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Dr. Timothy Johnson of the Austin, Minnesota Medical Center will become the new C-E-O of Franciscan next month. Johnson says his first goal in La Crosse will be to get to know the staff. Johnson has served for more than 10 years as the C-E-O at Austin. He's succeeding one of his mentors...Dr. Rob Nesse, who's leaving Franciscan to head the Mayo Health System in Rochester.
The city of La Crosse may be on the hook for damages after a drug bust on the south side. Cops used a no-knock warrant to go through the door at a place near 16th and Jackson back in early April. They were looking for a couple of crack dealing brothers and their woman. What they found was thousands of dollars in cash, lots of drugs, guns, ammo. The works. Police also apparently did not enter gingerly. They were, after all, on the trail of armed, drug-dealing felons. The entry team left some damage and the landlord wants the city to pay. Carriage House Properties has submitted a 13 hundred bill for damages to doors, windows and walls.
A LaCrosse man busted for dealing crack cocaine has his case moved into federal court. Tremayne Palmer was arrested in March after cops caught him dealing and possessing drugs. Apparently, he's considered a big enough threat to have his case moved from county court to the federal court in Madison where the sentences tend to be longer. The 32 year old faces between 10 years to life in a federal lockup if he's convicted on all charges.
"I'm not someone who gives up and we're going to reintroduce this bill during the next legislative session". Representative Chris Danou's reaction to Governor Doyle's veto of the raw milk bill. His other reaction was disappointment that the governor caved to special interest and prevented farmers from openly selling unpasturized milk. Wisconsin's governor claims he was concerned about safety. Danou believes consumers should have the right to make up their own minds. The democratic lawmaker points out that this bill would have included regulation of raw milk.
It's time for round two for the Race to the Top. And local school districts are signing up. La Crosse, Holmen and Onalaska school boards have agreed to be part of Wisconsin's second application for education funding under the federal Race to the Top program. It's a competitive process and Wisconsin wasn't anywhere near the money in the first round of applications. But, if successful in the second round, local school districts could land big dollars. About 300 thousand for Onalaska, 350 thousand for Holmen and over a million dollars could come to La Crosse schools.