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The Minnesota Vikings Stadium proposal was not the only thing lawmakers tackled Monday. The House approved borrowing $496 million as part of a bonding bill.
Republican Senator, Jeremy Miller of Winona, says the money will go towards statewide construction, including work on campus buildings, bridges and roads, flood mitigation and renovations to the state Capitol building.
La Crosse police are investigating a couple of weekend robberies. In one, a 21 year-old guy on Jackson street woke up to two or three guys in his home during the late morning on Sunday. He got pistol-whipped by one of the thugs. They took what he had: his playstation, some cash and some other stuff. Police are still investigating and won't say whether they have suspects. Another guy got jumped by three guys after bar time near downtown on Friday. The victim says he was kicked and punched while on the ground. He suffered thousands of dollars worth of dental damage, a possible broken nose and they got his phone and three hundred bucks in cash. No suspects or arrests in that one, either.
When you know you're going to jail, what's the last piece of business you take care of? A 33 year-old guy that La Crosse cops picked up this week-end has his priorities straight. Police say they stopped the car that David Wims was in after it rolled through a red light on Saturday. While they were looking up his information and determining that he was wanted in Illinois, Wims lit up his crack pipe while sitting in the car. Told cops since he was going to jail, he was darn well going to smoke his crack, or words to that effect. An officer had to take the crack pipe away. After removing an infant from the back seat to search the car for more drugs, they cuffed Wims and hauled him to jail.
You know you've had a little too much contact police when an emergency dispatcher recognizes your voice during a 911 hang-up call. That's Timothy Clinch, apparently. The dispatcher says the 44 year-old called La Crosse 911 from a convenience store phone on Saturday night, made some disparaging comments about the mayor's sexuality and then hung up. Video surveillance confirmed the guy's identity. Police tracked Clinch to his apartment but he didn't go quietly. Police say Clinch threw an alarm clock at the arresting officer, burned him with a cigarette and had to be physically convinced to walk to the squad car. They say Clinch also spit on the cop on the way to jail.
Heavy weekend rains have caused several rivers and creeks to rise in southern Wisconsin. Jackson, LaCrosse, Trempealeau, Waushara, Winnebago and Green Lake Counties are all under a flood warning. On Sunday, several areas received more than two inches of rain.
This week, there is a chance for two additional systems to move across Wisconsin. The first system will cause afternoon showers on Tuesday. However, the storms are expected to bring less than an inch of rain.
In Trempealeau County, clean up continued throughout the weekend in the community of Blair following last week's storm. Classes resumed today at the Blair-Taylor Elementary and High Schools after being closed for two days due to roof damage caused by the storm. School officials are concerned that rain leaking through the roof may also caused damage to the gym floor. And in Juneau County, a communications tower was struck by lightning on Sunday.