Neighborhood Association President Resists New Garbage Rules
One of the reasons given for having new garbage regulations in La Crosse is to help clean up the neighborhoods that have a high percentage of rentals. Washburn neighborhood is one of those. But the Washburn Neighborhood Association president says, 'no thank you.' Randy Magno has outlined a number of reasons that the city council should not pass new garbage regulations. Magno says the winners of having new regulations will be garbage haulers like Harters' which will benefit from having a bunch of new dumpster customers. While the losers will be taxpayers and landlords, says Magno. Other winners, he says; scavengers who face new restrictions but won't be caught or prosecuted anyway; and those too lazy to dispose of their electronics properly.
Governor Visits Gundersen Lutheran: Ready For "Grey's Anatomy"?
The campaign to stay in office is done...so the campaign to grow jobs resumes full-time for Governor Scott Walker.
The governor's first tour of Wisconsin since winning the recall vote last week brought him to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse today. Walker has been to the medical center repeatedly since helping the staff break ground for its large new addition, which will add a few hundred jobs. This morning, Walker examined a simulated emergency room and tried a device for practicing surgery...and jokingly wondered if the experience could get him an appearance on the TV doctor show 'Grey's Anatomy.'
Winona Plants Japanese Cherry Trees
An international celebration in Winona on Sunday, with the city welcoming visitors from Japan to help plant cherry trees donated to Winona by the Japanese government.
The main purpose of the celebration was to plant the trees in Lake Park. Kwetsu Sasaki is mayor of Misato, Winona's sister city in Japan. He says the gift to Winona has been in the works a long time, but was delayed.
Three dozen American cities are receiving the trees from Japan this year, marking the 100th anniversary of when cherry trees were donated to Washington, D-C.
Witnesses At Koula Trial Talk About Security Cameras
Testimony about cameras took up much of the time in court at the Eric Koula murder trial on Friday...
Jurors saw security videos from three different cameras at Bridgeview Plaza, taken on the afternoon in 2010 that Koula said he went there to shop for an anniversary present for his wife. But security videos don't show him going there, and investigators believe Koula was actually at his parents' home in Barre Mills at that time, fatally shooting his mother and father.
The jury also was told about another camera...one secretly installed by officers to monitor Eric Koula's house after the murders. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Wolf said the decision came after Eric claimed he had received a mysterious letter with the message 'Fixed You.' The defense has confirmed that Eric wrote that note to himself. The trial resumes Monday morning in La Crosse County court.
Taggers Face Stiffer Penalties With New Proposals
The last year has seen a big surge in graffiti in La Crosse. In an apparent response to the tagging, the city council is expected next week to pass new rules that aim to crack down on graffiti vandals as well as defining the timelines within which property owners have to clean up the graffiti. The proposed rule changes say that the city can do the clean-up after 24 hours and bill the property owner. Fines also will balloon: a thousand dollars for the first tagging. Two thousand dollars for each subsequent violation.