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La Crosse has had one of the best unemployment rates in the state throughout the staggering and sputtering recovery from the recession.
But over the last couple of months, the metro area lost jobs even while the jobless rate dropped slightly. However, last month, La Crosse also added jobs to go along with the lower unemployment rate. New numbers from the state show the La Crosse metro with a 5.5% unemployment rate. The state also says the metro area was one of only four to add jobs during September, up a thousand from the month before.
La Crosse police were uncomfortable with the idea of giving away free bike lights the whole time. Not because they don't want bicycle riders to go without. It's just that the big box of bike light sets they got from the county through a grant program came with the understanding that the lights would be handed out to those riding illegally without bike lights. Kind of like a reward for breaking the law. La Crosse cops instead will hand out the lights to the first fifty who show up at the PD downtown to register their bikes. Bike registration is two bucks and is required under city ordinance.
You can say that the campaign to recall governor Walker has more or less begun. At least it has for two conservative groups in Wisconsin
That comes from a video on the ItsWorkingWisconsin website. Americans for Prosperity and the MacIver Institute have also purchased ad time in a number of markets around the state in support of the governor's actions to curtail collective bargaining for public unions in the state. A recall group say they'll begin collecting signatures to recall the governor on November 15th.
Onalaska Police Officer James Page and Lacrosse County Deputy, Daniel Baudek, have receive awards that the country has never seen before. The two were awarded the US Justice Department's Congressional Badge of Bravery today (Wednesday) at a ceremony attended by Senator Herb Kohl.
Another new tenant at Attic Correctional on the northside La Crosse. The latest sex offender to be released in La Crosse is 47 year-old Donald Lear. Lear will live at Attic on Rose street, just about a block and a half away from two different elementary schools. Lear was convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a fourteen year-old girl along with another 15 year old girl and a 16 year-old, too. Police say Lear will be moving in to Attic next Tuesday.