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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Two Pierce County Board members, both from the River Falls area, have filed declarations of non-candidacy, indicating they don't intend to seek re-election in April, reported County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm. The two are Paul Barkla, city of River Falls, the board's chairman, and Tom Sitz, who represents most of the town of River Falls and part of the town of Martell. With less than two weeks left before the Jan. 3 filing deadline, seven other incumbents on the 17-member board have declared their candidacy for re-election.
With two weeks to go before the filing deadline, two districts on the St. Croix County Board have no incumbents and no registered candidates. Redistricting has left two other districts for the 19-member board without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas. And in one district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. A candidate must collect all 20 signatures from voters in the district in which he is a resident.
In a time of year filled with excitement and emotion, the River Falls Public Library Gallery is offering another celebratory event: An exhibition of wedding dresses. "I Take Thee...The Wedding Dress Exhibit" will open with a public reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. "At last count we had over 40 dresses," said Rita Kozak, who curated the exhibit. She said clothing loaned by local people includes dresses from the early 1900s, suits, long gowns, short dresses and dresses in different colors. One woman offered four dresses "going back on both sides of her family," said Kozak.
Alaina Arthurs and Patti Albertson say they started recovery from compulsive overeating when they signed up for a new program called COR. The five-day, four-night COR program is held once a month at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minn. The COR residential retreat is designed to provide participants with positive experiences in food management, including selection and portion control, according to its website. COR is the Latin word for "heart" or "soul." "It just means the heart or the center," said program director Michelle Goldberg. She explained,
One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car. Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop. She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
When Congress' special debt reduction committee, the Super Committee, hit a stalemate last month, it was a bad-news/ not-so-bad news situation for the hospitals in River Falls and Hudson. While they are bracing to deal with a 2% reduction in Medicare reimbursements, at least for now the "critical-access hospital" issue that would have meant much larger cuts for rural hospitals is off the table. The 12-member federal committee's failure to meet its November deadline to develop a package to save $1.2 trillion triggered automatic across-the-board cuts, including the 2% reduction in Medicare rei
A way must be found to tell students, their parents and the public about the effects state funding cuts are having on services, agreed a group of UW-River Falls educators. About 20 UW-RF faculty members, a handful of students and others met Nov. 9 in a meeting called by academic staff union President Kurt Leichtle and Student Body President Tyler Halverson.
A town of Oak Grove man was charged last week with a felony in connection with the death of his neighbor's cat. An initial appearance for Gregory F. Kerr, 53, N6053 County Road E, River Falls, on a charge of mistreatment of an animal/causing death is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Pierce County Court. Kerr could not be reached by phone early the afternoon of Nov. 15. He's accused of fatally shooting Tuffy, a cat belonging to Rhonda Klink.
ELLSWORTH -- In a brief hearing Monday morning, just before jury selection was to begin, a plea bargain was accepted, and Hardy White III, River Falls, was found guilty of possession of narcotics with intent to deliver. The more serious charge of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs in the October 2010 death of Jack Jenkins, 25, was dismissed. That charge will be used as a read-in when White, 43, is sentenced in January. Under an agreement worked out over the weekend, White entered an Alford plea to the intent-to-deliver charge.
Floating toilets on the St. Croix River, development restrictions around an airport in Pierce County, and tax credits for dairy producers are among the issues addressed in bills introduced Oct. 28 by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Each of these bills has been referred to committee. Although the Legislature is no longer in session, the hope is that they will be acted on in the next scheduled floor session that begins in January, said Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Monday. Senate Bill 262, which would allow the National Park Service to place a pier with a floating toilet along the river in the St.