Despite Recent Wet Weather, Chance Of Flooding Still Low
Our winter without much snow probably will be followed by a spring without flooding...
Forecasters at the weather service office in La Crosse say the area has received one to two inches of precipitation this week, slightly raising the chance of flooding. But the long-range prediction is for a 'less than normal' risk of high water. In La Crosse, the chance is 30 per cent below normal, with the Mississippi barely expected to reach 7 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. There's a 50 per cent chance of flooding on the Black River at Galesville, and also a good possibility of flooding along the Kickapoo in Crawford County.
Council Pay Cut Proposal Suffers First Failure
La Crosse city council members appear to be safe with their two hundred dollar a month stipend. One council committee has rejected without discussion proposals to cut council members' pay and term length. The proposals come from councilman John Satory who has openly expressed frustration over a measure approved earlier this month by the council to cut the next mayor's salary in half if voters approve a city administrator hiring through a spring binding referendum. Satory says his proposal is made out of a sense of fairness but has also acknowledged that he has little expectation of success.
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.
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.
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.