Overwhelming Vote For New UWL Student Center
It's a landslide vote...students at U-W-La Crosse want a new student center.
In a campus referendum on Tuesday, nearly 18-hundred out of two thousand students casting votes approved a plan to replace the aging Cartwright Center. Student center director Larry Ringgenberg says decades worth of sodas and beers served at Cartwright have taken a toll on the plumbing...plus, there are heating and cooling issues, and general deterioration of the building. If the state okays the building plans, a new student union could open near the football stadium as soon as 2016.
Police Asking for Help Identifying Window Breaker
It's certainly not the first time a downtown La Crosse business has had a window broken. But one of the first times police have rounded up a video of the perp who did it. La Crosse police are looking for the guy that appears in a video that they've posted on the city website and on the police Facebook page. They need help identifying the guy. They say he punched out the window at Three Rivers Outdoors. Someone recorded it on their phone and handed the video over to the police.
WI Chief Justice Wants Voters To Be Informed About Judges
Voters in La Crosse demonstrated last week that they would rather have an elected mayor running the city than an appointed administrator.
Polls of other Wisconsin residents seem to show the same attitude toward how judges are hired...preferring elections to appointments. If that's how the Supreme Court and other judges are to be chosen, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson would like voters to become educated about the candidates. Abrahamson points out that judges are elected in April, when turnout is often low, only around 20 per cent. Speaking on La Crosse Public Radio, the chief justice said she wants judges in Wisconsin to be perceived as fair and non-partisan, without a clear personal agenda.
No Means No, On City Administrator Issue
Just say the words, "city administrator" in La Crosse from now on and someone's going to have something to say about it. Like last night. Tea Party activist Greg Luce noted that the city council was to vote on leftover business having to do with the city administrator idea. Luce says he hopes the council--especially council member and strong proponent of the administrator idea--Dick Swantz understands what 'no' means.
At the polls last week, La Crosse voters handily turned down the proposal to hire an administrator to run the day-to-day operations of city hall.
Felony Child Abuse Charge Dropped In GET Dry Ice Case
A child abuse charge against an area basketball coach and teacher is being dismissed...
A Trempealeau County judge rules that he cannot find enough evidence to try Brady Olson on a felony charge of physically abusing children. Olson still faces a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, for allegedly injuring girls on his middle-school basketball team by placing dry ice on their skin. The frozen chemical allegedly left burn marks on at least one student. Olson also teaches chemistry for the G-E-T school district, and argues that he was using the dry ice for a science demonstration for the girls one day last January. The D-A's office filed charges last month.