall between us and the community,” Ho-Chunk Nation police chief Earl Lemieux II said.

Jackson County was one of thousands of communities that celebrated National Night Out.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continued its community outreach with Coffee with a Cop at The Hub in the Lunda Community Center last Thursday.

Every month the sheriff’s office gets together with members of the community to address concerns in the area and hold a presentation on different topics.

This month’s discussion was about the SafeAssured ID program and the benefits it can provide to the community.

SafeAssured ID creates a digital profile for people who might not normally have an ID, like children in case of an abduction or other emergency situations.

The program takes both a photo and video of the person walking to cover multiple angles of the faces and some walking mannerisms that are hard to change if a person is lost.