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Downtown Sparta looks as though the likely choice for a new courthouse and jail after voters leaned that was in a referendum yesterday. That location beat out the Highway 71 location by about 500 votes.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin, said he was impressed with the almost 36% voter turnout. On a side note...Irwin himself lost his bid to retain his county board seat to Dale Greeno.....232-94.
Onalaska voters choose Chilsen as mayor...
Joe Chilsen has outpolled opponent Samantha Carter by about a 3-to-1 margin in Tuesday's vote to pick a successor to retiring Mayor Mike Giese. Chilsen already serves in Onalaska city government on the police and fire commission. Carter works in law enforcement for La Crosse County, and recently moved to Onalaska. It's the first time in decades that a new mayor for Onalaska has not moved up directly from a seat on the city council.
By a 3-to-2 margin, voters in La Crosse are rejecting the idea of a city administrator.
With seven thousand votes counted, more than four thousand people had voted 'no' on the binding referendum. Opponents of the plan have argued that hiring an administrator would increase the size of city government and take away powers from the mayor.
Oktoberfest USA has announced they will hold two separate press conferences on Thursday, April 5th to discuss the fate of the 2012 Oktoberfest parades. Both conferences will be held at the Oktoberfest Southside Festgrounds.
Monroe County residents are taking to the polls today to vote on where they would like to see a new jailand courthouse built. Monroe County Sheriff, Pete Quirin.
Quirin says it's on the referendum because it's been a stumbling block with the county board for more then 20 years. Some want it built in downtown Sparta....others at the dog pound site near Highway 71.