Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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It's been awhile since I wrote a column, and one of my resolutions in the new year is to connect with our readers more, now that I have my feet under me a bit more solidly since becoming regional editor (at least I think I do!) One way of doing that is helping people get to know me better. I am more than the person sitting behind the computer screen, reading and arranging stories for each week's editions and websites.
If you've been paying attention, you've seen a new byline in RiverTown publications, the Pierce County Herald in particular. She is a member of the RiverTown features, government and transportation reporting teams, based in Ellsworth.
Two Hudson High School seniors signed national letters of intent in a ceremony at HHS Wednesday, Nov. 8 Kaitlyn Gilson will continue her athletic career in Division I gymnastics at Ohio State, while Anna Wilgren will head to Division II Minnesota State University-Mankato to play hockey. Gilson, the daughter of Eric and Kathryn Gilson, began her early gymnastics training in 2005 at Hudson Gymnastics, with local coaches Hiwchul Kim, Seaok An, and Megan Lund. In 2011, Gilson started training at Twin City Twisters in Champlin, Minnesota, under Mike Unger and Sami Wozney.
She dove into the Pierce County sports scene with both feet and from her writing, you can tell she loves what she does. Pierce County Herald/RiverTown Multimedia sports and education reporter Katie Davidson began her new role with the company in September, after reporter Jalen Knuteson took a job closer to his hometown in southern Wisconsin. You may have seen her on the sidelines of Pierce County games, and she's already putting her stamp on telling the stories of local athletes.
This time of year I get antsy. Old feelings flair up and I feel the urge to be in the woods. With frost sparkling on the ground, leaves turning brilliant hues, woodsmoke in the air and the shrill cry of birds migrating south. To me, it's wood cutting weather.
Water patrol and dive units were summoned to search beneath the U.S. Highway 10 bridge connecting Prescott to Point Douglas, Minn., when a jacket and glasses were found on the bridge Sunday, Oct. 22.
Turningpoint's Walk to Empower was held Saturday, Oct. 14 in River Falls. Participants marched in support of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The march began at Glen Park and looped down Main Street and back. For more information about Turningpoint's services, visit www.turningpoint-wi.org .
A Hudson woman allegedly tried to bilk a financial institution out of thousands of dollars in a fraud scam known to law enforcement as "card cracking." St. Croix County prosecutors charged Gerguita B. Lauderdale, 21, with felony wire fraud against a financial institution, felony attempting fraud against financial institution and obstructing an officer Oct. 3. If convicted, the maximum penalty could land her in prison for up to six years. According to the complaint:
A Hudson woman is accused of stealing more than $19,000 from a family member over the course of nine months, according to a charge filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 28. Melissa C. Sukowatey, 29, is charged with felony theft—movable property greater than $10,000, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. According to the complaint:
Authorities allege a River Falls man charged with felony business setting theft received more than $200,000 in kickbacks and gifts for a period of three years while working for a Hager City-based company. Daniel W. Briese, 48, was charged Sept. 26 in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony theft—business setting over $10,000 and agent accept commission/bonus in relation to alleged incidents on and between Aug. 18, 2014 and April 19, 2016. If convicted of the felony, he could face up to 10 years in prison and at maximum a $25,000 fine. According to the complaint: