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Seem like the chicken discussion has been going on forever in La Crosse? The city council once again this month considers allowing backyard chickens. It's an issue that's been several months in the hatching. That's about right from Daniel Hoyt's perspective. He spearheaded the backyard chickens idea in Oshkosh. He says it took about a year from when he first started work on the process till last month when the Oshkosh council passed the chicken ordinance. His advice for chicken backers in La Crosse: Do your research, get your facts, get ready to address naysayers whose reasons not to allow chickens are derived primarily from a position of fear. The Oshkosh rule allows four backyard chickens--no roosters--and only with the neighbors' permission.
A planned water increase in La Crosse won't be the same for everyone. The city's water utility is looking for a boost in rates. Something that would average about five bucks a month for a normal home water user. That's a 30 percent increase. Pretty big, agrees Water utility manager Mark Johnson, but understandable when you consider his utility hasn't seen a rate increase for nine years. If the new rates are approved, Johnson says, some water customers will pay more than others. One city council committee this week has agreed to the rate increase request. The full council votes on the request next week. State regulators also have to weigh in.
A La Crosse area man who's in a mental hospital for attacking a cop may be forced to have medication in the hospital...
A doctor from the Mendota Institute tells Judge Dale Pasell that Joseph Smith's illness has gotten worse. The medication Smith was taking is not working on him now, and the doctor wants to try other medicines. Pasell gives the hospital permission to give Smith those new drugs involuntarily, because he is not competent now. Five years ago this spring, Smith stabbed and wounded a La Crosse policeman in the chest with a screwdriver during a traffic stop. He was hospitalized for four years, and was briefly released into the public last year before his illness became worse.
Today, John Lautz is basking in the glow of a big primary win. But the top vote getter in Wisconsin's 94th assembly Republican primary is also preparing to face his democratic opponent in next month's special general election. When asked about his strategy for campaigning against Steve Doyle, Lautz told us it doesn't matter who he runs against, his message is the same: work together to get the state fiscal house in order, balance the budget, and generate jobs in the 94th district.
Lautz says he was surprised when the final vote tallies had him so far ahead of the other primary candidates. He collected nearly 36 hundred votes, a total more than fifty percent higher than his next nearest competitor, Lynnetta Kopp.