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La Crosse mayor Matt Harter using his veto pen is nothing new. First time the mayor vetoed a council measure was two years ago this month. But this year, the mayor began to frustrate the city council with, what they complained were, surprise vetoes. With marijuana decriminalization legislation. On a measure to ban weapons from city hall. On the city's budget for the coming year. And then the latest; a surprise veto of a firefighter position approved by the city council and conceived by a committee on which the mayor sits. Which is really what got to councilman Bob Seaquist
The criticism over the mayor's so-called surprise vetoes became our newsroom's number seven story on our list of top ten local news stories for 2011.
Somebody may have jumped from a La Crosse bridge last night. Or they may
not have. La Crosse police says they will search this morning for
someone who may have jumped from the Cameron Street Bridge.
They will be back at it again at 9 a.m this
Before any frac sand mining permits are handed out, the City of Winona wants to make sure the public understands exactly what the mining is all about....both positive and negative. And County planner Jason Gillman says there are some concerns out there.
On the positive side, Gillman says job opportunities and economic growth are two of the bright spots. A public hearing on the matter will be held in Winona next month.
A couple people face charges in La Crosse after a bartender was stabbed last night. A bartender at John's bar downtown was stabbed after trying to break up a fight outside. 32 year-old Anquin St. Junious from La Crosse apparently was the knife-wielder and 35 year-old Kimberly St. Junious, from Rockford, Illinois, was also arrested after the stabbing. The bartender was taken to the hospital for surgery. Anquin was also taken to the hospital but it's unclear whether his injuries also required surgery.
Wisconsin's population is growing at a glacial rate. That's according to new census bureau numbers released today. The state gained just about 25 thousand people from April of 2010 through July of 2011. That's a rate of just .4%, which is about half the national rate of population growth of just under one percent. Wisconsin now has about 5.7 million people. Overall, the U.S. population increased by 2.8 million to 311.6 million.