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Hard to run a bar without a liquor license. And, maybe, harder still to fight city hall to get one. Apparently what some potential bar owners felt in La Crosse after the city's plan commission denied the group a license. City council member Andrea Richmond says she was told the denial came because there's just too many bars downtown. A real head-scratcher for Richmond who says a business is a business and if it fills a storefront and attracts people downtown then what's the problem?
Oddly, the denial of a liquor license for Neuie's Downtown happened at the same meeting that another liquor license for downtown was approved. The group who wanted to open the bar have asked that their license application get withdrawn.
To make it very clear, La Crosse mayor Matt Harter didn't suddenly change his mind about filling several empty positions on the police department. He says, there was actually work to be done making that decision. The mayor tells us he had to do some ride-alongs, have some discussions with the police chief, and plan for the upcoming year's budget before deciding that the jobs should be filled.
Frustrated with the mayor's pace of decision, police chief Ed Kondracki was ready this week to bring his hiring requests to the city council before Harter decided the city could afford two days ago that La Crosse could afford the new officers. The chief says, even with filling the vacant jobs, he'll still be short on people because most of the jobs will be filled with internal candidates.
A body discovered on the north side of La Crosse leads to two arrests...
Twenty-five-year-old Cain Moss and 37-year-old Christina Lorenz may be charged with hiding a corpse. A man's body was discovered in the Oak Street area, near Red Cloud Park, on Thursday afternoon. Police have not released the man's name, and have not said how or when he died. They are saying that there's no further threat to the public, related to this case.
The signals must have gotten crossed somewhere...
Three months ago, a La Crosse judge ordered a new mental evaluation of sex offender Chad Schroeder (SHRAY-der), who might be committed as a 'psychopath.' Judge Dale Pasell wanted the report done by the end of July. Now, July is over, but the judge said in court today that the state mental institute didn't get the word that he wanted a report. Pasell says he's ready to sign an order for a new evaluation. Doctors have said the 38-year-old Schroeder is likely to commit sex crimes again, if he's let out of prison and released into the community
Today at the New Directions luncheon, held at the Lunda Center on Western Technical College’s campus, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Paul Jadin discussed the success of Governor Scott Walker’s initiatives to open Wisconsin up to new business development and increase employment opportunities for Wisconsin residents.
Baumbach says Governor Walker’s reforms are working and as he has traveled the state he hears the same thing.....businesses are hiring and people are looking for and finding solid jobs that support working families. Jadin says that businesses across the country are taking notice of Governor Walker’s leadership on job creation.
Employment data for the month of June shows a gain of close to 13 thousand private-sector jobs, the largest one-month increase since September 2003. Additionally, since Governor Walker took office, Wisconsin has created approximately 39,300 private-sector jobs, or over 25% of the jobs that were lost during the recession. Manufacturing has also seen an increase so far this year.....the largest 6-month gain since 1995.