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Just how much water rates increase in La Crosse is nothing that's set in stone. Not quite yet. The city council has approved a request to increase rates in the city by about 30 percent for the average home user. State regulators could make that lower. Even higher. And could act soon, causing rates to change by June or July and just in time for the height of lawn watering season, acknowledges city water utility manager, Mark Johnson. A public hearing on the rate request will be held before the new water rates are set.
Despite recent congressional criticism, a La Crosse company is on the right track. That's from Don Weber, CEO of Logistics Health, who says he doesn't agree with the evaluation last month of Nevada freshman congressman Joe Heck, who claims LHI's contracts to get reservists ready for duty actually decrease readiness and increase costs. He says much of that criticism came from a lack of understanding of the contracts LHI has with the military. But Weber also thinks part of Heck's criticism is based on the federal government's slow acceptance of change.
A La Crosse man is sentenced to prison for his role in the overdose death of his girlfriend last year.
Police say Perner bought the heroin from 26-year-old Cory Koopman of Sparta, who is also facing charges before giving the drugs to Perkins twice in one night. She overdosed the next morning. Koopman will go to trial in June.
A Wisconsin woman was critically injured when her minivan collided with a cow on a Minnesota interstate.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the van driven by 36-year-old Svetlana Schmitz, of La Crosse, hit the cow on Interstate 90 near Lewiston in Winona County about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. She was taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
A 62-year-old passenger, also from La Crosse, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at St. Mary's.
Both were wearing seat belts.