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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Nearly two years after the former administrative coordinator resigned, Pierce County is looking to hire a new one. At the recommendation of a study committee, the county will begin advertising for a fulltime administrative coordinator to replace Curt Kephart, who resigned in May 2008.
In the end, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle's 11th hour trip to Madison to assure his place on the ballot for Pierce County judge didn't pay off. O'Boyle was by far the low vote-getter in Tuesday's primary. Instead, two private practice lawyers, Joe Boles of River Falls and Bob Loberg of Ellsworth, will face off in the April 6 general election. Preliminary numbers reported by municipal clerks show Boles received 2,026 votes; Loberg, 1,759; and O'Boyle, 327. Official figures will be posted on Pierce County's website after the Board of Canvassers review election results Feb.
With just five months to go, Pierce County organizers are growing confident they'll be ready to smoothly host the tens of thousands of visitors expected at Farm Technology Days (FTD). From finances to food to displays, plans are coming together, said Pierce FTD Executive Committee Chairman Mel Pittman and Executive Secretary Greg Andrews last week. As many as 80,000 guests and 800 exhibitors are expected to attend the July 20-22 event at the Roger and Beverly Peterson Farm. The annual statewide outdoor show moves to a different county each year.
On a 13-3 vote Tuesday, the Pierce County Board gave its 52 non-union department heads, managers and supervisors 2.5 percent raises. "It seems to me it's a bad time to dish out money now," protested Supervisor John Kucinski, Town of River Falls, one of three to vote no. While the county has good employees, with a weak economy, falling home values, higher taxes, failing businesses and high unemployment, taxpayers can't afford to give public employees raises, he said. The 2010 cost of the raises and associated benefits for the 52 workers is $91,204. "The private sector's really hurting.
Tuesday, the Pierce County Board endorsed a list of county building and bridge projects to be funded through the county's $1.7 million federal stimulus bond allocation. The stimulus package authorizes issuing Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds under which the federal government will pay 45 percent of interest on the debt. Pierce County could either use the bonding authority to borrow money for its own projects or sub-allocate the opportunity to its cities, villages and towns.
Prior to making its decision to allow John O'Boyle to be on the ballot for Pierce County judge, the state Government Accountability Board received letters from three people objecting to his candidacy. To read those letters, including two from his opponent Robert Loberg, click on the icons below this story. On Thursday, the GAB determined O'Boyle, currently the county's district attorney, met deadlines to be on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship. That decision triggered a primary election on Feb. 16. "Mr.
Three candidates have filed for one seat on the Pierce County Board, triggering a February primary election. There will also be races for three other seats during the Tuesday, April 6, general election. When the filing deadlines passed, there was just one seat--in the River Falls area--with no candidate. The primary will be in District 8, where Thomas Sitz, N8739 CTH W, River Falls, and Katie Pata, W9252 800th Ave., River Falls, are challenging incumbent John Kucinski. District 8 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the Town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the Town of Martell.