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The 2011 Holiday Train will roll into Lacrescent tonight at 8:45. The train stops at 215 South Chesnut Street. Admission to the train and the show is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations are given to the local food shelf. This year's show has a brand new stage and lighting design with 3 miles of LED rope lighting. The headline performer will be Milwaukee folk-rocker Willy Porter. Sara Proud with Canadian Pacific says the crowds have been great so far.
Now the Holiday Train also stops in Winona on Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Amtrak Station. Last year's visit to Winona brought out close to 7,000 people. Since its launch in 1999, the Holiday Train program has raised close to $5.6 million and 2.5 million pounds of food for North American food banks.
The North American Squirrel Association held a lottery amongst 50 people with physical challenges. Out of that pool, 19 were selected to take part in a special 2 day Saturday and Sunday in Hixon Forest with a goal of bagging 15 deer. Jay Odegaard with Lacrosse Parks and Rec says this isn't the first year they have tried to hold the hunt.
The forest will be closed from 5am to 1pm both days due to safety reasons. Odegaard says the controlled hunt will be used to try to thin out the deer population in the forest.
As expected, an override of La Crosse mayor Matt Harter's veto of a weapons ban in city buildings. Not as expected, the margin for the veto was close. 12 city council members voted to override Harter's veto at a meeting last night. Exactly the number needed for the override. The council had originally voted 16 to 1 for the weapons ban. Harter had argued that a weapons ban actually made city buildngs less safe. The La Crosse center and libraries, operated by independent boards, could still allow weapons.
Spring elections could get a little more interesting in La Crosse in the coming year. The city council has given final approval to holding a spring referendum to decide whether the city adds a top administrator. Which is very clearly the right way to go for La Crosse, according to city council member, Chris Olson
Olson is one of the council members to propose a top administrator for city hall. He's convinced he had the votes to pass the issue at the council level but decided the public should make the call.
A 27 year old La Crosse man has been arrested for admitting to selling large quantities of pot out of his house in Lacrosse. Grant Anderson told police he sold two to three pounds of marijuana every week out of his house located at 1002 Vine Street. Lacrosse police earlier today found two pounds of pot and cocaine in the house.
Anderson was also found to be in possession of a loaded 9 mm loaded handgun. He told police he needed it for protection.
Anderson was in a Lacrosse County Courtroom today and is being charged with manufacture/delivery of THC, possession with intent to deliver THC and maintaining a drug trafficking place, all with use of a dangerous weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.