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At this point, a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings isn't on the drawing board. And there's no clear way for how it would get paid for.
As long as no money for a new stadium comes out of the state's general fund, says Preston republican state rep, Greg Davids. He knows that's not a popular stand among those who look at the Vikings as a statewide asset. But, Davids says, the Vikes are just another business in the state and the team doesn't give places like his district a direct benefit.
Davids, also head of the house tax committee in Saint Paul, also says he might support a Twin Cities area taxing district to help pay for the stadium. It is the metro area, he says, that gets all the benefit of having the Vikings around.
Complete Streets is making the rounds in La Crosse. City council members last week voted to create a Complete Streets ordinance. Complete Streets essentially considers all forms of transportation doing road planning. Today, county board supervisors vote on their own Complete Streets plan. Which, in the end, says county bike and pedestrian guy, Jack Zabrowski, won't make significant changes to many roads in the county. He says the biggest difference will be on the county roads that have high volumes of traffic. Zabrowski estimates about ten roads would actually be affected should county board members vote for the Complete Streets resolution tonight.
Last year, the count was 80. That's how many 55 gallon drums volunteers pulled from the Mississippi during the DNR's River Clean-Up day around La Crosse. And there were the 28 tires, a ton of scrap metal and two major appliances, among many other things. Another river clean-up is coming this year--it will be the 19th since the event started. But this year, a little later than planned because of the flooding. The river clean-up, scheduled for this Saturday, has been moved to May 21st. It's just the latest event to get rescheduled around high water this spring. Some events in the city's Fitness Festival at the end of this month have also been moved around a bit to get around the low-lying soggy parts of the city.
Due to Mother Nature, tonight's performance at the Lacrosse Center by Elton John has been postponed. According to the Lacrosse Center, the show will be made up "sometime in May". Go to www.lacrossecenter.com for more information.