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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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.
After surviving a recall attempt last summer, state Senator Sheila Harsdorf will face another challenge this fall -- again from a high school teacher. Dan Olson, Clayton, who teaches world history and government at St. Croix Falls High School, filed 709 valid nomination signatures June 1 -- more than the 400 needed to get his name on the ballot for the Nov.
All the Republican incumbents in area Wisconsin Assembly districts will face Democratic challengers this fall, but there will be no local Assembly primaries in August. The filing deadline for the state and federal offices up open for election in November was Friday, June 1. This is the Assembly lineup for Nov. 6: District 28: Incumbent Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie, is challenged by Democrat Adam T.
Harvey Hielkema's decision to sell his collection of vintage cars and tractors was made for a simple reason: God told him to. As the 77-year-old Baldwin widower tells it, several months ago while he read through a book about the number of children around the world suffering and dying from hunger and malnutrition, God spoke to him. "All of a sudden, I could hear the Lord saying to me, 'You don't need all that stuff in your sheds when all those kids are starving.'" Hielkema took the message to heart and called an auctioneer. At 5:30 p.m.