Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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A Tomah bank has filed a lawsuit against River Falls, claiming the city owes the bank $240,000. Timberwood Bank, Tomah, filed a complaint in Pierce County Court last week, claiming the city wrote checks to Martinsen Investment and Land Company, and although a development agreement said the checks should be made payable to both Martinsen and Timberwood, they were not. According to the lawsuit, Martinsen and the city were parties to a development agreement and addendum dated Feb. 25, 2008. The agreement involved the construction of a 68,000 sq. ft.
Organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election against State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, say they expect to have no problem collecting more than the 15,744 signatures needed by Monday, May 2. A report filed Friday with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board shows the Committee to Recall Harsdorf has received $67,695 in donations and spent $67,156.
It's early in the process and analyses of Gov. Walker's 2011-2013 budget aren't complete, but local Republican lawmakers say the budget bill and its predecessor, the repair bill, are a good start. Questions were e-mailed to the office of Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who represents part of Pierce County and is one of 14 Democratic senators who crossed into Illinois to avoid a vote on the budget-repair bill.
Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove will take another role come April when she begins teaching drivers education to Ellsworth area teens. Hove, who was elected to her second term as sheriff last November, has been hired by Safety and Respect Driving School of Eau Claire to teach both classroom and behind-the-wheel driving. She was adamant the new job won't interfere with her work as sheriff. Hove said the classes, held at Ellsworth High School, will be in the evenings and she will have her phone with her at all times so reaching her won't be a problem. "I'm right here.
RIVER FALLS--A petition drive to force a recall election for State Sen.
Perhaps the lesson to be learned from a Roberts woman's experience is if a deputy offers you a ride, check to make sure there's no dog in the back seat. Or maybe ride up front. Denise Carroll, rural Roberts, has filed suit against St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company asking for compensation for injuries she suffered the afternoon of July 2, 2010. According to the lawsuit, Carroll was offered a courtesy ride by a St. Croix County deputy and as she opened the back door to enter the squad car, his police dog attacked her.
In a decision filed Feb. 1, a Wisconsin appeals court reversed a Pierce County judge's decision ordering fireworks be moved from a Prescott warehouse and fining a company nearly $2,000. The District III Court of Appeals ruled Judge Robert Wing, who is now retired, erred when he found Victory Fireworks, not Premium Properties, was the proper defendant in the case and then found Victory guilty of violating a Prescott city ordinance. According to background in the appeals court decision, Premium Properties owns a warehouse in Prescott that Victory leases to store fireworks.
Pierce County 2010 traffic fatalities Feb. 1 -- Dennis M. Rud, 55, Beldenville; single car; 2 a.m.; CTH N, north of El Paso. April 17 -- Lori A. Sobania, 50, Oakdale, Minn.; car vs. motorcycle; 11:22 a.m.; Hwy. 35, Town of Oak Grove. May 21 -- Andrew J. Lindberg, 24, River Falls; head-on two-vehicle; 4:09 a.m.; Hwy. 65, Town of River Falls. June 24 -- Tony G. Preuhs, 44, Pepin; motorcycle vs. minivan; 7:11 p.m.; 530th Street, Town of Isabelle. July 23-- Keith H. Marks, 32, Maiden Rock; single vehicle; 10:45 p.m.; 380th Street, Town of Maiden Rock. Aug.
Proposed legislation to require citizens to show photo identification each time they vote is either a good idea or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say local poll workers. The bill, introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature last week, mirrors Indiana's voter ID law which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said co-sponsor Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. This isn't intended to be a process to discourage or prevent people from voting, it's an attempt to make sure a voter is who he says he is, said Harsdorf.
A St. Croix County man and his five-year-old daughter were injured Thursday when they jumped from a second story window as fire engulfed their home. Joe Koscinski was in fair condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as of late Friday afternoon. His daughter Alex, 5, is hospitalized at Baldwin Area Medical Center. The fire was reported to the St. Croix County emergency dispatch center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The rental house at 1055 County Road D, Woodville, is a total loss, according to the St.