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Tim Kabat was a big winner in last week's election in La Crosse, but several no-name candidates also picked up votes.
Literally, no-name candidates such as 'nobody,' 'no good,' 'anybody else,' 'me,' and 'a good old boy.' Those were among the dozens of entries written in on La Crosse County ballots April 2nd. Not too many write-in votes were cast for the mayor's race in La Crosse, in which Kabat defeated Doug Farmer. Greater numbers of write-ins were cast in contests for the county board or circuit judge, where many incumbents ran unopposed. Just for judge, there were votes for Matt Harter, John Medinger, Don Weber, Roy G. Biv, WIZM's Mike Hayes, and 'Ima Crook.'
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A cool, rainy spring is easing dry conditions in parts of the nation's farm belt that saw the worst of last year's drought. But optimism is being tempered, as that weather pattern has kept anxious farmers in most of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Wisconsin from planting.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A group of humane societies has appealed a Dane County judge's ruling that wolf hunters can use dogs. The humane societies filed a lawsuit last year alleging the state Department of Natural Resources failed to impose any real restrictions on wolf hunters using dogs when the agency set up the framework for the wolf season. The societies argued the lack of regulations would create deadly wolf-dog brawls in the woods.
BROWNSDALE, Minn. (AP) The owner of a restaurant in small southern Minnesota city is offering a discount to customers `packing heat.' Steve Nagel owns Langtry Cafe in the Mower County community of Brownsdale. Nagel says every Thursday is ``conceal and carry day.'' Customers carrying their guns to the restaurant will get 15 percent off your meal. And if you carry a gun openly, it's a 25 percent discount.