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 February 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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It might have been turning into a winter wonderland outside the doors of the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, but inside Thursday, Nov. 8, the audience was transported through music and impressive special effects to the Land of Oz and the Emerald City. Under the direction of Katie Fuchs, the EHS Drama Club performed "The Wizard of Oz" by Frank L. Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson, with music and lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
Ellsworth resident Kerry Feuerhelm defeated her challenger for the Pierce County Clerk of Court on Tuesday night. Feuerhelm, a Republican, beat her Democrat opponent and clerk of court worker Megan Erwin 9,719 votes to 7,673 votes in preliminary counts. Feuerhelm, currently a judicial assistant for county court officials, had told RiverTown Multimedia she would look to improve training opportunities for the position’s staff and recoup outstanding fines.
Incumbent Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove will almost certainly win a fourth term, as she ran unopposed aside from a late push by a write-in candidate. Hove, a Democrat, ran against write-in candidate Oake Gregory — who filed about a month before the election — and as of 10:50 p.m. Nov. 6 she had over 10,000 votes. Hove has been the Pierce County Sheriff for 12 years and has overseen the office’s push to upgrade its jail and office building in recent years. Gregory had 69 votes.
With more than a quarter of precincts reporting, longtime U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) is leading in the 3rd Congressional District race in western Wisconsin as of 9:35 p.m. Nov. 6. The incumbent Kind is leading 60 percent to 40 percent over retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Toft, 60, a Republican who has never held office.
Not even five minutes after the polls officially closed, ABC News reported that Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin had a comfortable victory over Republican Leah Vukmir in the November midterm election. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called the race historic: “It was the first time two women in Wisconsin emerged as major party candidates for U.S. Senate.”
RIVER FALLS -- A ballot tabulation machine at the River Falls High School polling place became jammed from about 8:55 to 9:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 6. According to the site’s chief election official Debra Andazola, a paper ballot, filled out by hand, jammed when it was inserted into the machine, and a small piece of paper became stuck inside the portion of the machine that scanned hand-filled ballots.
A man and woman killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night in Polk County have been identified as Donald and Robin Kelley, owners of Kelley Gallery in Hudson. According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release, the dispatch center received a Sirius XM notification at 10:46 p.m. Oct. 27 that a red, 2017 Jaguar had airbag deployment on U.S. Highway 8, about one-quarter mile east of the south State Highway 46 intersection.
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police confirm the arrest of two women after an accidental shooting involving two children. Police say a 10-year-old girl fired the shot which grazed a 12-year-old boy Thursday morning. He is expected to be okay. No names have been released and police say the family isn't cooperating with the investigation. Family members say that is because police didn't treat them fairly. ----- Dane County deputies arrest 6 juveniles accused of stealing 2 cars
MADISON -- A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says his sexual assault conviction should be thrown out because his attorney made critical mistakes. Nathan Friar was found guilty last April. Testimony was given in Dane County Circuit Court Wednesday concerning Friar's motion. Trial attorney Brian Brophy told the court he regrets failing to offer expert witness testimony. Assistant Dane County District Attorney Stephanie Hilton said Brophy's representation of Friar was more than legally adequate.
MADISON -- The Circuit Court of Dane County's Juvenile Division is reacting to criticism of the process after a series of auto thefts. A statement released by the court says community safety, victim impacts and youth accountability are taken seriously. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval had said a group of about 75 teenagers are continually re-offending. He said the system needs to create more accountability The court's statement said, "Youth are not picked up and simply released."