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There could be more than one referendum on the ballot of La Crosse voters in the spring. The city council this week votes on whether to hold an advisory referendum on billboards. The billboard referendum is an idea that comes from the work of the committee that's been tackling sign issues since a moratorium was placed on electronic signs in the city months ago. The advisory referendum would join a referendum to determine whether the city changes its form of government to include a city administrator. Both would be on the same ballot as the presidential primary on April 3rd.
Police don't have a suspect yet in a robbery at a bar on the northside. Cops say a guy with his face wrapped in a black scarf pointed a gun at the bartender at Fishes bar just before midnight on Saturday. "It's cold outside," the crook said, "give me all your money." The robber got away with hundreds. Police are looking for a shorter white guy in his twenties. They might have had more information but the security video system at the bar isn't working.
La Crosse County Republicans took a straw poll for Senate and President over the weekend and the results are being seen both state and nationwide.
For Senate, Tommy Thompson, led the way with 63% of the vote.....Mark Newman second and Scott Fitzgerald third. For President, Rick Santorum took 39% of the vote, Mitt Romney second with 30% and Newt Gingrich with 18%. Others geting votes were Rick Perry, John Hunstsman and Ron Paul.
The straw poll was conducted after the re-grand opening of the Republican Headquarters took place on Copeland Avenue Saturday.
Some dams in the area may be getting facelifts or torn down completely. Fifteen publicly owned dams throughout Wisconsin could get a total of three and a half million dollars to fix, replace, or remove them. The DNR says the dams have the biggest need for outside grants because of the risk they pose, and the communities' lack of ability to do the needed work.
The local governments that own the dams must now submit details to the D-N-R on what they plan to do.
The local dams are located in Juneau, Crawford and Trempealeau Counties.
Onalaska Police have made a break in a burglary case from Thursday.
A suspect detained by the Dubuque Police has been charged with a December 20th burglary in Onalaska. Eighteen year old Kiean George of the La Crescent area was detained earlier today in Dubuque, Iowa when he and two companions were spotted in the Maroon Dodge Intrepid that was being sought in a burglary that occurred in Onalaska on January 5th.
As of this time George has only been charged with the December 20th burglary. It is unknown whether the other two men in the vehicle were involved with either burglary.