Xcel Energy Consumers Paying Less This Winter
For many, a mild winter has been more than pleasant. It's also been a whole lot cheaper than last year. Xcel energy says customers are spending 20% less on energy this winter compared to last year. Although that may change soon, says Brian Elwood from Xcel, starting with the current cold snap
Besides mild temps in November and December, Elwood says a much lower price for natural gas has helped to keep energy costs low so far this winter.
County To Help Fund I-90 Exit 3 Study
The La Crosse County Board will spend $5000 towards a study of the I-90 Exit 3 corridor, but not every one on the board agreed with the plan. Gerald Sebranek was one of the 6 no votes and explained to the board......he was voting on behalf of his constituents.
The board passed the measure on a 23-6 vote. They join the City of La Crosse and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee in contributing the $49 thousand needed for the study.....which will begin next month.
GOP Can Help With Petition Names
The state democratic party claims they collected 1.9 million signatures to force recall elections for the Governor, Lt. Governor and 4 republican senators. Not surprising says La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan.
Feehan also says if you feel someone wrote your name on a recall petition people you stop into the Republican Headquarters at 58 Copeland Avenue and fill out a form saying that they don't want to have their name appear on the petition.
Sparta Shooting Update
A Sparta man is in a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries after being involved in an officer related shooting last night in Sparta. The shooting happened just after 10 Thursday night in the 400 block of Austin Street. Sparta police officers were responding to a 911 hang-up call.
Here Comes A Winter Blast
(AP) A strong snow storm is poised to dump several inches of snow on Iowa and other parts of the upper Midwest in what for some will be the first real blast of winter. The National Weather Service in Des Moines is predicting up to 7 inches of snow in northern and eastern Iowa on Friday. It comes after several weeks of unusually warm and dry weather. Forecaster Kevin Skow says the ``bulls-eye'' of the storm will likely be in northeast Iowa, from Waterloo up to Decorah, where higher amounts of dry, fluffy snow could fall. Several inches of snow also are forecast in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois as the storm moves east. Lesser amounts are expected in central and southern Iowa, with 2 inches in the Des Moines area.