Three Incumbents Lose in La Crosse City Council Races
Councilman Tom Sweeney lost to Paul Medinger. Bruce Ranis will give up his council seat to Sarah McFall-Sullivan. Jim Bloedorn and Fran Formanek will also join the council after winning their races in empty seats. Doug Farmer, Rich Becker, Dick Swantz, Marilyn Wigdahl and Audrey Kader will all return to the council.
Sparta Loses Beer/Alcohol Votes And City Clerk
Voters in Sparta were asked to decide whether to reverse an almost 50 year ban on selling alcohol outside of a bar. For the 8th time.........it's won't happen. Voters shot down both questions, the first that would allow beer sales by 260 votes and the second to sell alcohol by 60 votes.
Hegenbarth Foods General Manager, Todd Hammond, who oversees operations at the Sparta Piggly Wiggly has backed both questions for years now....and is once again...dissapointed.
The ban has been in place since 1963 and this is the eighth time since 1982 voters have shot down the referendums.
Also, long time City Clerk, Barb Pederson lost her seat to Julie Hanson, 1145 to 1134.
Bank Robber Nailed
On Monday, the La Crosse Police Department assisted in a search warrant and the arrest of a Cottage Grove man who La Crosse Police believe was involved in the March 28th robbery of the Associated Bank at 3956 Mormon Coulee Road.
A La Crosse Police Detective along with multiple Wisconsin law enforcement agencies in Dane County and the FBI and ATF executed a search warrant on the home of 52 year old Jeff Farrington.
Arcadia Budget Meeting Cancelled
The final of four public hearings on the state budget proposal scheduled for April 13th in Arcadia has been canceled. The news Tuesday comes after another hearing had to be moved from Minong to Superior after the school that was to host the Minong meeting said it was concerned that it couldn't handle the expected crowds.
Budget committee co-chairman Rep. Robin Vos said today that he doesn't know exactly why the Arcadia High School backed out of plans to host the hearing. He says another site nearby in western Wisconsin close to Black River Falls is being sought.
The first hearing is Thursday in Stevens Point followed by the Superior stop on Friday. A third hearing is set for West Allis on Monday.
Threat Writer Still Not Arrested
Katherine Windels' charges are serious enough to get the state attorney general's office involved. But not enough to get her arrested. Windels is the 26 year-old from Cross Plains who sent threatening emails to republican senators for their support of governor Walker's collective bargaining law. When we asked Dane county DA, Ismael Ozanne today, why Windels had yet to be arrested for the threats, he referred us to state cops. They, at first, referred us back to the DA, but eventually explained that agents simply didn't feel Windels constituted a serious threat. Among the emails that she faces charges for sending, one says, 'we will hunt you down, we will slit your throats, we will drink your blood.' She's due in court later this month