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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A teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Pierce County boy can't mitigate her responsibility by claiming his parents failed to adequately supervise him, according to an appeals court decision. In a 5-page decision filed Sept. 14, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a decision by Pierce County Judge Robert Wing and rejected Ann Knopf's claims against the Prescott boy's parents. "Knopf's assignment of blame to (the boy's) parents represents convoluted reasoning reminiscent of Lewis Carroll," wrote the three-judge appeals panel.
Ben Plunkett wants to change the way the state is heading, cut government costs and reduce dependence on property taxes as a source of revenue. Plunkett, 37, River Falls, will face Matt Borup, Hudson, in the Sept.
Strengthening Wisconsin's economy by supporting and expanding business opportunities, encouraging job creation and helping small businesses will be his priorities in the state assembly, says Matt Borup. Borup, 32, Hudson, will face Ben Plunkett, River Falls, in the Sept. 14 primary for the Democratic nomination for the 30th District seat in the Wisconsin Assembly. The winner of the primary will run against Republican candidate Dean Knudson in November. "It really was a very personal decision (to run)," said Borup.
A young person's fancy might turn to thoughts of love in the spring, but Pierce County social workers are concerned about what kids are doing with free time in the summer. In all of 2009, 16 children were referred to Pierce County juvenile court intake workers for having sex or sexual contact. This year, they reached that number by the end of July.
RIVER FALLS - Time and tide may wait for no man, but the weather also has no consideration for hard work as Pierce County Farm Technology Days organizers clearly realized last week. Still, apart from losing the final day of the show due to heavy rains, 2010 FTD workers say the event they spent three years planning went pretty well. "There were tons of positives, said Publicity and Promotion Committee Co-chairwoman Mary Brand.
Wisconsin's Third District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of causing the death of a Pierce County woman and seriously injuring her husband in April 2007. In January 2009, Jeffrey L. Carlisle, now 31, formerly of Maiden Rock, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle use (controlled substance) in the death of Michele A. Bevier, 42, Prescott. He also pleaded guilty to reckless driving/causing great bodily harm for injuries suffered by Bevier's husband and passenger, Dana G.
Kitty Rhoades' decision not to seek re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly has prompted greater interest among potential candidates--and a Democratic primary election--in District 30. Still, since candidates were active long before, last Tuesday's deadline for filing nomination papers for county, state and federal offices offered few surprises. County level In Pierce County, Tom Gunderson, who registered as an independent, is challenging first-term Sheriff Nancy Hove, a Democrat. Gunderson, who is currently a patrol sergeant, is a 25-year veteran of the sheriff's department.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 22 Where: In Pierce County at the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Pierce County Road E Hosts: Roger and Bev Peterson family Admission: $5 for adults and children 12 and older; no charge for younger children. Parking: General parking is located along County Road E just south Hwy. 29.
OK, so you don't know the difference between silage and forage. You wouldn't dream of asking to test drive a 300-horsepower, four-wheel-drive tractor and you have little interest in the newest technology for handling animal waste. But the volunteers who've spent almost three years organizing this year's Farm Technology Days (FTD) are betting they've planned more intriguing activities than you can enjoy in a single day. Pierce County's version of FTD Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, while heavy on the technology, will be a mix of past and present, entertainment and education, fun and functional
TOWN OF OAK GROVE--In a decision released last week, Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals upheld a judgment dismissing the St.