Ritchie No Fan of Voter ID in Minnesota
It was a purely symbolic gesture, but governor Dayton did it anyway. The Minnesota governor vetoed a voter ID bill yesterday. Doesn't mean a thing because it's a constitutional amendment. Voters get the final say on the measure. Not the governor. Too bad, says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Because, he says, voter ID really is unneeded in the state
Ritchie says the worst part of the bill is that it does away with same day voter registration. He says that's the part of current Minnesota law that keeps the state's voter turnout the highest in the nation.
Victim In Kwik Trip Blast Improving At Burn Center
A La Crosse man taken to a Madison burn unit in critical condition on Sunday night is now upgraded to serious...
John Bubbers is at the U-W Burn Center, following an explosion in his parked van outside a Kwik Trip on French Island. Fire investigators say fumes from a propane tank inside the van were touched off by a passenger lighting a cigarette. Bubbers had gone to the Kwik Trip to exchange the propane container. He received third-degree burns in the accident, and the passenger had lesser injuries.
State Says Business Growth Healthy in First Quarter
Signs of business recovery in Wisconsin. At least in numbers of businesses. New numbers from the state today show a big bump in the numbers of new businesses in the first quarter of this year compared to last year. Over 98 hundred new businesses formed in the first three months of this year. That's up by over 12 percent from the same time period last year. In March, the state says new business growth jumped by over four percent.
Name Of Missing Onalaska Boater Is Revealed
Now, we know the name of the Onalaska man who disappeared while boating on a northern Wisconsin lake...but he hasn't been found yet.
The search for 50-year-old Todd Gordon is scheduled to resume on Tuesday. Gordon's boat was seen on Red Cedar Lake in Barron County on Friday, but he wasn't in it. Search crews, including divers, have been looking in the water for three days.
Cell Phones Common Denominator in Weekend Domestics
La Crosse police spent the Easter week-end dealing with all sorts of domestic squabbles. Including three of them that stemmed from arguments over cell phones. On Good Friday, it was 28 year-old Damion Haynie beating down his girlfriend after the couple bought cell phones together at a big electronics store. Apparently, Haynie was frustrated that she picked out a phone that cost ten bucks more than his. And, his girlfriend told cops, he may have been high on crack. On Saturday, it was 22 year-old Zachary Reese getting busted after a shoving match with his girlfriend over her phone. And then Easter Sunday, 18 year-old Jacob Lorenz got hauled off to jail after a text message on his girlfriend's phone made him angry enough to throw her to the ground.