La Crosse County is hoping a consultant can help them decide what the right move is when discussing what to do with the aging Lakeview Health Center in West Salem. County Administrator, Steve O'Malley, says there are quite a few things to be looked at here.
The county needs to decide whether to spend on improving infrastructure in the current center or build a facility that would be more cost efficient and better able to adapt to client needs. A new facility also would allow clients to remain at the current center during construction.
In 2009, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty stopped a long term reciprocity agreement after Wisconsin failed to settle up with a timely payment of taxes owed the Gopher State. That may be why now Governor Mark Dayton has not agreed to another agreement yet. State Rep. Steve Doyle thought this was all behind us.
In 1968, Minnesota and Wisconsin entered into an agreement that allowed Wisconsin residents who worked in Minnesota to only file Wisconsin taxes. The same was true for Minnesota residents who worked in Wisconsin. The states would settle up the difference later through a payment to the state owed tax money. Without an agreement in place by October, it’s impossible to repair the agreement for the coming 2013 tax year.
'Snitches get snitches'...
That's the excuse a La Crosse County prisoner gave to a deputy for allegedly beating up another prisoner. Lucas Brickl was the inmate reportedly attacked for snitching, and his attackers are identified as Houaka Yang and Pao Choua Vue. This Pao Vue is the cousin of the Pao Choua Vue convicted last week, in connection with the March murder of Sara Hougom. Brickl is accused of being a 'snitch' for saying that the second Pao Vue claimed he was responsible for Hougom's death.
While there's still some arguing in La Crosse about rules for electronic billboards, another area town seems to have worked out a compromise on the issue.
Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen says a set of billboard rules for the city has been prepared by a special committee that included sign company reps and concerned citizens. Chilsen tells us he wasn't surprised that the group reached an agreement...but others are.
The compromise includes standards for the size and brightness of electronic signs in Onalaska, and for what kind of messages can be displayed on the billboards. The plan now goes to a city council committee.
The emerald ash borer continues to spread north through the La Crosse area...
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Ag Department discovered the trapping of an adult ash borer at Trempealeau, in Perrot State Park. The tree-killing beetle has previously been found in La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford County...and has reached 13 Wisconsin counties in all. State experts say some, but not all, ash trees will have to be removed from the park to prevent the ash borer from spreading.