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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A retired social worker and a stay-at-home mom are hoping to bring to western Wisconsin a program that uses everyday citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children. Jerry Breen, River Falls, and Heidi Roettger, Beldenville, have met with civic organizations to recruit steering committee members to begin forming a local branch of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA, started in 1977 by Seattle Judge David Soukup, now has a network of over 946 programs recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states, according to its website. The website says Soukup, a juvenile co
A rural River Falls man was found guilty last week of possession of child pornography and is scheduled for sentencing in Pierce County Court next month. Allan D. Dau, 47, N8424 900th St., Unit A, River Falls, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Three other similar charges were dismissed but will be used as read-ins. Judge James Duvall ordered a presentence investigation, and a sentencing hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. Nov.
He wanted nothing inappropriate or disrespectful, warned the Catholic priest at the large church in Poland just before the choir began its performance. "We thought, 'What do we do?'" said Kate Jennings, Baldwin. With only about an hour until their prepared concert of American gospel songs, the Gospellers from Wisconsin could hardly change their repertoire. "I'm the one who gets things cranking in the concert," said Jennings, who was especially concerned.
My father never touched alcohol, wouldn't allow it in the house. But, without condemnation, he helped a drunken neighbor who stumbled to our home after crashing his car.
A federal review of the way River Falls pays its volunteer ambulance workers may not cost the city back wages but will, to a small degree, change how volunteers are used, say local officials. The audit, begun early this year, ended in conflicting conclusions by city officials, who insist River Falls owes no back pay to any ambulance workers, and a U.S.
Voters across Wisconsin will go to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 14, to choose a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Herb Kohl for 24 years. Kohl, a Democrat, is retiring. During the primary, voters will choose one of four Republicans -- Eric Hovde, Mark W. Neumann, Tommy G.
In a decision issued June 26, an appeals court judge affirmed a St. Croix County court judgment finding an Amery man guilty of operating with a controlled substance, 4th offense. Matthew Owen Hoff Jr., now 34, argued that the St.
A judge has ordered River Falls to pay $263,337 to a bank as a result of a mistake involving a developer who left behind a stack of unpaid bills while building Riverview Hotel and Suites. Buffalo/Pepin County Judge James Duvall signed a judgment ordering the city to pay the money to Timberwood Bank, Tomah, because checks sent to Martinsen Investment & Land Company Inc., Ashland, should have been made jointly payable to Martinsen and the bank. Martinsen eventually defaulted on its loan with the bank. "The city attorney is handling the case and is reviewing the matter," said City Administrato
All the Republican incumbents in area Wisconsin Assembly districts will face Democratic challengers this fall, but there will be no local Assembly primaries in August. The filing deadline for the state and federal offices up open for election in November was Friday, June 1. This is the Assembly lineup for Nov. 6: District 28: Incumbent Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie, is challenged by Democrat Adam T.
Harvey Hielkema's decision to sell his collection of vintage cars and tractors was made for a simple reason: God told him to. As the 77-year-old Baldwin widower tells it, several months ago while he read through a book about the number of children around the world suffering and dying from hunger and malnutrition, God spoke to him. "All of a sudden, I could hear the Lord saying to me, 'You don't need all that stuff in your sheds when all those kids are starving.'" Hielkema took the message to heart and called an auctioneer. At 5:30 p.m.