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The head of La Crosse County's census committee says failing to return the official form could really cost the government some money. Jeff Bluske says sending people door-to-door is what really drives up the census budget, because that costs more than 50 dollars a household. But if you mail in the form, it only costs the price of a stamp. Although today is the designated day for the census, Bluske says it still counts if you send the form in the next couple of weeks.
The man found dead in the Mississippi near Reno yesterday turns out to be someone who disappeared in La Crosse three months ago.
Forty-five-year-old John-W Wiebke was last seen in La Crosse on January 7th. Police searched for Wiebke at the time, and family members were concerned that he needed to take medication. Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely confirned Wiebke's identity today. An autopsy is being done in Hastings.
Chances are a one percent not-so-temporary tax will stick around in La Crosse. It's the tax that originally went towards construction of the UWL stadium. Now there's a push to keep the tax to help generate more convention center business. But City council member Andrea Richmond is trying her darndest to direct the tax towards something more substantial. Like towards a fund for building a new community theatre, Grandad Bluff Park improvements or something along those lines. The city council votes this month on keeping in place the additional one percent room tax.
There's resistance to selling raw milk in Wisconsin from all kinds of areas. Like the state's Veterinary Medical Association. Keith Poulsen is with the group and outspoken about the dangers of raw milk despite proponents who say there's nothing wrong with drinking raw milk. To proponents who say there's a really small risk from drinking raw milk, Poulsen replies that it is a really small risk until someone gets sick and dies.
The full assembly is expected to soon vote on allowing raw milk sales in Wisconsin.
It turns out, the ticket writers in La Crosse were a whole lot less busy this past winter season. After the final count from last night, cops say just about 19 and a half thousand alternate side parking tickets were written in the city since November. Nearly ten thousand fewer than the year before. It may be that people are simply more conscientious about where they park their cars in the winter. But other factors more likely attributed to the decline, including the doubling of the alternate side parking fine prior to the season and a parking study conducted around UW La Crosse that left the area exempt from those alternate side regs for the season.