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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HUDSON – The consultant hired to do a market study of St. Croix County employee salaries is recommending one main pay schedule and warned that the county jumped into its pay-for-performance plan prematurely.
After estimates that it would cost $160,000 a month to care for roosters, hens and chicks seized during a cockfighting investigation, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department was authorized to dispose of 500 birds. The chickens were among those confiscated June 2 from a farm in the town of Forest in the northeastern corner of St. Croix County and from two sites in Polk County. The estimated cost of caring for the birds was $10.73 per animal per day. During a hearing on June 3, St.
HUDSON – St. Croix County supervisors were told last week that the second phase of updating the county’s 911 system will cost more than rough estimates, and because the county...
St. Croix County supervisors were told last week that the second phase of updating the county’s 911 system will cost more than rough estimates, and because the county has committed to bond issues for the new Health Center, paying for the update will be tricky. “We got a dollar figure before we got an engineering study,” interim Emergency Communications director Steve T’Kach told the Administration Committee during its May 20 meeting. Before the engineering study, the project was estimated to cost $6.3 million.
Revisions in plans call for geothermal heating and cooling for the new St. Croix County Health Center and for the project to be funded by two $10 million bonds, one issued this year and one in 2016. Work is scheduled to begin this fall on construction of the nursing home in New Richmond to replace the existing 50-bed facility and on a 10-bed unit for patients with severe dementia.
This fall Kris Miner, who has worked with River Falls-based St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program for 15 years, will move to the South Dakota farm that was homesteaded by her great-grandparents in 1904 and plant bulbs. For the woman who has spent most of her career promoting the value and effectiveness of circles, going back, regenerating and caring for family seem the right things to do. The decision came both suddenly and naturally, said Miner, 47. Her dad called to tell her his vision in one eye went blurry. It wasn’t the stroke Miner had feared but macular degeneration.
HUDSON – A proposal to drop the invocation that starts St. Croix County Board meetings and replace it with “a moment of silence and reflection,” drew the ire of nine citizens at a committee meeting last week. Later at that same meeting, Supervisor Roy Sjoberg, Hudson, who had suggested the change, backed down and said he’d have no problem with allowing invocations. The Administration Committee eventually voted to recommend that County Board meetings begin with “an invocation or a moment of silence.”
After decades of debate, numerous studies, failed attempts to sell and two citizen referendums to continue operations, St.
In a newly filed brief, a state assistant attorney general argues that the District III Court of Appeals should deny Aaron Schaffhausen’s request for a second sanity trial on his...
During their meeting Monday morning, St. Croix County supervisors voted to oppose two items in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget and to apply for a state grant. One budget change would eliminate local advisory councils and allow the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to contract with private entities to provide some services statewide. Along with taking away some Aging and Disability Resource Center duties and oversight, this change could mean a loss of up to $953,000 for St.