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A new bill headed to governor Walker for a signature is meant to help businesses in the state. But wetland regulation reforms also pose significant threats to the environment and to flood protection around the state, says Tracy Hames (haims), executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. That's because the new rules allow developers to skip the part of the permit process that gets them to look at other areas besides wetlands to build
Hames says it's silly to think that developers will be able to replace natural wetlands they fill in with ones they build in other areas.
If your trying to lose weight or want to lead a healthier lifestyle, the the La Crosse County Health Department has a new program for you. It's called The Biggest Health Challenge-La Crosse. And Kim Hottenstein says there are all kinds of ways you can get fit....starting Monday.
The 8 week program runs until April and you can sign up for free or pay $10 and get entered into contests and giveaways. She says now is the best time to get on board as February is the month many of the new year resolution setters start to slack.
A 41 year old Sparta Pastor is free on a $25 thousand signature bond today after making a court appearance in Sparta. James Monson is charged with sex with child age 16 or older and sexual exploitation by therapist and must no contact with the victim in the case or any female under the age of 18. Police say the parent of a 16 year old girl from Texas who is being home schooled in Sparta contacted them Monday. The parent said she believed that some inappropriate touching was occurring between her daughter and the girl's pastor/teacher. When police interviewed the girl, she admitted to having sexual contact on several occasions with Monson at his home. Monson is listed as the pastor of Gaining Ground Community Church located at 620 Industrial Drive in Sparta. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be coming. He'll be back in court Monday.
Nearly 900 voters made their way to the polls in La Crosse County for Tuesday's primary...That was a 12 per cent turnout, for an election in which only three county board races were listed on county ballots. The top vote-getter was former Forest Hills manager Dave Holtze, who received two-thirds of the votes in a three-way race in south La Crosse. Incumbent Gerald Sebranek only had 13 per cent of the votes in that contest, and so he will lose his board seat. Supervisor Bill Brockmiller was the only other candidate to get more than 100 votes on Tuesday...winning 50 per cent of the votes against two other contenders.
Voters in the Sparta Area School District Tuesday approved a referendum that will allow the district to budget for an additional $750 thousand for the next three years. The measure passed 1,039 yes votes to 572 no votes. Superintendent, John Hendricks, said that Tuesday was a good day for the Sparta Area School District.