Kapanke Done Paying Democratic Party Legal Bills
Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke says he's finished paying the thousands in legal bills incurred by lawyers for the Democratic Party which took him to task for not being able to locate e-mails fast enough. The Democratic Party had submitted an open records request related to economic forums Kapanke had held. Democrats claimed the forums were campaign events using Kapanke's office budget. Turns out they weren't. But, because one of Kapanke's staffers was slow to come up with some e-mails and she had used a personal e-mail account, a fine of $100 was levied by the state. Meanwhile, the court battle waged by democrats racked up $38,000 in legal bills. It would have been paid by the state, but Kapanke volunteered to pay bills himself.
Tea Party Rally Set for Sunday in La Crosse
Another Independence Day rally for local Tea Partiers. La Crosse Tea Party organizer Jake Speed has an event planned for Sunday in Copeland park. Over eight hundred showed for last year's event, he says. This year? Hard to say, says Speed. The numbers tend to ebb and flow. Depends on what sorts of things pop up in the news. A self-taught constitutional scholar will be among the attractions at Sunday's Tea Party rally as well as the discussion about how much the nation's debt costs each American. The rally starts at 2 pm at Copeland.
Skipperliner Workers Back Off After Three Days Work
They got three days of work. but that's all they got. Workers at Skipperliner on French Island. Off the job again after putting in three days to finish up a couple of boats at the bankrupt boatbuilder. Financing fell through on the projects Wednesday night, says court-appointed bankruptcy receiver, James McNeilly. The workers will get paid for the time they put in this week. McNeilly says the receivership has stalled because of a lack of financing to finish projects at Skipperliner.
Wash That Boat; Water Guard Watching
The water guard's out in abundance this week-end. The Wisconsin DNR is planning on having extra eyes at boat landings. They're looking for boats with hitch hiking plants. Plants that could help the spread of the deadly fish virus: VHS. Greg Stacy, head of the DNR's water guard, says just a little bleach in water sprayed on a boat's hull can kill any bits of VHS virus that might spread to other bodies of water in the state.
Central One of the Small Biggies
La Crosse's Central High is now on an island. Part of the changes to high school basketball beginning in the coming school year. Creating five basketball divisions instead of four. Meaning Central will be the only D-1 team in the area. Central high activities director Joe Beran says the biggest change for the school is where it travels during tournament time. But not so much the amount of travel; either they'd be on the road to the east or, like next year, heading up north to play games. The new divisions mean Central is also one of the smallest Division one teams in the state.