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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HUDSON -- His defense attorney said Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three young daughters in River Falls without realizing what he was doing. The prosecutor said Schaffhausen murdered the children -- Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 - to punish his ex-wife. Public defender John Kucinski and lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg gave their opening statements Tuesday morning, outlining their arguments for jurors.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
In a decision filed March 12, a state appeals court sent a dispute over a fine for junk vehicles back to county court. In November 2011, the village of North Hudson issued two citations to Randy J. Krongard, claiming he had two junk vehicles in plain sight on his property at 712 Pine St. North. The village considered the vehicles -- a 1992 Ford van and a 1986 Winnebago RV -- junk because their Minnesota registration had expired. Krongard was fined $291. Krongard appealed to county court, but his appeal was dismissed by St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham.
Although a key issue has been settled, Wisconsin commuters hoping for a break from the expense and inconvenience of filing income tax returns at home and in Minnesota shouldn't breathe a sigh of relief yet. "I don't want to lose hope," said Wisconsin State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has actively advocated for reinstatement of reciprocity. But, she said, "I don't want to mislead people into believing it's resolved, when it's not.
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting another young man in a River Falls apartment nearly two years ago was sentenced this morning to three years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. At the conclusion of the March 1 sentencing hearing, St. Croix Judge Eric Lundell directed sheriff's deputies to take Anthony P. Velure into custody and transport him to Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Last November Velure, 500 Kennedy St., River Falls, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the June 27, 2011, death of Joshua R.
In a brief hearing this morning, St.
With a re-election bid 21 months away, Gov. Scott Walker reviewed his accomplishments thus far and promised to "double down" on efforts improve Wisconsin's job climate as he delivered his State of the State address Jan. 15. While Republican lawmakers who represent Pierce and St.
A long day of testimony left mostly questions Monday as Judge Howard Cameron presided over a hearing regarding suppression of evidence from the police interrogation and booking of Aaron Schaffhausen. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree homicide in the July 10 slaying of his young daughters in the River Falls house where they lived with their mother. The accused man sat unresponsive and nearly immobile during Monday's hearing in St.
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls. He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1. The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug.
In a decision issued last week, an appeals court judge affirmed a St. Croix County court judgment finding an Amery man guilty of operating with a controlled substance, fourth offense. Matthew Owen Hoff Jr., now 34, argued that the St.