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 decision filed Feb. 1, a Wisconsin appeals court reversed a Pierce County judge's decision ordering fireworks be moved from a Prescott warehouse and fining a company nearly $2,000. The District III Court of Appeals ruled Judge Robert Wing, who is now retired, erred when he found Victory Fireworks, not Premium Properties, was the proper defendant in the case and then found Victory guilty of violating a Prescott city ordinance. According to background in the appeals court decision, Premium Properties owns a warehouse in Prescott that Victory leases to store fireworks.
Pierce County 2010 traffic fatalities Feb. 1 -- Dennis M. Rud, 55, Beldenville; single car; 2 a.m.; CTH N, north of El Paso. April 17 -- Lori A. Sobania, 50, Oakdale, Minn.; car vs. motorcycle; 11:22 a.m.; Hwy. 35, Town of Oak Grove. May 21 -- Andrew J. Lindberg, 24, River Falls; head-on two-vehicle; 4:09 a.m.; Hwy. 65, Town of River Falls. June 24 -- Tony G. Preuhs, 44, Pepin; motorcycle vs. minivan; 7:11 p.m.; 530th Street, Town of Isabelle. July 23-- Keith H. Marks, 32, Maiden Rock; single vehicle; 10:45 p.m.; 380th Street, Town of Maiden Rock. Aug.
Proposed legislation to require citizens to show photo identification each time they vote is either a good idea or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say local poll workers. The bill, introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature last week, mirrors Indiana's voter ID law which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said co-sponsor Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. This isn't intended to be a process to discourage or prevent people from voting, it's an attempt to make sure a voter is who he says he is, said Harsdorf.
A St. Croix County man and his five-year-old daughter were injured Thursday when they jumped from a second story window as fire engulfed their home. Joe Koscinski was in fair condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as of late Friday afternoon. His daughter Alex, 5, is hospitalized at Baldwin Area Medical Center. The fire was reported to the St. Croix County emergency dispatch center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The rental house at 1055 County Road D, Woodville, is a total loss, according to the St.
Kitty Rhoades, who represented western Wisconsin's 30th District in the Assembly for 12 years, will be the new deputy secretary of the state's Department of Health Services, according to an announcement made Thursday afternoon. During a noontime press conference with out-state reporters, Scott Walker, who will take office as Wisconsin governor next Monday, announced his cabinet nominees as well as others who will take leading roles in his administration. Walker named Dennis Smith to lead the Department of Health Services. Smith has headed the U.S.
In a brief decision filed last week, a district court rejected an appeal by a man found guilty of two brutal Pierce County murders. Arthur Foster, acting as his own attorney, had filed a motion in October 2009 asking to withdraw the no-contest plea leading to his conviction for the December 1994 shooting deaths of Donald Deiss, 69, and Kathleen Deiss, 68. The couple, long-time residents of Pierce County's Big River area, were found shot to death in their Town of Trimbelle home the evening of Dec.
After deliberating 3 1/2 hours, a Pierce County jury of three men and nine women found a former River Falls teacher aide not guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The trial took two days. The verdict was returned shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. The boy had accused Rebecca O'Malley-Tietz, now 35, of having sex with him 30 to 40 times at her home and in a parked car after they met when he attended the Harbor program for special needs students at the River Falls Academy during the 2007-08 school year.
Nancy Hove handily defeated challenger Tom Gunderson to win a second term as Pierce County sheriff. A latecomer to the race - Oake Gregory, Plum City, a write-in candidate with no experience in law enforcement - finished well behind Hove and Gunderson. When the last results were reported early Wednesday morning, Hove had 6,456 votes to Gunderson's 4,700. Gregory had 144. Gunderson, who ran as an independent, had challenged his boss, Hove, a Democrat, for a four-year term as sheriff.
The question is "Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the state's segregated transportation fund?" Voters in Pierce, St. Croix and 51 other counties will be asked to vote next Tuesday on an advisory referendum suggesting Wisconsin make it unconstitutional to use its transportation fund for other purposes. Money in the fund comes from the gas tax consumers pay at the pump and from vehicle registration fees.
The Ellsworth Lions Club, chartered Oct.