Brush and Yard Waste Sites Open
The brush pile is already growing at Isle La Plume in La Crosse. Yard Waste drop-off in the city begins this week. The city collects 16 hundred tons of yard waste plus another six hundred tons of brush at two sites. It's a huge recycling effort; A private contractor composts the waste into dirt and the brush gets shredded and is available for free pick-up at Isle La PLume.
Burning Bans in Effect
More dry days means a heightened fear of wildfires. The town of Farmington is the latest area to institute a complete burning ban. The ban includes burn barrels, leaves, and fire pits. The DNR says most of the state is under a high fire danger advisory because of dry ground cover and brisk spring winds. Those parts of the state have at least some burn restrictions in place. The town of Campbell also has a burning ban in place.
Wisconsin Dems Continue Fight Against Kapanke
LATE LAST YEAR, AREA STATE SENATOR DAN KAPANKE GOT INTO A DISPUTE WITH WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS OVER PUBLIC MEETINGS AND OPEN RECORDS...
REPUBLICAN KAPANKE ENDED UP PAYING 38-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SETTLE A LAWSUIT FILED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AND THE DEMS AREN'T GOING TO LET VOTERS FORGET ABOUT IT, NOW THAT KAPANKE IS TRYING TO UNSEAT DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN RON KIND.
GRAEME ZIELINSKI, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF WISCONSIN, IS SLAMMING KAPANKE FOR SUGGESTING THAT THE STATE FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NEWLY-PASSED FEDERAL HEALTH CARE BILL.
Man Shot By Police After County Stabbing
A stabbing, a shooting and a fire, all at the same home near West Salem. Police were called to the home on Hidden Valley Road in the town of Hamilton just after nine last night. When police got there, they found the garage on fire. A man armed with a knife came charging at police when they responded. He was shot, reportedly three times in the chest, by officers. He was medlinked to a La Crosse hospital. A woman was treated for stab wounds. No word this morning on the condition of either the suspect or the victim, and no names have been released yet.
Primary Foe For Kapanke In Race For Congress
There's more than one Republican running against Ron Kind for Congress in western Wisconsin.
Long-time banker Bruce Evers from Holmen is challenging Senator Dan Kapanke for the GOP nomination. Kapanke's campaign says their man took 94 per cent in a straw poll at a district caucus this weekend. But Evers says in the actual endorsement vote, Kapanke received no more than 60 per cent, and he picked up about 20 per cent.
Evers wants to cut the size of the federal government, and put more controls on spending by Washington. He also backs changes to the new health care law, and wants more tort reform to reduce lawsuits against doctors.