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Over the weekend, Pinehurst Bank of St. Paul became a branch of Coulee Bank. Coulee chairman Dirk Gasterland says the new branch has good employees, but Pinehurst had some bad luck recently. Coulee Bank assumed all 60-million dollars of the deposits in Pinehurst Bank, and most of the assets as well. Gasterland says customers of both companies should NOT notice much change in doing bank business.
Months later, the La Crosse city Ethics Board will finally meet. A meeting has been scheduled for next Thursday for the board. Members will consider a request from Mayor Matt Harter to deliver a confidential opinion of his actions regarding a meeting with the La Crosse county solid waste director and Harter's father. That meeting occurred in February. Harter said two months ago that he would convene the ethics board in order to get that opinion. No ethics complaint against the mayor has been filed. Meanwhile an outside legal opinion on the issue has been asked for by a city council member.
When John Tolar woke up on Friday morning, apparently he didn't plan on robbing a bank. Police reports released this morning in La Crosse paint the picture of a guy who decided on a moment's notice to rob the M & I bank Rose street on Friday. They say Tolar woke up in a shelter for alcoholics with two bucks in his pocket. Only after a couple of beers and a bus ride to the northside did he decide he was going to rob the bank. Tolar apparently told cops he just needed some drug money. In fact, they say one of the first things he did after Friday's heist was to buy 200 bucks worth of crack, which he smoked during a standoff on Friday afternoon at a northside home.
A short school day for students at La Crescent High School, because of a bomb threat.
Superintendent Ron Wilke says a threat was discovered in a restroom early Friday afternoon. Middle and high school students and staff were evacuated to the nearby community arena. at the usual end of the school day. Police have spent the afternoon inspecting the school. They might allow students and staff back in tonight to get their belongings, after they give an all-clear.
"Call 9-1-1, my baby's dead."
That's what neighbors heard a Bangor woman shouting early Thursday morning, after she arrived home to find that her baby girl was not breathing. The child's father has been arrested on a charge of child neglect. Bond for Sean Meyer has been set at 10-thousand dollars. Meyer told police that he was watching the baby, named Evelin, while her mother was out for the evening. Meyer said he put a bean bag chair on a couch, and placed the baby atop the bean bag. Then the father fell asleep, and woke up later to find that the baby had fallen to the floor, and the bean bag fell off the couch and onto the child.