Kind Not Running for Senate
Turns out republicans were right. Before Madison democrat congresswoman Tammy Baldwin got into the race to replace the retiring Herb Kohl in the US senate, republicans were focusing on Baldwin as the likely democrat nominee for the seat, apparently ignoring the possibility of La Crosse congressman Ron Kind running. Because, he is not running. Kind, in a statement released Thursday, says now is not his time to run for senate and that he wants to continue to serve the state in his role as the representative of Wisconsin 3rd congressional district. Part of that decision, Kind says, his desire to keep democrats from having to go through a divisive primary on the way to defending the seat.
Red Cloud Park Redo Could Involve Ho Chunk
Among the myriad of park improvement projects in the works for the city of La Crosse is one that could involve another nation. The Ho-Chunk is looking to get involved with the city in a rebuild of the northside's Red Cloud park. Parks chief Steve Carlyon says the park will tell a story once it's all done, showing park visitors how the Ho-Chunk lived 300 to 500 years ago.
Carlyon is also pushing forward with plans to expand the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center as well as Copeland Park. Meanwhile, a $1.7 million revamp of Grandad Bluff park is well underway.
Sparta Woman Catches Break In Court
A former employee at a Sparta veterinary clinic caught a break in a Monroe County courtroom yesterday. Faced with 11 felonies for fraudulently obtaining about 6 thousand prescription pills from a veterinary supply store.......36 year old Kathryn Watters, will avoid any jail time.
She pleaded guilty to 2 felonies and five misdemeanors......if she stays out of trouble for the next 3 years....the felonies will disappear from her record. On the other counts she will serve 3 years probation.
Over several months Watters, while an employee at the Sparta Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, ordered two different drugs not used by Vets eleven times to supply her drug addiction. She also is accused of forging $4,500 in business checks.
Sewer Rate Increases in La Crosse Likely on Hold
Looks like water and sewer customers in La Crosse will catch a break in the coming year.
Water utility manager Mark Johnson is asking the city council to put off implementing the second of three sewage rate increases. The money from the higher rates was to go to pay for several sewage management projects but those projects just aren't ready to get underway.
Last year was the first of the sewage rate increases that will eventually increase rates about 27% over 2009 levels.
Winona Deputy Kills Suicidal Man
A Winona County Sheriff's Deputy has been placed on administrative leave after killing a man who pointed a gun at him last night near Minnesota City.
Officers from the Winona County Sheriff's Department and Winona Police Department began searching for an armed and suicidal man Tuesday, and located the him about 11 p.m. last night on the bridge at U.S. Hwy. 61 and Bridge Street in Minnesota City. The man pointed a gun at himself, then pointed it at officers. After repeated attempts to get the man to drop the weapon, 34 year old Deputy John Kyle Hazelton, shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.