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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ELLSWORTH -- When Pierce County bought two houses and land in April, it paid over 10 times the amount the seller paid for the same parcel a month earlier. The board voted 16-1 April 20 to buy the parcel -- which includes houses at both 388 and 420 W. Grove St., Ellsworth -- for $360,000. According to a property transfer recorded March 17 with the register of deeds, Doug and Lori Dodge bought the same parcel from T. Gregory Amann for $35,000. The assessed value of the property is $169,100.
A bill passed by the Wisconsin Assembly Apri 23 to allow farmers to sell raw, unpasteurized milk directly to consumers gets mixed reactions locally. Limitations added to the bill persuaded her to vote for it, said state Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. As a representative of his state organization, he spoke against the bill at the hearing, but Pierce County farmer Mel Pittman said there may be health benefits to raw milk. She and fellow health workers are concerned about the increased potential for illness among children and people with weak immune systems, said Pierce County Public
The St. Croix County clerk of court who takes office at the start of 2011 will get an 11 percent pay raise, but there will be no increase for the sheriff. Next year's pay for the clerk will be $61,000 while the sheriff will be paid $80,225.
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Creating jobs is nothing new to him and would, though in a less direct way than in his private life, be his priority as governor of Wisconsin, says Mark Neumann. Neumann, one of seven Republicans registered as candidates in this year's race, visited River Falls, Hudson and Menomonie Monday, walking Main Street in all three communities.
In his 25 years as Pierce County judge, Robert Wing has learned a few things, but, like most of those who appear before him, he doesn't think he has changed much. "For some people, being a judge is their identity," said Wing. "But that's not who I am." At age 63, Wing's ready to step down from the bench and focus on the roles he values more: Husband, father, friend and, soon, grandfather. So while his term won't officially end for three more months, Wing will retire Friday, April 30. "I'm ready for something else," said Wing firmly.
In a decision filed Tuesday, the Court of Appeals ruled that a homeowners' policy precludes coverage for wrongful death claims for a child who died while in her stepmother's care. The appeals court reversed a decision by St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack. The case stems from the death of Emma Day, 8, who had frequent epileptic seizures and was sent home Nov. 27, 2006, after suffering two seizures at school.
With only days left in the current legislative session, local lawmakers are concerned about an attempt to fast-track a bill that would overhaul voter registration laws. Companion bills introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature would make voter fraud easier, would increase costs for property taxpayers and are being rushed through without analysis, say Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson. Companion bills, Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 895, were introduced March 23 and 24 respectively. Public hearings were held March 31.
The Pierce County Board will have five new members following the April 6 election. In District 8, Tom Sitz out-polled Katie Pata 277-204 to win the seat formerly held by John Kucinski, who was defeated in the primary election. District 8 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the town of Martell. There was no candidate on the ballot for the District 7 seat formerly held by Ron Lockwood. But write-in candidate Rod Rommel earned 19 votes to Peter Dahm's five write-in votes.