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It's not like the cost of energy will go down any time in the near future. In fact Xcel energy is waiting on final approval from Wisconsin state regulators for electricity and natural gas rate increases of a little over two percent. Which makes it particularly galling, says Citizens Utility Board chief, Charlie Higley, that lawmakers in Madison killed increases for the state's Focus on Energy program. A program, says Higley, that saves way more than it costs energy consumers
A recent report from the legislature's own audit bureau found that for every dollar spent on Focus on Energy, consumers saved over two dollars in energy costs.
Lost and found area of the Vernon county sheriff's department probably will be holding on to one of its most recent acquisitions for awhile. Cops say a business on Main street in Stoddard found a bag of pot on the floor on Sunday. Turned the bag over to police. Apparently nobody has called to claim the bag.
More criticism for La Crosse mayor Matt Harter today.. It comes after the mayor's veto this week of unanimous council approval for a temporary firefighter hiring. Council member Bob Seaquist says the mayor maybe should have mentioned something about his opposition to the hiring during city vacancy review committee meetings
The temporary hiring would have replaced a firefighter who's currently on military leave.
La Crosse police have identified a man crushed by a car yesterday as a Winona resident.
Forty-nine-year-old Kevin Ryan was killed on Wednesday while working on a car at Conway Auto Service on South Avenue. Ryan was taken to the hospital after the vehicle slipped and fell on him, and he was declared dead on arrival.
A well-known area couple and the retired director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center are being honored for their volunteer work for the La Crosse area...
This year's Iverson-Freking Award from the Bethany-St. Joseph Corporation goes to Ed and Sally Sullivan and Vince Hatt. They all say they're 'humbled' by receiving the annual award for community service. The Sullivans have spent many years raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. Hatt is active in Rotary, and works as a tutor to young people. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on January 18th.