Get Him Back On The Train
La Crosse was not the scheduled destination for this rail rider...
Julian Rowland of Missouri was taken off the Empire Builder at the La Crosse depot this weekend after getting into a fight with a conductor when he couldn't pay for food in the dining car. Rowland also kicked a La Crosse city cop when he resisted arrest.
Judge Ramona Gonzalez told Rowland in court on Monday that they would try to get him on a train to Chicago, so he could use a return ticket to his hometown. The D-A's office proposed a deal for Rowland to plead to resisting arrest, so he could be sent on his way. A charge of disorderly conduct would be dropped, as part of the deal.
Prisoner 24601 Comes To Zip Code 54601
The La Crosse Community Theatre has a very big show to put on its new downtown stage a year from now...the musical 'Les Miserables.'
LCT executive director David Kilpatrick says his staffers tried getting the rights to 'Les Miz' a year ago by contacting the original British producer, and were turned down. But the company that handles the American rights to the play called the community theatre just last week, to offer the show to La Crosse.
'Les Miz' is scheduled to be the third play performed by LCT in the new building now being constructed on the riverfront. 'Macbeth' will be the opening show early next year.
April Fool's Story Uproar
Is the 32 mile Sparta-Elroy trail being sold to Disney? Seems as though that was the story around western Wisconsin last week. And it turns out, it was all a practical joke. But to some, it wasn't too funny. A local newspaper, The County Line in Ontario, followed their annual tradition of posting odd April Fool's stories...but this one got all the way to the capitol. A story Friday stated that Disney was buying the trail used by thousands every year as a walking and biking trail. After several concerned residents called their area lawmakers and the Department of Natural Resources, spokesman Bill Cosh, said that the sale was a joke and was never planned. And Disney could not just buy it anyway as the trail would first have to be identified to the public as no longer needed for conservation, and would need approval by the state Natural Resources Board and governor.
Huebsch Has To Plan Budget, Recall Or No Recall
Madison doesn't shut down when the Legislature ends its session for the year...
State administration secretary Mike Huebsch is busy trying to assemble a budget for the years 2014 and '15. Huebsch says that in just over a year in charge, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans have changed the process for making spending fit the money that's available.
Speaking on WIZM's La Crosse Talk, the former West Salem lawmaker says the recall campaign against Walker will have no immediate impact on his agency's work. Huebsch says his office will have to oversee the budget process, no matter who is elected governor.
Monroe County Referendum On Jail
Since 2002, Monroe County has paid about a quarter of the total cost of a new jail and courthouse to house prisoners out of county. The numbers stun Sheriff Pete Quirin.
Voters will take those numbers to the polls tomorrow when they vote on where a new facility will go. The 2 locations are downtown Sparta and a 40 acre site off of Highway 71. The ultimate decision will come down to the county board.