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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Nancy Hove handily defeated challenger Tom Gunderson to win a second term as Pierce County sheriff. A latecomer to the race - Oake Gregory, Plum City, a write-in candidate with no experience in law enforcement - finished well behind Hove and Gunderson. When the last results were reported early Wednesday morning, Hove had 6,456 votes to Gunderson's 4,700. Gregory had 144. Gunderson, who ran as an independent, had challenged his boss, Hove, a Democrat, for a four-year term as sheriff.
The question is: Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the state's segregated transportation fund? Voters in Pierce and 52 other counties will be asked to vote Nov. 2 on an advisory referendum suggesting Wisconsin make it unconstitutional to use its transportation fund for other purposes. Money in the fund comes from the gas tax consumers pay at the pump and from vehicle registration fees.
Area citizens will vote Sept. 14 to choose a Democratic candidate for the 30th District seat in the Assembly and a Republican candidate for the state's 3rd District seat in Congress. Statewide primary contests also include choosing a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and both Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and state treasurer. Winners of the primary contests will go on to the general election Nov.
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Wisconsin Farm Technology Days When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 22 Where: In Pierce County at the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Pierce County Road E Hosts: Roger and Bev Peterson family Admission: $5 for adults and children 12 and older; no charge for younger children. Parking: General parking is located along County Road E just south Hwy. 29.
ELLSWORTH -- When Pierce County bought two houses and land in April, it paid over 10 times the amount the seller paid for the same parcel a month earlier. The board voted 16-1 April 20 to buy the parcel -- which includes houses at both 388 and 420 W. Grove St., Ellsworth -- for $360,000. According to a property transfer recorded March 17 with the register of deeds, Doug and Lori Dodge bought the same parcel from T. Gregory Amann for $35,000. The assessed value of the property is $169,100.
In his 25 years as Pierce County judge, Robert Wing has learned a few things, but he doesn't think he has changed much. "For some people, being a judge is their identity," Wing said. "But that's not who I am." At age 63, Wing's ready to step down from the bench and focus on the roles he values more: husband, father, friend and, soon, grandfather. So while his term won't officially end for three months, Wing will retire April 30. "I'm ready for something else," said Wing firmly.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board has laid the groundwork to accept federal stimulus assistance to borrow $1.7 million for several projects, the most expensive of which are two bridges. To proceed, the plan to issue and sell general obligation bonds must be approved by at least 13 of the 17 County Board members. A vote is expected Tuesday, with bonds being offered for sale May 25. Under the federal Stimulus Act, Pierce County may issue nearly $1.7 million of recovery zone economic development bonds. The U.S.
Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, will announce Friday that she is retiring from the Wisconsin Assembly. She informed supporters in a March 17 letter. Rhoades, 58, has represented the 30th Assembly District for 12 years. Her current two-year term ends Dec. 31. She said she intends to fill out the term. "Our lives come in phases, and it's time to move on to the next phase now," said Rhoades in a phone interview this morning.
Pierce County's drive for countywide high-speed Internet is still headed forward, but it's made a little change in course. Clearwire, a nationwide wireless Internet service provider, recently contacted the county about partnering on the project and will be a co-applicant when Pierce applies for a federal grant, Brad Roy said.