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Administrator Mary Willett was fired last night after only about a year on the job. She didn't show up at the village board meeting to defend herself. Other village leaders were unhappy about Willett's job performance, and about the apparent padding of her resume to show more administrative experience than she really had. Village president Nancy Proctor says it's sad that the situation came to this, because staffers at the village hall liked Willett. Proctor says no decision has been made yet on finding a new administrator...or on using the same employee search firm that recommended Willett for the Holmen job.
A Wisconsin newspaper has pasted a bullseye on Lacrosse Republican Senator Dan Kapanke's back.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has stated that Kapanke along with Senators Alberta Darling and Randy Hopper– and Democrats Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch could all be the focus of recall attempts. Kapanke says he will face it if it comes but...he was elected and is paid to the job of the people and he will continue to do so. He says not every vote he has cast will be in favor of the public but he feels he votes what he thinks is right. Kapanke says he will vote for Governor Scott Walkers proposal to severely limit collective bargaining rights of state workers.
On Tuesday, A Utah-based group started the process to recall eight Wisconsin Democratic state senators from office. American Recall Coalition filed the paperwork with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
An office manager at the Sparta Veterinary Clinic has been busted for stealing drugs and forgery. 36-year-old Kathryn Watters was arrested last Friday and now faces 16 felony counts.
Watters is accused of ordering a drug combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen, which the vet clinic does not use, over the course of several months. Watters is also accused of forging $4,500 in business checks for about 5,800 pill of the pills to support a drug habit.
Watters was released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond and will be back in court again next week.
The teachers in Lacrosse that used a sick day last Thursday, that led to the district shutting down, knew they would have to make that day up eventually. But what about the students who staged walk out's at several schools.
Superintendent Jerry Kember says the students knew before hand that there would be consequences and time to be made up if they did walk out. He says he attended one walk out......and was proud of the effort put forth by the students.
As for the teacher make up day, Kember says a special meeting will be held Thursday night at 5:30 to decide whether or not to accept March 17th as the non paid school day for teachers. The Lacrosse Public Education Association served up that date last night at the regular school board meeting.Union president Ed Ludwig said teachers had to act quickly to express their opposition to something that was happening outside the city.
Over 500 union workers in Lacrosse County are feeling a little more confident today after the County Board adopted contracts last night.
Since they were approved at the same time Governor Scott Walker is trying to quash collective bargaining rights, we asked County Administrator Steve O'Malley about the timeliness of the votes. He said they have worked closely with the unions for the past 5 months, so a vote now is pure coincidence.
O'Malley said they approved one-year collective bargaining agreements with zero percent wage increases for clerical, professional, health, highway and sheriff’s department employees.
O'Malley thanked not only union employees throughout the county but also the head's of the unions that came together and peacefully came to the table to approve the contracts.