Jurors in the Eric Koula trial received the case at about 4 p.m. on Monday, and have retired for the night. They had spent most of the day listening to closing arguments from DA Tim Gruenke and chief defense attorney James Koby. Koula is charged with killing his parents and forging a check from his father's bank account.
A Coon Valley man has died after after crashing his moped into an oncoming semi truck Saturday. The Vernon County Sheriff's Department says the crash happened on Central Avenue in the Village of Coon Valley at about 4:25 p.m. on Saturday. 63 year old Bobby Livangood was traveling westbound when his moped crossed the center line, striking an oncoming semi-truck. He was not wearing a helmet at the time and suffered several severe injuries. Livangood was transported to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse where he died Sunday. The driver of the semi-truck did not suffer any injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff's Department.
First it was the city of La Crosse. Then the county. Then Onalaska. Now, Holmen is closing in on new sign regulations. Including updated rules for electronic signs
Village adminstrator Scott Heinig. He says the sign rules--like so many others in the village--are simply out of date. While other local governments are tackling issues surrounding electronic billboards, that won't be an issue in Holmen; the village doesn't permit any billboards at all.
How healthy is Wisconsin's state pension system? The healthiest. A Pew study of all state pension systems finds that Wisconsin's is the only one that is fully funded. Meaning that obligations for retirees are being fully met by the state. Not quite, according to other studies, which find that the figures that Pew bases its evaluation on are supplied by the states and not always accurate. Like with Wisconsin, which one group found was deeply in debt and only 60 percent funded, based on actual accounting principles that privately-managed pensions use.
A city council member in La Crosse is resigning. Jim Bloedorn says he'll leave the council by next Tuesday. In his resignation letter to the mayor dated Monday, Bloedorn says he bought a house elsewhere in the district and plans to be moved in by next week. Bloedorn has served on the council for several years and has been a strong opponent to what he has often called the overuse of TIF district financing in La Crosse. Bloedorn has also been a strong ally of mayor Harter and has typically been one of the few voting to sustain Harter's numerous vetos.