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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Last Thursday after 13 hours of debate in the Assembly followed by nine hours of debate in the Senate, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted a $66 billion, two-year budget bill. The budget, awaiting Gov. Scott Walker's signature, takes effect July 1. Identical bills passed the Assembly on a 60-38 vote and the Senate on a 19-14 vote. No Republicans voted against the bill.
A man who has run in other elections as a Republican may be entering the 10th District Senate recall race as a Democrat in an attempt to force a primary and delay the actual recall election. Isaac Weix, Menomonie, is circulating nomination papers to become a "protest candidate," according to the chairmen of the Pierce and St. Croix county Republican parties. Last week Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board certified that enough signatures have been collected to force a recall election for Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has been the 10th District senator since 2000.
Most people slow down only a little as they travel Hwy. 63 through the tiny community of Martell. But there'll be something worth stopping for Saturday. A daylong fundraiser and community gathering will include a flea market, food, fireworks at dark and a movie after the fireworks. "We're a small group, but we've got some momentum going," said Julie Kenefick, a member of The Friends of the Martell Schoolhouse.
Area women are invited to a day of entertainment, health and financial advice, rich desserts and shopping when a local group holds an Expo Fundraiser Saturday, May 14, at Mystical Rose Gardens, town of Martell. The event, planned by the Women's Deacon Committee of St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Anderson Plant Farm, W5415 890th Ave., Baldwin. Over 20 vendors will offer items ranging from jewelry to chocolate to accessories to scrapbooking supplies.
St. Croix County residents are invited to comment on a proposed redistricting plan when the St. Croix County Board holds a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Government Center in Hudson. The board's Administration Committee reviewed six draft plans and chose one that meets all the guidelines, said Senior Planner Ellen Denzer, speaking to supervisors at their May 3 meeting. The tentative redistricting plan, which sets up the 19 supervisory districts in the wake of the 2010 Census, aims for an ideal district population of 4,439. Only District 14 meets that goal exactly.
The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance has held its hearings and begun the job of rewriting Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget proposal, said Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). Harsdorf, serving on the committee for the fourth time in her legislative career, said the 16-member panel began budget work April 26 and will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday until it finishes. Most of the Legislature's work on budget is done in Joint Finance.
When Lori Kent learned her job in industry would be cut, she looked at her options and charted an entirely different course. Kent works at the Johnson Controls plant in Hudson in the division that makes seats for Ford Ranger pickups. With the Ford Motor Company Twin Cities Assembly Plant's anticipated closing, Kent expects to lose her forklift operator's job in December. After surveying the job market, Kent signed up for a nursing assistant course through the American Red Cross Western Wisconsin Chapter.
River Falls educators heard with disbelief and sorrow recent allegations that a bestselling author many of them have supported for years may have misused donations and exaggerated his heart-touching tales. In a "60 Minutes" report that aired this month, CBS News investigators said there are "serious questions" about how millions of dollars have been spent by Greg Mortenson's charity, Central Asia Institute; whether he personally benefited from the charity; and if stories in his books are true. The CBS report said its investigators looked at 30 of the 141 schools Mortenson has said he helped
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.