Sierra Club Lawsuit Ending!
A settlement could be coming soon from a lawsuit filed a year ago by the Sierra Club against the Dairyland Power Cooperative and two coal fired plants in Alma. They were accused of not installing the required pollution controls when it made various upgrades at its plants at Alma and Genoa from 1993 to 2009.
Dairyland is now spending around 400 million dollars on pollution controls at its plants. But the action was the result of the Sierra Club's lawsuit and not because of government enforcement of air pollution laws over the years. according to The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
They say the federal and state governments have had inconstent enforcement records.
Woodman's Pulls Eggs After Video Released
If you are used to finding Lichtfield, Minnesota based Sparboe Farms eggs at Woodman's in Onalaska........you won't after tonight. That's because the company, based in Janesville, has followed many other companies like McDonald's and Target who have dropped the nation’s largest egg supplier after a video was released showing multiple instances of animal cruelty at the supplier's facilities in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota. Clint Woodman says it's all about their customers.
The group Mercy for Animals posted the video, which includes graphic footage of a person swinging a chicken around, someone searing off chicks beaks and another person suffocating chicks with their bare hands. Sparboe President, Beth Sparboe Schnell, says the employees on the tape are now gone.
Sparboe produces 300 million eggs a year, in regular, liquid, frozen and dried form, and ships them to restaurants and stores across the country.
Take Me Home or Take Me to Jail
After bartime, it can be infamously hard to get a cab in downtown La Crosse. Appears a guy who got in trouble this week-end was too drunk to try. Cops say he got thrown out of a downtown bar at bartime and tried to get back in. That's when a cop got involved. Tried to be nice. Tried to send the 22 year-old on his way. But the fellow wouldn't have anything of it. Said, as a soldier, he shouldn't be treated that way. Threatened to call the mayor and the judge to complain. Wanted a ride home. Still, the cop said goodnight and left him. Half an hour later the same guy was pounding on the back door of the jail, demanding either a ride home or a night behind bars. Original cop took the call, took pity on the guy, and took him home. But not before writing him a $177 ticket for disorderly conduct.
La Crosse County Home Prices Higher This October
La Crosse county bucked a statewide trend for October. The state Realtors Association says both the median price and number of home sales increased in the county for October over last year. The median price of a home sold in October in La Crosse was 145 thousand dollars, compared to a little over 129 thousand for last October. Showing and increase of over 12 percent. Median home price last month statewide was 132 thousand dollars. 140 thousand for October last year. That's a decrease of over five percent
Student Could be Expelled for Knife
A middle schooler in La Crosse faces expulsion after bringing a knife to school. Cops say the 11 year-old from Logan middle grabbed the knife from home and showed it to a student before school, giving her a scare. The school confiscated the nine inch lock blade knife and sent the boy home. POlice have charged him as a juvenile for carrying a concealed weapon.