Sewer Rate Increases in La Crosse Likely on Hold
Looks like water and sewer customers in La Crosse will catch a break in the coming year.
Water utility manager Mark Johnson is asking the city council to put off implementing the second of three sewage rate increases. The money from the higher rates was to go to pay for several sewage management projects but those projects just aren't ready to get underway.
Last year was the first of the sewage rate increases that will eventually increase rates about 27% over 2009 levels.
Sparta Woman Catches Break In Court
A former employee at a Sparta veterinary clinic caught a break in a Monroe County courtroom yesterday. Faced with 11 felonies for fraudulently obtaining about 6 thousand prescription pills from a veterinary supply store.......36 year old Kathryn Watters, will avoid any jail time.
She pleaded guilty to 2 felonies and five misdemeanors......if she stays out of trouble for the next 3 years....the felonies will disappear from her record. On the other counts she will serve 3 years probation.
Over several months Watters, while an employee at the Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, ordered two different drugs not used by Vets eleven times to supply her drug addiction. She also is accused of forging $4,500 in business checks.
Shilling Gets Senate Appointments
One day after being sworn in as the new 32nd District Senator in Wisconsin, Senate Leader Mark Miller announced that Senator Jennifer Shilling has been appointed to three standing committees.
Senator Shilling will serve as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Higher Education, the Committee on Economic Development, Veterans and Military Affairs, and the Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue.
Shilling told WIZM news shortly after winning the election that she had hoped to serve on these committees since they are gravely important to western Wisconsin
Winona Deputy Kills Suicidal Man
A Winona County Sheriff's Deputy has been placed on administrative leave after killing a man who pointed a gun at him last night near Minnesota City.
Officers from the Winona County Sheriff's Department and Winona Police Department began searching for an armed and suicidal man Tuesday, and located the him about 11 p.m. last night on the bridge at U.S. Hwy. 61 and Bridge Street in Minnesota City. The man pointed a gun at himself, then pointed it at officers. After repeated attempts to get the man to drop the weapon, 34 year old Deputy John Kyle Hazelton, shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deke Slayton Museum Closing???
Alli Karrels, the Executive Director of a museum in Sparta, says they are facing a crisis right now that could possibly shut down the museum. The Deke Slayton Space Museum honors “Deke” Slayton, who was one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts and grew up around Sparta.
The museum has artifacts on loan from NASA including a piece of the moon, a bicycle collection spanning decades, and they provide tourism and education for the community.