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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While official damage estimates aren't available, crops in a wide swath of western Pierce County were damaged by hail, strong winds and heavy rains Friday June 25. According to preliminary reports, hundreds of acres of Pierce County cropland had significant damage and thousands of acres sustained some damage. Linda Paul of Farm Service Agency's Ellsworth office had surveyed the area and calculated damage estimates but said Monday that she couldn't release the information yet. Pierce County UW-Extension Agent Greg Andrews, who did a perimeter study of the area Saturday afternoon, said most o
Three felony charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle were filed Wednesday morning against one of the drivers involved in a Saturday accident in Roberts. Michael Thomas Johnson, 21, Mendota Heights, Minn., was also charged with a misdemeanor count of causing injury while driving drunk. An initial appearance on all four charges is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1. Johnson's four passengers, all young Minnesota men, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital Saturday night. Police and rescue workers responded to the crash at the east intersection of Hwy. 65 and Hwy.
A St. Croix County businessman found guilty of regularly stealing from his fuel oil customers was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison followed by 12 years of other supervision. John P.
A 23-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, who also ran four years ago, is challenging Nancy Hove for the sheriff's position. Both Tom Gunderson and Hove, who won the 2006 election, have registered their candidacies. The county position of clerk of court is also open for election this fall. The only registered candidate for that job as of Tuesday was the incumbent, Peg Feuerhelm. This time Gunderson is running as an independent rather than a Democrat.
A 65-year-old River Falls man is accused of taking nearly $19,000 that should have gone to his disabled sister in Minnesota. Jon K. Setala, W12741 735th Ave., has been charged with theft in a business setting for allegedly stealing payments from his deceased mother's pension that were intended for his 57-year-old sister. An initial court appearance is set for 10 a.m. Monday, June 21.
Rescuers used kayaks and a helicopter to find a 16-year-old kayaker, missing on the Kinnickinnic River for several hours overnight. Searchers reached the boy shortly after 3 a.m. this morning after Minnesota State Patrol officers in a helicopter spotted a campfire along the river southwest of River Falls at 2:40 a.m.
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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