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 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.
Creating jobs is nothing new to him and would, though in a less direct way than in his private life, be his priority as governor of Wisconsin, says Mark Neumann. Neumann, one of seven Republicans registered as candidates in this year's race, visited Hudson, River Falls and Menomonie Monday, walking the street in all three communities.
It would be prudent for St.
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.