Students cleaned up 1,456 cigarette butts in Powell Park last month
Is our system of choosing a President rigged? We hear that message, even from some of the candidates. And a new poll suggests that most people agree. A new Reuters...
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.
A man accused of stealing items from Fort McCoy has been found not guilty.
A jury in federal court in Madison found 20 year old Justin Waterhouse of New Auburn not guilty on four charges related to the theft at the fort in February, 2012 while a member of the U.S. Army. He was accused of stealing and selling 18 night vision monoculars and six reflex gun sights. He was indicted May, 2012 on the theft charge and three counts of selling the items.
Waterhouse faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each charge.
The tear down process began today at the La Crosse Oktoberfest grounds. It's a clean up project to remove contaminated soil under some of the buildings. It's part of a plan put forth by Xcel Energy to clean up the soil located under the Oktoberfest grounds. Two other pavilions will also be taken down. Officials says this will have no impact on the 2014, 4 day celebration as Xcel has agreed to fund the replacement of the buildings. The project should be completed by the end of Winter. The clean up project itself is one of three that Xcel has pursued on land near the Oktoberfest grounds in the last 30 years.