Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 6:36 pm

You Gave Me Promises, Promises

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is offering a bold promise of jobs for the state if he's elected governor.

The Republican says the state's business climate is hurting because of too much government interference. He says his six-step plan will bring 250,000 jobs and 10,000 new businesses to the state by 2015.

Walker's plan includes lowering taxes, limiting regulations and improving health care and infrastructure.

Walker spoke Tuesday at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce business day in Madison. He offered few specifics of his plan, saying he wanted to introduce the key points now and will revisit them in coming weeks.

Earlier Tuesday his Democratic rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, pledged to attract employers through tax credits for job creation


Monday - February 22, 2010 6:52 pm

Override Attempt Today For Doyle Veto of DNR Bill

This could be a pretty big day for Wisconsin governor Doyle. The governor faces a veto override attempt in an assembly controlled by his party. La Crosse county conservation alliance chair Marc Schultz is hopeful for success on the override attempt. The governor vetoed a bill that would have restored DNR secretary appointment power to the state's natural resources board. The bill is a big step, says Schultz, towards making the agency more responsive and more accountable to the people. Governors of Wisconsin have had DNR appointment power since the mid nineties. Doyle has long favored giving that power back to the resources board but changed his mind last spring.


Monday - February 22, 2010 6:51 pm

Four Guys, One River, One Night Downtown

You'd probably have fewer people falling in the Mississippi if fewer people would stumble drunkenly to the river. One La Crosse officer this week-end corralled not one, not two, but four guys dangerously inebriated, teetering and wandering in a somewhat disoriented fashion near Riverside park after a night downtown. Two of the guys heading in the wrong direction were more than happy to accept the cop's offer of assistance and were glad to have her call a cab for them. Two of them, apparently, weren't so happy to be knocked off their desired path to the water's edge. One of them, after getting repeated chances to walk away peacefully, wound up getting busted for disorderly conduct.


Monday - February 22, 2010 10:55 am

Thief Busted With Booty at Train Station

If the train had only been a little earlier, a thief nabbed in La Crosse might have been walking the streets a free man today.   Cops say Jose Luis Temich was busted at the train depot on the northside this week-end.   They say the 25 year-old had a ticket for a train to Chicago.   But police also say Temich had a backpack, stolen cell phones and over four thousand dollars in cash he'd nipped from a home on the city's southside the night before.   Police say they were able to seal the deal on Temich when they called one of the stolen phones and it rang inside of his backpack.  


Monday - February 22, 2010 10:47 am

Bust Nets Dealers, Drugs, Child

One address, two drug arrests, one child in protective services.  Police say that's the score after a man and a woman were arrested at a place on Island street in La Crosse.   Cops say 42 year-old Carol Thompson and 24 year-old Jonathan Marlowe have been busted for running a drug operation out of their home.  Both face multiple charges after a sting involving an informant.  Cops say they found a gallon bag half full of marijuana at the home.   They also had to call protective services to care for a two month old child they found there.  


Nearly the entire fleet of La Crosse police squads can now run on propane. City cops first tried out switching cars to a dual fuel platform last year. It's gone well. There's now eight squads that can run on propane or gasoline. Saves money. At least in the long run, says lieutenant Bob Berndt.   He says, it takes a couple of years to make back the cost of the propane conversion which is around six thousand dollars.  But the conversions can be easily transferred to new squads when the old ones are traded in.




Berndt says two more squads will be converted soon and a propane tank will be installed in the spring to fuel the squads.


New credit card rules in play as of today. Some consumer protection with the new rules, says Ken King, from Consumer Credit Counseling Services in Wisconsin. But there could be a host of new fees along with new protections on quick interest rate hike.  

Among the changes to credit card rules; one that forces companies to show the number of years it will take to pay a balance off if just the minimum is paid. 

On the balance, King says the credit changes should make things better for consumers.  


Friday - February 19, 2010 7:12 pm

Police Chief Responds to Latest Theories

"There is no serial killer!" La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki repeats that evaluation of the drunken drowning death of Craig Meyers in the city in a tersely worded statement today. Kondracki calls theories about smiley face gangs, rogue cops, long range hypnotists, or a possible seductive female leading unknowing men to the water's edge, "wild accusations" and "demeaning to all." He says all of the deaths have been examined thoroughly by state and federal investigators along with local law enforcement. All have come to the same conclusion. Young men like 21 year-old WTC student Craig Meyers have drowned in the Mississippi river after becoming severely intoxicated.


Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:56 am

Overtime Boosts Pay of Former Drug Investigator

Six digit wage earners working for the city of La Crosse?
According to our examination of pay records from city hall, there was only four who earned a wage of over a hundred thousand dollars in 2009. City attorney Stephen Matty is at the top of the heap, earning a little over 103 thousand dollars last year. Police Chief Ed Kondracki is second, then Public Works director, Dale Hexom. Then fire chief Gregg Cleveland. Just missing the hundred K cut-off; now-retired drug investigator, Cary Joholski who made just under 100 thousand which includes slightly over 11 thousand dollars in overtime.


Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:54 am

La Crosse Healthiest (In One Category)

At least La Crosse county is number one in something. And medical care is it. At least according to a county-by-county national look at health in the US. La Crosse is at the top of Wisconsin counties when it comes to delivery of health care. The county is also right up there when it comes to the physical environment which includes measurables like leads poisoned children and liquor store density. In those categories, La crosse county is third best in the state. Overall, the county ranks 22nd healthiest in Wisconsin.