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A gas to energy project with Gundersen Lutheran and La Crosse County allows gas from the landfill to be put to good use. Methane gas that was being burned off at the county landfill is captured and used, through a system of pipes, to heat the Gundersen Lutheran Onalaska Clinic and Support Services Building. And it is bringing big money to the area.
Corey Zirecki is Director of Envisions at Gunderson Lutheran. He says in the first two years of their Envision program, Gundersen was able to improve energy efficiency by 25 percent for a savings of $1.25 million annually.
Last week we learned that Govenor Scott Walker had raised over 25 million towards his recall campaign. A state record by most accounts. And if you think that number is high, Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says you have seen nothing yet.
Most of the money coming in, according to McCabe, is coming in from out of state donor's who cannot even vote in today's recall primary election.
The Minnesota Vikings Stadium proposal was not the only thing lawmakers tackled Monday. The House approved borrowing $496 million as part of a bonding bill.
Republican Senator, Jeremy Miller of Winona, says the money will go towards statewide construction, including work on campus buildings, bridges and roads, flood mitigation and renovations to the state Capitol building.
La Crosse police are investigating a couple of weekend robberies. In one, a 21 year-old guy on Jackson street woke up to two or three guys in his home during the late morning on Sunday. He got pistol-whipped by one of the thugs. They took what he had: his playstation, some cash and some other stuff. Police are still investigating and won't say whether they have suspects. Another guy got jumped by three guys after bar time near downtown on Friday. The victim says he was kicked and punched while on the ground. He suffered thousands of dollars worth of dental damage, a possible broken nose and they got his phone and three hundred bucks in cash. No suspects or arrests in that one, either.
When you know you're going to jail, what's the last piece of business you take care of? A 33 year-old guy that La Crosse cops picked up this week-end has his priorities straight. Police say they stopped the car that David Wims was in after it rolled through a red light on Saturday. While they were looking up his information and determining that he was wanted in Illinois, Wims lit up his crack pipe while sitting in the car. Told cops since he was going to jail, he was darn well going to smoke his crack, or words to that effect. An officer had to take the crack pipe away. After removing an infant from the back seat to search the car for more drugs, they cuffed Wims and hauled him to jail.