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When La Crosse's ethics board cast judgment on the city's mayor, they did so with mercy. Although the board agreed that Matt Harter had crossed ethical lines in meetings with the county solid waste director last year, board members said the mayor should not receive punishment. Instead the recommendation to Harter: Reflect. Repent. Go to ethics classes. During a city council committee meeting last night, council member Bob Seaquist agreed with those changes and urged his colleagues to go forward with that, saying, "it's time to move on." Sure enough, his council committee has recommended to the full council no punishment should be levied against the mayor. Final decision on that should come next week.
Part of being jailed is to rehabilitate and get back into society. Someone forgot to tell that to 56 year old Christopher Lehner of Winona. The Winona County Jail inmate is now wanted after he failed to return to the jail after a brief furlough.
Seems as though jail staff let Lehner go to a class at the Winona County Workforce Center a couple of weeks ago....problem is he never returned and now no one knows where he is. That brought about a charge of escape.
He was doing a year in jail for bouncing checks and forgery..........he'll do a lot more when he goes back home........to jail. 5 years for felony escape.
Don't be too worried about the forecast of the 'monster' snow and ice storm sweeping through the middle of the U-S this week.
Meteorologist Todd Shea at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse says the storm is still more likely to affect southeastern Wisconsin than this area.
Shea predicts the storm system could bring La Crosse a little more light snow, on top of the three inches recorded on Monday. The city had 11 inches of snow for January...an inch-and-a-half below normal for the month.
State legislators in Wisconsin get paid the same salary no matter how many days they show up for work. Just over $47 thousand. But when they do claim work days in Madison, they get a little extra per diem bump. It's $88 per day for most legislators and 44 bucks for those who live in the Dane county area. Some make the most of it, like Republican state senator Scott Fitzgerald, who added over 16 thousand dollars to his salary last year. Others apparently just didn't put the time in. La Crosse democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling had one of the fewest per diem amounts last year among her colleagues: 58 days for about five thousand dollars. Not as low as Republican state senator Dan Kapanke who claimed 32 days of work in the capitol last year for 28 hundred dollars in per diem pay.