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Months of suspicion. Possibly a failed congressional bid because of it. Now, republican state senator Dan Kapanke cleared by the state Government Accountability Board of ethics charges regarding payments to a loan for lights at Copeland Park where his La Crosse Loggers play. The claims of ethical misdeeds by the democratic party baseless, according to the GAB. Kapanke says he's not angry over the allegations and how they possibly derailed his run for congress. He's grateful that the end result of the investigation clears him of wrongdoing and clarifies the law for other legislators in similar business situations.
First it was a lot of rain. And then a flooded roadway. And then, this week, it was several inches of snow that delayed construction at La Crosse's Copeland Park ball park. Workers had started to work on repairs to a dugout and bleachers burned by vandals last fall. La Crosse Loggers GM Chris Goodell says the weather delays have pushed back the project completion date a little. Originally the dugout was to be completed by May first. Goodell thinks that deadline looks a little improbable now. But getting everything done by the end of May doesn't seem out of the question.
Just about a month before Minnesota faces a government shutdown. Legislative-controlling republicans and democratic governor Mark Dayton are still way apart on budget deals. Preston republican state rep Greg Davids says it would be unfortunate if the governor vetoes his party's bills that considerably more austere than Dayton's but still call for a eight to nine percent overall spending increase. If the Republicans and the governor can’t agree on a budget by May 23rd, state government will shut down.
A teenage driver who was accused of vehicular homicide in Winona County pleads guilty to a lesser charge...
Eighteen-year-old Adam Greden admits to careless driving for allegedly racing with another student from Lewiston-Altura High School last April. The second driver lost control of her pickup and crashed. She and two of the three other girls in the truck were killed. Greden was charged about six months after the accident. He'll be sentenced on the reduced charge on May 12th.
A mailing campaign from the Brookfield, Wisconsin group, Jobs First Coalition, claims 94th Assembly Candidate, Steve Doyle, does not pay his property taxes and if he does, they are always late. That false claim, according to Doyle, has his campaign now in the process of filing criminal and civil charges against the group, which is headed up by former State Assembly Speaker, Scott Jensen. Jensen was convicted last year of felony misconduct in office.
On hand today to verify that Doyle has in fact filed his taxes and on time was Lacrosse County Finance Director Gary Ingvalson, County Director of Zoning and Planning Jeff Blusky and former Town of Onalaska Clerk, Sue Schultz.
Doyle says he's not surprised these negative attack ad's are coming out so fast in the campaign. And he has a message to the folks in the 94th.....expect more of these negative ad's to surface both on radio, in newspapers and in your mail.
The election for the 94th Assembly District is May 3rd.