It's a new school year in the City of La Crosse and the school district is gearing up for new faces roaming their halls today. Superintendent, Randy Nelson, says they are down 9 staff this year from last, and they have struggled to staff one area of the district.
Over 50 new teachers throughout the district are ready this morning to welcome in students for the 2012-13 school year.
Senior housing.....new businesses and education...all on hte top of Steve Bissen's list if he's elected to La Crescent Mayor in the fall. He maps out some of his concerns.
Bissen will take on incumbant Maor, Mike Poellinger, on November 6th. Poellinger recieved 95% of the vote total when he was re-elected in 2010. He's been Mayor since the early 90's.
Not all fire service is created equal...
That's one stumbling block holding up a new agreement on fire protection for Holmen and the towns of Holland and Onalaska. Last week, the Onalaska town board voted to withdraw from the fire district unless Holmen pays more of the cost, since it gets the vast majority of calls. Holmen administrator Scott Heinig says charging by the call is not fair to his community. Heinig claims if the town of Onalaska withdraws at the end of 2013, as it threatens to do, then Holmen and Holland will continue their partnership.
A La Crosse man faces a list of serious charges after essentially torturing his girlfriend for a couple of hours at her apartment on Thursday. Police say 39 year-old Lonell Powers spent two hours alternating between beating and strangling his girlfriend. At one point, she used her pet snake to shield herself, because Powers is apparently scared of it. At another point, police say the woman escaped to the neighbor's house but Powers dragged her back inside by the hair. Among the charges Power is facing: strangulation and first degree sexual assault. Apparently the violence erupted over the woman communicating with other men.