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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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.
At first glance the state's new voter photo ID law seems at most a minor inconvenience to Wisconsin voters, most of whom we presume can just use their driver's license. And for those who are already registered, vote at the polls and have a license, there will be little change other than being required to show the card each time they vote. But for others -- such as students or others who don't drive and those who vote absentee -- there will be obstacles.
While Democratic leaders are skeptical, local Republican legislators are pleased with Gov. Scott Walker's decision last week to call a "Back to Work Wisconsin" special legislative session. Twenty-six bills, six authored by Democratic lawmakers, are on the fall session agenda.
During a Sept. 2 hearing, a St. Croix County judge ruled to suspend pay for town of St. Joseph Clerk-Treasurer Mary E. Stanley, whom other town officials have accused of misappropriating funds. Judge Scott Needham also agreed to continue a restraining order that prohibits Stanley, who was elected in April, from exercising any of the duties of clerk and entering any town-owned property. He ordered her to return all town property in her possession by 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Stanley did not attend the hearing held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Earlier in August, St.
It's a given that every bride is beautiful, but over the decades wedding costumes and customs have varied. Jera Terreng and Rita Kozak suspect that many area residents may have, stored in a back closet somewhere, dresses or suits that exemplify an era or come with a unique back story.
In the latest development on a board torn by conflict, the St. Joseph town chairman filed a petition in St. Croix County civil court last week asking that the new clerk-treasurer be removed from office. On Aug. 23 Judge Scott Needham signed a restraining order temporarily prohibiting Mary E. Stanley, Houlton, from exercising any authorities, performing any duties of clerk or performing any function on behalf of the town. She is also prohibited from entering any town-owned property and accessing or handling any town records or accounts.