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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St. Croix County Board members, concerned about employee morale, have begun looking at pay levels and the employee handbook as well as considering what authority to leave with the county administrator and which to reclaim for the board. “We share the responsibility for employee morale,” said Supervisor Travis Schachtner, Somerset, who chairs the Administration Committee.
Four same-sex couples in St. Croix and Pierce counties took advantage of last week’s brief window to obtain licenses, hold ceremonies and receive marriage certificates, say local officials. But the implication of those marriages -- and the other 550 same-sex marriages registered in Wisconsin last week -- is still uncertain. On June 6, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ordered county clerks to stop enforcing Wisconsin’s prohibition on gay marriages. A week later, she put that ruling on hold while an appeal from Wisconsin Attorney General J.B.
During its June 3 meeting, the St. Croix County Board postponed until October a decision on switching from a county administrator form of government that some feel gives too much authority to one employee. New supervisors elected in April haven’t had the chance to see how this system works, and even returning supervisors have had only a couple of years, said Supervisor David Peterson, rural River Falls.
In its first meeting since an election that resulted in a major turnover on the St. Croix County Board, the Administration Committee authorized funding to step up prosecution of heroin-related crimes. On a vote of 5-0 April 21 the reorganized committee approved transferring roughly $31,000 from the county’s contingency fund to support an entry-level assistant district attorney position from June 1 through the end of the year.
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A man who was driving a speedboat the night of June 5, 2013, when it hit a rock face near Kinnickinnic State Park, was arraigned in Pierce County Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to homicide charges in the death of a passenger. Patrick A.
Maria Lamb, who grew up in the town of River Falls, finished last among 16 contestants in women’s 5,000-meter speedskating during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, today. Lamb, 28, a three-time Olympian, hoped for a top-10 finish in her only Olympic race. She finished 38.1 seconds behind gold medalist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. “I know I am capable of much more than today's result showed, but I am proud to have fought my way here and given it my all,” said Lamb in a Facebook comment posted shortly after noon our time.
On Feb. 19 Maria Lamb will put on her skates and once again pit herself against the clock in a sport where there are no excuses -- and she expects to love every second of her seven minutes on Olympic ice. “I still love it. I’m out of my mind in love with it,” said the exuberant 28-year-old during a phone interview from Utah where she lives and trains. She said she knew she had found her niche before she could keep herself upright on ice, much less skate fast. Lamb, who grew up on “a little hobby farm” 3 1/2 miles east of River Falls and whose parents now live in Hudson, is the only U.S.