Legislation would put process in nonpartisan hands
When it comes to parking in La Crosse's municipal ramps, what's old is new again. Just months after removing the often malfunctioning and vandalized parking gates in favor of free...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A $109 million commitment to Capitol preservation is the biggest element of Gov. Mark Dayton plan for Minnesota-financed construction projects. His wish list outlined Monday also includes substantial funding for new labs at public universities, a new building on the Minneapolis Veterans Home campus and civic center improvements in Mankato, Rochester and St. Cloud.
In all, Dayton would finance $812 million worth of projects, relying on more than $720 million in state borrowing and the rest from other sources.
The bonding bill is a rare example this year of where GOP buy-in is necessary. It takes a three-fifths vote to pass one; Democrats are short of that margin on their own. Dayton says low interest rates make it a prime time to borrow.
House Democrats will release their proposal Tuesday.
There could be more problems with a Mississippi River bridge south of La Crosse...
The Highway 18 bridge between Prairie du Chien and Marquette, Iowa was closed for about three hours on Sunday afternoon, after somebody claimed to have seen something fall off the bridge. A bridge inspector with the Wisconsin DOT says a long piece of concrete apparently fell into the river. During the closing, traffic had to be diverted either north to Lansing or south to Dubuque. The bridge is almost 40 years old. It had to be closed for several months in 1981, when structural weaknesses were found.
We now know the name of the man arrested in La Crosse yesterday, during an FBI raid.
Fifty-year-old Walter Blackman, also known as 'Gangster,' of Gary, Indiana was picked up Thursday morning at a house on Verchota Street. A statement by the FBI identifies Blackman as one of 18 persons associated with the Black Disciples street gang facing federal charges in a drug and weapon investigation. He appeared yesterday before a magistrate judge in Chicago, and is being jailed without bond. Blackman's brother, Ken Blackman, is still at large, but he may not have been in the La Crosse area. One other suspect was arrested in Wisconsin, in the Kenosha area.