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The two candidates hoping to fill the vacant 95th Assembly District seat will meet for a debate at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Candidates Jill Billings, a Democrat, and Dave Drewes, a Republican, will debate from 7-8 p.m. Monday, October 31st, in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The candidates are running for the seat formerly held by State Senator Jennifer Shilling. The special election is Tuesday, November 8th.
The event is sponsored by the UW-L Joint Legislative Committee, Political Science Department and Student Association.
Add Viterbo University to the list of those organizations setting up protocols ahead of the state's concealed carry law going into effect. Beginning November first, those with licenses in Wisconsin will be able to carry concealed weapons. Viterbo in La Crosse has released its guidelines. Effective immediately, weapons are banned from the campus--in buildings and on any Viterbo property. In addition, Viterbo employees are prohibited from carrying weapons off campus if they're on university business. The university will allow students and employees to have weapons in their cars on campus, but only if the car is locked and the weapon is locked in a place like the glove box or trunk.
A Monroe County man has been ordered to pay close to $150 thousand in forfeitures and costs after a Circuit Judge found him in violation of a few state laws. Ray Miller of M & M Ranch & Outfitters violated state laws regulating maintenance of drinking water wells and assuring clean water. According to the complaint, filed by the Department of Justice, Miller failed to correct significant deficiencies on his property's four wells and one valve pit.
Despite receiving multiple notices of violations from the DNR, Miller repeatedly refused to bring the wells into compliance.
Miller was also told by the DNR that there may be funding available to him to help with the associated costs of the needed repairs, Miller refused to remedy the violations. Miller also promised to bring the wells into compliance but refused to do so.......for 2 years.
4 people were sent to the hospital after a one car crash in Monroe County last night. 35 year old Juana Gutierrez of Tomah was driving on Highway 131 near Wilton when she failed to stop for a stop sign.....drove down an embankment and 300 feet later, came to rest in a creek.
Gutierrez along with her 3 year old and 7 year old children all transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Another passenger, 53 year old Marcelino Lopez of Rockland, was aitlifted to Gunderson Lutheran in Lacrosse with what were thought to be life threatening injuries........he was later upgraded to fair condition.
The accident is under investigation by the Monroe County Sherrif's Department.
Ed Thompson, the younger brother of former Governor Tommy Thompson and a gubernatorial candidate himself, died Saturday at his home in Tomah after fighting pancreatic cancer. Thompson was 66. Thompson was mayor of Tomah from 2000 to 2002 and 2008 to 2010. He ran for governor as a Libertarian in 2002, touting himself as Wisconsin's version of then-Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. He lost to Democrat Jim Doyle in a three-way race that included then-Governor Scott McCallum, a Republican. Thompson most recently ran as a Republican for the 31st District state Senate seat. He was in the middle of that campaign when he announced in September 2010 that he had cancer. He lost to incumbent Democrat Kathleen Vinehout less than two months later. Thompson was diagnosed with cancer after going in for an unrelated surgery. Told that he had only about six months to live, he decided to forge ahead with the campaign.