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Just before noon Tuesday, 38 year old Melody Cox of Prairie Du Chien was driving on Highway 35 near Stoddard when she passed a snowplow clearing the roads. As she passed the plow.....it threw snow on her windshield causing her not to be able to see where she was going. Her car spun out of control and ended up in a pond.
Cox and two other passengers were pulled form the freezing water by Vernon County deputies. All 3 were taken to Gunderson Lutheran in Lacrosse with non-life threatening injuries.
Dan Kapanke's getting back in the saddle. The Republican state senator has scheduled a state budget listening session in Holmen tomorrow. This comes just weeks after Kapanke canceled other listening sessions, after receiving death threats and being the victim of vandals--all associated with the collective bargaining bill that remains tied up in court. The Holmen session will run from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Holmen Village Community room. Kapanke faces a recall election sometime this summer although the senator is challenging the validity of the recall petition filed with the state.
At this point, a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings isn't on the drawing board. And there's no clear way for how it would get paid for.
As long as no money for a new stadium comes out of the state's general fund, says Preston republican state rep, Greg Davids. He knows that's not a popular stand among those who look at the Vikings as a statewide asset. But, Davids says, the Vikes are just another business in the state and the team doesn't give places like his district a direct benefit.
Davids, also head of the house tax committee in Saint Paul, also says he might support a Twin Cities area taxing district to help pay for the stadium. It is the metro area, he says, that gets all the benefit of having the Vikings around.
Complete Streets is making the rounds in La Crosse. City council members last week voted to create a Complete Streets ordinance. Complete Streets essentially considers all forms of transportation doing road planning. Today, county board supervisors vote on their own Complete Streets plan. Which, in the end, says county bike and pedestrian guy, Jack Zabrowski, won't make significant changes to many roads in the county. He says the biggest difference will be on the county roads that have high volumes of traffic. Zabrowski estimates about ten roads would actually be affected should county board members vote for the Complete Streets resolution tonight.