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More than two years after the shooting deaths of a Barre Mills couple, their son goes on trial in La Crosse this week.
Jury selection could last all day today in the Eric Koula case. Police and prosecutors believe Koula killed his parents in May of 2010 to get money to offset debts from stock trading. Eric Koula's attorneys claim evidence at the crime scene points to professional-style murders. The trial had been scheduled for last December, but delays in processing or reporting evidence led to two postponements of the case.
A long-time La Crosse business is losing its C-E-O to a company in Duluth...
Steve Burgess of State Bank Financial will become president of the National Bank of Commerce, after 11 years at the La Crosse bank. State Bank vice president Bruce Norgaard moves up to succeed Burgess. Spokesman Wayne Oliver says the transition happens as State Bank is making a change in its La Crosse facilities, moving its Shelby branch into a former Quillin's store on Mormon Coulee Road. New president Norgaard has worked at State Bank for over 30 years.
It could be that Democrats are not as committed to defeating Governor Scott Walker as Republicans are committed to keeping him in office.
An enthusiasm gap may account for the huge financing gap that shows Walker 20-million dollars or more ahead of the Milwaukee mayor in the recall election. Joe Heim from the U-W-La Crosse political science department thinks Democrats are saving their money for President Obama, or other candidates around the country.
Besides money, Walker has been getting major support from conservative groups. A bus tour by 'Americans for Prosperity' visits La Crosse on Friday, to campaign for Walker.
For a while now, an office at Wettstein's has resembled a pantry...with boxes and cans of food stacked up against the wall.
The 28-hundred pounds of food donated to the store during May are being divided up between the Salvation Army and the WAFER food shelf. Store owner Dan Wettstein says the month-long promotion brought in many more visitors than the regular customers...for example, a man who brought in 10 pounds of food without shopping for anything from Wettstein's. The 3rd Street store offered bargains on appliance sales and services in exchange for the food items donated.
Why go to the usual places for lunch in La Crosse, when you can sit in Riverside Park and listen to good music?
The park department and the Valley View Rotary are working together to provide lunch-hour concerts called 'Noon Tunes' on Thursdays at the Riverside bandshell. City park director Steve Carlyon is hoping for a large turnout for the noon entertainment. The concerts will be free, and people attending will be encouraged to bring their own lunch from home or from downtown restaurants. Area musician Bill Miller will lead off the Noon Tunes programs on June 14th. With a few exceptions, the weekly concerts will continue every Thursday through Oktoberfest.