Big Snowfall To Miss La Crosse...For Now
Meteorologist Todd Shea at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse says the storm is still more likely to affect southeastern Wisconsin than this area.
Shea predicts the storm system could bring La Crosse a little more light snow, on top of the three inches recorded on Monday. The city had 11 inches of snow for January...an inch-and-a-half below normal for the month.
Per Diem Reports Have Local Lawmakers on the Low End
State legislators in Wisconsin get paid the same salary no matter how many days they show up for work. Just over $47 thousand. But when they do claim work days in Madison, they get a little extra per diem bump. It's $88 per day for most legislators and 44 bucks for those who live in the Dane county area. Some make the most of it, like Republican state senator Scott Fitzgerald, who added over 16 thousand dollars to his salary last year. Others apparently just didn't put the time in. La Crosse democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling had one of the fewest per diem amounts last year among her colleagues: 58 days for about five thousand dollars. Not as low as Republican state senator Dan Kapanke who claimed 32 days of work in the capitol last year for 28 hundred dollars in per diem pay.
Energy Assessments Available for Cut Rate
Hard to know for sure if you're wasting energy at home. Or where, exactly, you might be losing that extra few kilowatts here and there. Xcel energy says it wants to help. The power company is making energy assessments available for customers in Trempealeau, Buffalo and La Crosse counties for a reduced rate. Forty five bucks will buy you a visit from an energy consultant from Focus on Energy to check out where you might be able to make energy efficiency improvements in your home. As part of the program, Xcel and Focus on Energy will provide incentives to some customers to make efficiency improvements.
Perplexed Strangler Expresses Frustration to Police
A La Crosse guy says he can't understand why the police are called everytime he and his girlfriend get into a fight. Cops say Micheal McLaurin claims there's really nothing to get into a huff over with the latest go-round between the two this week-end. Even though he apparently came at his girlfriend with a big pickle jar, hit her with a book and strangled her to the point where she could barely speak. The victim says he only let go of her throat long enough to tell his kids to go back to bed. The victim was treated at the hospital. McLaurin faces several charges in the assault.
No More Order Forms for Girl Scouts
Do you ever order Girl Scout cookies and hate the wait for them to arrive? Well in some areas that wait is no more.
The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and the Wisconsin River Valleys are no longer using order forms – and the girls will have their cookies on hand instead.
Barbara Boelk says the Minnesota and western Wisconsin Girl Scouts hope to sell five-million boxes of cookies this season, and become the world’s largest cookie program. The Minnesota-Wisconsin chapter has around 63 thousand girls, parents and supporters making it the 8th largest chapter in the country.
Sales begin Saturday for Winona and Houston Counties.