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A few new city lots could be opening up soon on La Crosse's northside. William Kish is asking the city to allow for a new subdivision on Kane street. Kish tells us he's looking at six new lots on the site of, what he thinks is, a former hobo camp at the 900 block of Kane. Utilities are in place and the city has vacated part of Wall Street and a tiny triangle of land to help the process along. Kish says he's added fill to the property and cleared out brush and he's just waiting on city approval of his plans this week. He says the six lots come in different sizes but all meet the city minimum for lot size.
(AP) The Winona City Council has approved a permit to allow a local trucking company to ship frac sand through the city's commercial barge dock on the Mississippi River. The vote was 4-2. Several council members wanted to reach a decision Monday rather than tabling the contentious issue. Council member George Borzyskowski says the frac sand business has taken root in Winona and isn't going away. Four members of Winona Area Citizens Concerned about Sand Mining raised objections over air and water quality, truck traffic and quality of life issues at a hearing before the vote. Frac sand is used by oil and gas drilling companies. The kind mined in Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota is the ideal shape and size for hydraulic fracturing.
(AP) Dozens of DFL volunteers from Minnesota are canvassing in Eau Claire Tuesday to help Wisconsin Democrats get out the vote in the nationally-watched recall election. Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison and DFL Party chairman Ken Martin rallied the volunteers before they boarded a bus for Wisconsin. Martin told the group that it's a critical election for Wisconsin and the country as a whole. He says the DFL stands in solidarity to help elect a leader who will help build a stronger middle class in Wisconsin Tom Barrett. Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces a rematch with the Milwaukee mayor, whom he beat in 2010 by 5 percentage points, as he tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall.
(AP) The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board reports long lines and heavy turnout for today's historic recall election. The board tweeted that no widespread problems have been reported in vote gathering around the state. But it does have one report of a damaged tabulator that poll workers found in the Marathon County Village of Rothschild. Police were called to investigate. Elections officials expect up to 65 percent of Wisconsin's eligible voters to turn out for the recall election. Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are facing opponents, as are three Republican senators. Walker faces a rematch with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom he beat in 2010 by 5 percentage points, as he tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall.
The suspect in a La Crosse County double murder case is described as a man who loved his parents, and would never want to kill them.
Eric Koula's defense team made its opening argument in Koula's trial this morning. Lead attorney James Koby disputes the prosecution claim that Koula was nearly broke, and that he allegedly killed Dennis and Merna Koula two years ago to get their money. Koby says both victims were shot in the head at close range, with the guns 'perfectly placed' to kill with a single shot. He says that guns which were available to Eric Koula were not the ones used in the murders. The defense case also says a neighbor of the Koulas claims the couple was still alive hours after the time that police think they were murdered. Police and DA Tim Gruenke believe Koula was desperate for money after losing thousands in day-trading, and cashed a $50,000 check with a forged signature of his father the day after the shootings.