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Lawmakers in Madison might not get around to voting on the pet issue of the state treasurer. Kurt Schuller wants to eliminate his office and that of the Secretary of State. He faces a timing challenge; lawmakers have until the end of the current legislative session next month to vote on the constitutional amendment. But there's also some resistance. Like from the current Secretary of State, Doug La Follette
Legislators have to vote for a constitutional amendment in successive sessions before a measure can go to voters for final approval.
A new bill headed to governor Walker for a signature is meant to help businesses in the state. But wetland regulation reforms also pose significant threats to the environment and to flood protection around the state, says Tracy Hames (haims), executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. That's because the new rules allow developers to skip the part of the permit process that gets them to look at other areas besides wetlands to build
Hames says it's silly to think that developers will be able to replace natural wetlands they fill in with ones they build in other areas.
If your trying to lose weight or want to lead a healthier lifestyle, the the La Crosse County Health Department has a new program for you. It's called The Biggest Health Challenge-La Crosse. And Kim Hottenstein says there are all kinds of ways you can get fit....starting Monday.
The 8 week program runs until April and you can sign up for free or pay $10 and get entered into contests and giveaways. She says now is the best time to get on board as February is the month many of the new year resolution setters start to slack.
A 41 year old Sparta Pastor is free on a $25 thousand signature bond today after making a court appearance in Sparta. James Monson is charged with sex with child age 16 or older and sexual exploitation by therapist and must no contact with the victim in the case or any female under the age of 18. Police say the parent of a 16 year old girl from Texas who is being home schooled in Sparta contacted them Monday. The parent said she believed that some inappropriate touching was occurring between her daughter and the girl's pastor/teacher. When police interviewed the girl, she admitted to having sexual contact on several occasions with Monson at his home. Monson is listed as the pastor of Gaining Ground Community Church located at 620 Industrial Drive in Sparta. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be coming. He'll be back in court Monday.
Nearly 900 voters made their way to the polls in La Crosse County for Tuesday's primary...That was a 12 per cent turnout, for an election in which only three county board races were listed on county ballots. The top vote-getter was former Forest Hills manager Dave Holtze, who received two-thirds of the votes in a three-way race in south La Crosse. Incumbent Gerald Sebranek only had 13 per cent of the votes in that contest, and so he will lose his board seat. Supervisor Bill Brockmiller was the only other candidate to get more than 100 votes on Tuesday...winning 50 per cent of the votes against two other contenders.