(AP) The Republican leader of the state Senate says he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they have made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Friday he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to the GAB. Its deadline for deciding is March 19. The other senators are Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.
(AP) The Vikings say they have ``significant concerns'' with a new proposal to fund the $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills using user fees instead of a county food and liquor sales tax. The latest proposal from Ramsey County leaders would raise an estimated $20.6 million annually from parking fees, admissions surcharges and a stadium sales tax in addition to parking lot naming rights. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley says Friday the prior agreement with Ramsey County hinged on the team receiving parking revenues and naming rights and a condition of no admissions taxes. Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett called the new plan a ``game changer'' after meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton. He later acknowledged that the Vikings may not like elements of the new plan.
A former Monroe County jailer, who is charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and writing 20 sexually explicit letters to her, was back in a Monroe County Courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jerry Friedl of Sparta stood mute to the four felony charges. Monroe County Judge, Mark Goodman, entered a not guilty plea on behalf Friedl to felony counts of second degree sexual assault.
This year will mark the 5th anniversary of the LHI Freedom Fest in La Crosse. And the entertainment lined up is keeping in line with bands booked in the past. The event is June 16th at the UW-L Veterans memorial Field Sports Complex and after a Freedom Fest motorcycle ride, the 451st Army band and local band the Remainders....the night will be filled with music from Foreigner and The Steve Miller Band. In the past 4 years, the Freedom Fest, has raised close to $300 thousand and out of that.....$80 thousand has gone for scholarships to veterans. 100% of the proceeds have benefited veteran's causes including the Veterans Hall Of Honor at UW-L. Tickets for the event go on sale April 13th and you can choose grandstand seating.....lawn seating.....and two different V.I.P. seating arrangements. The fee for the 3 hour motorcycle ride is $25. The website for more info is freedom fest lacrosse dot com.
(AP) Democrats say challenges to thousands of signatures submitted on petitions to recall four incumbent Republican state senators won't stand and the elections will be ordered. State Senate Democratic Committee executive director Zac Kramer said Friday that a cursory review of the challenges filed late Thursday by the senators shows they won't meet the threshold needed to stop the elections. The senators submitted their challenges with the Government Accountability Board. Petition circulators have until Tuesday to make their own counter-arguments. The board has until March 19 to determine if enough signatures were collected to trigger elections. The targeted senators are Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.