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The only thing at stake in talks this week in La Crosse city hall is the existence of the city's most popular event. Mayor Matt Harter plans to meet with representatives from the Oktoberfest board to work out an agreement on fees that the city wants from the event to offset costs of police overtime. The board thinks the fees are excessive enough that it has suspended planning for its three parades in the fall. Despite that, Harter feels optimistic
The city wants 18 thousand dollars for the Maple Leaf and Torchlight parades. Apparently no charge for the opening day parade, but the organization has put that one hold, anyway.
The Government Accountability Board wants to hold recall elections May 8th, or use that date for primary elections if needed and then hold the general election June 5th. And La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Dankmeyer, is not wasting anytime getting things ready for the elections.
She says going through the same process last year with recall elections has given her staff an upper hand in preparing for this years. She has projected a 35% voter turnout in the recall of the Governor and Lt. Governor.
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.