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(AP) The Vikings say they have ``significant concerns'' with a new proposal to fund the $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills using user fees instead of a county food and liquor sales tax. The latest proposal from Ramsey County leaders would raise an estimated $20.6 million annually from parking fees, admissions surcharges and a stadium sales tax in addition to parking lot naming rights. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says Friday the prior agreement with Ramsey County hinged on the team receiving parking revenues and naming rights and a condition of no admissions taxes. Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett called the new plan a ``game changer'' after meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton. He later acknowledged that the Vikings may not like elements of the new plan.
A former Monroe County jailer, who is charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and writing 20 sexually explicit letters to her, was back in a Monroe County Courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jerry Friedl of Sparta stood mute to the four felony charges. Monroe County Judge, Mark Goodman, entered a not guilty plea on behalf Friedl to felony counts of second degree sexual assault.
This year will mark the 5th anniversary of the LHI Freedom Fest in La Crosse. And the entertainment lined up is keeping in line with bands booked in the past. The event is June 16th at the UW-L Veterans memorial Field Sports Complex and after a Freedom Fest motorcycle ride, the 451st Army band and local band the Remainders....the night will be filled with music from Foreigner and The Steve Miller Band. In the past 4 years, the Freedom Fest, has raised close to $300 thousand and out of that.....$80 thousand has gone for scholarships to veterans. 100% of the proceeds have benefited veteran's causes including the Veterans Hall Of Honor at UW-L. Tickets for the event go on sale April 13th and you can choose grandstand seating.....lawn seating.....and two different V.I.P. seating arrangements. The fee for the 3 hour motorcycle ride is $25. The website for more info is freedom fest lacrosse dot com.
At this point, the job description for the next mayor of La Crosse is kind of vague. He or she will still have a veto pen. Will still lead city council meetings. Can still make appointments. And those mayoral proclamations will never go out of style. After that, it gets a little fuzzy. Depends on whether voters approve hiring a city administrator through a binding referendum in April. That would change the job description of the mayor. It would also change the pay. After a final city council vote last night, the next mayor's pay would get cut in half if the administrator is okayed. Current mayor Matt Harter could still vote the pay cut. And he might; he's adamantly opposed to the idea of hiring a city administrator.