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 appeals court found a St. Croix judge showed "objective bias" when he warned a man that if he violated probation, he would get a stiff sentence and then followed through with the promise. In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals reversed a sentence imposed by Judge Eric Lundell and sent James Robert Thomas, 37, Star Prairie, back to court for resentencing by a different St. Croix County judge. In March 2008 Thomas pled guilty to disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping, both as a repeater.
Time and tide may wait for no man, but the weather also has no consideration for hard work as Pierce County Farm Technology Days organizers clearly realized last week. Still, apart from losing the final day of the show due to heavy rains, 2010 FTD workers say the event they spent three years planning went pretty well. "There were tons of positives, said Publicity and Promotion Committee Co-chairwoman Mary Brand.
It was one thing -- the passage of the health care bill -- that motivated an Oshkosh businessman to challenge 17-year incumbent Russ Feingold for one of Wisconsin's seats in the U.S.
Kitty Rhoades' decision not to seek re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly has prompted greater interest among potential candidates -- and a Democratic primary election -- in District 30. Still, since candidates were active long before the July 13 deadline for filing nomination papers for county, state and federal offices offered few surprises. County level In St. Croix County, Chief Deputy John Shilts is the only candidate for the position held by Dennis Hillstead, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 22 Where: In Pierce County at the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Pierce County Road E Hosts: Roger and Bev Peterson family Admission: $5 for adults and children 12 and older; no charge for younger children. Parking: General parking is located along County Road E just south Hwy. 29.
OK, so you don't know the difference between silage and forage.
Three felony charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle were filed Wednesday morning against one of the drivers involved in a Saturday accident in Roberts. Michael Thomas Johnson, 21, Mendota Heights, Minn., was also charged with a misdemeanor count of causing injury while driving drunk. An initial appearance on all four charges is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1. Johnson's four passengers, all young Minnesota men, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital Saturday night. Police and rescue workers responded to the crash at the east intersection of Hwy. 65 and Hwy.
A St. Croix County businessman found guilty of regularly stealing from his fuel oil customers was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison followed by 12 years of other supervision. John P.
A St. Croix County man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting his long-time girlfriend's daughters and sentenced in 2003 to 80 years in prison will stay there. In a decision filed June 2, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed two consecutive 40-year prison terms for Don Allan Ray Dougan, now 52.
The St. Croix County clerk of court who takes office at the start of 2011 will get an 11 percent pay raise, but there will be no increase for the sheriff. Next year's pay for the clerk will be $61,000 while the sheriff will be paid $80,225.