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La Crosse county has climbed back into the state's number two position for unemployment rates. The state's Department of Workforce Development measures La Crosse county's unemployment rate for March at 5.6%. That's four tenths of a percent lower than the month before and seven tenths lower than March of last year. That puts the county just behind Dane county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state. The state says the La Crosse metro area has managed to add just four hundred jobs since March of last year. The state as a whole has shed nearly 24 thousand jobs in the same time period.
No more casinos no matter how much money they bring in. That's the sediment of some Minnesota lawmakers who are trying to get a bill passed to build a new Vikings stadium. Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says a proposal he is working on with the White Earth Tribe would do just that.....give the state money......$400 million worth. In exchange for a casino.
It will take 68 votes in the House and 34 in the Senate to pass a Vikings bill. But the plan probably needs at least a few more than the bare minimum so no one could be cast as the deciding vote come campaign season.
'We'll keep at it'...
That message comes from Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, confirming that the search for a missing Onalaska boater continues at the lake where the man was last seen.
Fitzgerald says Red Cedar Lake was dragged over the weekend in the search for 50-year-old Todd Gordon. Dogs also were used, and a deputy was scheduled to check the lake again today. Gordon was seen boating on April 6th, the day his empty boat turned up on the lakeshore.
(AP) Outdoor enthusiasts and business groups are forming a new group to promote hunting in hopes of reversing declining interest in the activity. Iowa Retail Federation President Jim Henter says hunters spend more than $288 million in Iowa every year and have a big impact on the state's economy. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande says part of the hunting decline has been because the state has had a series of harsh winters that cut into wildlife population. Last year's mild winter could help that population. Lande says a loss of habitat also has contributed to the wildlife decline. Statistics from the DNR bear out the trend, with the number of hunting licenses issued in Iowa dropping for 10 straight years.