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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Saying she has the right mix of life experience and experience in state government, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, has announced she will run for governor in the anticipated recall election. Vinehout, 53, whose district now encompasses most of Pierce County, has represented District 31 in the Wisconsin Senate since January 2007.
She hoisted the bankers box of recall petitions to her shoulder, holding it there with her right hand and sauntered triumphantly down the line, high-fiving the yellow-vested volunteers along the sidewalk. Nan Lambert's grin as she made that short walk from a U-Haul truck to Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board office was exuberant. Barb Greub made the same brief trip a little less boisterously, but the smile that lighted her face was just as joyful. Lambert is an unemployed mental health worker from the town of Troy. Greub, who is retired, lives in River Falls.
By the 5 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday, races had developed for 12 seats on the 19-member St.
With just a week to go before the filing deadline, no candidates have filed for five of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board and over a third of current board members won't be seeking re-election. Redistricting has left two other districts without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas. In another district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. Races seem to be developing in two other districts. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.
With two weeks to go before the filing deadline, two districts on the St. Croix County Board have no incumbents and no registered candidates. Redistricting has left two other districts for the 19-member board without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas. And in one district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. A candidate must collect all 20 signatures from voters in the district in which he is a resident.
One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car. Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop. She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
When Congress' special debt reduction committee, the Super Committee, hit a stalemate last month, it was a bad-news/ not-so-bad news situation for the hospitals in River Falls and Hudson. While they are bracing to deal with a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements, at least for now the "critical-access hospital" issue that would have meant much larger cuts for rural hospitals is off the table. The 12-member federal committee's failure to meet its November deadline to develop a package to save $1.2 trillion triggered automatic across-the-board cuts, including the 2 percent reduc
A way must be found to tell students, their parents and the public about the effects state funding cuts are having on services, agreed a group of UW-River Falls educators last week. About 20 UW-RF faculty members, a handful of students and others met Nov. 9 in a meeting called by academic staff union President Kurt Leichtle and Student Body President Tyler Halverson.
Floating toilets on the St. Croix River development, restictions around an airport in Pierce County and tax credits for dairy producers are among the issues addressed in bills introduced Oct. 28 by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Each of these bills has been referred to committee. Although the Legislature is no longer in session, the hope is that they will be acted on in the next scheduled floor session that begins in January, said Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Monday. Senate Bill 262, which would allow the National Park Service to place a pier with a floating toilet along the river in the St.
A 46-year-old town of River Falls man has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography after investigators obtained a search warrant and reviewed files on his laptop computer. Allan D. Dau, N8424 900th St., Apt. A, was charged Oct. 14 in Pierce County Court with four felony counts. He was released on $15,000 cash bond, and a preliminary hearing is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 21 Dau, a divorced father of two teens and formerly of Hudson, told an investigator he volunteers with a horseback riding program for disabled children on the property adjacent to his apartment.