Candidates Head To Minnesota
(AP) Two Republicans seeking the White House are bringing their campaigns to Minnesota this weekend. Texas Rep. Ron Paul settles in Saturday for three appearances. The congressman popular among libertarian-minded Republicans is holding town halls and rallies in Rochester, Chanhassen and Arden Hills. He heads home Sunday but will return a day later for events in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drops in Sunday for a morning-until-night slate of events. His schedule includes a swing north to Bemidji to tour the clothing manufacturer behind his signature sweater vests. Other stops include a church appearance in Eden Prairie and a Super Bowl party in Lake Waconia. Local backers of contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich anticipate their candidates will also work in Minnesota stops before Tuesday's caucuses.
Monroe County Movement On New Jail and Courthouse
Monroe County will spend $15 thousand to advertise on the two location possibilities for the new county justice center listed on the April 3rd referendum.
The motion passed this week on a 14-7 vote. The two proposed sites for the new facility would be where the current courthouse and jail sits in Sparta....or a county owned dog pound site on Highway 71. The information would include the price of building each facility as well as operational costs for each site.
City Radios Might Have Been a Homeland Purchase in Recent Past
It's possible that bad timing will cost La Crosse taxpayers millions of dollars. Ten years ago, Homeland Security grants could have paid for some, if not all, of the cost to replace the radio system for city of La Crosse workers. Now, the city will have to pay up to an estimated four million dollars to upgrade an aging system
County emergency management boss, Keith Butler. He says the current La Crosse city radio system for police, fire, streets crews and everybody else doesn't communicate with the rest of the radio systems in the county.
Shilling Sets Local Office Hours
State Senator Jennifer Shilling announced today that she will
Committee Approves Cutting Mayor Salary
How many times do you hear stories about somebody in elected office getting a pay cut? Could happen in La Crosse if voters approve hiring a city administrator in the spring. A city council committee has approved slicing the mayor's salary by half if that happens
Karl Wiggert spoke in front of the committee about the change. If approved by the entire council next week and depending on the outcome of the referendum vote in April, the next mayor's salary would shrink to about 38 thousand dollars.