Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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MADISON -- A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says his sexual assault conviction should be thrown out because his attorney made critical mistakes. Nathan Friar was found guilty last April. Testimony was given in Dane County Circuit Court Wednesday concerning Friar's motion. Trial attorney Brian Brophy told the court he regrets failing to offer expert witness testimony. Assistant Dane County District Attorney Stephanie Hilton said Brophy's representation of Friar was more than legally adequate.
MADISON -- The Circuit Court of Dane County's Juvenile Division is reacting to criticism of the process after a series of auto thefts. A statement released by the court says community safety, victim impacts and youth accountability are taken seriously. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval had said a group of about 75 teenagers are continually re-offending. He said the system needs to create more accountability The court's statement said, "Youth are not picked up and simply released."
New RiverTown Multimedia reporter David Clarey started his first day with a bang—literally. The Carthage, S.D. (home of a straw bale museum, by the way) native was on his way to his first day of work when he was involved in a mild fender bender. But he didn't let that minor detail deter him from jumping into his new assignments with both feet. Clarey is a member of RT's government, public safety and features teams, primarily focusing on the Pierce County area, or wherever a good story takes him.
SPRING VALLEY -- Spring Valley students covered the sidewalks around Spring Valley Elementary and Middle-High schools with positive messages of love, peace, hope and acceptance on Sunday, Sept. 30. The main lesson the chalk messages extolled? Simply be kind. The messages were drawn Sunday so students arriving to school on Monday, Oct. 1 would be uplifted. The intent was to bring smiles to those who need it most. October is National Bullying Awareness month. Some classes added more messages throughout the day on Monday.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, U.S. Highway 63 is closed between 160th and 140th avenues, north of Baldwin near County Road G due to a traffic incident. Time estimate is over two hours before the incident is cleared. This story will be updated as more information is made available.
SPRING VALLEY -- Spring Valley Middle-High School will be closed today as school officials and contractors assess damage to the building caused by last night’s storm. According to a “Cardinal Announcement” from Principal Gretchen Cipriano, a severe storm struck the middle-high school about 7:45 p.m. Sept. 20 as numerous school and community activities were taking place in the building.
Two people received injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Prescott Wednesday. Prescott police responded at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 19 to the crash scene at the intersection of highways 10 and 29 and Campbell Street.
TOWN OF ISABELLE -- During Saturday’s Flood Run, one man was airlifted and another taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals after crashes in the town of Isabelle.
Over the past couple of years, Healthier Together Pierce and St. Croix Counties has been working to improve the health of our communities in the areas of mental health, alcohol abuse, and obesity through nutrition and physical activity. Three years ago, many community members took a survey to help shape these priorities through our Community Health Needs Assessment. It is now time to revisit our health priorities and complete another community health survey.
The Prescott Daze Parade Sunday, Sept. 9 saw picture perfect weather as the floats made their way down Albert and Cherry streets.