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Zelent says they hope to bring these laid-off employees back as soon as possible, but that will depend on economic conditions and customer demand for La Crosse-made products, along with internal factors such as retirements and attrition.
Zelent also said that depending on economic conditions and customer demand, there is the possibility of additional reductions in the future.
Jennifer Shilling hasn't announced she's running for state senate. Not yet. But the democratic state rep has done everything but by urging people of the 32nd district to stay tuned for a big announcement on Saturday. Shilling has been rumored to be considering running for the seat against Republican Dan Kapanke in a coming special recall election and many considered her to be the most logical choice to challenge Kapanke because of her name recognition, existing campaign structure, and success at overwhelmingly winning her district. The 32nd senate district is typically pretty evenly divided between democrats and republicans but the just-concluded supreme court race saw the democrat-supported Joanne Kloppenburg winning each county in the district.
Seem like the chicken discussion has been going on forever in La Crosse? The city council once again this month considers allowing backyard chickens. It's an issue that's been several months in the hatching. That's about right from Daniel Hoyt's perspective. He spearheaded the backyard chickens idea in Oshkosh. He says it took about a year from when he first started work on the process till last month when the Oshkosh council passed the chicken ordinance. His advice for chicken backers in La Crosse: Do your research, get your facts, get ready to address naysayers whose reasons not to allow chickens are derived primarily from a position of fear. The Oshkosh rule allows four backyard chickens--no roosters--and only with the neighbors' permission.
A planned water increase in La Crosse won't be the same for everyone. The city's water utility is looking for a boost in rates. Something that would average about five bucks a month for a normal home water user. That's a 30 percent increase. Pretty big, agrees Water utility manager Mark Johnson, but understandable when you consider his utility hasn't seen a rate increase for nine years. If the new rates are approved, Johnson says, some water customers will pay more than others. One city council committee this week has agreed to the rate increase request. The full council votes on the request next week. State regulators also have to weigh in.
A La Crosse area man who's in a mental hospital for attacking a cop may be forced to have medication in the hospital...
A doctor from the Mendota Institute tells Judge Dale Pasell that Joseph Smith's illness has gotten worse. The medication Smith was taking is not working on him now, and the doctor wants to try other medicines. Pasell gives the hospital permission to give Smith those new drugs involuntarily, because he is not competent now. Five years ago this spring, Smith stabbed and wounded a La Crosse policeman in the chest with a screwdriver during a traffic stop. He was hospitalized for four years, and was briefly released into the public last year before his illness became worse.