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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Maria Lamb, who grew up in the town of River Falls, finished last among 16 contestants in women’s 5,000-meter speedskating during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, today. Lamb, 28, a three-time Olympian, hoped for a top-10 finish in her only Olympic race. She finished 38.1 seconds behind gold medalist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. “I know I am capable of much more than today's result showed, but I am proud to have fought my way here and given it my all,” said Lamb in a Facebook comment posted shortly after noon our time.
On Feb. 19 Maria Lamb will put on her skates and once again pit herself against the clock in a sport where there are no excuses -- and she expects to love every second of her seven minutes on Olympic ice. “I still love it. I’m out of my mind in love with it,” said the exuberant 28-year-old during a phone interview from Utah where she lives and trains. She said she knew she had found her niche before she could keep herself upright on ice, much less skate fast. Lamb, who grew up on “a little hobby farm” 3 1/2 miles east of River Falls and whose parents now live in Hudson, is the only U.S.
These days as many people point their smart phones to record everyday incidents, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is beginning to arm its officers with their own hands-free video cameras. Five of the department’s 18 patrol deputies have been trained and outfitted with the body-worn cameras, which they attach to the placket of their uniform shirt and are expected to turn on to record all enforcement actions, such as arrests and citations. “We implemented the cameras in an effort to limit liability, to resolve citizen complaints, to use as a t
After 35 years practicing medicine at River Falls Medical Clinic, Dr. Bob Johnson knows who works hardest at health care -- the patient. “Patients say, ‘You take good care of me,’ but they do all the work,” said Johnson, whose special interests include the treatment of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. When he chose River Falls in 1978, Johnson thought it would be the ideal place to raise a family and practice medicine. He says the years have proven him right. “The town exceeded my expectations,” said Johnson.
April will be a lackluster election month for county-level offices in Pierce County. Only incumbents are officially running for 14 of the 17 seats on the Board of Supervisors. A former board member is challenging one incumbent, and there is no formal candidate for an Ellsworth seat. These are the candidates as of filing deadline at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
As the filing deadline passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, races had developed for 16 of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors. Since three candidates have filed in each of four districts, all four will hold primaries in February. Primaries will be held in: District 6, Hudson; District 11, Star Prairie area; District 12, New Richmond area; and District 18, Baldwin area. These are the candidates as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: District 1: Incumbent Travis J.
The bluffs and valleys of Pierce County can make wireless communications difficult, a challenge the Sheriff’s Department and the county’s other emergency responders hope to overcome with a transition to a system that uses both analog and digital signal. While feedback from firefighters and emergency medical services has been positive, deputies’ reactions to the new digital transmissions on the main frequency have been guarded. Also, citizens who monitor radio traffic have been frustrated by their inability to monitor digital radio frequencies. The Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Off
About three weeks ago as she drove to pick up a friend and then head to an artists’ meeting in St. Paul, Deana Pass saw the symbol on the back of a stop sign. Two weeks later she saw the second one on a stop sign much closer to her town of Martell home. The drawings -- crudely formed swastikas splashed with orange paint -- were especially upsetting to Pass. She and her husband Franklin are both Jewish.
A Minnesota man who was operating a boat on a pleasure ride last June when the boat hit a sheer rock face north of Kinnickinnic State Park beach was charged today (Oct. 31) with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Patrick A. Puhalla, 47, Bayport, Minn., faces two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of causing injury by operating a boat while intoxicated. The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. A New Richmond man, David J.
Over 100 years ago, the organization was founded to help Norwegian immigrants facing financial hardships in their new country.