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A Sparta man is in a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries after being involved in an officer related shooting last night in Sparta. The shooting happened just after 10 Thursday night in the 400 block of Austin Street. Sparta police officers were responding to a 911 hang-up call.
The La Crosse County Board will spend $5000 towards a study of the I-90 Exit 3 corridor, but not every one on the board agreed with the plan. Gerald Sebranek was one of the 6 no votes and explained to the board......he was voting on behalf of his constituents.
The board passed the measure on a 23-6 vote. They join the City of La Crosse and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee in contributing the $49 thousand needed for the study.....which will begin next month.
For many, a mild winter has been more than pleasant. It's also been a whole lot cheaper than last year. Xcel energy says customers are spending 20% less on energy this winter compared to last year. Although that may change soon, says Brian Elwood from Xcel, starting with the current cold snap
Besides mild temps in November and December, Elwood says a much lower price for natural gas has helped to keep energy costs low so far this winter.
(AP) Minnesota's unemployment rate continued to move downward in December to a rate of 5.7 percent. State officials say it's now lower than at any time since the September 2008 financial collapse. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development released its monthly jobs report on Thursday. The December unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percent from a 5.9 percent rate in November. The state's unemployment rate declined a total of 1.5 percent since August. That's the biggest decrease over a four-month period dating back to 1976.
Minnesota gained 7,900 jobs in December and 25,300 jobs for all of 2012. Department official Steve Hine says economic indicators are positive, but that a full economic recovery is still a ways off with numerous potential hazards that could throw it off track.