Onalaska voters choose Chilsen as mayor...
Joe Chilsen has outpolled opponent Samantha Carter by about a 3-to-1 margin in Tuesday's vote to pick a successor to retiring Mayor Mike Giese. Chilsen already serves in Onalaska city government on the police and fire commission. Carter works in law enforcement for La Crosse County, and recently moved to Onalaska. It's the first time in decades that a new mayor for Onalaska has not moved up directly from a seat on the city council.
By a 3-to-2 margin, voters in La Crosse are rejecting the idea of a city administrator.
With seven thousand votes counted, more than four thousand people had voted 'no' on the binding referendum. Opponents of the plan have argued that hiring an administrator would increase the size of city government and take away powers from the mayor.
Oktoberfest USA has announced they will hold two separate press conferences on Thursday, April 5th to discuss the fate of the 2012 Oktoberfest parades. Both conferences will be held at the Oktoberfest Southside Festgrounds.
Monroe County residents are taking to the polls today to vote on where they would like to see a new jailand courthouse built. Monroe County Sheriff, Pete Quirin.
Quirin says it's on the referendum because it's been a stumbling block with the county board for more then 20 years. Some want it built in downtown Sparta....others at the dog pound site near Highway 71.
A switch in health insurance providers will save big bucks for the Onalaska School District and its employees.
Larry Dalton, Director of Finance and Business Services, says after considering bids from a number of providers, school officials dropped longtime carrier WEA Trust. The school district will work with Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo affiliated HMOs to offer a dual choice program, the first of its kind in a school district.