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Wisconsin has a long history of openness in government. Essentially, government records are presumed to be a matter of public record, except under very select circumstances. The justices on Wisconsin's...
Sold, for 250-thousand dollars.
The La Crosse County board has accepted a purchase offer for the old 1965 courthouse and jail, and set the wheels in motion to buy the Associated Bank downtown. Although the final vote was a lopsided 19-to-7 in favor of the deal, it was still a narrow victory because a two-thirds vote of the board was required. Supervisors had rejected a motion to put off a vote for 60 days, to allow more study of the Associated Bank proposal, which only materialized a month ago. The sale of the former courthouse means that the county has two-and-a-half years to move offices out of the building, so it can be turned into student housing.
Heroin abuse has put La Crosse County on the map, and not in a good way...
The state justice department says 13 Wisconsin counties reported 30 or more heroin cases to the state crime lab last year...and La Crosse County is one of them. The county had 16 heroin cases the previous year...compared to no cases, as recently as 2009. Most of the counties recording heavy heroin use are in the southeastern part of the state. Only 15 Wisconsin counties had no heroin cases in 2013, including Vernon and Crawford Counties.