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Two La Crosse police officers are pleading guilty to federal charges of violating hunting laws...
Officers Corrie Korn and Faling Yang will be sentenced in May, and both could face prison time. The U-S Attorney's office says the two cops illegally killed and transported ducks while operating their own hunting guide service three years ago. The charges resulted from testimony by undercover agents who went hunting with the officers. As part of their pleas, Korn and Yang have agreed not to act as hunting guides...or to hunt anywhere in the U-S...for the next two years.
This year's fees for Oktoberfest won't be the end. The organization got nowhere in negotiations with La Crosse city hall yesterday in efforts to reduce parade fees from the 18 thousand dollars the city wants for this year. And next year, it would be much more, says fest executive director, Tina Severson
The Oktoberfest board meets on Monday to decide what to do next. A real possibility: Cancelling the fest's three parades.
A drug suspect in the La Crosse County jail would like his money back...
More than two thousand dollars in cash was taken from Jamario McKnight when he was arrested last month. Investigators believe it may be drug money, but McKnight claims it came from a tax refund. Prosecutor Brian Barton and reserve Judge John Perlich discussed whether federal agents have taken control of McKnight's money, with the judge asking "When was the last time the feds didn't grab whatever they could get their hands on?" Perlich says if the cash is needed as evidence, perhaps photocopies could be made for the trial, and the actual money could go back to McKnight.
Governor Walker signed seven bills in the La Crosse area. He will sign Assembly Bill (AB) 518, AB 383, and AB 104 and Senate Bill (SB) 441, SB 156, SB 557, SB 262. Governor Walker signed SB 441 into law, legislation that allows voluntary contributions to be made for habit management programs and protection and stewardship of state managed natural resources. AB 105 was also signed into law, legislation that guarantees a diversity of background on the Natural Resources Board. It specifically ensures that agricultural and sportsmen's interests are represented. SB 156 was signed into law by the Governor, legislation that establishes licensing requirements for drillers of heat exchange drillholes to minimize groundwater contamination risks while giving the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the authority to regulate drill holes used for geothermal heat exchange. The Governor signed SB 557 into law, legislation that gives local units of government flexibility in maintaining pollution standards, enhances water quality standards, and saves taxpayers money by reducing the need for overly expensive facility upgrades for point source pollution. Governor Walker signed AB 383 into law, legislation that provides flexibilities in the disposal of oil absorbent materials in an environmentally safe manner. SB 262 was signed into law by Governor Walker, which addresses a current problem on the St. Croix National Riverway by providing an exemption for a floating toilet.
A new state bill will lead to Bliss Road being designated a Scenic Byway, which will make the troubled route on Grandad Bluff eligible for state and perhaps federal funding for future upkeep. Governor Scott walker signed that bill atop Grandad Bluff today.