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Next year, all 4th graders in Sparta will be armed with IPAD's thanks to a referendum that passed back in February. But Superintendent, John Hendricks wonders, who will teach who when it comes to the new technology.
The future goal is that all 5th and 6th graders will be also armed with IPAD's. Hendricks hopes some teachers have had a chance to catch up with the technology before then.
A compromise on new fees for Oktoberfest parades? Nothing doing, apparently. City hall in La Crosse hasn't budged after meeting with representatives yesterday from the Oktoberfest board on the possibility of altering 18 thousand dollars in fees that the city wants to offset police overtime. The board had put planning for its three parades on hold in response to the new fees, but the city isn't backing down. We're told the Oktoberfest board will meet as a whole on Monday to decide what they might do next.
By this time next week, we could know for sure when a recall election against Governor Scott Walker will be scheduled.
And in the next week or two, more challengers to Walker could join the race...including his 2010 opponent, Tom Barrett. However, time to enter the race is growing short...and Alma Senator Kathleen Vinehout says the Democratic primary might be just between her and Kathleen Falk. Vinehout met with supporters at a downtown La Crosse restaurant last night. She told them that outside spending in the recall election is likely to be heavy.
A drug suspect in the La Crosse County jail will not get a break on her bail...
Rhiannon Schulze is charged with delivering heroin, and still needs 75-hundred dollars to be released from jail. Judge Dale Pasell turned down a request to lower the bond...partly because Schulze is accused of injuring a female jailer since her arrest last week. The D-A's office says that Schulze also had a past diversion agreement which was revoked. Schulze and co-defendant Karen Carter were arrested after reportedly bringing heroin to a police informant. Carter was allowed to be released from jail, because she has cooperated with the court.
A driver ticketed during a police stop in Crawford County last year has tried to get a state appeals court to throw out her fines. It didn't work.
Catherine Gotthardt of Westby was fined for failure to wear seat belts, and for failing to carry car insurance. Gotthardt said bad weather would have kept the state trooper from looking into her car, to see if she had a seat belt on or not. The trooper said he could see Gotthardt's passengers starting to fasten their seat belts just after the car was pulled over. Gotthardt also claimed that she doesn't keep car insurance for religious reasons. But the judges discovered that Gotthardt never brought that up in court, until just after she was found guilty.