Democrat Steve Doyle defeated Republican John Lautz for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, flipping a seat held by Republicans for 16 years in a race that focused attention on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to curtail collective bargaining right for most public employees.
With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Doyle won 54 percent to 46 percent, based on unofficial results in Tuesday's special election. The race flips a GOP Assembly seat for the Democrats, who remain in the minority.
The seat was previously held by Mike Huebsch, who Walker picked in January to serve as secretary of administration. Huebsch held the seat since 1994.
The Onalaska Police Department along with 4 other entities, held a drug drop off event last Saturday and to Dare Officer Jason Jobe's surprise......they collected 775 pounds of pills, medications, controlled and uncontrolled liquids.
Also collected, 28 pounds of needles.
Jobe says another collection site will be held in November.....meanwhile the Lacrosse County Hazardous Waste Material Site will be holding a similar event this Saturday.
A major part of the Lacrosse School District 2008 referendum is about to get underway.
The district's Joe Ledvina says the district will spend $1.57 million on 49 projects at 17 schools district wide.
One project, replacing a boiler at Lincoln Middle School, was put on hold until next week due to cold temperatures in the area this week.
8 Sparta residents and possibly 5 more could face heroin drug charges after police raided two homes there last weekend.
Sparta police had conducted an 18 month investigation into the trafficking of the drug and decided to bust the homes last Saturday.
Those arrested range in age from 20 to 30 years old and they face charges from conspiracy to deliver heroin and trafficking to maintaining a drug house. 5 others were busted in the raids though it's unsure as to their charges at this time.
Voters in Wisconsin's 94th assembly district have Mike Huebsch to blame for a special election today. It was clear that the former speaker of the assembly was destined for a spot in the Scott Walker administration as soon as he was re-elected to the assembly seat he'd held for nearly 20 years and Walker was elected to governor last November. Now, Huebsch is Walker's Secretary of Administration and republican John Lautz and democrat Steve Doyle are vying for shot to replace him in the assembly. One of three special elections being held in the state today.