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Among those reportedly interested in running for Governor on the Democratic side are Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind, former Congressman Dave Obey, state Senate Democrats Jon Erpenbach and Tim Cullen , and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. How does UW-Political Professor Joe Heim feel about that field of names that would run against Governor Scott Walker in a recall election?
He says a very interesting choice would be moderate democrat, Ron Kind. State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate says it might be March before a field is set.
Three guys face charges for a fifth OWI in La Crosse county court today. 49 year-old Robert White from West Salem and La Crosse guys, 48 year-old Richard Stach and 29 year-old Jon Storandt all got busted this week-end driving drunk for the fifth time. They say Storandt hit it hard before getting behind the wheel. La Crosse cops stopped him speeding at bartime on Sunday on Copeland Avenue. Stumbling drunk, they say. Blew a .25 at the scene couldn't remember where he lived.
A Viterbo student probably picked the wrong butt to slap this week-end. Cops say 22 year-old Andrew Kiel gave one of the La Crosse PD's female officers a whack on the backside with his hand. Trying to be jovial, apparently, while getting liquored up in a bar early in the morning. "Good job," he told the cop. Not sure if he felt the same after she cuffed him and hauled him to lockup. Now Kiel faces a charge of fourth degree sexual assault.
People are losing a bundle in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, the average reported debt on the organization's gambling hotline last year was more than $157,000. A whopping increase of over a hundred thousand dollars from the year before, says council director, Rose Gruber
Gruber says more people are maxing-out credit cards, getting short-term loans of all kinds, leaning on friends and relatives, and gambling money they should spend on mortgages or rent.
It's going to get loud on the southside of La Crosse if something doesn't change. The city has until June of next year to improve intersections along the Burlington Northern rail spur that runs to City Brewery. Otherwise train horns will start blowing.
City councilman Fran Formanek's district is one of those through which the rail spur runs. He says the city will likely close several intersections that cross the spur to limit the cost of the needed improvements.