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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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.
After employees complained, St. Croix County supervisors agreed last week to soften a ban that prohibited nearly any tobacco use on any county-owned property. The ban adopted in October said no use of tobacco would be allowed on the grounds of county government buildings, at the fairgrounds, in county parks and in any county-owned vehicles and equipment regardless of location. Exceptions were made for St.
After employees complained, St. Croix County supervisors agreed last week to soften a ban that prohibited nearly any tobacco use on any county-owned property. The ban adopted last October said no use of tobacco would be allowed on the grounds of county government buildings, at the fairgrounds, in county parks and in any county-owned vehicles and equipment regardless of location. Exceptions were made for St.
A St. Croix County recycling law amendment stalled March 16 after supervisors suggested it might violate residents' privacy and others questioned the definition of wood that can be burned. The county's recycling law applies to 26 of its municipalities, mostly rural areas that don't have their own recycling ordinances. The ordinance adopted in 1994 is a "bare bones model," said Planning and Zoning Director Dave Fodroczi. In 1998 the county received a grant to upgrade its recycling component. Supervisor Linda Luckey, town of St.
The loan will still have to be repaid, but St. Croix County's financial advisor said the interest rate on a new $3.36 million debt is even better than expected. "This is the cheapest money that the county has ever seen," said Springsted Inc.
In a March 17 letter to supporters Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, said she will announce Friday that she is retiring from the Wisconsin Assembly. Rhoades, 58, has represented the 30th Assembly District for the past 12 years. Her current two-year term ends Dec. 31. She said she intends to fill out the term. "Our lives come in phases, and it's time to move on to the next phase now," said Rhoades in a phone interview Thursday morning.
Charges were filed last week against a Hammond woman accused of stealing $3,705 from a River Falls business while she worked there in early 2009. Kimberly A. Arnold, 27, allegedly made unauthorized debit card charges and wrote unauthorized checks from accounts belonging to Quality Computer Services, 408 Kennedy St. She faces one felony count of theft in a business setting and is scheduled to make her first appearance in Pierce County Court at 10 a.m.
Even after the bank bought the property, area development companies and a North Hudson man owe over $7.2 million in four foreclosure judgments. St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack found the $10 million bid by Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson, represented fair values in the foreclosure sales. Last week the bank docketed judgments totaling $7,240,247 against BrightKeys Real Estate LLC, BrightKeys Development Corporation, BrightKeys Housing Partners LP, ConSpec Corporation and C.R.
On a 13-3 vote Tuesday, the Pierce County Board gave its 52 non-union department heads, managers and supervisors 2.5 percent raises. "It seems to me it's a bad time to dish out money now," protested Supervisor John Kucinski, Town of River Falls, one of three to vote no. While the county has good employees, with a weak economy, falling home values, higher taxes, failing businesses and high unemployment, taxpayers can't afford to give public employees raises, he said. The 2010 cost of the raises and associated benefits for the 52 workers is $91,204. "The private sector's really hurting.
Prior to making its decision to allow John O'Boyle to be on the ballot for Pierce County judge, the state Government Accountability Board received letters from three people objecting to his candidacy. To read those letters, including two from his opponent Robert Loberg, click on the icons below this story. On Thursday, the GAB determined O'Boyle, currently the county's district attorney, met deadlines to be on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship. That decision triggered a primary election on Feb. 16. "Mr.