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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MADISON – Local Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) won’t be the new Wisconsin Assembly majority leader. Instead, today Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) was elected to the post.
A plea hearing has been set for an Andover, Minn., man accused of threatening prosecutors and witnesses during the Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial. Joseph A. Rollag, 32, is charged with one felony count of threatening a witness and misdemeanor counts of possession of a switchblade knife, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. He appeared at a status conference July 31, and his bail was reduced from $2,500 cash to $500 cash. A plea hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug.
Brian Olson thought he was perfectly healthy until a doctor's questions after a minor injury led to a shocking diagnosis: Stage 4 colon cancer.
A 33-year-old St. Croix County man has been arrested and charged with three counts of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and the president’s family. Nicholas J. Anderson, Baldwin, was indicted by a grand jury last week, but the indictment was sealed until a warrant could be issued and he could be taken into custody, said a spokeswoman from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison. Anderson is accused of making the threats in three emails sent to the CIA on May 21, June 17 and June 18, said the spokeswoman.
When she found the small book, handmade and titled "Kinnickinnic Kook Book," among her deceased mother's things, Jan DeCraene knew she'd stumbled across something worth preserving. The little collection of 100 mimeographed recipes -- covered with red gingham-check oilcloth trimmed with pinking shears -- was assembled long ago by the Kinnickinnic Homemakers Club and tucked in little tips for happy marriages.
Work that began a year ago is nearing completion as Second Chances, the secondhand store that helps fund Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, prepares to move into a larger building in August.
ELLSWORTH -- Bill Warner, who has been executive director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation for nearly 14 years, has announced his resignation. Warner said Monday that he intends to leave the post by mid-October. He has held the executive director position for the past seven years and for another seven years earlier. He said he is leaving because of "a whole range of personal issues, a feeling that a lot of years in one place is good in some ways and not good in other ways and a feeling that the EDC would be better served with a new perspective."
Two Pierce County men were hospitalized following separate car versus motorcycle accidents this past weekend. On Friday evening, Jeffery Jilk, 37, River Falls, who was traveling north on County Road CC, attempted to turn his 1999 Nissan Altima into a private driveway when it was struck by a 1985 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Joseph Whirry, 38, Spring Valley, who was traveling south. The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. on County Road CC in front of N5271 in the Pierce County town of El Paso. Whirry was thrown from his motorcycle.
Claiming they have been exposed to excess radiation, four Hudson Hospital & Clinics technologists have filed a lawsuit against the architectural firm that designed the hospital and the construction company that built it 10 years ago. The computed tomography (CT) technicians say quarter-inch plate glass rather than lead-shielded glass was installed in the windows between the scanning and control rooms, thus exposing the workers to more than 20 times the usual radiation.
Local lawmakers’ response to the Wisconsin Legislature’s adoption of a new biennial budget seems subdued with the area’s lone Democratic representative hoping that the governor will veto parts. On a vote of 55-42, the Assembly passed the budget in short order last Wednesday, June 19, after Democrats decided not to offer any amendments or prolong debate. Minority Leader Peter Barca was quoted as saying the spending plan is so bad there was no hope of fixing it.