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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Local lawmakers’ response to the Wisconsin Legislature’s adoption of a new biennial budget seems subdued, with the area’s lone Democratic representative hoping the governor will veto parts.
A second trial has been denied in a lawsuit that sought monetary damages from a substitute teacher who sexually abused a 13-year-old Pierce County boy in 2007. In a decision filed May 24, Judge Joseph Boles refused to set aside the jury's decision in the case filed on behalf of the young man and by his father, Christopher Brekken, Prescott, against Anne M. Knopf, now 44, Ellsworth. The 12-person Pierce County jury had awarded no damages to the teen or to his father. In the motion for a new trial filed Feb. 6, Brekken attorney Michael D.
During a listening session in River Falls Tuesday, U.S.
In his 38 years as an educator, Bill Fuller has worked with grades kindergarten through 12th, but this year he's graduating with the seniors. "I didn't think it would ever come -- I dreaded it. I thought I would work forever," said Fuller, who is retiring June 30 as Ellsworth High School assistant principal. "I love the kids. That's the best part of my job," said Fuller.
The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13). During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St.
The psychiatrist appointed by the court says Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he murdered his three little daughters. The clinical psychologist hired by the defense says he was not. Psychiatrist Ralph K. Baker testified Monday, and psychologist J. Reid Meloy took the stand Tuesday as the trial continued into its second week at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012, slayings of Amara, age 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5.
A $50,000 cash bond was set Monday afternoon for a witness who allegedly made vague threats toward witnesses and prosecutors in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial, currently underway at Hudson. Joseph Aaron Rollag, 31, of Andover, Minn., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Friday inside the Government Center shortly after he'd telephoned a psychiatric evaluating nurse and told her he was having, according to the criminal complaint, "vague homicide thoughts." The nurse subsequently called the St. Croix Dispatch Center, and an officer was sent to the hallway outside the courtroom.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting another young man in a River Falls apartment nearly two years ago was sentenced this morning to three years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. At the conclusion of the March 1 sentencing hearing, St. Croix Judge Eric Lundell directed sheriff's deputies to take Anthony P. Velure into custody and transport him to Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Last November Velure, 500 Kennedy St., River Falls, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the June 27, 2011, death of Joshua R.
In a brief hearing this morning, St.