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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An insurance company is asking for a subpoena to access cell phone calls allegedly made by a restaurant owner who claimed intruders forced him to spray a flammable liquid inside a landmark St. Croix County business.
On Feb. 19 Maria Lamb will put on her skates and once again pit herself against the clock in a sport where there are no excuses -- and she expects to love every second of her seven minutes on Olympic ice. “I still love it. I’m out of my mind in love with it,” said the exuberant 28-year-old during a phone interview from Utah where she lives and trains. She said she knew she had found her niche before she could keep herself upright on ice, much less skate fast. Lamb, who grew up on “a little hobby farm” 3 1/2 miles east of River Falls and whose parents now live in Hudson, is the only U.S.
These days as many people point their smart phones to record everyday incidents, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is beginning to arm its officers with their own hands-free video cameras. Five of the department’s 18 patrol deputies have been trained and outfitted with the body-worn cameras, which they attach to the placket of their uniform shirt and are expected to turn on to record all enforcement actions, such as arrests and citations. “We implemented the cameras in an effort to limit liability, to resolve citizen complaints, to use as a t
April will be a lackluster election month for county-level offices in Pierce County. Only incumbents are officially running for 14 of the 17 seats on the Board of Supervisors. A former board member is challenging one incumbent, and there is no formal candidate for an Ellsworth seat. These are the candidates as of filing deadline at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
The bluffs and valleys of Pierce County can make wireless communications difficult, a challenge the sheriff’s department and the county’s other emergency responders hope to overcome with a transition to a system using both analog and digital signal. While feedback from firefighters and emergency medical services has been positive, deputies’ reactions to the new digital transmissions on the main frequency have been guarded.
In the midst of a season of joy and light, some feel mostly darkness and regret. The pressure to feel what they don’t and the contrast between festivities and their own pain compound their loneliness and grief.
About three weeks ago as she drove to pick up a friend and then head to an artists’ meeting in St. Paul, Deana Pass saw the symbol on the back of a stop sign. Two weeks later she saw the second one on a stop sign much closer to her town of Martell home. The drawings -- crudely formed swastikas splashed with orange paint -- were especially upsetting to Pass. She and her husband Franklin are both Jewish.
Wisconsin residents who work in Minnesota and are hoping for a break from the expense and inconvenience of filing income tax returns in both states are out of luck unless Gopher State officials change their stance.
A Prescott mother and son appeared in Pierce County Court last week on charges they stole money from an elderly man living in a nursing home.
After 25 years working at the Ellsworth Care Center, Rhonda Blodgett is still just where she wants to be.