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Is anyone minding the store? And does anybody in Madison even care? Those are legitimate questions, as the boondoggle that is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation continues to be the...
Tim Kabat and Doug Farmer will battle in the April election to become La Crosse's next mayor.
Unofficial totals from Tuesday's primary show Kabat, the director of Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. as the top vote-getter with 2670 votes. Long-time city councilman Farmer is second with 1400 votes. In third place, Bill Feehan with 585 votes. Eleven men got on the primary ballot in the hopes of succeeding Matt Harter, who's stepping down as mayor after a single term.
Tim Kabat and Doug Farmer will move on to the April general election for mayor of La Crosse. Kabat gained the most votes of all candidates in Tuesday primary voting, collecting over 26 hundred. Farmer gained 14 hundred votes, more than double the next highest vote-getter, former state senate candidate, Bill Feehan who received less than six hundred. Of the eleven candidates, Craig Nestor received the fewest.
Tim Kabat takes an early lead in vote-counting for mayor of La Crosse. In early results, the former assistant city planner was leading runner-up Doug Farmer by a 2-1 margin. Recent State Senate candidate Bill Feehan was a distant third in the 11-man race. The top two candidates will face off in the April general election.
A 20-year-old man convicted of beating a prisoner in the La Crosse County jail is being given three years to straighten out his life.
Judge Ramona Gonzalez has stayed a prison term for Houaka Yang, and is putting him on probation for three years, but he must follow several conditions to avoid prison. Yang and a second inmate attacked Lucas Brickl in jail last summer for allegedly being a 'snitch.' Brickl testified against one of the two men found guilty in the shooting death last March of Sara Hougom of La Crosse.
An autopsy conducted today in Madison on UW-L Senior Neala Frye, according to
(AP) Minnesota is becoming more ethnically diverse that it was decades ago. State demographer Susan Brower says nearly one of every five Minnesotans is a person of color. The federal census says that includes blacks, Hispanics, Asian, Native American or those of multiple ethnic groups.
The diversity is even more pronounced among children. Brower says a quarter of Minnesota children are people of color. While the state becomes more diverse, its ethnic population is much lower that the United States in general. About 36 percent of the U.S. population is ethnically diverse.
Brower provided the snapshot of population trends at a House committee meeting Monday at the state Capitol.
(AP) Apple production in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level since 1945. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says apple production in 2012 was down 54 percent in Wisconsin. Yields decreased more than three tons per acre.
A heat wave last spring caused apple trees to bloom prematurely. And then frost in April killed many of the blossoms. A summer drought only made things worse.
Wisconsin Apple Growers Association director Ann Maenner says they're hoping this year will be different and that the trees will stay dormant until the frost is gone.
Apple production dropped 4 percent nationally.
(AP) Home sales continue to recover in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Realtors Association says sales rose about 18 percent in January, compared to the same month last year. It's the 19th consecutive month of double digit growth. The median sale price of homes also increased. It rose 3.4 percent to $123,000.
The strongest growth was to the north where sales are up 31 percent and in the central region of the state, up about 28 percent.
Realtors board chairman Renny Diedrich says January typically is the slowest month, so the strong sales point to an even better spring.