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Join us! Wednesdays in June - Both Black River Falls & Melrose locations!

Black River Country Bank will be hosting a series of dairy-related events to help promote Dairy Industry awareness,

support Wisconsin Agriculture, and have some SUMMER FUN!!

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 3rd

12:00 noon–1:00 pm – “Milk For Moola Challenge” – BRF & Melrose Lobbies -- BRCB will make a donation to Jackson County Youth Dairy Exhibitors for each participant!!

Wednesday, June 10th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Wisconsin Cheese Sampling

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – "FFA Expo" – BRF Lobby "Open House Style" -- Stop in to view local FFA Student's Agriculture Projects!


Wednesday, June 17th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Milk and Cookies

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – "How To Milk A Cow" Demonstrations – BRF Parking Lot


Wednesday, June 24th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Strawberry Ice Cream Sundaes -- Miss Strawberry Festival Court Visiting – BRF Lobby


Drop-off your Cream Cup of Moo Milk Dairy Farm Coloring page found in your statement mailings (or stop-in and color one here). We will then enter you into a drawing for fun prizes at the end of the month!


Sign-up for Mobile Banking & be Entered to WIN a Brewers Ticket Package!


Sunday, August 2nd – Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs – 1:10 p.m.


 Four (4) Loge Level Infield Box Seats Section 217, Row 10, Seats 10-13

PLUS One Preferred Parking Pass For Game Day!!

Drawing will be held June 12, 2015.




The Easter Bunny came HIPPITY HOPPING into 

Black River Country Bank





Mr. Easter Bunny joined us March 21 in Melrose and March 28 in Black River Falls!!  We ALL had so much fun visiting with him, taking pictures, and having chocolate-y TREATS!  We even had special guests, from Gold Medal Rabbitry in Neillsville, join us.  They brought their gorgeous polish bunnies for petting!  A very special THANKS to all who came and shared in the special event!  Be on the look-out for more photos to come soon!



Blaken Named Director at Black River Country Bank

Black River Country Bank recently selected Terry Blaken to fill a vacancy on their Board of Directors. Blaken is a lifelong resident of Melrose, a Graduate of Melrose-Mindoro High School, and is a Partner in Blaken Farms, LLC.

The Director position is a seat on the Board of Directors – which aims to provide guidance, direction, and oversight in the Bank's management and strategic operations as well as work towards fulfilling the mission of BRCB. Blaken fills the seat left by Donald Schmidt, also of Melrose, who served as a BRCB Director for over 25 years. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors at Black River Country Bank and hope my background in agriculture will be a benefit to the board,” stated Blaken.

Bob Becker, President Black River Country Bank, commented “The Blaken family has strong roots with Black River Country Bank. Terry's father, Norman, was a past Director and his son, Justin, is our Senior Loan Officer. We consider the Blaken family one of the top farming families in Jackson County and couldn't be happier to have one of the leaders of that farm family helping us make sound and prudent decisions at the Bank.”

Terry and his wife, Kathy, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He is involved in the local community as a Member of the Friends of Melrose, Member of the Melrose-Mindoro Board of Education, and previous Supervisor for the Town of Melrose.


Hostrawser Promoted to Vice President of Operations at Black River Country Bank

Black River Country Bank announces the recent promotion of Roxie Hostrawser to Vice President of Operations. Her new position entails oversight of computer and network functions, IT security, employee training, as well as new budgetary, large-scale project, and systems upgrade oversight. “I have always loved my job at the Bank and working for the Radcliffe family – I will do my absolute best in handling my new responsibilities,” said Hostrawser.


Roxie began working at Black River Country Bank, formerly Bank of Melrose, in 1983 as a Teller, after completing an Associates Degree in Business Office Practices at Chippewa Valley Technical College. In 2000, she moved into the Computer and Bookkeeping Department, and in 2003 became the IT Administrator. “Roxie's dedication to performing her duties in the ever-changing information technology environment is outstanding. She has been able to meet all of the challenges that go along with the demanding position she has with the Bank and we are proud of her accomplishments. We are delighted to name Roxie Vice President of Operations. We look forward to the many new and exciting avenues that she will be able to guide the Bank down in the future,” announced Bob Becker, President, Black River Country Bank.


Roxie is married to Jim Hostrawser and resides in rural Black River Falls. The couple has raised four daughters and have kept quite busy over the years with family, church, and community involvement.


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!!