Town of Fern, Wisconsin
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"Where the Popple Meets the Pine!"
School District of Florence County

Education throughout Florence County 
This website includes information and links on the following educational opportunities:
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Nature Naturally
- Environmental Stewardship
- US Forest Service, UW-Extension
- The Florence County Library

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Town of Fern Services
Elections & Voting
Emergency Services
Fire/Rescue: Dial 911

Florence Volunteer Fire Department:
Fire Chief -- Joe Witynski
P.O. Box 643
Florence, WI 54121

Florence County Rescue Squad:

Please print out the application (the link is below) and mail it to: 
P.O. Box 278
Florence, WI 54121.

Physical Address:  
747 Lake Avenue
Florence, WI 54121

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 278
Florence, WI 54121

Florence County Sheriff's Department
Dan Miller, Sheriff

501 Lake Avenue
Florence, WI 54121

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 678
Florence, WI 54121

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Highway Department
For questions or information regarding Town of Fern roads, please call the Town of Fern garage at 715-528-3051 and leave a detailed message.  Someone will return your call as soon as possible.

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Other Information
The Town of Fern Dump is located next to the Fern Town Hall at 3204 State Highway 101, Florence.

All bins are clearly marked either "Refuse" or "Recycling."

Regular Dump Days and Hours are as follows:
  - Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  - Sundays from 12 p.m. (noon) to 2 p.m.

Summer Dump Days and Hours (in addition to the "regular" days/hours listed above) are held from the third Wednesday in May through the second Wednesday in October each year from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Refuse & Recycling
Information on firewood restrictions in Wisconsin (regarding EAB, Oak Wilt, Beech Bark disease and others) and at Wisconsin DNR manage properties please contact 1-877-303-WOOD (9663). ​

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Assessor for the Town of Fern:
Phyllis Westenberg
210 S 6th Street
Watertown, WI 53094

Researching Taxes in the Town of Fern, Wisconsin:
There are three ways that you can find out how much money you owe on your tax bill.

1. Florence County website available at (or click here to go directly to the site)

On the right side of the page you will see "Florence County Quicklinks." Click on the 4th item on the list "Property Tax Records." Here you can search by name or by parcel number. Once you have the correct record, select "taxes" on the left side of the page. Make sure that you select the proper tax year to see the amount due. Information is available about 1 week after tax bills have been distributed by the county treasurer to the township clerks. This is usually the first or second week of December.  

2. You can call the Town of Fern Treasurer.  Please note that the Town Treasurer has a regular full-time job, so she will most likely not be available to answer the phone during the day.  After February 1, the County Treasurer will have the most up-to-date and complete records for the current year's taxes.

3. You can investigate tax amounts from the County Treasurer office located at 400 Lake Avenue, Florence, WI . Phone 715-528-3204. County Treasurer’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:30.

Making Payments:
When making payments please have correct payment amount. Include parcel # on check stub with disbursement amount. Limit the # of parcels to 10 to be included on one tax payment. Give clear and accurate disbursement instructions for check amount. Checks will be returned if disbursement is inaccurate. Overpayments are refunded to the property owner after board approval and check has cleared bank.  

Florence County allows for two installments. The first installment is payable to the Township Clerk and due by January 31. The second installment is payable to the County Treasurer and due by July 31. Post marked dates are accepted. Please note that your receipt from your first payment and your original tax bill (mailed in December) are the only reminders you will receive for the second installment.

Town of Fern Property Owners Mail Tax Payments To:
First Installment (current year taxes paid from December 1 through January 31):         
   Town of Fern
   Carol Demko, Treasurer
   P.O. Box 688
   Florence, WI 54121

Second Installment (current year taxes paid anytime after January 31 and all previous year taxes):
   Florence County
  Donna Liebergen, Treasurer
   P.O. Box 410
   501 Lake Avenue
   Florence, WI 54121

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Taxes & Assessor
Florence Utilities
Programs & Services:  Click here to visit WPPI Energy online
501 Spring Avenue
Florence, WI 54121

Niagara Telephone Company
Business Office
1133 Main Street
Niagara, WI 54151
Business Office: 715-528-3344
Repair: 715-528-4290
Fax Line: 715-251-1119
Florence Internet Support: 715-528-3350

Wisconsin Public Service
Programs & Services:  Click here to visit WPS online
•General Information: 24-Hr. Customer Service, 7 Days a Week, 800-450-7260
•Business Solutions Center: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST), Monday thru Friday, 877-444-0888

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Utilities & Services
Page last updated on September 26, 2013
Voters strongly encouraged to absentee vote by mail

[Fern, WI] – Because of the COVID-19, voters are strongly 
urged to act now to vote absentee for the April 7 Spring 
Election and Presidential Preference Primary. The Wisconsin 
Elections Commission encourages all Wisconsin voters to 
request an absentee ballot by mail.

“Polls will be open for those who need them on Election Day, 
but most voters should vote absentee for this election,” said 
DeClark. “For that to happen, you should request an absentee 
ballot as soon as possible.” 

How to Request an Absentee Ballot
There are multiple ways to request an absentee ballot in Wisconsin, which are listed below. It is important to note that the contact information on the list below for numbers 2 and 3 is specific contact information for the Town of Fern. If you live in a different municipality, you will need to contact your clerk directly to receive an absentee ballot.

Absentee Voting by Mail:
1.)Voters can go online to and request a ballot be mailed to them. 
2.)Voters may also request a ballot by sending an e-mail to the Town of Fern. The e-mail address is  
3.)Voters can send something in writing to the Town of Fern by mailing it to the Town of Fern at P.O. Box 290; Florence, WI 54121.

What information does an absentee request by mail need to have? In order to receive a ballot, the voter needs to have a request on file that states:
-Voter’s name
-Voter’s registered voting address
-Where the Voter wants the ballot mailed to
-What elections the voter wants to receive the ballot for—i.e. this election, all elections in 2020, or as an indefinitely confined voter to receive every ballot from the date of the request onward, etc.
-Photo ID – a copy of the voter’s photo ID must be on file before an absentee ballot can be mailed to the voter. If the voter has voted by mail as an absentee in the past, the ID may already be on file. Otherwise a copy of the photo ID must be included with the absentee request. Indefinitely confined voters, military voters and permanent overseas voters are exempt from needing to provide a photo ID for an absentee request.

Absentee Voting Deadlines:
  • Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. is the latest that the clerk can mail ballots to regular absentee voters.
  • Friday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. is the latest that the clerk can mail ballots to indefinitely confined absentee voters (those voters who are indefinitely confined because of age, illness, infirmity or disability)
  • Friday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. is the latest that a voter can absentee vote in-person at the clerk’s office
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. All absentee ballots must be received at the polling place no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  

Voters are encouraged to vote their ballot and return it as soon as possible as mailing time can take up to a week or more for the ballot to be received. If voters have any questions, please contact the Town of Fern at 715-528-5252.

Other 2020 Election Dates:
May 12, 2020 - Special Election Congressional District 7
August 11, 2020 - Partisan Primary
November 3, 2020 - General Election

The polling place for the Town of Fern is at the Town Hall located at 3204 State Highway 101.  The polling place is open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.