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This one from the popular free classified site Craigslist, reported to La Crosse police this week. A woman in town was apparently one of many who answered an ad for a house rental in the city. Seemed like a deal too good to be true. And posted, not surprisingly, by a couple claiming to be living in Nigeria. Just fill out this rental application with driver's license and social security number, read the post, send us the deposit and we'll send you the keys. The house, of course, was not for rent. And belonged to somebody else. Police have advised the woman to keep track of her credit reports.
Tossing aside an incumbent isn't going to be a picnic for anyone this election season. Especially when trying to raise funds to do. An example of that difficulty can be found in the latest electronic campaign finance report filings in the race for the assembly seat currently held by La Crosse democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling. Shilling hasn't had a Republican challenger since 2002, so you'd expect her campaign account to be flush with funds. And she's not doing too badly. Nearly 60 grand in the bank according to the report filed this week. Republican challenger Julian Bradley, on the other hand, has a long climb up the campaign fundraising ladder, with just about two hundred dollars cash on hand.
No freedom yet for Randy Poff...
A La Crosse judge says there is probable cause to commit Poff to a hospital as a 'sexually violent' person. Poff was supposed to be released from prison this month, after serving time for sex offenses, but the state Justice Department says he would be likely to commit more sex crimes if released into the community. Judge Todd Bjerke agreed, after hearing a report from a forensic psychologist who studied Poff. A jury trial will be scheduled, to decide whether the 39-year-old La Crosse County man should be committed.
It will cause budget problems for the state, but doctors are certainly pleased by a state supreme court ruling this week in Wisconsin. The court has called the state's raid on an injured patient compensation fund in 2007 illegal and ordered $200 million and change returned to the fund. Erik Gundersen , family practioner at Gundersen Lutheran, says a healthy compensation fund is one of the ways the state maintains low medical malpractice insurance, thereby lowering health costs for everyone. He says there would have been dire consequences for future of health costs in the state had the court not ruled the way it did.
It's getting to be a trend. A La Crosse DARE student has again finished in the top three in the state's DARE essay contest. Second consecutive year. Piper Hatlestadt, a fifth grader at Southern Bluffs Elementary this past school year, is this year's winner. Her essay was selected by DARE officer Jon Wenger to be entered in the state competion. Last year's state winner was also a fifth grader at Southern Bluffs.