Iowa To Create Hunting Group
(AP) Outdoor enthusiasts and business groups are forming a new group to promote hunting in hopes of reversing declining interest in the activity. Iowa Retail Federation President Jim Henter says hunters spend more than $288 million in Iowa every year and have a big impact on the state's economy. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande says part of the hunting decline has been because the state has had a series of harsh winters that cut into wildlife population. Last year's mild winter could help that population. Lande says a loss of habitat also has contributed to the wildlife decline. Statistics from the DNR bear out the trend, with the number of hunting licenses issued in Iowa dropping for 10 straight years.
Absentee Voting Underway
With as many elections Wisconsinites have faced over the past year and a half...guessing a voter turnout for the upcoming recall elections is somewaht up in the air. La Crosse City Clerk, Teri Lehrke, says she has her finger on the election pulse.
Absentee voting began Monday for governor, lieutenant governor, and four state Senate seats. There are primaries for all six posts, and the winners will face the Republican recall targets in early June.
Lorenz Reaches Guilty Plea In DuCharme Drug Death
She admits to using dangerous drugs with a friend, who died from an overdose...
Christina Lorenz of La Crosse is pleading guilty, to a reduced charge of being a party to reckless homicide. The D-A's office will recommend a maximum prison term of three years, plus five years on supervision, when Lorenz is sentenced in June. Lorenz used drugs with two other men, including Anthony Du Charme, last August. When Du Charme suddenly died, Lorenz and others reportedly conspired to hide his body on a north La Crosse hillside. The charge of concealing a corpse was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.
Big Party Planned for Bluff Park Reopening on Friday
Grand reopening of La Crosse's most visible park is this Friday. The city will hold a ceremony to not only open Grandad Bluff park but also commemorate its centennial. The park's been closed for a year to undergo an extensive renovation. Some of that meant to preserve the history of the site, says La Crosse park and recreation director, Steve Carlyon. He says the shelter is a good example of that; getting restored to specs in the original blueprints from 1930. At the ceremony on Friday will be food and drink and a ceremonial Ho-Chunk blessing. Renovation cost: $1.4 million. Much of that paid for through state grants.
La Crosse County HAZMAT Is A Statewide Thing
The Department of Military Affairs, last week, abandoned a proposal that would have made significant changes to how the state funds and managed Hazardous Materials response teams. In La Crosse County, that news was huge not only locally......but on a statewide basis as well.