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Just another law to enforce. That's the response from La Crosse police when we asked about enforcing the new statewide indoor workplace smoking ban that goes into effect next week. Police lieutenant Bob Berndt says, an officer will be able to respond to complaints or anyone he sees smoking where they shouldn't be. At that point, says Berndt, a $164 ticket could be issued based on the officer's discretion. Berndt doesn't expect his department to stage any indoor smoking crackdowns in the city.
Iowa and Illinois already have them...why not Minnesota?
An independent candidate for Minnesota governor, Rob Hahn, sees riverboat casinos in the state's future, as far south as La Crescent. But La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger says people in the community already have outlets for gambling...to raise money for charity. He also thinks the region might be saturated with casinos, such as Treasure Island and Lady Luck. And Poellinger wonders where Hahn would put a riverboat in La Crescent...where most of the riverfront land is already held by private owners.
Still no arrest in an apparent armed robbery on Friday at the mall in La Crosse. Cops says a 65 year old woman claimed she was held up by a guy wearing a motorcycle helmet early on Friday afternoon as she was leaving the mall. Apparently no witnesses to the crime, no video surveillance and no sign of the robber who just happened to pick a victim carrying over a thousand dollars in cash. Woman told police the only person who knew she'd be carrying that kind of cash is a relative.
Funny to think that turning off a couple of light switches could save a few million dollars in energy costs. Funny. And inaccurate, says Kermit King, energy manager with the la crosse school district. His conservation efforts have been credited with saving three and a half million dollars for the district since 2002. Requires a lot of close attention in a lot of areas and the trick, King says, is powering down lights, heating systems and other things when kids don't need them but also to make sure everything's running at peak efficiency when students are around.