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A recount continues in Senator Vinehout’s district. The Democrat from Alma had her victory challenged by Thompson.
Two other recounts have been finished......and Republicans are the winners. Republican Kathy Bernier unseated Representative Kristen Dexter by 78 votes and Republican Warren Petryk of Eleva defeated Representative Jeff Smith by 74 votes.
The results give Republicans a 60-to-38 majority over Democrats in the new Assembly that convenes in January.
Black Friday, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, is one week from today.
The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. The term has become more common in other parts of the country since 2000. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. According to one report, in 2007 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush.
In many cities it is not uncommon to see shoppers lined up for hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab, as many stores have only a few of the big-draw items. And electronics and popular toys are often the most sought-after items and may be sharply discounted.
Jeff Owen of the Valley View Mall says the trend of "mad dash shopping" should continue more this year since more and more folks are stepping over the "recession line"........and wandering into the "open field of spending".
How many high school students can claim a high speed chase on their driving resume? Probably not too many. Now, a 17 year-old Central High student in La Crosse has acheived that dubious honor. Police say the young guy drove through a red light early this morning. Cop got on his tail right away and the kid gunned it. Got about a block and a half before pulling over. Got out of the car with the officer's gun drawn on him. Guy knew he shouldn't have run. Even told the cop at the scene while he was getting arrested that doing so was likely a "dumb idea."
La Crosse police think they may have solved several burglaries with one arrest this week. Cops say they've busted 21 year-old Joshua Dull in the act of trying to steal electronics from a home in the city. Cops have been looking for the thieves responsible for many burglaries that occurred at places that were left unlocked. Dull, they say, was on his way towards making off with a flat screen and an X-Box gaming system when he was tripped up by the owners. Apparently they held on to him until cops arrived. Police think he's behind at least some of the other burglaries. Right now they're trying to find some of the other electronics that have been stolen.
HVAC systems, security systems and door locksets and hardware....all projects under the $35 million referendum Lacrosse voters approved back in 2008. So where are those projects at?
Joe Lavina says with great summer weather and good planning.....the district is on track to complete most of the projects at hand.
Still left to do.......replacing doors and door locks and new motion censor security systems....all on track to be completed by June.