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Before the Red Cross consolidation announcement of the offices in Goodhue and Winona County, Winona's chapter had already been working with Goodhue County to streamline services. Executive Director, Marie Barrientos.
She also says the idea to add Wabasha County was brought forward in November. The Goodhue office will remain open for now, though office hours will drop from five days a week to Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A teenager in Minnesota found an easy way to get that trophy buck this year. Bag it from a deer farm. Now, Ryan Jackson, faces charges. The 19-year old from Rushford went into a deer pen in Houston County last Thursday morning.....shot the 21 point trophy buck with a bow and arrow....then cut a hole in the fence to drag the deer out. Reports are he dragged the deer to his parents house then bragged on Facebook about how he got the deer. The deer had a green score of 212. A green score is an unofficial score of the horns in inches of length. He now faces formal charges.
Another veto from La Crosse's mayor...
This time, Mayor Matt Harter is rejecting the city council's plan to add a temporary firefighter position. In his veto message, Harter says he thinks the fire department is overstaffed, and he wants to reduce the minimum staff levels for the department. The mayor says any changes to the fire department size should wait until after an operations review committee completes a study of firefighting in La Crosse.
It's not official yet, but the Wisconsin Public Service Commmission has given its verbal approval to a rate increase for Xcel energy that will raise gas and electric rates for the power company's customers. Xcel says their preliminary study of the approved rate increase finds that the average residential user will see their electric bills go up by $ 1.60 per month and gas up $1.25 per month. The rate increase of a couple percentage points was less than the company was looking for .
The Freedom from Religion group is looking for some equal time. The group will counter a nativity scene set up in the capitol building in Madison with their own non-religious take on the nativity
Patrick Elliott is an attorney for Freedom from Religion. The group got their permit for a display yesterday and he expects it to go up today.