College Debt Load High in Wisconsin but Higher Elsewhere
College students in Wisconsin don't graduate with as much debt as many of their peers around the nation. That's part of a new report on college debt released today. Average college debt for Wisconsin is around 24 thousand dollars for public and private students who graduated in 2010. That's the 15th highest debt load in the nation and about one thousand dollars below the national average of $25,250 for 2010 graduates. UW-La Crosse graduates have significantly lower debt levels than that, about 21 thousand dollars for those who graduated in the spring. Some schools in Wisconsin did not report their graduates' debt load for the report. Viterbo University in La Crosse is one of those.
Streamline is Walker Plan for DNR
Governor Walker freely admits he's trying to make the DNR permit process more business friendly. That's at the root of his plan to streamline things at the agency
Legislation under consideration in Madison would, among other things, limit public input on permitting and give automatic approval for permits if the DNR doesn't rule on them within 30 days.
Bad Swing of Slim Jim Costume Nets Wearer Ticket
A possible costume malfunction has netted a La Crosse woman a citation. A cop says she found the woman with a head injury downtown after bartime on Sunday. She clearly needed help but was belligerent and not cooperating with the officer. She wound up hitting the cop with part of her Slim Jim costume. She apologized and said she didn't mean it. The officer appears to have accepted the apology, taking Slim Jim to the hospital for treatment and writing only a ticket for disorderly conduct.
Joker Arrested Without Bat Help
You are not necessarily what your costume says you are. A guy that La Crosse police arrested this week-end would have done well to remember that. Cops say the 23 year-old was in the entrance of a parking ramp about an hour after bar-time during a night of Halloween fun this week-end. He was drunkenly yelling profanities at a passing woman, police say, and costumed as the Joker from Batman. When asked by an officer for his name, this Joker had a few more choice things to say. Things just kind of escalated from there. The Joker wound up getting tazed by the cop and taken to jail, no assistance from Batman required.
Police Avert 2 More Possible River Drownings
The Lacrosse community almost had to deal with two more river drownings this