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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Gov. Scott Walker's biennial budget proposal, introduced last week, drew hearty praise from local Republican lawmakers and ire from this area's lone Democratic legislator. The proposal -- which includes a small income-tax cut for the middle class, continuation of a public school spending freeze and tightening of Medicaid income eligibility -- was introduced Feb.
In a brief hearing this morning, St.
A Texas-based company that withdrew its application for a frac sand mine in St. Croix County last summer is again asking for a special exception permit to open a mine. On Jan. 7 Vista LLC submitted its second application to mine on about 500 acres in the Town of Glenwood, just south of Glenwood City, said Alex Blackburn, a county land use specialist.
With a re-election bid 21 months away, Gov. Scott Walker reviewed his accomplishments thus far and promised to "double down" on efforts improve Wisconsin's job climate as he delivered his State of the State address Jan. 15. While Republican lawmakers who represent Pierce and St.
Two local organizations are working with River Falls Area Hospital birth center staff to provide information and materials to improve safety for infants. Through a joint project, the Pierce County Citizen Review Panel and the Family Resource Center St.
In a verdict reached Wednesday, Jan. 16, a Pierce County jury awarded no monetary damages to a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a female substitute teacher when the boy was 13. In July 2008 Ann Knopf, now 44, Ellsworth, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of child related to encounters with the Prescott boy in 2007 when he was a middle school student.
ELLSWORTH -- At 9 a.m. Monday Sean Froelich was sworn in as Pierce County's district attorney. At 9:15 he represented the county in a criminal hearing. It was the first time he had been in a courtroom as a prosecutor, not just as an observer or to testify as a police officer. Froelich, 33, graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010, passed his Minnesota Bar exam in early 2011 and his Wisconsin Bar exam in May 2011. This past August he won the Pierce County DA primary, defeating 25-year incumbent John O'Boyle.
In January a small group in Pierce County will celebrate the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
A long day of testimony left mostly questions Monday as Judge Howard Cameron presided over a hearing regarding suppression of evidence from the police interrogation and booking of Aaron Schaffhausen. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree homicide in the July 10 slaying of his young daughters in the River Falls house where they lived with their mother. The accused man sat unresponsive and nearly immobile during Monday's hearing in St.
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls. He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1. The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug.