Minnesota Caucaus Numbers Low
(AP) Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll. The GOP says Tuesday's contest drew about 47,800 participants with about 95 percent of precincts reporting. Four years ago turnout was nearly 63,000 after all precincts were counted. Rick Santorum finished comfortably ahead of Ron Paul Tuesday with Mitt Romney a distant third and Newt Gingrich last. Romney, the front-runner for the nomination, won in Minnesota four years ago by casting himself as the conservative alternative to John McCain. It proved to be a winning strategy in a state where party processes are traditionally dominated by deeply conservative activists. The results are a blow for Romney who had the help of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota.
Sturgeon Fishermen Warned
(AP) The state Department of Natural Resources is warning sturgeon hunters they're responsible for their own safety when Wisconsin's annual spearing season begins this weekend on the Lake Winnebago system. Recent warm weather has left ice on the system in poor shape. The DNR says it's dangerously thin in many areas. Forecasts call for lows in the teens for the rest of the week, which could lead to better conditions. DNR officials say the season will go on and it's up to spearers to judge the ice's safety for themselves. They say the ice is never completely safe no matter how thick it is.
Jackson County Man Missing
Jackson County authorities are looking for 20 year old Gene Cloud Jr. and are asking for the public's help. He was last seen January 25th when the vehicle he was operating slid in the ditch in Millston Township, Jackson County. Cloud fled from the scene on foot and was chased by law enforcement before getting away. On January 27th, he was reported as a missing person by family members. It is possible that Cloud was picked up by somebody and given a ride, but the family says he should have made contact with someone at this point.
Vinehout Says She Will Run For Governor
There are now two democrats running for Governor and their both named Kathleen. This one is the Senator from Alma. In an announcement today, Kathleen Vinehout says Wisconsin needed a fresh name and a fresh set values.
Vienhout was first elected in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. She and Kathleen Falk are the only two candidates from either side to run in a recall election against Governor Scott Walker.
Man Sleeping at Wheel Drunk Collects Fourth OWI
Among the many drunk driving arrests in La Crosse this week-end, there was the one guy who picked up his fourth OWI. Cops found Andrew Reget passed out in his car on the northside at about three in the morning. The car was running, turn signal on, headlights on high beam. The 35 year-old from Onalaska told cops he was just taking a nap on the way to his friend's house. Blew a .184 on the breathalyzer. Got to P on the alphabet test before he stopped and told the officer he just wasn't very good at English.