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(AP) It's been one year to the day since a tornado hit north Minneapolis. It killed two people and caused an estimated $80 million in damage. And the damage along its three-mile-wide swath is still visible: tattered tarps on patchy roofs, and all the space from the homes, businesses and trees that are no longer there. Kelly Coborn says she still feels like she's entering a strange neighborhood when she drives home.
City officials say repairs have been made to the vast majority of homes in the area. And the state says 90 percent of insurance claims have been resolved. But Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says many people found out the hard way that insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial disaster.
(AP) Progressive advocacy organization Democracy for America says it is all-in for Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall targeting Gov. Scott Walker. The political action committee founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean issued a statement Tuesday saying its members plan to knock on 80,000 doors and make 100,000 calls over the next two weeks. Democracy for America says over the past 15 months it has already made more than 382,000 calls and knocked on 123,000 doors. The group's chairman Jim Dean says the election will come down to how many Democrats turn out in Dane County, where the liberal capital city of Madison is located. He says turnout efforts will be focused on Madison, Racine and Eau Claire.
88 percent of recent UW-L graduates found work within their major after graduating. But Tim Tritch of career services says you may have to look deeper into that number to see why it seems so high.
Other numbers from UW-L's latest graduate survey includes 98 percent of undergraduates seeking employment found work within six months of graduation and the average salary of a UW-L graduate in the 2010-11 report was about $41,300.
Monday was a day of on your mark, get set and go when it came to absentee voting in the state.
That's La Crosse City Clerk, Teri Lehrke. Absentee voting continues through Friday, June first in the recall elections.
An ethics board meeting has been scheduled for the La Crosse county administrator. Steve O'Malley asked for the ethics board to review his advocacy for an April binding referendum that would have led to the hiring of a professional administrator in the city of La Crosse. Under its ethical guidelines, O'Malley's professional association says advocating for a manager-type form of government is acceptable. But La Crosse Tea Party members say O'Malley violated state ethics laws and, possibly, federal campaign restrictions. The three person ethics board meets on Thursday.