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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Twenty people representing 11 households have filed a lawsuit against Pierce County, claiming blasting at the County Road VV quarry has destroyed the value of their houses. The lawsuit, prepared by attorney Warren Lee Brandt, asks for damages equal to the fair market value of the houses. The quarry -- which produces rock and sand for road projects -- is in Trenton.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board determined Thursday that John O'Boyle did meet deadlines to be on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship, triggering a primary election on Feb. 16. "Mr. O'Boyle's candidacy lives," said GAB spokesman Reid Magney Thursday afternoon. The other two candidates for the office are River Falls lawyer Joe Boles and Ellsworth lawyer Robert Loberg. O'Boyle overnight mailed all his paperwork to the state office Jan. 4, intending that it meet the 5 p.m. Jan. 5 deadline. The material did not arrive at the GAB office until the morning of Jan.
John O'Boyle will drive to Madison next week in hopes of convincing the six-member Wisconsin Government Accountability Board that his name should be on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship. If he succeeds, he will join River Falls lawyer Joe Boles and Ellsworth lawyer Robert Loberg on the ballot, triggering a February primary election. O'Boyle, currently the county's district attorney, overnight mailed his registration forms and completed nomination papers to the Government Accountability Office in Madison Jan. 4. The deadline for filing was 5 p.m. Jan.
A Minnesota man is a suspect in the death of his 18-month-old stepson, who died last week in Pierce County. Tylar James Hokanson, 22, is being held in the Dakota County jail as authorities from that county and Pierce County investigate the death of Nicholas Miller. A Northfield (Minn.) News obituary lists the boy's parents as Melissa Hokanson of Northfield, and Brian Miller of Castle Rock, Minn. His step-grandparents are Ruth and Walter Hunecke of Maiden Rock. Tylar Hokanson was taken into custody Saturday.