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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Saying she has the right mix of life experience and experience in state government, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, has announced she'll run for governor in the anticipated recall election. Vinehout, 53, whose district now encompasses most of Pierce County, has represented District 31 in the Wisconsin Senate since January 2007.
She hoisted the bankers box of recall petitions to her shoulder, holding it there with her right hand and sauntered triumphantly down the line, high-fiving the yellow-vested volunteers along the sidewalk. Nan Lambert's grin as she made that short walk from a U-Haul truck to Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board office was exuberant. Barb Greub made the same brief trip a little less boisterously, but the smile that lighted her face was just as joyful. Lambert is an unemployed mental health worker from the town of Troy. Greub, who is retired, lives in River Falls.
A River Falls businessman found guilty of providing the morphine that led to another man's death was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in the Pierce County Jail. Hardy White III, 43, N8463 1090th St., was also placed on probation for three years. Conditions of probation include staying sober; not entering any bar or tavern; not associating with known drug dealers; and paying court costs of about $300.
There will be contests in April for six seats on the Pierce County Board. Four of those districts are in the River Falls area. Because incumbents didn't submit declarations of non-candidacy and didn't file for re-election, the filing deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in Districts 1, 6 and 12, according to County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm. Both incumbent Rod Rommel, 406 Parkview Lane, River Falls, and challenger Ruth Wood, 503 E.
After a month on the job, JoAnn Miller seems comfortable in her role as Pierce County Administrative Coordinator. Two years ago, she left a job as administrator for DeForest, a village just north of Madison with 40 fulltime employees, an annual operating budget of $8 million and a population of 8,500. On Dec.
Two Pierce County Board members from the River Falls area have filed declarations of non-candidacy, indicating they don't intend to seek re-election in April, reported County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm Monday. The two are Paul Barkla, city of River Falls, who is currently the board's chairman, and Tom Sitz, who represents most of the town of River Falls and part of the town of Martell. With two weeks left before the filing deadline, seven other incumbents on the 17-member board have declared their candidacy for re-election.
Alaina Arthurs and Patti Albertson say they started recovery from compulsive overeating when they signed up for a new program called COR. The five-day, four-night COR program is held once a month at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minn. The COR residential retreat is designed to provide participants with positive experiences in food management, including selection and portion control, according to its website. COR is the Latin word for "heart" or "soul." "It just means the heart or the center," said program director Michelle Goldberg. She explained,
One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car. Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop. She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
When Congress' special debt reduction committee, the Super Committee, hit a stalemate last month, it was a bad-news/ not-so-bad news situation for the hospitals in River Falls and Hudson. While they are bracing to deal with a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements, at least for now the "critical-access hospital" issue that would have meant much larger cuts for rural hospitals is off the table. The 12-member federal committee's failure to meet its November deadline to develop a package to save $1.2 trillion triggered automatic across-the-board cuts, including the 2 percent reduc
When Congress' special debt reduction committee, the Super Committee, hit a stalemate last month, it was a bad-news/ not-so-bad news situation for the hospitals in River Falls and Hudson. While they are bracing to deal with a 2% reduction in Medicare reimbursements, at least for now the "critical-access hospital" issue that would have meant much larger cuts for rural hospitals is off the table. The 12-member federal committee's failure to meet its November deadline to develop a package to save $1.2 trillion triggered automatic across-the-board cuts, including the 2% reduction in Medicare rei