La Crescent Mayor Has Doubts About Casino Talk
An independent candidate for Minnesota governor, Rob Hahn, sees riverboat casinos in the state's future, as far south as La Crescent. But La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger says people in the community already have outlets for gambling...to raise money for charity. He also thinks the region might be saturated with casinos, such as Treasure Island and Lady Luck. And Poellinger wonders where Hahn would put a riverboat in La Crescent...where most of the riverfront land is already held by private owners.
No Arrest in Mall Robbery
Still no arrest in an apparent armed robbery on Friday at the mall in La Crosse. Cops says a 65 year old woman claimed she was held up by a guy wearing a motorcycle helmet early on Friday afternoon as she was leaving the mall. Apparently no witnesses to the crime, no video surveillance and no sign of the robber who just happened to pick a victim carrying over a thousand dollars in cash. Woman told police the only person who knew she'd be carrying that kind of cash is a relative.
Brunk House Looking to Sleep More
This week, the city council will consider whether to allow more beds at a halfway house on the La Crosse's northside. The Brunk House is looking to go from eight to ten beds. It's in Andrea Richmond's city council district. She supports the expansion. Calls the Brunk House on Harvey Street, a good neighbor that fulfills a vital function. Richmond says the Brunk House needs the extra beds so that residents have more time to transition from incarceration to freedom.
Saving $3.5 Million in Energy Costs More than Turning Off Lights
Funny to think that turning off a couple of light switches could save a few million dollars in energy costs. Funny. And inaccurate, says Kermit King, energy manager with the la crosse school district. His conservation efforts have been credited with saving three and a half million dollars for the district since 2002. Requires a lot of close attention in a lot of areas and the trick, King says, is powering down lights, heating systems and other things when kids don't need them but also to make sure everything's running at peak efficiency when students are around.
Phosphorous Regs Could Be Costly for Taxpayers
Getting rid of that algae could be costly. New rules approved by the DNR aim at reducing phosphorous which is blamed for algae blooms in Wisconsin waterways. Waste water treatment plants will have to make big changes under the rules, says La Crosse water utility manager, Mark Johnson. He says current effluent limit for phosphorous is 1.4 milligrams per liter, but a new limit could be as low as .1 milligrams per liter.Getting to that lower limit, says Johnson, could mean up to a whopping 60 million dollars in upgrades for the La Crosse waste water treatment facility.