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(AP) Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey says Wisconsin Democrats must unite against Republican Gov. Scott Walker and not form a ``suicide pact'' by attacking one another in the primary race. Obey spoke Wednesday on a conference call arranged by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Obey supports Barrett. His chief rival, Kathleen Falk, has been attacking Barrett more aggressively this week leading up to the May 8 primary. Obey says the only way Democrats can make credible arguments to defeat Walker in the June 5 election is to earn the trust of Democrats, independents and Republicans and avoid ``petty sniping.'' He says Democrats are the underdogs in the recall and they face an uphill battle against Walker because of all the money he has raised. Falk spokesman Scot Ross did not immediately respond.
A more focused snapshot of unemployment around Minnesota shows that some areas are continually doing better then others. And that's the case in Houston County. They are still hovering around the 9% unemployment rate...joining 3 other counties in southern Minnesota. The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate came in at 5.8 percent during March. The highest unemployment remains in north central Minnesota where Clearwater County's 15 and a half percent leads the state. Twin Cities area jobless numbers are closer to the state's overall rate, while the lowest rates, under five percent, remain in southwestern and far western Minnesota.
Grand reopening of La Crosse's most visible park is this Friday. The city will hold a ceremony to not only open Grandad Bluff park but also commemorate its centennial. The park's been closed for a year to undergo an extensive renovation. Some of that meant to preserve the history of the site, says La Crosse park and recreation director, Steve Carlyon. He says the shelter is a good example of that; getting restored to specs in the original blueprints from 1930. At the ceremony on Friday will be food and drink and a ceremonial Ho-Chunk blessing. Renovation cost: $1.4 million. Much of that paid for through state grants.
With as many elections Wisconsinites have faced over the past year and a half...guessing a voter turnout for the upcoming recall elections is somewaht up in the air. La Crosse City Clerk, Teri Lehrke, says she has her finger on the election pulse.
Absentee voting began Monday for governor, lieutenant governor, and four state Senate seats. There are primaries for all six posts, and the winners will face the Republican recall targets in early June.
She admits to using dangerous drugs with a friend, who died from an overdose...
Christina Lorenz of La Crosse is pleading guilty, to a reduced charge of being a party to reckless homicide. The D-A's office will recommend a maximum prison term of three years, plus five years on supervision, when Lorenz is sentenced in June. Lorenz used drugs with two other men, including Anthony Du Charme, last August. When Du Charme suddenly died, Lorenz and others reportedly conspired to hide his body on a north La Crosse hillside. The charge of concealing a corpse was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.