Sparta Pastor Busted On Sexual Allegations
A 41 year old Sparta Pastor is free on a $25 thousand signature bond today after making a court appearance in Sparta. James Monson is charged with sex with child age 16 or older and sexual exploitation by therapist and must no contact with the victim in the case or any female under the age of 18. Police say the parent of a 16 year old girl from Texas who is being home schooled in Sparta contacted them Monday. The parent said she believed that some inappropriate touching was occurring between her daughter and the girl's pastor/teacher. When police interviewed the girl, she admitted to having sexual contact on several occasions with Monson at his home. Monson is listed as the pastor of Gaining Ground Community Church located at 620 Industrial Drive in Sparta. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be coming. He'll be back in court Monday.
La Crosse County Election Results
Nearly 900 voters made their way to the polls in La Crosse County for Tuesday's primary...That was a 12 per cent turnout, for an election in which only three county board races were listed on county ballots. The top vote-getter was former Forest Hills manager Dave Holtze, who received two-thirds of the votes in a three-way race in south La Crosse. Incumbent Gerald Sebranek only had 13 per cent of the votes in that contest, and so he will lose his board seat. Supervisor Bill Brockmiller was the only other candidate to get more than 100 votes on Tuesday...winning 50 per cent of the votes against two other contenders.
Billings Speaks Out Against Bill
Wisconsin workers are one step closer to losing protections against employment discrimination after a bill that would repeal the Equal Pay Enforcement Act passed on a partisan vote Tuesday night. Senate Bill 202 and its Assembly companion would eliminate a deterrent to workplace discrimination by revoking an individual’s right to damages for employment discrimination. State Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse commented on the bill.
Billings says she was shocked to see that a bill revoking rights of women to
equal pay was being debated on the
Sparta Referendum Passes
Voters in the Sparta Area School District Tuesday approved a referendum that will allow the district to budget for an additional $750 thousand for the next three years. The measure passed 1,039 yes votes to 572 no votes. Superintendent, John Hendricks, said that Tuesday was a good day for the Sparta Area School District.
Miller Not Concerned With New Maps
Minnesota released its new statewide redistrcting map on Tuesday. The state almost lost a House seat in the redistricting process but managed to hang on to all of them, which led to minor changes in the map. And that bodes well for Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller. He says the process of approving the maps was a smooth one.
The big news is that Representative Michele Bachmann will switch congressional districts after Minnesota’s new map placed her in the same district as Democratic Representative, Betty McCollum.