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The Minnesota State Department of Public Safety is reminding people about the importance of wearing your seat belt. Officials say eight of Minnesota's first ten traffic deaths of the year were not buckled up. They happened 6 different counties, with a wreck in Winona County, one of them. Reports from December indicate 23 people were killed in crashes and only five were wearing their seat belts. State law requires that all drivers and all passengers must buckle up.
Since last year, people of Wisconsin have gotten a great education on what a recall election is all about. Some like it...some don't. But Jeremy Levinson, a laywer for the recall committee, says like it or not...it's a right.
He says it creates a very high threshold and it makes it hard so recalls don't happen without good cause. But that threshold was blown out of the water with the number of signatures collected against Governor Scott Walker and others. A path, Levinson says, we will have to get used to in the future.
With the assistance of LeadsOnline, a suspect has been arrested for the recent rash of garage entries in Onalaska. LeadsOnline is a national online investigative system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property. Pawn shops and police departments have the ability to enter property into the LeadOnline database.
In November, Investigator Chad Marcon entered the serial number of one of the stolen GPS systems into the database. On January 17th, Marcon received a hit on that item showing that it had been pawned at Pawn America in Onalaska. From that lead, a local female was arrested for receiving stolen property. That arrest led to the arrest of the boyfriend of the female suspect who ultimately confessed to 20 garage burglaries and 6 thefts from vehicles. Consent was given to search the residence where a large cache of property was located from the burglaries and thefts. The Onalaska Police Department pays approximately $2 thousand a year to be a member of LeadsOnline.
This winter rec-fest in La Crosse this year will feature all aspects of winter: cold, snow and ice. Not always a given, says Jared Flick in the city's park and rec office
Winter rec-fest activities begin on Saturday and run through February first. Snowflake Medallion hunt begins with the first clue today.
People in Wisconsin tend to be more conservative with personal finances typically. A new report proves that once again, with the state having the lowest average credit card debt in the nation for the last year. At Consumer Credit Counseling Services in La Crosse, Kim Woggon says she's seeing signs of increasing consumer health locally as well
Wisconsin average credit card debt is just over five thousand dollars. At the other end of the spectrum: Alaska, with an average credit card load of nearly eight thousand dollars.