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The foes of frac sand mining in southeast Minnesota have plenty of questions about the business...which they would like answered while local governments impose moratoriums on the mining.
Residents of Houston County may get some of those answers at a hearing Monday night, held at La Crescent High School. Kelly Stanage, a member of the 'Houston County Protectors' opposition group, says property values near a frac sand mine are just one concern of her organization. Stanage says frac sand mining also could cause local taxes to rise, because truck traffic associated with the mines might cause road damage that would have to be fixed. The hearing begins at 6:30.
In recent years there's been a 57 percent jump in veteran and service member enrollment in state colleges and universities in Minnesota. And the number will continue to climb with more troops coming home soon, says Steve Frantz, the veterans re-entry education director for MNSCU.
He says his staff is doing whatever they can for troops to be able to transition into students again and let them know what available fields they can get into or what classes they have available for those wanting more training in their military field.
It took 20 years, but Onalaska has another gold ball in its trophy case for a state basketball championship...
The Hilltoppers captured their first basketball title at state since 1992 over the weekend, and they brought the trophy to the high school at a welcome-home rally on Sunday.
Onalaska head coach Craig Kowal said the fans were crucial to winning the championship. This is the third state title for Onalaska in boys basketball. Their first championship occurred in 1988. The rally was held outdoors in summer-like weather at the high school football field.
Both area boys basketball teams will be playing tomorrow for state championship gold balls. Earlier today, G-E-T beat Marshall 55-53 and will now play Brillion in the championship game tomorrow afternoon. Onalaska beat Milwaukee Pius XI, 38-32 to advance to the championship game tomorrow against Kaukauna at 6:35.
A 'not guilty' plea in an apparent drug-related murder...
Izelia Golatt of La Crosse will go to trial for the strangling death of Kristen Rodgers. Golatt was arrested last week, three days after the body of Rodgers was found in a north La Crosse alley. The victim reportedly had called Golatt, seeking to buy drugs. In court today, local police testified about evidence found at the crime scene and at Golatt's home...and about security video showing the two together shortly before Rodgers died.