Homicide Charge Results From Drug Overdose
Ian Lutz was arrested last month after the apparent overdose death of Garrett Hall. Before he died, Hall claimed that he had bought heroin from Lutz, and Lutz admitted to police that he had sold the drug to Hall. Until now, Lutz had been charged with making and delivering heroin, but not with homicide.
City of La Crosse, Land of the Tax Freeze
When you list the inevitabilities in life, taxes are probably in the top five. Ever increasing taxes. Unless you live in the city of La Crosse, that is. Property taxes overall will go up in the city this year, just like they have every year probably since there were property taxes. But this year, for the second consecutive year, the city council has approved an operating budget for the coming year that includes no property tax rate increase. The owner of a 120 thousand home will still write a check to the city for about $1470. Same as last year. Same as the year before. Tax rates for county government, school district and tech system all are increasing.
Great American Smoke Out
On Wednesday and Thursday, Gundersen Lutheran will participate in the 35th Annual Great American Smoke Out. Gundersen Lutheran staff will be on hand offering education for those who would like to quit smoking or those who would like to help someone they know to quit.
Today they will be in the Education Center on the lower level of the Gundersen Lutheran – Onalaska Clinic, and on Thursday in the cafeteria of the Gundersen Lutheran La Crosse Campus.
Tables will be set up providing useful information on quitting smoking and resources on where to receive help. There will also be free carbon monoxide screenings available.
Red Wing Mayor Likes Nuke Plant, Not its Waste
Officially, the city of Red Wing has no problem with the nuclear power plant that sits next door. Red Wing mayor John Howe tells us, even though the city sued to keep Xcel from making upgrades at the plant, he doesn't want to send the message that the Prairie Island nuclear facility has been anything but a great city partner. No, Howe's real problem is with nuclear waste at the plant that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. He says the plant is becoming a "de facto" waste storage site because of the fed decision to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. A Minnesota appeals court this week says it won't block Xcel from making upgrades at the Prairie Island or from storing additional nuclear waste there.
Sparta Firm Sued
The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Quality Tool and Machine of Sparta and the company’s president, Jerry Freimuth, for allegedly failing to forward over $9 thousand in employee contributions to the company’s SIMPLE IRA plan, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The lawsuit alleges Freimuth and the company failed to forward the voluntary employee contributions to the company’s SIMPLE IRA plan from 2003 to 2008.
The suit seeks a court order to require repayment of losses with interest to the plan and to permanently bar Freimuth from serving as a service provider to any ERISA-covered employee benefit plan in the future.