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Not a snowstorm, nor a teacher sick-out, not even a failed boiler. The reason Houston, Minnesota schools are closing at noon today is much more mundane. Just no water. A water main break between the city and school property means water will have to be shut off for repairs. Houston district bosses says they're unsure whether school will reopen tomorrow.
La Crosse police are still searching for a thug who pulled a gun on a clerk at a southside Kwik Trip around midnight on Saturday. Police say they guy covered his face with something, pulled a gun, demanded money and took off. Cops won't say if he got any cash. They're looking for a white guy, 5'8", medium build, 25 to 35. At the time of the hold up, he was wearing dark clothing.
After a couple of delays the long-awaited two year state budget from governor Walker should be out this week. The governor last week moved the delivery of his budget address to March first--tomorrow. La Crosse mayor Matt Harter says he doesn't know any details. But he's got a pretty good idea in general what to expect. Cuts in shared revenue and plenty of them. That's, after all, part of the message that Scott Walker campaigned on in his run for governor.
Harter has already said that he'll look at police and fire budgets for significant cost savings if the city's budget faces a shortfall from the state.
Among the empty storefronts in La Crosse, several in a row seem to stand out more than others. Those storefronts comprise the empty ground floor of the new Grand River Station downtown. From Downtown Mainstreet, director Tim Kabat believes the business search for the building is heading in the right direction. He says the developer has had several inquiries for the space and his organization is also working to find either new businesses to locate at the bus depot or existing businesses that want to expand into the high profile spot.
Recently Grand River Station developers had requested a rent break from the city because of the lack of interested renters for the business space. The building opened officially last August.