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Some voters in La Crosse County seem to be sending a mixed message at the polls.
They don't like the choices on the ballot, so they cast write-in votes. But they don't have anybody specific in mind to write in...not even the usual write-in suspects like "Mickey Mouse." Several people who turned out for last week's county election cast votes for "anybody else," "anyone," and in a couple of cases, for "Me"...perhaps forgetting it's a secret ballot. In Bangor, somebody thought "any 1st grader" or "any 2nd grader" would be better school board candidates than the ones who ran. As for actual names written by frustrated voters, Mickey Mouse naturally was included. So was "Mickey MOOSE," and Homer Simpson, and there was even a vote for "Dude." Plus, a few votes for WIZM's Mitch Reynolds and one for "Mitch's wife."
This isn't just a day for going outdoors to pull weeds...
Students at Viterbo will head to the bluffs near Highway 16 on Saturday, to spend an afternoon cutting down a couple of invasive plants. It's a project for a class on the economy and environment, taught by Todd Ondell at Viterbo. Ondell says those plants can crowd out more beneficial plants, leaving less food available for bugs and birds, and even bears.
One hundred and nineteen million dollars. That's how much Minnesota has coming to them according to Representative Greg Davids. Because Wisconsin owes Wisconsin that much and hasn't paid Governor Tim Pawlenty has put an end to tax reciprocity between the two states. Meaning that people who work in one state and live in the other will now have to file two tax forms. Which will inevitably lead to higher taxes for border residents. The Wisconsin senate is looking at putting together a study. Davids doesn't believe that will accomplish anything.
The city of La Crosse won't have to worry about firing its embattled IT director. Because David Montealegre has quit. Mayor Matt Harter tells us that Montealegre has resigned as of April 7th. Jacky Kallberg is the department's acting director. Harter says he doesn't want to fill the director's job until a city council approved audit of the department has been completed.
The council has recently approved spending thousands in auditing IT. Montealegre faces federal fraud charges in connection with a bankruptcy filing from years ago.