Vikings Against The Ropes With NFL
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell and Pittsburg Steelers President Art Rooney, were in Minnesota Friday with one goal in mind.........get a new Vikings stadium bill passed...and do it now.
The pair met with Governor Mark Dayton and a handlful of lawmakers in the capitol. Goodell said he made no implied threats but in reality he didn't need to. The NFL head said that the team and league are giving the state another 10 or so days of exclusivity before opening the door to relocation alternatives.
Viroqua Fed Up With Nasty Texts And Facebook
Viroqua police can now issue citations punishable by a $298 fine for text and facebook messages that threaten, annoy, offend, demean, ridicule, belittle, disparage or humiliate. Police Daron Jefson says the issue has been building for about 8 months now.
Jefson says citizens complaining of harassment via text and Facebook prompted the ordinance, which is modeled after an ordinance in Janesville.
Viola Company Fined.....Again
OSHA calls it a lack of commitment to workers' safety and health and has cited Duraframe Dipnet of Viola with 20 safety violations including three repeat at the net manufacturer's facility. Penalties total over $71 thousand following OSHA's inspection. Similar violations were cited in 2009.
It's Not Really A Website Fail......Yet
It was supposed to help people out during storms and bad weather events. But La Crosse County Emergency Management Director, Keith Butler, says a storm and information website they created...well....it's just not working.
He says the Alert Lacrosse dot org website needs to be manned every day and right now they just don't have the resources to do that. They will, in the meantime, provide educational information and emergency related links for their web viewers.
Sheriff: DNA Collection at Arrest No Problem
Usually, state mandates come with a little frustration from the locals that have to enact those mandates. But La Crosse sheriff Steve Helgeson says, if the state decided to start collecting DNA during certain arrests, he wouldn't have a problem with it. He says swabbing the inside of a cheek for DNA isn't much different from taking fingerprints, which jailers do for every person booked into the jail. Helgeson says the DNA samples would have to handled differently, but he thinks the jailers wouldn't have a problem dealing with that.
The benefit to collecting the samples, says Helgeson, is that those DNA collections would provide a quicker reference when investigating crimes. Governor Walker has proposed collecting DNA at arrest for certain crimes.