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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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.
With two weeks to go before the filing deadline, two districts on the St. Croix County Board have no incumbents and no registered candidates. Redistricting has left two other districts for the 19-member board without incumbents, but candidates have stepped forward in those areas. And in one district, two incumbents will square off come April 3. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures -- at least 20 and no more than 100 -- is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. A candidate must collect all 20 signatures from voters in the district in which he is a resident.
In a time of year filled with excitement and emotion, the River Falls Public Library Gallery is offering another celebratory event: An exhibition of wedding dresses. "I Take Thee...The Wedding Dress Exhibit" will open with a public reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. "At last count we had over 40 dresses," said Rita Kozak, who curated the exhibit. She said clothing loaned by local people includes dresses from the early 1900s, suits, long gowns, short dresses and dresses in different colors. One woman offered four dresses "going back on both sides of her family," said Kozak.
Alaina Arthurs and Patti Albertson say they started recovery from compulsive overeating when they signed up for a new program called COR. The five-day, four-night COR program is held once a month at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minn. The COR residential retreat is designed to provide participants with positive experiences in food management, including selection and portion control, according to its website. COR is the Latin word for "heart" or "soul." "It just means the heart or the center," said program director Michelle Goldberg. She explained,
One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car. Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop. She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
When Congress' special debt reduction committee, the Super Committee, hit a stalemate last month, it was a bad-news/ not-so-bad news situation for the hospitals in River Falls and Hudson. While they are bracing to deal with a 2% reduction in Medicare reimbursements, at least for now the "critical-access hospital" issue that would have meant much larger cuts for rural hospitals is off the table. The 12-member federal committee's failure to meet its November deadline to develop a package to save $1.2 trillion triggered automatic across-the-board cuts, including the 2% reduction in Medicare rei