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Yes, the no wake zones in the Mississippi at the city of La Crosse are still in effect. There's just no buoys that say so. The buoys typically bob around in the water in front of Riverside Park and farther south to where the no wake zone starts at the northern tip of Houska Park. The Harbor Commission is in charge of putting the buoys out but hasn't yet. Apparently the high water levels in the first part of this boating season has delayed the buoy placement. We're told those buoys and others in the Black River could finally be in place by sometime this week
Money's tight and getting tighter in the city of La Crosse. Latest indication of that; the police department is cutting hours at its walk-up lobby area in city hall by more than half. Starting this week, the lobby will close at six and re-open at six in the morning. The lobby will also be closed on week-ends and holidays. Police chief Ed Kondracki says, the change is being made in order to meet increased demand for other services with fewer resources.
The senate recall elections in Wisconsin were expected to be big money affairs and they certainly haven't disappointed. Nine state senators in all face recalls this summer. Fallout from the spring fight over collective bargaining in Madison. La Crosse's Dan Kapanke is one of the half dozen republican senators who will be on recall ballots next month. Campaign finance reports due Monday show that Kapanke has raised over $700 thousand this year and spent all but a hundred thousand of that to defend his seat. Democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling, meanwhile, has raised over a quarter million dollars to try and unseat Kapanke.
Calling it reasonable and predictable, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is recommending a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the state's 13 four-year universities for 2010-11. This is the fourth consecutive year that Reilly has recommended a 5.5 percent tuition hike. Something UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow does not want to do. Tuition at UW-Lacrosse would increase by $380 per year. The rates do not include mandatory fees or room and board, which vary by campus. The 18 members of the UW Board of Regents will vote on the measure Friday morning.
A solider found dead at Fort McCoy during the weekend was identified today as 40-year-old Felicity Binnier of East Stroudsburg New Jersey.
The death remains under investigation, and almost no other details were released.
Binnier was found unresponsive at the base on Saturday, during annual training. Binnier was part of the 78th Training Division based at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey.