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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MADISON -- Voters have ousted a Democratic state lawmaker who was accused of sexual misconduct. Immigration attorney Marisabel Cabrera defeated State Rep. Josh Zepnick in Tuesday's primary. Zepnick was accused by two women last winter of trying to kiss them against their will at political events in 2011 and 2015. Zepnick issued an apology and was criminally charged. Democratic leaders demanded he resign, but Zepnick refused. -----
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday night with 42 of 42 county precincts reporting, incumbent Scott Knudson won the Republican primary for St. Croix County Sheriff with 4,571 votes (87.38 percent) beating out challenger Steven Mael. Mael received 657 votes.
TOWN OF DIAMOND BLUFF -- A single motorcycle crash in the early morning hours Tuesday in the town of Diamond Bluff sent an Ellsworth man to the hospital. According to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded to the area of County Road OO near 370th Avenue at 5:20 a.m.
MADISON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he opposes the boycott of Harley-Davidson the president is suggesting.
SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. -- All three people who were on a small plane when it crashed Sunday are expected to be okay. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating. The plane had just taken off from the Beloit airport at about 8:30 a.m. when it crashed in an Illinois cornfield. A man and a juvenile passenger were treated and released at an area hospital. A woman on the plane was airlifted to a hospital and is being treated for more serious injuries. Authorities haven't released the names of the people involved.
The finalists for the Pierce County Fair Talent Show competed Saturday, Aug. 11, and two winners were announced by its end. Makenna Williamson, of Prescott, won the junior division with her dance solo "I Won't Let Go." She danced in honor of her brother, Trenten Williamson, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Second place in the junior division went to Helen and Sophia Jiang, of River Falls, who played a piano / violin duet "New Orleans 1928."
MILWAUKEE -- The suspect accused of shooting Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski to death has entered a not guilty plea to four felony charges and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Thirty-year-old Jonathan Copeland Junior made a Milwaukee County Court appearance Thursday. Relatives of the fallen officer and the man accused of killing him filled the courtroom seats. The judge bound Copeland over for trial and scheduled a conference for Aug. 28. ----- Worker suffers serious injuries in workplace fall
TOWN OF GILMAN -- A rural mail carrier was injured in a one-vehicle crash late Monday morning in the town of Gilman. Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crash at 11:15 a.m. July 16 at 450th Street and 825th Avenue. Mail carrier Ernest Thompson, 54, Menomonie, was heading southbound on 450th Street when he crossed the center of the road, entered the east ditch and struck a culvert.
A 68-year-old Pierce County woman died Wednesday after an ATV rolled on top of her in a cow pasture. According to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office news release, a family member found the woman and called police at 6 p.m. June 6 from a rural Pierce County residence.
As the Ellsworth High School Class of 2018 gathered as one full group for one last time at their Friday, May 25 commencement ceremony, the messages from speakers were uplifting. Superintendent Barry Cain made special note of the 10, 780 hours of community service performed by the class. “That represents making others’ lives better,” Cain said.