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New regulations on garbage in La Crosse were meant to help pick-up neighborhoods a little. But opposition by neighborhood groups and landlords have put adoption of those rules apparently on hold. The city council is poised to delay approval of the new garbage and recycling rules for a month. A special neighborhood revitalization committee will weigh in on possible changes. Among the more contentious rules, one that would mandate a dumpster for any rental that had eight or more bedrooms.
(AP) The state Department of Natural Resources is warning sturgeon hunters they're responsible for their own safety when Wisconsin's annual spearing season begins this weekend on the Lake Winnebago system. Recent warm weather has left ice on the system in poor shape. The DNR says it's dangerously thin in many areas. Forecasts call for lows in the teens for the rest of the week, which could lead to better conditions. DNR officials say the season will go on and it's up to spearers to judge the ice's safety for themselves. They say the ice is never completely safe no matter how thick it is.
(AP) Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll. The GOP says Tuesday's contest drew about 47,800 participants with about 95 percent of precincts reporting. Four years ago turnout was nearly 63,000 after all precincts were counted. Rick Santorum finished comfortably ahead of Ron Paul Tuesday with Mitt Romney a distant third and Newt Gingrich last. Romney, the front-runner for the nomination, won in Minnesota four years ago by casting himself as the conservative alternative to John McCain. It proved to be a winning strategy in a state where party processes are traditionally dominated by deeply conservative activists. The results are a blow for Romney who had the help of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota.
(AP) Thousands of students, several well-known athletes and a number of politicians are expected to join Michelle Obama for an event in Des Moines that will promote exercise and healthy eating. Besides the first lady, participants at the Thursday event include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, gymnast Shawn Johnson, figure skater Michelle Kwan and NASCAR champion Carl Edwards.
About 10,000 children will be bused to the event from 45 schools in the Des Moines area. It will be Obama's first stop on a three-day national tour marking her Let's Move initiative, which promotes physical fitness and healthy eating for children. She's been drawn to Des Moines by Iowa's Healthiest State initiative. That program aims to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016.
Jackson County authorities are looking for 20 year old Gene Cloud Jr. and are asking for the public's help. He was last seen January 25th when the vehicle he was operating slid in the ditch in Millston Township, Jackson County. Cloud fled from the scene on foot and was chased by law enforcement before getting away. On January 27th, he was reported as a missing person by family members. It is possible that Cloud was picked up by somebody and given a ride, but the family says he should have made contact with someone at this point.