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The city attorney's office tells us that an opinion has yet to come from an outside law firm on mayor Matt Harter's ethics issues. City council member Dick Swantz had requested an opinion from the city's own legal department regarding meetings mayor Matt Harter attended with his father and the county's solid waste director. The city attorney deferred, saying an outside opinion was necessary to remove any bias. That all happened about a month ago. No opinion yet and neither has the city's ethics committee met to weigh in on the mayor's actions.
ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN LA CROSSE HAVE DONE THEIR CENSUS DUTY FOR 2010.
THE OTHER 20 PER CENT SHOULD EXPECT A KNOCK ON THE DOOR FAIRLY SOON. HOWEVER, WE'VE GOTTEN WORD OF SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITING HOMES IN LA CROSSE, SAYING THEY'RE FROM THE CENSUS. LA CROSSE 'COMPLETE COUNT' COMMITTEE CHAIR TIM ACKLIN SAYS THOSE PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY CONFIRMING INFORMATION ALREADY SENT TO THE CENSUS. BUT HE SAYS YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE IF THE VISITOR IS LEGIT BY ASKING FOR I-D.
ACKLIN SAYS 78 PER CENT OF LA CROSSE RESIDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE CENSUS. THE LOWEST COMPLIANCE RATE IN TOWN IS REPORTED IN COLLEGE NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE WEST OF WEST AVENUE.
One down and two to go for Jeff Wood...
The Wisconsin lawmaker arrested three times for O-W-I in the last two years is ordered to serve just over a month in the Columbia County jail, after reaching a plea agreement. Wood was arrested there in late 2008 after crashing his car into a sign, and then urinating along the road. A judge in Portage is taking away Wood's license for almost two years. Wood also was pulled over for O-W-I near the Tomah Wal-Mart last fall. His case in Monroe County Court comes up again on May 24th.
The very dry Wisconsin weather over the last month may be partly to blame for a farming fire that killed an Osseo man.
Spencer Pederson died Saturday at a St. Paul hospital after being burned severely in a cornfield in the town of Hale. Pederson was 83. He had been driving a tractor through a field, and the Osseo fire chief thinks heat from the tractor might have ignited dry plants in the field. A second man was taken to the Osseo hospital for treatment.
A teacher assistant in La Crosse schools has been busted by police for some inappropriate goings-on inside a men's restroom at a mall on the northside. Cops say a witness pegged Glendon Fischer as the guy who solicited him for a sex act and displayed his anatomy from inside of a bathroom stall. Cops say they arrested the 67 year-old carrying a condom, latex gloves, some hand lotion, and a hanky. Police say Fischer denies any misdeeds but the witness is certain he's the lurid lavatory lounger. Cops are looking into the possibility that Fischer's been involved in other similar incidents.