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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A Tomah bank has filed a lawsuit against River Falls, claiming the city owes the bank $240,000. Timberwood Bank filed a complaint in Pierce County Court last week, claiming the city wrote checks to Martinsen Investment and Land Company, and although a development agreement said the checks should be made payable to both Martinsen and Timberwood, they were not. "This claim has been reviewed by the city attorney and is without merit.
"Not many can top this," declares a Los Angeles Times headline. A Twin Cities television report proclaims Tara Frey and her date will be "the prom's sweetest couple." A television network reporter says the River Falls High School senior won't have to worry that another girl will show up in the same dress.
Organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) say they expect to have no problem collecting more than the 15,744 signatures needed by May 2. A report filed Friday with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board shows the Committee to Recall Harsdorf has received $67,695 in donations and spent $67,156. The amounts collected and spent on the Harsdorf drive are higher than the figures reported in any of the recall drives against 15 other state senators. According to the report, the money has paid for office supplies, petition
A chorus organized in 1951 by three River Falls men fond of barbershop harmony will celebrate its 60th anniversary Saturday with two concerts in Stillwater, Minn. This week the guys on the stage shared a little secret: Croix Chordsmen members expect to enjoy the shows at least as much as their audiences. It started in 1948 when three men from River Falls -- "Swede" Olson, Warren Richardson and John Linehan -- wanted to organize a barbershop group, said Mac Barlass, who manages PR for the Chordsmen. With help from singers from Menomonie, the St.
Once the dust has settled, even the protesters in the street outside will realize the budget-repair bill he signed into law Friday is a good thing, said Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday. State government, he said, is doing what families all across Wisconsin have had to do recently: Make choices, hunker down and pay bills. His visit was announced only a few hours earlier, but by the time Walker arrived half an hour early for a 2 p.m.
A petition drive to force a recall election for State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, has already collected several hundred signatures, says a Hudson man who registered the recall committee. "It's getting organized and gathering momentum," said Roy Sjoberg, an estate planning and probate attorney with the Woodbury, Minn., firm of Sjoberg & Tebelius. Sjoberg said while petitioners need 15,744 signatures from 10th Senate District voters to force a recall vote, they're aiming for 20,000, anticipating Republicans will challenge many signatures. The group has 60 days to collect the signa
It's early in the process and analyses of Gov. Walker's 2011-2013 budget aren't complete, but local Republican lawmakers say the budget bill and its predecessor, the repair bill, are a good start. Questions were e-mailed to the office of Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who represents part of Pierce County and is one of 14 Democratic senators who crossed into Illinois to avoid a vote on the budget-repair bill.
Despite intense opposition, adoption of the budget-repair bill is necessary to help Wisconsin take control of its budget and local governments handle theirs as state aids are cut, said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Harsdorf, a Republican member of the Joint Committee on Finance which approved the bill on a party-line 12-4 vote, spoke by phone from her rural River Falls home the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 21.
Perhaps the lesson to be learned from a Roberts woman's experience is if a deputy offers you a ride, check to make sure there's no dog in the back seat. Or maybe ride up front. Denise Carroll, rural Roberts, has filed suit against the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company asking for compensation for injuries she suffered the afternoon of July 2, 2010. According to the lawsuit, Carroll was offered a courtesy ride by a St. Croix County deputy. As she opened the back door to enter the squad car, his police dog attacked her.
Except that they all involved motor vehicles, there seem to be few commonalities in the nine road fatalities recorded in Pierce County last year. Those who died in 2010 ranged from a middle-aged man fleeing deputies at 2 a.m. to an elderly woman crossing a city street with her husband at her side on a Sunday morning. One thing that is consistent is the number -- nine people died on Pierce County roads in each 2010, 2009 and 2008. That compares to 10 in 2007 and five in 2006. Eight of the nine 2010 deaths occurred on country roads. One was on a city street. Seven were men. Two were women.