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Onalaska superintendent John Burnett. A referendum that would go to the polls next February likely would ask voters for an extra $1.3 million a year.
The driver takes off after slamming his truck into the side of a LaCrosse Kwik Trip. At about 7:30 Friday night a silver pickup crashed into the Kwik Trip on Losey Boulevard. A bit of a scare for an employee and some merchandise fell off the wall. Otherwise, the damage was limited to some minor structural damage to the outer wall. After leaving the scene Friday night the driver Thomas Pesik turned himself in at the police department on Saturday morning where he was hit with a laundry list of charges. The 41 year old LaCrosse man is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
Governor Doyle doesn't have to look far for his new commerce secretary. Yesterday, the governor appointed Aaron Oliver to the job. Oliver has been serving as deputy secretary under Richard Leinenkugel. Recently, Leinenkugel stepped down to run for the U.S. senate. Oliver got most of his higher education at UW-Madison. But, he also was a Rhodes Scholar after going to school at Oxford University. Oliver officially starts his new job on Monday.
Some work to do at the La Crosse Queen at La Crosse's riverside Park today. The floating ticket booth and gift shop at the Queen sunk overnight. Senior V-P of operations for the tour boat, Bill Fieck was on the scene this morning. He wasn't sure how the ticket booth sun. Could have been a floating log that hit the barge. Maybe vandalism. Lifting it out of the water will probably tell the tale today.
La Crosse Queen is close to starting operations for the season. Fieck says dunking of the ticket office and gift booth won't affect that.
The car rescued from the water earlier this month at Pettibone Park by the Dive and Rescue Team? Pushed in, apparently. La Crosse cops say they've busted 48 year-old James Kennedy for pushing his buddies 2007 Malibu into the drink at Pettibone on April 5th. Apparently Kennedy was mad at his friend for an assortment of things. Had a set a keys to the car. His landlord told him he had to move it. So he did. Cops say he just put it into neutral near the Pettibone lagoon and gave it a shove. They recovered the car 18 feet under water about 25 feet away from the shore.