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For many of the 150 people that showed up to a CAPX2020 presentation last, a high-voltage power line
stretching across their farms is in no way appealing. Let alone the numerous amount of 174 foot poles put in the ground. Concerned residents gathered at the Holmen High School last night to get more information and ask questions about the proposed powerline project. Representatives from Xcel Energy, The DOT and The Citizens Energy Task force gave presentations and answered questions. The proposed line would extend about 150 miles from Hampton, Minnesota to the La Crosse area, crossing the Mississippi River at Alma and ending at a new substation near Holmen. Construction would begin in 2013, with the line in service by 2015.
Tim Carlsgaard, a spokesman for CapX2020 said he believes that this line will meet the customer needs of this area for years to come. And Tom Hillstrom, a permitting leader with Xcel Energy, said it's not a popular project, but it's important that people see the process. Most attendees who spoke opposed the project and raised concerns about human health values and the impact the line could have on area aesthetics.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has announced two public meetings will held March 13th and 14th in Alma and Centerville.
Looking to retire? Maybe do it somewhere else. In its annual list of ten worst places to retire, the website TopRetirements.com has listed Wisconsin and Minnesota among the stinkers. Among the factors cited for being on the ten worst for retirees, the website says Wisconsin, at number ten, has ridiculous property and income taxes. For Minnesota, number seven on the list, the site mentions high income taxes mostly due to the absence of any pension or social security exemptions. Property taxes are high. Also, the weather's a factor; winters can be harsh in Minnesota.
The city of La Crosse doesn't know if it's getting a new city administrator. But if voters do approve that change to city government in April, they'll also have a good idea of what will be expected from the mayor's office from now on. This week the city council votes on whether to cut in half the mayor's salary if the city administrator referendum is okayed in the spring
City council president Audrey Kader envisions a half time mayor as performing basically a public relations function for the city.
(AP) There's bipartisan support for legislation that streamlines work for the utility regulators at the state Public Service Commission. One of the provisions in the bill would bar the commission from requiring a utility to lobby for legislation. The bill would also prohibit a commissioner from being a candidate for public office or active involvement in soliciting contributions or promoting a candidate. But, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign chief Mike McCabe says the bill doesn't address what he says is a ``revolving door'' problem. McCabe says people go from regulated utilities to the PSC and back. He says ``there's a coziness....that undermines the PSC's credibility.'' The Journal Sentinel says another proposal would set a deadline for the commission to make a decision on utility construction projects.
(AP) At 13 pounds, 13 ounces, Asher Stewardson was even bigger than his brother at birth. Asher was delivered without the aid of surgery on Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Fifteen months ago, his brother, Judah, arrived weighing 12 pounds and an ounce at birth. Mercy officials say only a tenth of 1 percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth. The boys' mother, Kendall, Stewardson, endured six hours of labor without an epidural injection. She says she and her husband, Joshua, wanted to avoid cesarean delivery because that wouldn't have been good for her or Asher.