Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Campus Administrator Susan Lockwood was named New Richmond Business Woman of the Year at the sixth annual Women’s Business Luncheon Wednesday, May 3 at Ready Randy’s R&D Catering. Lockwood was one of six nominees for the honor.
MADISON -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 3.4 percent, the lowest in 17 years. The seasonally adjusted rate for March dropped by 3 tenths-of-one-percent from February. A survey of almost 1,000 households estimates that total employment for the month grew by 16,000 -- but the federal government's limited survey of employers only showed an increase of 500 private sector jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Ellsworth Ellsworth has been chosen as one of six locations for a Joint Finance Committee State Budget Hearing Wednesday, April 19. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. at the Ellsworth High School gymnasium, 323 W. Hillcrest St. The public is invited to offer feedback on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2017-19 biennium budget to the 16 members of the Joint Finance Committee, as well as other Wisconsin legislators in attendance. The JFC will conclude taking testimony at 5 p.m.
TOWN OF LORAIN -- Two men died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in rural Polk County. Polk County Sheriff’s Office received the call at 8:37 a.m. April 1 about the crash, which happened about two-thirds of a mile west of 15th Street on 357th Avenue in the town of Lorain. The caller stated two people in the vehicle were unresponsive.
MADISON -- Wisconsin continues to lag behind two thirds of the states in its pace of job creation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Wisconsin had a year-to-year private sector job growth of 1 percent as of last September, with 25,600 jobs created during that 12-month period.
“Farewell, faithful servant. The bell has tolled.” St. Croix County dispatch announced Spring Valley (retired) Fire Chief Terry Shafer’s end of watch and final page at 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 3 over the scanner as he was being laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the town of El Paso.
TOWN OF TRIMBELLE -- An 80-year-old Ellsworth woman suffered undisclosed injuries after a two-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in the town of Trimbelle. At about 5:24 p.m. Feb. 4, police responded to the crash on Highway 63 near 450th Avenue. Wendy M. Khorshed, 39, Hammond, was driving a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica northbound on Highway 63. When she slowed down for some animals in the roadway, Phyllis L. Robey, 80, struck her from behind in a 2014 Chevy Cruz.
MADISON -- Childless adults would pay more for Medicaid, take drug tests and have their coverage limited to four years in a request the state will soon make to the Trump administration. State Medicaid director Michael Heifetz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the feds will soon be asked for the okay to let the state charge premiums of $1 to $5 per month for childless adults, with higher premiums for those with risky behaviors like smoking -- and those who don't pass drug tests would get treatment.
MADISON — There's more talk in Wisconsin about a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. Republican Gov. Scott Walker was asked about it during a recent telephone town hall meeting.
Wisconsin is going through its second straight morning of bitter cold temperatures, but very few schools are closed. A quick check of TV stations around the Badger State shows that many small town districts in south central Wisconsin are opening two hours late Monday morning.