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The long-anticipated chicken ordinance is finally ready for the big introduction into the La Crosse city council process this week. A committee tonight takes the first crack at the ordinance, which would allow hens in backyards. It was requested by a woman who lives in the district of council member Bruce Ranis. He's had a little feedback about the idea, one comment from a guy who thinks backyards in La Crosse are just too small for chickens. The backyard chicken proposal is patterned after Madison's chicken rule that allows four hens in a backyard.
A LaCrosse man who drowned over the weekend is remembered by friends and co-workers. Lori the manager of Bucky's Burger Barn says Andrew Revels enjoyed life and had a way of making everyone else enjoy life with him. Lori tells Wizzum News that Andrew liked adventure but wasn't a guy who spent a lot of time on the Mississippi River. The 27 year old Revels died over the past weekend when he was pulled underwater by a the undertow from a barge while tubing on the river. On Thursday the bar will hold a Celebration of Life Ceremony for Andrew following his funeral
What's republican Dan Kapanke been up to during his campaign for congress? The state senator says he's been traveling around the district talking with constituents. He's building a grass roots organization in nineteen counties. The republican says he's pretty excited about how much his support has grown over the course of his campaign. Kapanke is taking on incumbent democrat Ron Kind. Kapanke says there's plenty of differences between the two lawmakers. Dan says he would have voted against the health care bill and the stimulus package.
A meeting for La Crosse's ethics board has yet to be scheduled. Months have passed since Mayor Matt Harter said he would ask the city's ethics panel to weigh in on his potential conflicts of interest regarding conversations with his father and the county solid waste director. Now an outside legal opinion says he actually violated city ethics codes. Still, no meeting scheduled for the board, according to city attorney, Stephen Matty. Matty also confirms for us that it is only the mayor who has the authority to appoint someone to fill a months-long vacancy on the ethics board. Making that appointment ahead of the board sitting in judgement on the mayor seems highly unlikely.