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A big billboard battle in La Crosse won't be settled today, or even this week...
County Judge Elliott Levine apologized to attorneys for Collins Outdoor Advertising and the city of La Crosse for delaying a final ruling in a condemnation trial that happened in November. Levine wants another month to consider documents in the case. City Hall tried to condemn a hotel billboard on the Causeway, so a competing hotel could be built on the spot. Collins accused the city of coming up with a phony reason to get rid of the sign, which is still in place.
La Crosse county democrats clearly have discussed a recall possibility for state senator Dan Kapanke. Proof of that comes from Democratic party chair Andrew Londre in a statement today. He says his party will wait for votes on a budget repair bill in Madison before considering a recall for the Republican senator. But Londre also says Kapanke would be foolish to vote for a bill which his constituents clearly oppose.
There have been 3 referendum's in the Melrose-Mindoro school district in Superintendent Ron Perry's time there. The one in 2000 was passed by a 3-1 voter margin......about the same result in 1997. Last week's vote for a referendum was a bit closer.....less then a two to one margin.
Superintendent Ron Perry said it was once again a sign that residents in the area believe in the district and strong turnouts in the past have continued.
The 2000 referendum was for $940 thousand over six years.....this year's.......$1.2 million over 3 years.
A La Crosse guy really nailed his fourth drunk driving arrest this week-end. Police say, not only was Jacob Deschaine over three times the legal limit for driving on Friday night near UW La Crosse, he was also driving somebody else's car without permission, and slammed into a parked car, and did all of that with an eight year-old child in the back seat. Cops say Deschaine couldn't even perform the field tests before his arrest. Told police he probably downed three pints of vodka and thinks he may have been on the way to get more beer when he hit the parked car. Police say neither he nor the child were injured.
Few doubt that governor Walker's budget for the next two years will include a number of cuts for local governments. La Crosse city council president Audrey Kader can only imagine how deep those cuts might be. But some of the impact on the city's budget would likely be in economic development areas. Problematic in the long run, says Kader, because it's that development that keeps growth occurring and the city's employment relatively high compared with the rest of the state. Kader says, while taxpayers may not see the immediate impact of economic development programs, they have great benefit for the city over time.