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A judge from out-of-county will be assigned to try a town of Campbell man who made threats against one La Crosse judge.
All of the judges in La Crosse County are recusing themselves from the case of Raymond Smith Jr., who allegedly threatened to harm Judge Ramona Gonzalez during a talk with a counselor. Smith's attorney, Kyle Davis, says it's unfair to bar his client from the courthouse or other public buildings, claiming that would make Smith a "court-ordered recluse." Judge Elliott Levine says Smith can enter county buildings, if he has a specific appointment in one of those buildings. Smith's cash bond was reduced by more than half, to 10-thousand dollars.
'It's gotta stop'...
That's what one La Crosse County supervisor says about the glut of styrofoam in the community. Sharon Hampson would like to ban the use of foam containers and other products that end up in landfills and don't decompose. Hampson tells fellow members of the Sustainable La Crosse Commission that this area could become a leader in the elimination of styrofoam goods. She says she has heard local government workers promise to replace styrofoam with other materials...but they don't actually do it.
(AP) The Minnesota State Fair plans to limit open air smoking on its 320-acre property beginning this year.
Smoking has already been prohibited in fair buildings and in entertainment seating areas, such as the grandstand. Smokers could light up in any other outdoor spaces until now.
Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette there will be outdoor designated smoking areas. But, Schuette says how many areas and where they will be located are details that still need to be finalized before the fair begins Aug. 22.
Schuette tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/V7ix90 ) that managers have been studying how other fairs handle smoking. The new policy follows an incident last year in which a 2-year-old girl from Graceville was accidentally poked in the eye and injured by a burning cigarette.
(AP) Agriculture experts say the biggest wildcard in predicting Wisconsin's crop production this year is moisture.
Last year's drought was severe enough that most fruit and vegetable crops were hit hard. The crops that fared well were largely those that could tap into water reserves deep in the soil.
This year those water reserves are partially depleted, and it would take about 12 inches of rain statewide to replenish them. Less rain could also be adequate, but even so crop experts say they're straining to find reasons for optimism.
Rainfall was below average in November, and December through February are traditionally Wisconsin's three least rainy months.
Experts at an agricultural forum in Madison said Wednesday the crops at greatest risk from another prolonged drought are corn and soybeans.