Mayor's Talks With Father May Break Rules
"He's my dad. I have a relationship with him, I talk to him about work." La Crosse mayor Matt Harter made that admission during a press conference he called last week to address questions surrounding a visit he made with his dad to the county's solid waste director. Oops. In a confidential memo our newsroom has obtained, the city attorney says those casual dinner conversations may violate the citys' confidentiality ordinances. Another warns that other comments the mayor made about lobbying city council members at their home could violate open meetings rules.
Police: Store Clerk Steals Thousands
Dipping into the till could lead to big jail time for a Viroqua woman. 19 year-old Laura Christensen faces felony theft and forgery charges for ripping off her employer for thousands. La Crosse police say Christensen forged names on return slips at a La Crosse hardware store on the southside. Basically doing phony returns. A few hundred dollars at a time over the last several months added up fast. They figure Christensen's stolen nearly eleven thousand dollars since about January. Police say they've got videos that catch her in the act.
Cap-X Hearing In Court
THE NEXT MOVE IN A BATTLE OVER MIDWESTERN ENERGY IS UP TO THE MINNESOTA COURT OF APPEALS.
THAT COURT HAS HEARD LAWYERS ARGUE ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE CAP-X 2020 POWER LINE PROJECT, AND ABOUT WHERE THE ELECTRIC LINES MIGHT GO. THE COURT HEARING IN ST. PAUL ATTRACTED SEVERAL OPPONENTS OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING LA CRESCENT ACTIVIST JEREMY CHIPPS. HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THOSE JUDGES.
THERE'S NO DEADLINE FOR THE COURT TO MAKE A RULING. CHIPPS BELONGS TO A GROUP WHICH SAYS THE PROJECT COULD BE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM.
Unemployment Picture Bad, With Bright Spots
There's good news and bad news for La Crosse in the latest state unemployment numbers. The bad news is that unemployment numbers for January are as bad in La Crosse area as they've been in decades. 8.7% unemployment. Puts the city right about in the middle of the pack among the state's 31 biggest cities. It's also the same unemployment rate as Wisconsin on the whole. The slightly better news is that it's still a full percentage point lower than the nation. And the relatively good news is that in the whole of La Crosse county, the unemployment rate is 7.5%. Second best in the state behind Dane county.
Abuse Conference Set For May
CHILD ABUSE STILL APPEARS TO BE ONE CRIME THAT HAPPENS MUCH MORE OFTEN THAN IT'S REPORTED...
BUT A NATIONAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED THIS MAY IN LA CROSSE COULD DEAL WITH THE UNDER-REPORTING OF ABUSE. FRANCISCAN SKEMP WILL HOST EXPERTS ON 'CHILD MALTREATMENT' FROM AROUND THE U-S. MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER PHILIP NIELSEN BELIEVES MANY KIDS IN TROUBLE ARE BEING MISSED BY DOCTORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. NIELSEN PLANS TO BOOK SPEAKERS FOR THE CONFERENCE WHO WILL TALK ABOUT WAYS TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY ABUSED.