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 64-year old North Hudson man died when he lost control of his motorcycle in the village shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday. The accident, which occurred on Lemon Street near Monroe Street North, was reported at 11:10 a.m.
A 33-year-old St. Croix County man has been arrested and charged with three counts of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and the president’s family. Nicholas J. Anderson, Baldwin, was indicted by a grand jury last week, but the indictment was sealed until a warrant could be issued and he could be taken into custody, said a spokeswoman from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison. Anderson is accused of making the threats in three emails sent to the CIA on May 21, June 17 and June 18, said the spokeswoman.
Claiming they have been exposed to excess radiation, four Hudson Hospital & Clinics technologists have filed a lawsuit against the architectural firm that designed the hospital and the construction company that built it 10 years ago. The computed tomography (CT) technicians say quarter-inch plate glass rather than lead-shielded glass was installed in the windows between the scanning and control rooms, thus exposing the workers to more than 20 times the usual radiation.
The Ashland County Board has approved two measures designed to protect taxpayers for infrastructure costs related to Gogebic Taconite’s proposed iron ore mine. The company would have to pay Ashland County $100,000 upfront and then keep a minimum balance of $50,000 to reimburse the county for its expenses. Supervisor Frank Kempf voted against both requirements. He said it would send a signal that Ashland County opposes mining.
A funnel cloud was spotted near Wausau this morning. The National Weather Service said there was a public report at 7 a.m. of an apparent twister that never landed. It was seen about seven miles west of Wausau near Hwy. 107 and Marathon County Road U. The Weather Service said many trees went down at that rural location. In the next county to the west, 1.5 inches rain fell near Loyal in Clark County. That was during the 6 a.m. hour this morning when heavy storms also hit the La Crosse region. Street flooding was reported in Onalaska, and Holmen had 55 mph winds.
A Hudson development group's contention that its longtime understanding with the bank should have protected it from foreclosure on $2 million in loans has been rejected by a Wisconsin appeals court. In a decision released last week, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a judgment by St. Croix County Judge Howard Cameron granting foreclosure in a case brought by Associated Bank against Miller Homes of Hudson LLC, Samuel E. Miller and Leo A. and Monica J. Draveling.
One of the main links between northwest Wisconsin and Minnesota is completely open again -- much earlier than expected. The Minnesota Department of Transportation completed repairs Wednesday on a frayed cable that blocked boats from going under the Stillwater Lift Bridge on the St. Croix River.
The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13). During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St.
The defense's expert witness, a clinical psychologist who claims Aaron Schaffhausen suffers from a rare mental illness and was insane when he killed his daughters, offered the only reasonable explanation for the murders, claimed public defender John Kucinski. Lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg called the defense's diagnosis of catathymia "a wild and unsupported opinion." He said the evidence shows Schaffhausen acted out of anger and revenge. Over a four-hour period Tuesday, the two attorneys made their closing arguments to the jury and a courtroom packed with observers, including Jessica Schaffha
Two of the officers first on the scene the day the children were killed were among those who testified Thursday afternoon in the Aaron Schaffhausen trial. In all 13 witnesses - including eight local law enforcement officers and two toxicologists and an evidence specialist from the state crime lab - testified as the trial to determine Schaffhausen's mental competency moved through its ninth day at the St.