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Local tea party activists have pitted themselves against the plan for a city administrator in La Crosse for months. Now proponents will take the other side. The Administrator Yes! campaign launches Tuesday morning in city hall. La Crosse voters will face a binding referendum in April on whether to add a city administrator. Those supporting the change say it will lead to cost-cutting efficiencies in city government. Critics say it will just mean more government.
Gas prices are expected to hit between $4 and $5 a gallon this summer in some areas......another reason the Empire Builder Amtrak train should have a second daily route. That is currently being studied. Jim Hill of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation.
Hill adds that more frequent service would make trains more convenient for short trips between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities, or from either metro area to a destination such as Wisconsin Dells. A feasibility study will estimate costs, benefits and ridership of expanded Chicago to Twin Cities service.
(AP) The Austin Straubel International Airport was evacuated for about an hour and operations were disrupted for even longer while authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Airport director Tom Miller says the FBI and Brown County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure out who made the threat.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that someone used a cell phone to call 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday to say a bomb would go off at the airport at 7 p.m. Officials from several agencies began investigating. By 6:30 p.m. the airport was closed and evacuated. No outbound flights were scheduled at that time, but United Airlines canceled an inbound flight from Chicago that was to arrive at 7:05 p.m. The airport reopened at 7:30 p.m.
(AP) A courthouse shooting in northern Minnesota that left two men injured has prompted other courthouses in the state to beef up their security. Anoka County is spending $50,000 to install bulletproof glass in offices where prosecutors and others work. Ramsey County now has armed deputies guarding offices. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says in several cases, the safety upgrades were already in the works but sped up following the December shootings. In Washington County, the county attorney's office is considering safety upgrades that could include bulletproof glass in reception areas. Officials acknowledge that tight budgets can be a problem, but they say safety is a priority. The say there's always an element of risk when dealing with unstable people whose court cases don't go the way they hope.
(AP) Canadians who want to buy a share of Green Bay Packers stock will now get their chance. The team said Monday it has cleared Canadian regulatory requirements and is now selling shares north of the border. Each share costs $250. In the U.S., there's also a $25 handling fee. In Canada, the charge is $35. The team had offered 280,000 shares for sale. It says it had 17,000 left as of Feb. 14, and the sale will end Feb. 29 unless the team sells out first. The money is being used to fund stadium expansion. The shares pay no dividends and have virtually no re-sale value. But they do come with a piece of paper declaring holders a team owner and conferring the right to attend the annual stockholder meeting.