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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At 9:30 p.m. with 12 of 28 voting units reporting, Pierce County incumbent Sheriff Nancy Hove is leading challenger Bill Parks. At this point, Democrat Hove, running for a third term, has 2,918 votes to 1,809 for Parks, a 20-year military veteran. In other races that involve Pierce County, districtwide: --Incumbent Ron Kind (13,658) is leading challenger Republican Tony Kurtz (10,804) for the state’s Third District seat in the U.S.
Jeff Smith, Democratic, 59, Eau Claire, wife Sue, two grown daughters, Eau Claire North High School. Professional background: Former longtime owner of Bob Smith Window Cleaning; Wisconsin Democratic Party’s regional political director, March 2013 to April 2014 Previous elected office: Wisconsin Assembly, 2007-2011; chairman, town of Brunswick, 2001-2007 Campaign website: http://jeffsmithforassembly.com
Even as staff and volunteers at Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence work to come up with the money to add more bedrooms at the agency’s shelter, they are regularly turning away clients. The agency has raised only about half of the $120,000 needed to turn offices in the River Falls shelter into bedrooms and open new offices in the downtown building that houses Second Chances, the agency’s well-established secondhand store. Framing has been done for the offices that will eventually be located in the upper level of store. “We’re trying to do work as we go along so we
Growing up in metro areas on the East Coast, earning a journalism degree and working as a crime reporter may not seem the usual path to growing hops in a secluded area of rural Wisconsin, but the transition suits Adam Folk. With the advice and assistance of his father-on-law, Tom Barnum, who did grow up on a farm, Folk cut trees for poles, placed the poles and trellises, planted a thousand rhizomes, spread mulch, carefully trained the bines to begin winding up the trellises and installed a drip irrigation system. He’s calling his endeavor Sun Dog Hops after seeing that atmospheric phenom
HUDSON – In an apparent shift of direction, the St.
When they go to the polls Nov. 4 to elect new state and federal officers, St. Croix County residents will also be asked their opinion of Wisconsin’s decision not to...
The ribbon cutting at the Hwy. 35/ Radio Road interchange in River Falls Monday morning was the type of celebration that should happen more often, said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind during an interview later. “We need to be doing these projects all over the state,” said Kind, D-La Crosse, who sits on the Ways and Means Committee. Earlier this month, he called on Congress to cancel the annual August recess and instead work on a long-term plan to finance the Highway Trust Fund. “The economic benefit is tremendous,” said Kind.
In 1969 Marilee Steltzner was a young bride, fresh out of high school when one summer evening a bank vice president showed up and invited her for an interview. “Don Larson came to our apartment, knocked on the door and said, ‘We want you to come interview for a job,’” recalls Marilee, whose last name is now Spinks and who’s preparing to retire after over 42 years at the River Falls State Bank. “We couldn’t afford a telephone so he couldn’t even call,” said Marilee. She had replied by letter to a “blind” help wanted ad in the River Falls Journal.
On a recent sub-zero March day, volunteers from a town of Troy-based rescue group drove to a quiet church parking lot on the other side of Wisconsin to take possession of 17 cocker spaniels with severe eye, ear and skin injuries. The dogs were brought to the meeting spot huddled in crates stacked haphazardly in the back of a pickup truck. They were transferred to towel-cushioned individual crates loaded into two climate-controlled SUV’s. But, said Cocker Spaniel Resources President Jan DeCraene, because the cockers hadn’t been in a heated building, the rescuers had to keep the inside
A man who was driving a speedboat the night of June 5, 2013, when it hit a rock face near Kinnickinnic State Park, was arraigned in Pierce County Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to homicide charges in the death of a passenger. Patrick A.