Final day on the job for La Crosse's top cop. Chief Ed Kondracki retires after 19 years. Although he still has unfinished business. Especially when it comes to the city's growing drug problem
Along with his time in the Milwaukee police department, Kondracki has spent a total of 47 years in law enforcement.
The two men who died in a Holmen accident this morning were Holmen High School graduates. Killed in the crash were 21 year old Samuel Haug and 21 year Ethan Anderson. The crash was reported to police around 6 this morning and happened at County Road XX just south of Briggs Road. The crash was called in around 6 but it may have happened hours earlier. It's not clear who was driving, but the passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was found inside the vehicle. The men were driving north on County Road XX when their vehicle crossed the center line and rolled multiple times. Speed seems to be a factor in the crash. Police are still investigating.
(AP) Local school districts are revising their school lunch menus to comply with a new federal law that takes effect in July. Willmar district administrators don't expect changes in their school lunch program will result in a price increase. But, some school board members are concerned it could lead to more wasted food. The new law requires schools to serve more fruits and vegetables and place stricter limits on breads, grains, meats and cheeses. Schools will be required to serve .75 to 1 cup of vegetables and .5 to 1 cup fruit each day. Nutrition director Annette Derouin says she plans to offer a combination of fresh and canned produce. Meat and meat alternatives will be limited to 10 ounces to 12 ounces a week.
(AP) Four of the state Supreme Court's seven justices engaged in a limited boycott this week to protest the way Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wanted to take up a specific issue. The issue involved the court's decision in January to discuss much of its work behind closed doors. The decision reversed a policy favoring transparency. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report (http://bit.ly/Jst6hb ) says Abrahamson wanted to write a dissent, and she believed the court needed to vote publicly on it Wednesday. The four conservative-leaning justices failed to appear for that discussion, with one alluding to an ``improper item'' on the agenda. The development was the latest sign of how fractured the court has become. Justice David Prosser is accused of putting his hands on another justice's neck during an altercation last summer.
(AP) Union members and other backers of Democratic governor candidate Kathleen Falk say their get out the vote effort will spur her on to victory in the May 8 primary. Falk rallied with her supporters at a Thursday news conference in the state Capitol. Faced with polls showing her trailing Democratic rival Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Falk says she is eager to prove the naysayers wrong. Representatives from the statewide teachers union, the American Federations of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Sierra Club, Emily's List, the American Federation of Teachers, and others spoke in support of Falk. Emily's List representative Heather Colburn says women will make the difference in the election. The Democratic winner will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 election.