Koula Trial Begins With Jury Selection
More than two years after the shooting deaths of a Barre Mills couple, their son goes on trial in La Crosse this week.
Jury selection could last all day today in the Eric Koula case. Police and prosecutors believe Koula killed his parents in May of 2010 to get money to offset debts from stock trading. Eric Koula's attorneys claim evidence at the crime scene points to professional-style murders. The trial had been scheduled for last December, but delays in processing or reporting evidence led to two postponements of the case.
State Bank Promotes New CEO
A long-time La Crosse business is losing its C-E-O to a company in Duluth...
Steve Burgess of State Bank Financial will become president of the National Bank of Commerce, after 11 years at the La Crosse bank. State Bank vice president Bruce Norgaard moves up to succeed Burgess. Spokesman Wayne Oliver says the transition happens as State Bank is making a change in its La Crosse facilities, moving its Shelby branch into a former Quillin's store on Mormon Coulee Road. New president Norgaard has worked at State Bank for over 30 years.
Local Store's Food Drive Brings In 28-Hundred Pounds Of Donations
For a while now, an office at Wettstein's has resembled a pantry...with boxes and cans of food stacked up against the wall.
The 28-hundred pounds of food donated to the store during May are being divided up between the Salvation Army and the WAFER food shelf. Store owner Dan Wettstein says the month-long promotion brought in many more visitors than the regular customers...for example, a man who brought in 10 pounds of food without shopping for anything from Wettstein's. The 3rd Street store offered bargains on appliance sales and services in exchange for the food items donated.
Heim Says Barrett May Not Be High On Dem Priority List
It could be that Democrats are not as committed to defeating Governor Scott Walker as Republicans are committed to keeping him in office.
An enthusiasm gap may account for the huge financing gap that shows Walker 20-million dollars or more ahead of the Milwaukee mayor in the recall election. Joe Heim from the U-W-La Crosse political science department thinks Democrats are saving their money for President Obama, or other candidates around the country.
Besides money, Walker has been getting major support from conservative groups. A bus tour by 'Americans for Prosperity' visits La Crosse on Friday, to campaign for Walker.
Ona Commission Does Not Like ATC Plan
The Onalaska Plan Commission doesn't like it and neither does mayor Joe Chilsen. They are talking about the Badger Coulee transmission line that could go directly through the city. Chilsen says the main reason is easy.
The American Transmission Company has proposed several routes for the Badger Coulee line that would connect to the CapX2020 line substation near Briggs Road south of Holmen and cross the city of Onalaska heading east toward West Salem and the Interstate 90 corridor. The Commission recently approved a resolution to make their feelings public.