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Was a double murder in rural La Crosse County a case of mistaken identity?
The defense lawyers for suspect Eric Koula will argue during his trial this month that professional killers shot Koula's parents, apparently believing that they were in someone else's house. Defense attorney James Koby says a neighbor of the Koulas had received threats for weeks before the murders, and called Sheriff Steve Helgeson after the crime, suggesting that the intruders went to the wrong house.
Following opening arguments on Tuesday, jurors were taken to the Barre Mills house where the murders occurred two years ago. Another family is living there now.
A little better and a little worse. That would sum up Wisconsin's position in per capita income compared to the rest of the nation. A new report says, on one hand, the state's per capita personal income is 3.8% behind the national average, the third consecutive year the state's income has risen in relation to the rest of the US. On the other hand, Wisconsin has dropped to 25th in the nation in the same measurement, at just over forty thousand dollars for last year. The national per capita personal income is closer to 42 thousand dollars. Meanwhile, Minnesota has the 11th highest per capita income in the nation at almost 45 thousand dollars.
A few new city lots could be opening up soon on La Crosse's northside. William Kish is asking the city to allow for a new subdivision on Kane street. Kish tells us he's looking at six new lots on the site of, what he thinks is, a former hobo camp at the 900 block of Kane. Utilities are in place and the city has vacated part of Wall Street and a tiny triangle of land to help the process along. Kish says he's added fill to the property and cleared out brush and he's just waiting on city approval of his plans this week. He says the six lots come in different sizes but all meet the city minimum for lot size.
(AP) The Winona City Council has approved a permit to allow a local trucking company to ship frac sand through the city's commercial barge dock on the Mississippi River. The vote was 4-2. Several council members wanted to reach a decision Monday rather than tabling the contentious issue. Council member George Borzyskowski says the frac sand business has taken root in Winona and isn't going away. Four members of Winona Area Citizens Concerned about Sand Mining raised objections over air and water quality, truck traffic and quality of life issues at a hearing before the vote. Frac sand is used by oil and gas drilling companies. The kind mined in Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota is the ideal shape and size for hydraulic fracturing.
(AP) Dozens of DFL volunteers from Minnesota are canvassing in Eau Claire Tuesday to help Wisconsin Democrats get out the vote in the nationally-watched recall election. Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison and DFL Party chairman Ken Martin rallied the volunteers before they boarded a bus for Wisconsin. Martin told the group that it's a critical election for Wisconsin and the country as a whole. He says the DFL stands in solidarity to help elect a leader who will help build a stronger middle class in Wisconsin Tom Barrett. Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces a rematch with the Milwaukee mayor, whom he beat in 2010 by 5 percentage points, as he tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall.