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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Last Thursday after 13 hours of debate in the Assembly followed by nine hours of debate in the Senate, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted a $66 billion, two-year budget bill. The budget, awaiting Gov. Scott Walker's signature, takes effect July 1. Identical bills passed the Assembly on a 60-38 vote and the Senate on a 19-14 vote. No Republicans voted against the bill.
A man who has run in other elections as a Republican may be entering the 10th District Senate recall race as a Democrat in an attempt to force a primary and delay the actual recall election. Isaac Weix, Menomonie, is circulating nomination papers to become a "protest candidate," according to the chairmen of the Pierce and St. Croix county Republican parties. Last week Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board certified that enough signatures have been collected to force a recall election for Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has been the 10th District senator since 2000.
The Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center has a new director, but Ann Kramer certainly isn't a new face at the center. Kramer figures she started volunteering there in 2005. About 3 ½ years ago, she was hired part-time to work at the center through Experience Works, the successor to the Green Thumb program. Now she is working as both senior center director and part-time for the county as a site manager for Meals On Wheels. "I hope to increase people's interest," said Kramer of her goal for the center.
The Pierce County's Veterans of Foreign Wars post has found a permanent home in Ellsworth, and although there's still work to be done, things are coming along nicely. VFW Post 9060, which has 160 members from around Pierce County, bought the former United Methodist Church on Plum Street last October and has been holding monthly and committee meetings there ever since. "We haven't had a permanent home since we sold the bar (building)," said Commander Bill Bowen. About 20 years ago, the post sold the building it owned in Prescott.
Most people slow down only a little as they travel Hwy. 63 through the tiny community of Martell. But there'll be something worth stopping for Saturday. A daylong fundraiser and community gathering will include a flea market, food, fireworks at dark and a movie after the fireworks. "We're a small group, but we've got some momentum going," said Julie Kenefick, a member of The Friends of the Martell Schoolhouse.
In a decision filed Tuesday, an appeals court reversed a St.
Area women are invited to a day of entertainment, health and financial advice, rich desserts and shopping when a local group holds an Expo Fundraiser Saturday, May 14, at Mystical Rose Gardens, town of Martell. The event, planned by the Women's Deacon Committee of St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Anderson Plant Farm, W5415 890th Ave., Baldwin. Over 20 vendors will offer items ranging from jewelry to chocolate to accessories to scrapbooking supplies.
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.