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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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
RIVER FALLS--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 co-workers see her eat, but another evening she carried out a dozen left-over donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
A town of Oak Grove man was charged last week with a felony in connection with the death of his neighbor's cat. An initial appearance for Gregory F. Kerr, 53, N6053 County Road E, River Falls, on a charge of mistreatment of an animal/causing death is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Pierce County Court. Kerr could not be reached by phone early Tuesday afternoon. He is accused of fatally shooting Tuffy, a cat belonging to Rhonda Klink.
ELLSWORTH -- In a brief hearing Monday morning, just before jury selection was to begin, a plea bargain was accepted, and Hardy White III, River Falls, was found guilty of possession of narcotics with intent to deliver. The more serious charge of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs in the October 2010 death of Jack Jenkins, 25, was dismissed. That charge will be used as a read-in when White, 43, is sentenced in January. Under an agreement worked out over the weekend, White entered an Alford plea to the intent-to-deliver charge.
Tasha Schuh is writing a book about her life, and although the story is not finished, she has the title: "My Last Step Backwards." That phrase is full of meanings. It means the step Schuh took Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997 when, during a scene change for a school musical, she moved back, dropped through an open trap door and fell 16 feet onto a cement floor.
Charges were filed last week against two Ellsworth teens accused of breaking into buildings on the Pierce County Fairgrounds this past summer and taking cash, food and tools. Dylan M. Berner, 19, 106 Evergreen Estates, and James M. Leonard, 17, N5076 860th St., Ellsworth, made first appearances on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and damage to property. Berner made an initial appearance Monday, Oct. 10, on two felony burglary charges, three misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.
In a decision released Tuesday, Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Pierce County woman who threatened to shoot two county judges. In her appeal, Tally Ann Rowan, now 36, claimed she hadn't knowingly and voluntarily waived her right to counsel during the November 2009 trial. In that trial, a Pierce County jury found her guilty of threatening bodily harm to Pierce County Judge Robert Wing and Buffalo County Judge James Duvall.
A small but growing group is exploring the possibility of following the lead of other college towns and developing a bike-share program in River Falls. "The idea is in its infancy. We are only just beginning to talk about feasibility," said Ian Johnson, a research fellow with the St.
In the latest development on a board torn by conflict, the St. Joseph town chairman filed a petition in St. Croix County civil court last week asking that the new clerk-treasurer be removed from office. On Aug. 23 Judge Scott Needham signed a restraining order temporarily prohibiting Mary E.