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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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.
After surviving a recall attempt last summer, state Senator Sheila Harsdorf will face another challenge this fall -- again from a high school teacher. Dan Olson, Clayton, who teaches world history and government at St. Croix Falls High School, filed 709 valid nomination signatures June 1 -- more than the 400 needed to get his name on the ballot for the Nov.
The 10th annual artOPENer Studio Tour, set for the first weekend in May, will include ten studios from Stillwater, Minn., to Hudson and River Falls. Visitors are invited to meet and chat with artists working in a variety of mediums including glass, jewelry, painting, pottery and sculpture. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. The artOPENer tour features artwork for sale, as well as glassblowing, printmaking and potter's wheel demonstrations throughout the weekend. The tour offers the opportunity to visit a mix of artists' studios and galleries along the St.
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.