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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In a verdict reached Wednesday, Jan. 16, a Pierce County jury awarded no monetary damages to a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a female substitute teacher when the boy was 13. In July 2008 Ann Knopf, now 44, Ellsworth, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of child related to encounters with the Prescott boy in 2007 when he was a middle school student.
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls. He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1. The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug.
In a decision released Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed a Pierce County man's 12th drunken driving conviction. In his appeal, Ronald Scott Reeverts, 46, Beldenville, claimed the deputy did not have grounds to stop him on the road, and he was unreasonably detained and illegally arrested. Reeverts was convicted of 12th-offense driving with a prohibited alcohol content as a result of incidents occurring July 17, 2010. On July 25, 2011, Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles sentenced the man to four years in state prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.
Name: Jeff Smith Age: 57 Party: Democrat Hometown: Eau Claire Family: Wife Sue, two daughters in college Education: Eau Claire North High School Professional background: Former, longtime owner of Bob Smith Window Cleaning Previous elected office: Wisconsin Assembly, 2007-2011; chairman, Town of Brunswick, 2001-2007 Campaign website: www.jeffsmithforassembly.org There's too much outside money in politics and the result is elected officials who listen to the wishes of their contributors rather than to the needs of their constituents, says Jeff Smith. Smith is hoping to regain the 93rd
Name: Warren Petryk Age: 57 Party: Republican Hometown: Town of Pleasant Valley, Eau Claire County Family: Single Education: Graduate Boyceville High School; Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, minor in music, UW-Eau Claire (1978) Professional background: Small business owner, performer and co-founder of "The Memories," an entertainment group, since 1972; community relations coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin, 15 years Previous elected office: Wisconsin Assembly since 2010 Campaign website: www.warrenpetryk4assembly.com Warren Petryk is a musician and an enter
The state is implementing higher expectations for both students and schools, reported Ellsworth Superintendent Barry Cain Monday night. He referred to a quote from State Superintendent Tony Evers: "Kids' abilities have not changed. What is changing is what it means to be college and career ready." Cain used both a video and a PowerPoint presentation to explain the new expectations. He said revised scoring methods have raised the bar, and students will now be compared internationally. There will be new common core standards.
Come June, Ellsworth's first McDonald's will open, says a developer who also has restaurants in several other towns. "It won't be open until June, sometime in June," said Dan Acker Friday. "It may be the first of June, it may be the end of June, but it will be in June." He and his wife, Phyllis, function as the developers. They bought the land and will own the building but do not manage the restaurants, said Acker. "We are the landlords," he said. During its Oct.
The number of students attending public schools in the Ellsworth Community School District is seven more than last year, reported Superintendent Barry Cain Monday night. District administrators had expected a decline of 26 students and were pleasantly surprised at the increase, said Cain, calling this "a very positive trend." This year the district's overall student count was 1,649 for the third Friday in September, an official count day, said Cain. Since third-Friday counts influence the amount of state funding the district will get next year, this is good news for Ellsworth, he said. Cai
A retired social worker and a stay-at-home mom are hoping to bring to western Wisconsin a program that uses everyday citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children. Jerry Breen, River Falls, and Heidi Roettger, Beldenville, have been meeting with civic organizations to recruit steering committee members to begin the process of forming a local branch of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA, started in 1977 by Seattle Judge David Soukup, now has a network of over 946 programs recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states, according to its website. The website sa
A judge has ordered River Falls to pay $263,337 to a bank as a result of a mistake involving a downtown developer who left behind a stack of unpaid bills. Buffalo/ Pepin County Judge James Duvall signed a judgment ordering the city to pay the money to Timberwood Bank, Tomah, because checks sent to Martinsen Investment & Land Company Inc., Ashland, should have been made jointly payable to Martinsen and the bank. Martinsen eventually defaulted on its loan with the bank. "The city attorney is handling the case and is reviewing the matter," said City Administrator Scot Simpson Monday.