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Looking to retire? Maybe do it somewhere else. In its annual list of ten worst places to retire, the website TopRetirements.com has listed Wisconsin and Minnesota among the stinkers. Among the factors cited for being on the ten worst for retirees, the website says Wisconsin, at number ten, has ridiculous property and income taxes. For Minnesota, number seven on the list, the site mentions high income taxes mostly due to the absence of any pension or social security exemptions. Property taxes are high. Also, the weather's a factor; winters can be harsh in Minnesota.
The city of La Crosse doesn't know if it's getting a new city administrator. But if voters do approve that change to city government in April, they'll also have a good idea of what will be expected from the mayor's office from now on. This week the city council votes on whether to cut in half the mayor's salary if the city administrator referendum is okayed in the spring
City council president Audrey Kader envisions a half time mayor as performing basically a public relations function for the city.
(AP) There's bipartisan support for legislation that streamlines work for the utility regulators at the state Public Service Commission. One of the provisions in the bill would bar the commission from requiring a utility to lobby for legislation. The bill would also prohibit a commissioner from being a candidate for public office or active involvement in soliciting contributions or promoting a candidate. But, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign chief Mike McCabe says the bill doesn't address what he says is a ``revolving door'' problem. McCabe says people go from regulated utilities to the PSC and back. He says ``there's a coziness....that undermines the PSC's credibility.'' The Journal Sentinel says another proposal would set a deadline for the commission to make a decision on utility construction projects.
(AP) At 13 pounds, 13 ounces, Asher Stewardson was even bigger than his brother at birth. Asher was delivered without the aid of surgery on Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Fifteen months ago, his brother, Judah, arrived weighing 12 pounds and an ounce at birth. Mercy officials say only a tenth of 1 percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth. The boys' mother, Kendall, Stewardson, endured six hours of labor without an epidural injection. She says she and her husband, Joshua, wanted to avoid cesarean delivery because that wouldn't have been good for her or Asher.
AP-Out of the Florida hunt, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum plans two Midwestern stops Monday, including one in Minnesota. The former Pennsylvania senator is due to hold an afternoon appearance at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Mo., followed by an evening event in southwestern Minnesota. His event at a Pizza Ranch in Luverne, Minn., would make him the first 2012 presidential candidate to campaign in the state this year. Minnesota holds its precinct caucuses next week, but the results of a preference poll are nonbinding. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is airing TV ads in the state. Santorum and Paul have all but conceded Florida, where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are competing hard for a win Tuesday. Santorum has been off the campaign trail tending to family matters.