Paying more to fish and hunt in Minnesota could be the future. The state's DNR wants to add a few dollars to license fees to help balance its budget. Winona state senator Jeremy Miller is on the senate's natural resources committee. He's a little undecided about the fee hikes; worried that they'll keep some people out of the field, but understanding of the DNR's need to keep workers out in the field for service and safety. The DNR's proposal would take the Minnesota fishing license from $17 to $24. And the resident deer license from $26 to $30, among other fee changes.
A big billboard battle in La Crosse won't be settled today, or even this week...
County Judge Elliott Levine apologized to attorneys for Collins Outdoor Advertising and the city of La Crosse for delaying a final ruling in a condemnation trial that happened in November. Levine wants another month to consider documents in the case. City Hall tried to condemn a hotel billboard on the Causeway, so a competing hotel could be built on the spot. Collins accused the city of coming up with a phony reason to get rid of the sign, which is still in place.
La Crosse county democrats clearly have discussed a recall possibility for state senator Dan Kapanke. Proof of that comes from Democratic party chair Andrew Londre in a statement today. He says his party will wait for votes on a budget repair bill in Madison before considering a recall for the Republican senator. But Londre also says Kapanke would be foolish to vote for a bill which his constituents clearly oppose.
There have been 3 referendum's in the Melrose-Mindoro school district in Superintendent Ron Perry's time there. The one in 2000 was passed by a 3-1 voter margin......about the same result in 1997. Last week's vote for a referendum was a bit closer.....less then a two to one margin.
Superintendent Ron Perry said it was once again a sign that residents in the area believe in the district and strong turnouts in the past have continued.
The 2000 referendum was for $940 thousand over six years.....this year's.......$1.2 million over 3 years.
La Crosse mayor Matt Harter knows where he's going to look when anticipated state budget cuts comes his way. The mayor says he's taking aim at the city's $20 million police and fire budgets. He's certain a current study of the city's public safety services will point the way towards more savings in both police and fire departments. Because of the size of the city's police and fire budgets, the mayor says they have the most possibility for greatest savings.