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Pat Bowland of Xcel Energy says they know some people are having a hard time making ends meet.
Also.....due to recent changes in program eligibility, many more households across the state may be eligible for heating assistance this winter through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to low-income residents. If you need help with your utility bill...contact your provider.
People could be driving on Bliss Road today...if the city of La Crosse would allow it.
Shelby town chair Lynnetta Kopp told town residents last night that one lane of traffic on the closed road up Grandad Bluff can handle traffic. So she has proposed putting a temporary traffic signal, paid for by Shelby, on Bliss Road so it can reopen.
So far, no answer from Mayor Matt Harter or other city leaders. Some of the Shelby residents at a town meeting last night accused La Crosse of 'blackmail' and trying to pick their pockets to pay for a road entirely within city limits.
It didn't take long to choose a jury in a sexual assault case involving a priest serving in the La Crosse Diocese...
Jury selection for the trial of Father Edmund Donkor-Baine lasted less than two hours. Those jurors will begin hearing testimony tomorrow, on charges that Donkor-Baine had sexual contact with a woman he was counseling in a divorce. The woman says she complained to police after church officials took no action against the priest, who's visiting from Ghana. She claims the incident happened in a parked car more than a year ago.
A sixth drunk driving arrest for a guy in La Crosse this week-end. Police say they stopped 40 year-old Craig Ross around midnight on Saturday heading north out of town. Ross told cops he was just heading home to Onalaska from a bar on the city's northside. He was driving a car without a rearview mirror, no seatbelt, no insurance. What he did have was a full belly of booze. Police say Ross nearly blew a .16 at the scene. Besides the sixth OWI, under a recently enacted Wisconsin law, they also cited him for failing to installl an ignition interlock device on the car he was driving.
The La Crosse ethics board is back at it today. The board meets for the second time to consider a complaint filed by a large group of people against mayor Matt Harter. The complaint roughly mirrors an outside legal opinion that found the mayor maybe overstepped ethical and legal boundaries in meetings at the county solid waste director's office. One of those meetings involved Harter's dad, the city's garbage and recycling contractor. The ethics board today is expected to select outside legal counsel.