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Seems as though the NFL is leaning on the State of Minnesota to get a new stadium bill passed....and now. Joining Governor Mark Dayton this morning was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers Owner, Art Rooney, who is also on the NFL's Stadium Board.
Rooney says they did not threaten the Vikings to get a stadium bill passed.....just an indicator from the NFL that a combined solution has to be made.....and soon.
It will cost you an extra few bucks to fly out of La Crosse in the near future. The city plans to start collecting four and a half bucks extra fee per passenger starting in January 2016. The plan is to use the money to do upgrades to the airport terminal and to the radio system, to buy a new backup generator and a snow removal truck. The per-passenger charge is scheduled to be collected for six years and is expected to generate about 2.8 million dollars. The city's taking public comment on the fee until mid May.
Usually, state mandates come with a little frustration from the locals that have to enact those mandates. But La Crosse sheriff Steve Helgeson says, if the state decided to start collecting DNA during certain arrests, he wouldn't have a problem with it. He says swabbing the inside of a cheek for DNA isn't much different from taking fingerprints, which jailers do for every person booked into the jail. Helgeson says the DNA samples would have to handled differently, but he thinks the jailers wouldn't have a problem dealing with that.
The benefit to collecting the samples, says Helgeson, is that those DNA collections would provide a quicker reference when investigating crimes. Governor Walker has proposed collecting DNA at arrest for certain crimes.
Looking a little bleak for Minnesota Vikings fans this week. Cory Merrifield can tell you that for sure. The founder of the website, SavetheVikes.org, was upset when a legislative committee put a plan for a new Vikings stadium on life support. Worst case scenario now, says Merrifield: Vikings pack their bags after the coming season and leave the state. The best case scenario, he says, is legislators understand that the team's owners aren't bluffing and they really will leave or sell the team if no deal is reached this year. You can't blame owners, he says; they've done everything asked of them in trying to reach a deal with the state.
Questions about funding have derailed plans for a $975 million stadium. But Merrifield also believes some lawmakers are worried about voting for a stadium during an election year.
It was a novel idea decades ago...for State Bank-La Crosse to open a branch on the far south side of the city.
But that Shelby location, south of the railroad overpass, doesn't work as well as it used to:
State Bank vice-president Wayne Oliver says the Shelby location will be moved this summer to the old Quillin's supermarket site on Mormon Coulee Road. A new Goodwill store also is scheduled to open soon on that property. Oliver expects the new State Bank location to open by July, with a remodeled drive-up lane on the lot to be ready in September.