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The majority of the committee believed it would be more expensive to build the project in two phases, beginning with a 180-cell jail, and followed later by an addition for courtrooms and a remodeling of the courthouse.
The estimated the cost of a total build project is at $29 million, including land acquisition.
Winona Police continue their search for a man who shot two women near the WSU campus late Saturday night. Witnesses say a college-aged, possibly light-skinned black man, shot the two after an altercation and fled the scene.
Officers interviewed a "person of interest" in the shooting, but no arrests have been made.
The names of the victims, two 19-year-old women, was not released, however, because the women fear for their lives. One woman was shot in the leg, while the other had a graze-type wound on her abdomen. What exactly led to the shooting is still unclear.
After about two months of waiting, and planning, an area Powerball player officially gets his jackpot.
Jay Johnson of Holmen was awarded a million-dollar lottery check today at the Festival Foods store where he bought the lucky ticket in August. Persistence has paid off for Johnson, a frequent lottery player. He's among the minority of winners who choose their own numbers, instead of taking a Quick Pick. Jay says he didn't even tell his wife about the winning combination for the first couple of days, so he could figure out what to do. Johnson used the Power Play option to multiply what would normally be a 200-thousand dollar prize to an even million, or under 700-thousand dollars after taxes.
Bedbugs don't make the best bedfellows. Turns out, you can ask an increasing number of people about that. Infestations are increasing across the US. At DeBoer Pest Control in Onalaska, Jim DeBoer has seen plenty of them. Bedbugs, he says, multiply rapidly, are hard to kill, and tend to hitch rides on luggage and cast-off furniture. He says you never want to pick up a free mattress on the street and some cities have enacted ordinances mandating old mattresses get cut up so you can't get an old one curbside. Bedbug numbers that DeBoer is seeing now? Tip of the iceberg, he says. It's only going to get worse.
Don't think that Chris Olson is going to give up on a new marijuana rule. The La Crosse city council member says he's going to push towards overturning the mayor's veto on an ordinance that would allow police to write tickets for simple pot possession. He says judges are behind the measure, doctors are behind it, public opinion seems to be solidly behind it. Olson says, if mayor Matt Harter's only concern about the ordinance is that the public get better educated about what it actually is, than an override should be achievable.