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The National Weather Service says the city of La Crosse had 52-hundredths of an inch of rain since Friday, with most of it falling Saturday when storms rolled through the area. Meteorologist Dan Jones says that should help turn the grass green, and bring more leaves out on the trees. La Crosse has had just an inch-and-a-half of rain in April...which is more than an inch below normal for the month. Winter snowfall also was below normal, by about four inches.
A plan to let people in Wisconsin sell raw milk has been passed by lawmakers...but will it actually be signed?
Democratic rep Chris Danou of Trempealeau believes Governor Doyle will sign it, instead of using his veto. Danou says if enough opposition to raw milk leads to a veto by the governor, that might kill the idea for a while. But he thinks the bill is 'well-crafted,' and enjoys bi-partisan support.
An Iraq and Afghanistan war vet is in trouble for pulling a knife during a fight in downtown La Crosse this week-end. Cops say 26 year-old Nicholas Gustafson from Menomenie is in the Wisconsin Army National guard. They say he pulled out his Operation Iraqi Freedom knife during a tussle in a downtown pizza joint on Friday night. Witnesses differ on how it all went down, but punches were thrown, guys were on the ground, someone got cut and, they say, Gustafson's knife had blood on the blade. He told cops at the time he wasn't sure how the blood got there.
Big vote this week for the La Crosse city council. In a special meeting tomorrow, the council will vote on a development deal that will pave the way for another parking ramp downtown and developer Don Weber another Riverside Center building. Mayor Matt Harter likes the deal. He says, anytime the city can see this kind of development, he'll work hard to make it happen.
Ten million for the parking ramp. Eighteen million for the third Riverside Center building. Under the deal, Weber will build both, but the city will buy the parking ramp from him once it's complete.
That first 35 thousand dollars wasn't quite enough.
The La Crosse city council is poised to approve more money to pay some of the leftover legal and accounting bills from the Pettibone campground and RV park audit. Back in 2007, The council approved spending up to 35 grand to audit the campground because of multiple questions over use. At the time, council members also wanted to insure the campground was being run by Mark Pretasky the way A.W. Pettibone would have wanted when he donated the land to the city in 1901. The city is now negotiating a new lease with Pretasky. But apparently has rung up nearly 15 thousand dollars in fees above the 35 thousand originally approved for the audit.