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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ELLSWORTH -- A River Falls city council member accused of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will take his case to a jury. Last week Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles scheduled a two-day, 12-person jury trial for Robert J. Hughes, 29, 249 Foster St. The trial will be July 11-12. Hughes is charged with three misdemeanor counts: Possession of tetrahydrocannabinol; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a controlled substance as a result of an incident last Aug.
"You need camera," said the dark-skinned man striding along the Mazatlan beach, swinging a beer bottle by its long neck. "Where are you from?" he asked. "Canada?" I said I was from the U.S. That seemed to cinch it for him. "You need camera," he declared firmly, marching off without waiting for a response. This stranger's comments weren't as intrusive as they might sound. Here I was with my winter-pale skin standing alone just at the edge of the tide, savoring the approach of sunset on a long stretch of beach. The colors of the sky weren't spectacular, they went deeper than that.
Saying she has the right mix of life experience and experience in state government, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, has announced she'll run for governor in the anticipated recall election. Vinehout, 53, whose district now encompasses most of Pierce County, has represented District 31 in the Wisconsin Senate since January 2007.
She hoisted the bankers box of recall petitions to her shoulder, holding it there with her right hand and sauntered triumphantly down the line, high-fiving the yellow-vested volunteers along the sidewalk. Nan Lambert's grin as she made that short walk from a U-Haul truck to Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board office was exuberant. Barb Greub made the same brief trip a little less boisterously, but the smile that lighted her face was just as joyful. Lambert is an unemployed mental health worker from the town of Troy. Greub, who is retired, lives in River Falls.
A River Falls businessman found guilty of providing the morphine that led to another man's death was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in the Pierce County Jail. Hardy White III, 43, N8463 1090th St., was also placed on probation for three years. Conditions of probation include staying sober; not entering any bar or tavern; not associating with known drug dealers; and paying court costs of about $300.
By the time the deadlines passed last week, races had developed for seven seats on the 17-member Pierce County Board of Supervisors. Four of the races in the April election will be in the River Falls area, two in the Ellsworth area and one in Plum City. The filing deadline for most districts was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
There will be contests in April for six seats on the Pierce County Board. Four of those districts are in the River Falls area. Because incumbents didn't submit declarations of non-candidacy and didn't file for re-election, the filing deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in Districts 1, 6 and 12, according to County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm. Both incumbent Rod Rommel, 406 Parkview Lane, River Falls, and challenger Ruth Wood, 503 E.
By the 5 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday, races had developed for 12 seats on the 19-member St.
With just a week to go before the filing deadline, no candidates have filed for five of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board and over a third of current board members won't be seeking re-election. Redistricting has left two other districts without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas. In another district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. Races seem to be developing in two other districts. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Two Pierce County Board members, both from the River Falls area, have filed declarations of non-candidacy, indicating they don't intend to seek re-election in April, reported County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm. The two are Paul Barkla, city of River Falls, the board's chairman, and Tom Sitz, who represents most of the town of River Falls and part of the town of Martell. With less than two weeks left before the Jan. 3 filing deadline, seven other incumbents on the 17-member board have declared their candidacy for re-election.