Shipping On Miss. Gonna Be Rough
Wisconsin farm products might have rough sailing when they get shipped down the Mississippi River this fall. Paul Rohde of the Waterways Council, tells WIZM news that high waters and federal budget cuts will put a double-whammy on shipping conditions. Rohde said barges were held up in the spring when three locks and dams near Saint Paul were closed for a couple weeks due to high water. Those problems require dredging to solve but Rohde says the Army Corps of Engineers had a smaller dredging budget this year. Rohde said it doesn't bode well for the Obama administration's goal of doubling U-S exports by 2014. He said the uncertainty of river travel might cause shippers to use other modes of transportation and that could affect commodity prices.
Oktoberfest Announcements Open to Public
The pieces of the Oktoberfest family puzzle start coming together Monday night with the announcement of the The 2011 Torchlight Parade Marshal and the new Maple Leaf Marshal. And for the first time, the event is open to the public says Fest Director Tina Severson. The event is free...........food is provided...and beverages will be available for purchase. Also, pre-sales of official Fest buttons and Fest hats will be available as well. It's all a part of the Chamber of Commerce Strictly After 5 program.
Gorman Pays Back Rent to City
Paid in full. Developer Gorman and company has agreed to pay all the back rent the company owes to the city of La Crosse for the commercial lease on Grand River Station downtown. Gorman had withheld rent payments because of what they thought was an unforeseen lack of parking around the Grand River Station that kept retail space in the building unrentable
Ted Matkom from Gorman, says, they never had meant not to pay rent, they just thought a break in the rent amount was fair. In the end, he says, the company wasn't ready to sacrifice a good working relationship with the city over a few thousand dollars.
Baldwin: Sticks and Stones
The first democrat in the race for Wisconsin's US senate seat says she has thick skin. Tammy Baldwin may need it. Republicans are calling the Madison rep, the most liberal member of congress. Baldwin says she's been called worse. But she really sees herself as a fighter and a defender of the middle class.
Next year's US senate election will replace the retiring Herb Kohl.
Cops Suspect Beer-Swilling Teens in Mausoleum Vandalism
Police are looking for a couple of thugs they think did over a thousand dollars of damage at the Catholic cemetary in La Crosse. Cops have video of the two young guys who they say broke a big marble plate covering a vault containing the cremated remains of three people. The video shows the guys showing up on their bikes last Thursday afternoon, leaving, then returning with a couple of cans of Keystone Ice. To replace the marble plate will cost about 12 hundred dollars.