Monroe County Referendum On Jail
Since 2002, Monroe County has paid about a quarter of the total cost of a new jail and courthouse to house prisoners out of county. The numbers stun Sheriff Pete Quirin.
Voters will take those numbers to the polls tomorrow when they vote on where a new facility will go. The 2 locations are downtown Sparta and a 40 acre site off of Highway 71. The ultimate decision will come down to the county board.
March Was A Record-Breaker All Over
March was a record-smashing month for weather all over the Midwest...
Dozens of communities just in the three-state area had their warmest March ever, including La Crosse. The daily average of 50 degrees in the city beats the previous record of 47, dating back to the 1870's. Other towns with even warmer averages included Trempealeau, Genoa, Decorah, and Prairie du Chien. La Crosse set record highs on nine days in March, including five days in a row between the 14th and 18th. And the 83 degree high on St. Patrick's Day marks the earliest day in the year that La Crosse has had weather that warm.
Reward Offered In Hougom Murder
WIZM news has learned a $10 thousand reward has been offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Sara Hougom. Police are awaiting evidence analysis from the state crime lab before linking Monday’s North Side drive by shooting to the death of the 20 year old, who was shot 20 minutes later in her South Side apartment. The reward is being offered by friends of Sara Hougom's parents, Mike and Sherry. Captain Jason Melby of the La Crosse Police Department told WIZM news that Hougom was shot by someone inside her 721 Division St. apartment, where she was found after calling 911 just before 4:30 Monday afternoon. There were no suspects in custody Thursday, though police have not indicated a specific threat to public safety. There is a donate button towards at the end of the page. All monies go towards the reward fund. All money collected will be held in escro with a lawyer whom will be a liaison with the investigation unit.sarahougomreward.com
Santorum Hoping For Close Win In WI
If every person who supports Rick Santorum gets 10 other people to vote for him in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, then Santorum believes he'll win the Badger State.
Santorum spoke about that strategy when he campaigned in the La Crosse area last week. He's the only Republican candidate to visit La Crosse in the month before the primary. The Pennsylvanian was predicting a close outcome a few days ago, during a speech in Onalaska. Santorum says Wisconsin voters showed they would support conservatives two years ago, when they elected Scott Walker as governor and Ron Johnson as U-S Senator.
Here Come The Fake Candidates
The Republican Party of Wisconsin plans on running protest candidates in recall elections. Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Stephan Thompson released a statement on the decision to run protest candidates. He says that in an effort to ensure election fairness, the Republican Party has recruited protest candidates to run in all of the upcoming recall elections. The protest candidates will run as Democrats to guarantee that there is one clear date for the primary election and one clear date for the general election. Thompson says the Republican Party will not actively campaign for the protest candidates, other than collecting nomination signatures to ensure their place on the ballot. Thompson adds that without protest candidates, the Democratic Party would be able to control the dates in which Republican officials face election, potentially separating the elections for State Senate and Lieutenant Governor from the Governor.