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Some progress in efforts to reopen the idled Bangor Post Office...
The village president got the key to the building last week, and has taken a couple of contractors inside to figure out what needs to be repaired. Village attorney Dan Arndt tells us that the building owner has signed a contract, agreeing to fix the building and get it open as a post office again. The Bangor Post Office was shut down suddenly three months ago, because of leaks and mold problems. Mail services have been transferred temporarily to a supermarket a few blocks away.
Onalaska City Planner Deena Murphy has been knee deep in the budgeting for the upcoming construction of the Great River Cultural and Tourism Center. And before the tourism board and city council approved additional funding for the project, she said they had to scale back quite a bit of what they wanted in the center.
Both the board and council approved an additional $894 thousand for the project. Construction is slated to begin in 2013.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker's administration says property taxes dropped slightly last year. The administration issued a statement Monday morning saying taxes on a median value home dipped 0.4 percent, the first time in 12 years they've decreased. The statement credited the governor's move to strip public workers of their union rights. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau had estimated last year that property taxes on a median value home would increase by nearly a full percentage point in 2011. The governor's statement didn't offer any evidence backing up the numbers. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said he expected a memo from the state budget office later Monday that would detail the decrease. Democrats angry over the union changes have forced Walker and five other Republicans into recall elections later this spring.
(AP) An attorney challenging Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls calls that an ``onerous and unreasonable burden'' during opening statements. A trial began Monday in the lawsuit challenging the law brought by the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants' rights group. NAACP attorney Richard Saks says testimony will show there are hundreds of thousands of voters who don't have the required ID necessary to vote. But Assistant Attorney General Carrie Benedon says the number is far less and the burden placed on voters isn't nearly as large or widespread as alleged. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect pending the trial.
(AP) The Milwaukee Brewers on Monday eclipsed the 2 million mark for the number of tickets sold this season. The ball club says it's the earliest date for the benchmark in franchise history. The previous record was on April 19 of 2001, the first year the Brewers played at Miller Park. Last year, the 2 million mark was reached on April 27. The Brewers set an all-time franchise attendance record in 2011 when more than 3 million people passed through the Miller Park turnstiles.