Frac Sand Shipping Approved
(AP) The Winona City Council has approved a permit to allow a local trucking company to ship frac sand through the city's commercial barge dock on the Mississippi River. The vote was 4-2. Several council members wanted to reach a decision Monday rather than tabling the contentious issue. Council member George Borzyskowski says the frac sand business has taken root in Winona and isn't going away. Four members of Winona Area Citizens Concerned about Sand Mining raised objections over air and water quality, truck traffic and quality of life issues at a hearing before the vote. Frac sand is used by oil and gas drilling companies. The kind mined in Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota is the ideal shape and size for hydraulic fracturing.
ATV License Plate Requirement Coming in July
Generally, motor vehicles get license plates in Wisconsin. Not ATV's. Until now. Starting next month, the DNR will require you to put a license plate for the back of your ATV. And that's more than a few new license plates
Todd Schaller's with the DNR. The agency won't provide you with a license plate, so you have to buy one from a private company or make one yourself. As long as it's the right size, black and white, and the letters and numbers are big enough, you should be okay.
Theatre Road Study A Big One
It's been eyed for awhile now.........and on Wendsday more details could be released on proposed road construction in Onalaska. City Engineer, Jarrod Holter, says one area of concern is the intersection of Theatre Road and Midwest Drive.
A public meeting has been set for Wednesday at Irving Pertzsch School from 4:30 to 7pm.
Miller Ready For Re-Election
Winona Realtor Jack Krage and Senator Jeremy Miller, of Winona, will compete for the District 28 seat in the Minnesota Senate in 2012.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed Krage at a convention last month. Miller got his party’s nod last month as well. Krage says he's got plenty of ammunition and that Miller’s record alone will bury him. Miller says he feels confident in being re-elected. Candidates have until 5pm today to file for office.
Koula Trial: DA Says He Was Desperate for Cash, Defense Suggests Mistaken Identity By Robbers
The suspect in a La Crosse County double murder case is described as a man who loved his parents, and would never want to kill them.
Eric Koula's defense team made its opening argument in Koula's trial this morning. Lead attorney James Koby disputes the prosecution claim that Koula was nearly broke, and that he allegedly killed Dennis and Merna Koula two years ago to get their money. Koby says both victims were shot in the head at close range, with the guns 'perfectly placed' to kill with a single shot. He says that guns which were available to Eric Koula were not the ones used in the murders. The defense case also says a neighbor of the Koulas claims the couple was still alive hours after the time that police think they were murdered. Police and DA Tim Gruenke believe Koula was desperate for money after losing thousands in day-trading, and cashed a $50,000 check with a forged signature of his father the day after the shootings.