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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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 after Democrats decided not to offer any amendments or prolong debate.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting another young man in a River Falls apartment nearly two years ago was sentenced this morning to three years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. At the conclusion of the March 1 sentencing hearing, St. Croix Judge Eric Lundell directed sheriff's deputies to take Anthony P. Velure into custody and transport him to Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Last November Velure, 500 Kennedy St., River Falls, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the June 27, 2011, death of Joshua R.
Name: Warren Petryk Age: 57 Party: Republican Hometown: Pleasant Valley, Eau Claire County Family: Single Education: Boyceville High School; bachelor's degree in philosophy, minor in music, University-Eau Claire (1978) Professional background: Small business owner, performer and co-founder of "The Memories," an entertainment group, since 1972; community relations coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin, 15 years Previous elected office: Wisconsin Assembly since 2010 Warren Petryk is a musician and an entert
Name: Jeff Smith Age: 57 Party: Democrat Hometown: Eau Claire Family: Wife Sue, two daughters in college Education: Eau Claire North High School Professional background: Former, longtime owner of Bob Smith Window Cleaning Previous elected office: Wisconsin Assembly, 2007-2011; chairman, town of Brunswick, 2001-2007 Jeff Smith thinks there's too much outside money in politics and the result is elected officials who listen to the wishes of their contributors rather than to the needs of their constituents. Smith is hoping to regain
Voters across Wisconsin will go to the polls Tuesday Aug. 14 to choose a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Herb Kohl for 24 years. During the primary, voters will choose one of four Republicans -- Eric Hovde, Mark W. Neumann, Tommy G.
All the Republican incumbents in area Wisconsin Assembly districts will face Democratic challengers this fall, but there will be no local Assembly primaries in August. The filing deadline for the state and federal offices up open for election in November was Friday June 1. This is the Assembly lineup for Nov.
After surviving a recall attempt last summer, Wisconsin Sen. Sheila Harsdorf will face another challenge this fall -- again from a high school teacher. Dan Olson, of Clayton, who teaches world history and government at St. Croix Falls High School, filed 709 valid nomination signatures June 1 -- more than the 400 needed to get his name on the ballot for the Nov.
About an hour after the polls closed, major media were declaring that Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker had survived the recall attempt. With 62 percent of precincts reporting statewide, at 9:45 p.m. Walker had 57 percent of the votes while Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had 42 percent. "We're elated over the victory and especially the margin of victory," St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza said.
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.