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A major part of the Lacrosse School District 2008 referendum is about to get underway.
The district's Joe Ledvina says the district will spend $1.57 million on 49 projects at 17 schools district wide.
One project, replacing a boiler at Lincoln Middle School, was put on hold until next week due to cold temperatures in the area this week.
8 Sparta residents and possibly 5 more could face heroin drug charges after police raided two homes there last weekend.
Sparta police had conducted an 18 month investigation into the trafficking of the drug and decided to bust the homes last Saturday.
Those arrested range in age from 20 to 30 years old and they face charges from conspiracy to deliver heroin and trafficking to maintaining a drug house. 5 others were busted in the raids though it's unsure as to their charges at this time.
Voters in Wisconsin's 94th assembly district have Mike Huebsch to blame for a special election today. It was clear that the former speaker of the assembly was destined for a spot in the Scott Walker administration as soon as he was re-elected to the assembly seat he'd held for nearly 20 years and Walker was elected to governor last November. Now, Huebsch is Walker's Secretary of Administration and republican John Lautz and democrat Steve Doyle are vying for shot to replace him in the assembly. One of three special elections being held in the state today.
An exercise for those contemplating operating a city on limited funds:
This is your problem: You've got a million dollars to spend. You need a new road grader for a quarter million dollars. And some new police cars, a two stage snow blower, a new fire truck and whole bunch of other stuff. Money goes pretty quickly, as La Crosse city public works director Dale Hexom can tell you. He's on the board of public works which has just this week shaved down city department equipment requests from $2.5 million to an even million. Hexom says the police and fire departments don't necessarily get priority on their requests. Just depends, he says, on which city department has the greatest need.
A guy nabbed for dealing marijuana in La Crosse this week-end might have gotten away with it. But a cop thought 30 year-old Holton Carte from Milwaukee looked suspiciously like he was urinating on the side of a building on Pearl Street at 2:30 on Saturday morning. Not unusual at bartime in downtown La Crosse. But Carter was apparently just trying to hide the bag of pot in his hand. And the several bags police found in his pockets. Carter faces a charge for the drug dealing plus an additional charge for being close to a park and the jail while he was in the process.