Bank News

Blaken Promoted to Vice President and Senior Loan Officer

at Black River Country Bank

Black River Country Bank announces the promotion of Justin Blaken to Vice President and Senior Loan Officer. In this new position, Justin will oversee the overall lending function at the Bank. In addition, he will be sought on to provide leadership, training, and support to those in the lending department, as well as other staff members. “I am very excited about this opportunity at the Bank, and am looking forward to the challenges that come with it,” said Blaken.


Justin has been with the Bank for 10 years, serving as a Loan Officer and Assistant Vice President during that time. He was a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a major in Finance, Investment, & Banking. Justin is also a 2012 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob Becker, President, Black River Country Bank commented, “Justin has proven himself to be a dedicated leader at the Bank. His commitment to the Bank and the community is extraordinary. He will be instrumental in helping shape the future of the Black River Country Bank.”


Justin resides in Melrose with his wife Anna, and two daughters. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department and the Melrose United Methodist Church. In addition, he is a Member of the Mel-Min Football Booster Club, and Member and Past President of the Jackson County Dairy Promotion Committee.


Our Team at BRCB wishes you peace, joy, and prosperity throughout the coming year! Thank you for your continued trust & partnership. 

We look forward to working with you in 2015!



Black River Country Bank's

Back-to-School Drawing WINNERS!!


Jalen (top photo in BRF Office) and Aiden (bottom photo in Melrose Office) each won a new BACKPACK filled with SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!


Wishing all of our area students a great start to the 2014-2015 school year!!




It was great to see you at the 2014 Jackson County Fair!

Black River Country Bank is proud to continue to support our local youth at the various Jackson County Fair events including the Junior Livestock Auction as well as the Jackson County Dairy Promotion Committee Ice Cream Stand!!



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Every Friday in June at both Black River Falls & Melrose locations ... Black River Country Bank hosted a series of dairy-related events to help promote Dairy Industry awareness, support Wisconsin Farmers, & have some SUMMER FUN!!  We had a GREAT month ... so wonderful to see your smiling faces!!  THANK YOU for helping us celebrate DAIRY!!


Here's a small sampling of the FUN we had!!

Friday, June 6th – Milk & Cookies– sampling 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. – “Milk-For-Moola Challenge” Kick-Off Event – Black River Falls Office

** THANK YOU to everyone who joined us to have a little FUN and help support the Jackson County Dairy Promotion Committee!!  Stay tuned for an update on our donation and more photos to come!! **


Friday, June 13th – Butters, Yogurts, Cottage Cheeses – Sampling 10:00 – 2:00 pm

1:00 p.m. – Yogurt-Making Demonstration – BRF Lobby

Trisha Wagner, Associate Professor and Ag Agent, UW Extension – Jackson County

Friday, June 20th – Ice Cream – Strawberry Sundaes 10:00 – 2:00 pm

County Queens & Courts Visiting to Serve Sundaes– BRF Lobby

Friday, June 27th – Cheeses– Sampling 10:00 – 2:00 pm

10:00-11:00 a.m. BRFHS FFA Cheese-Making Demonstration – BRF Lobby

12:30–2:00 p.m. Join us with Inga Witscher, Host of Around The Farm Table – BRF Lobby Storytelling, Forgotten Recipes, and Entertainment!


Black River Country Bank Brings Financial Literacy to Kids Through Reading

Volunteers from Black River Country Bank found a way to teach kids about saving during April's National Financial Literacy Month. Using a Wisconsin Bankers Association program called Reading Raises Interest, part of a Nationwide Teach Children to Save campaign sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, bank staff partnered with local school districts and visited classrooms to read and discuss an age-appropriate book with a message about money and saving.

This year's featured book,
Money, Money, Honey Bunny! By Marilyn Sadler, was read to local Kindergarteners at Forrest Street Early Learning Center and Lincoln Elementary. The Kindergarteners learned about saving money and making wise spending choices, all while using entertaining rhyming in order to help them absorb the book's valuable lessons. The kids also participated in group discussions and activities that helped distinguish savings from spending, and whether they were spending on goods or services.


“Teaching our children to save and respectfully use money at an early age will reap tremendous benefits for them throughout their lives,” says Black River Country Bank President, Bob Becker. He adds, “getting the discussion started at an early age makes the small decisions about wants versus needs so much more meaningful as they move through life. It is Black River Country Bank's pleasure to be involved in this process.”

The American Bankers Association Education Foundation established the program to raise public awareness of the need for financial education. Wisconsin bankers are known for high participation levels – in 2013, 200 WBA bankers reached out to their community to make Teach Children to Save presentations. Together, these bankers made 449 presentations reaching 12,336 students.






Mr. E. Bunny  


Black River Country Bank!!



He came to visit us in both our 

Black River Falls and Melrose Offices! 




Here are a few kiddos enjoying their visits ... along with their complimentary framed photo, and a yummy treat from Mr. E. Bunny himself!!  

Even Miss Jackson County 2013-2014, Megan Murray (proudly sponsored by Black River Country Bank) got in on the FUN!!