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The challenger to Tomah's incumbent mayor says she wants a recount. According to unofficial results, Mayor John Rusch defeated Shannon Hough (HUFF) 755 votes to 750 votes in Tuesday's election. Hough has already asked the Tomah City Clerk's office for a recount, but an official canvass of votes must be completed before she can formally request a recount. The city clerk is waiting on 14 absentee ballots that have not been returned. In the meantime.......we asked Hough how a woman from California who lived in Tomah for a year.......darn near beat a man that's lived there his whole life.
The canvass will likely be complete Monday morning, at which point Hough has three days to file for a recount.
So why did the La Crosse City Administrator referendum fail? We asked UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim, his thoughts on the matter.
He says people in La Crosse are more conservative when it comes to change unless they think they have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen. The referendum failed by a vote of 5,937 to 3,934.
Another step forward in the effort to reopen the Hollywood Theater of La Crosse...
Attorney Phil Addis announced on a Facebook page yesterday that his company, Main Street Renaissance, has been granted the deed to the old movie theater at 5th and Jay. Addis says plans for the renovation of the Hollywood will be started soon. Addis's company bought the building at an auction in February for 15-thousand dollars. It had been owned previously by the Children's Museum of La Crosse. The Hollywood originally opened in 1936, and presented movies and live concerts before shutting down within the last 10 years.
A new delay in the murder trial of Eric Koula...
Jury selection is being delayed until the first week of June, to give both sides more opportunity to review evidence and witnesses. The Koula trial had been scheduled to start next week. This May will mark two years since Koula's parents were found shot to death at their Barre Mills home. Eric Koula is accused of committing the murders in order to get money from his parents' bank account, to pay off debts from stock trading.
On the day after being elected mayor of Onalaska, Joe Chilsen has his new routine figured out...
Chilsen will balance his new duties at City Hall with his main job, teaching marketing at U-W-La Crosse before 9 a.m., and then heading to his office to do what he calls "mayor stuff."
Chilsen pledged to work closely with members of the city's executive team who are the experts in different departments. He won Tuesday's election with 77 per cent of the vote over opponent Samantha Carter.