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It's official: Judge Joe!

River Falls attorney Joe Boles defeated Bob Loberg of Ellsworth in Tuesday's spring election to succeed retiring Robert Wing as Pierce County judge. Boles captured roughly 54% of the countywide vote. He was pushed over the top by huge margins in the River Falls area, including in the city of River Falls, where he won by more than 700 votes.

In other competitive local races, Dave Cronk and Scott Morissette each earned a spot as an at-large city councilmember, while Bob Hughes knocked off incumbent Bob Ebert for Dist. 4 councilmember.