Winter Storm Pounds Minnesota Again
(AP) A powerful late winter storm has closed schools for a second day in Duluth. Superintendent Bill Gronseth says some city roads remain in poor condition due to blizzard-like conditions that socked the area on Leap Day. The storm caused widespread closures on Wednesday. Thousands of customers lost power when high winds snapped power lines. Firefighters were called to West Duluth to help get people out of a stalled elevator because of a power outage. Wind gusts measured up to 65 mph on the Blatnik Bridge in Duluth. A gale warning was posted at Lake Superior where huge waves pummeled the Duluth shoreline.
Police Chief Arrested
(AP) The Ho-Chunk Nation's police chief has resigned following his arrest on possible obstruction charges. Dan Libke was placed on administrative leave following a Feb. 24 arrest at his home. Officials have not disclosed the reason for possible obstruction and no charges have been filed. Libke was sworn in as the band's first police chief in September 2010. The Jackson County district attorney is reviewing the case.
Redistricting Problems Even Worse This Year in Wisconsin Says Group
The legislative redistricting process in Wisconsin was bound to get a little contentious. Democrats were locked out of the process of redrawing political boundaries in the state completely during this last go 'round. The republican-controlled approach led to a federal court battle. There's a better way, says Jay Heck from Wisconsin Common Cause. Like in Iowa, where political districts are drawn up every ten years by a nonpartisan board
The groups who filed lawsuits regarding new redistricting maps claim they were done in such a way as to especially limit voting influence of blacks and latinos in the state.
Second Big Drug Bust in Stretch of Four Days for La Crosse Police
The second big drug bust for La Crosse cops in a matter of days. On Friday it was a married couple selling pot out of their southside trailer. Yesterday it was a couple guys selling crack and marijuana on the streets of La Crosse. Police used a sting operation to nab Jamario McKnight, who admitted to coming to La Crosse from Chicago to sell drugs because he'd heard there's good money to be made in La Crosse. Apparently so; they found a couple thousand dollars on him. Shane Tucker was also arrested in the bust. He's currently out on bond for dealing drugs. Meanwhile Jeremy and Jennifer Jenkins could face hard time for dealing pot after the Friday bust. A crimestoppers tip led to that arrest.
City Panel Agrees to Second Delay in Garbage Rules
Last June, when the La Crosse public works board started work on refining the city's garbage rules, they hoped to have the new rules in place by the time college students evacuated the city this May. Now the board has put that deadline in doubt by agreeing to a second month-long delay on the rules as critics complain about the scope of the new regulations.
Public works director, Dale Hexom. Among the biggest complaints from landlords on the new rules are ones that involve limiting big item pick-up and increasing the requirements for using dumpsters at rentals.