City and Soccer Club in Lease Dispute
A youth soccer club has turned its one dollar a year lease with the city of La Crosse into quite a money maker. Much of it in violation of their lease, says city park and rec boss, Steve Carlyon. The group, CRUSA leases 18 fields for its competitive soccer program. And among other things, says Carlyon, the group's subleasing to the local high school teams
The two sides are negotiating a new lease right now that would not allow the school sublease arrangement. The new lease would also force the club to charge more to kids who don't live in La Crosse.
Pack Stock Sale Over
(AP) The Green Bay Packers say they sold more than 268,000 shares of stock in their most recent stock offering, raising $67 million dollars to help fund stadium improvements. Green Bay just wrapped up the fifth stock sale in team history. The team said Thursday it added more than 250,000 new shareholders.
About half of the sales were in Wisconsin. Illinois and California tied for second, each accounting for about 8.5 percent of sales. Minnesota and Texas were next with 5 percent each. Each share cost $250, plus handling fees of $25 in the U.S. and $35 in Canada. The shares are essentially worthless, but holders can call themselves team owners and attend the annual stockholder meeting. The offering began Dec. 6. Most of the sales came in the first 48 hours.
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.
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.
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.