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 Tuesday, the Court of Appeals ruled that a homeowners' policy precludes coverage for wrongful death claims for a child who died while in her stepmother's care. The appeals court reversed a decision by St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack. The case stems from the death of Emma Day, 8, who had frequent epileptic seizures and was sent home Nov. 27, 2006, after suffering two seizures at school.
With only days left in the current legislative session, local lawmakers are concerned about an attempt to fast-track a bill that would overhaul voter registration laws. Companion bills introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature would make voter fraud easier, would increase costs for property taxpayers and are being rushed through without analysis, say Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson. Companion bills, Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 895, were introduced March 23 and 24 respectively. Public hearings were held March 31.
The fact that a man was tailgating a semi with his high beams on was reason enough for a State Patrol officer to stop the driver on I-94 and charge him with drunken driving, ruled appeals court judges. In a decision filed March 23, the District III Court of Appeals upheld Robert Tomaszewski's conviction of driving while intoxicated, fifth or greater offense. In September 2008 St.
After employees complained, St. Croix County supervisors agreed last week to soften a ban that prohibited nearly any tobacco use on any county-owned property. The ban adopted in October said no use of tobacco would be allowed on the grounds of county government buildings, at the fairgrounds, in county parks and in any county-owned vehicles and equipment regardless of location. Exceptions were made for St.
A St. Croix County recycling law amendment stalled March 16 after supervisors suggested it might violate residents' privacy and others questioned the definition of wood that can be burned. The county's recycling law applies to 26 of its municipalities, mostly rural areas that don't have their own recycling ordinances. The ordinance adopted in 1994 is a "bare bones model," said Planning and Zoning Director Dave Fodroczi. In 1998 the county received a grant to upgrade its recycling component. Supervisor Linda Luckey, town of St.
The loan will still have to be repaid, but St. Croix County's financial advisor said the interest rate on a new $3.36 million debt is even better than expected. "This is the cheapest money that the county has ever seen," said Springsted Inc.
A proposal to approve a new wage grid for 230 non-union St. Croix County employees went back to the drawing board Tuesday. Unless action is taken later, many of those employees will get no pay increases this year. After several years of study and aborted attempts, consultants brought a new salary grid to the County Board in January.
In a March 17 letter to supporters Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, said she will announce Friday that she is retiring from the Wisconsin Assembly. Rhoades, 58, has represented the 30th Assembly District for the past 12 years. Her current two-year term ends Dec. 31. She said she intends to fill out the term. "Our lives come in phases, and it's time to move on to the next phase now," said Rhoades in a phone interview Thursday morning.
Even after the bank bought the property, area development companies and a North Hudson man owe over $7.2 million in four foreclosure judgments. St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack found the $10 million bid by Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson, represented fair values in the foreclosure sales. Last week, the bank docketed judgments totaling $7,240,247 against BrightKeys Real Estate LLC, BrightKeys Development Corp., BrightKeys Housing Partners LP, ConSpec Corp. and C.R.
A month ago St. Croix County supervisors postponed a vote on a new pay grid and 2010 wages for 230 non-union employees. Tuesday they did it again. Springsted Inc. usually finishes a salary study like this, from start to finish, in 18 weeks, but after several years, the St. Croix County plan still hasn't been accepted, said Finance Committee Chairman Daryl Standafer. "We've been at this for six years," he said.