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A judge says the town of Onalaska has to pay their former administrator. Now both sides are trying to work out how much compensation is owed to Paul Kitzmann. The town claimed they had to let Kitzmann go in July due to budget problems. A judge ruled that wasn't a good enough reason to fire their administrator. Kitzmann's three year contract wasn't set to expire until January of 2012. His salary was 50 grand a year. The towns attorney hopes to have something worked out before the next court date which is scheduled for May. The town cannot appeal the judge's original decision until compensation is determined.
IN MANY WAYS, THE INTERNET IS REPLACING THE POST OFFICE AS A NORMAL WAY TO COMMUNICATE...
A SHARP DROP IN THE VOLUME OF ITEMS BEING MAILED HAS FORCED THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REVIVE THE IDEA OF ENDING SATURDAY DELIVERIES. IRONICALLY, MARGE OEHLKE FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE SAYS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING ON-LINE TO HANDLE THEIR REGULAR MAIL, AT THE OFFICIAL POST OFFICE WEBSITE.
OEHLKE SAYS THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL ALWAYS BE NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT BUSINESS DELIVERIES, EVEN AS THE AMOUNT OF PERSONAL MAIL GOES DOWN.
WHO DID IT IS NOT THE MAIN QUESTION ANY MORE, BUT RATHER 'WHY' DID HE DO IT?
THE WINONA COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING DEATHS LAST WEEK OF MORGAN AND DEBRAH NEDERHISER AT THEIR NODINE HOME. PROSECUTOR CHUCK MACLEAN SAYS MOST EVIDENCE POINTS TO A MURDER-SUICIDE IN WHICH MORGAN WAS THE SHOOTER. BUT MACLEAN SAYS IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO REACH A FINAL CONCLUSION. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THERE ARE REPORTS THAT MR. NEDERHISER WAS HAVING BUSINESS TROUBLE.
A partnership that is paying off for LaCrosse county. During the past couple of years the county has been working to get neighboring counties with residents at the Lakeview Care Center to pay their fare share. Has meant a big savings for taxpayers who have to make up for budget shortfalls at the West Salem facility says county administrator Steve O'Malley. He points out that the eleven county consortium brings in about 800 thousand dollars a year. Today Mississippi Valley Health Services will consider letting Outagamie and Winnebago counties join the consortium. O'Malley says the county had to get innovative because it would cost even more to find other places for these special needs clients.
City hall in Onalaska went green in 2009. Simple things like turning off computers, lights and other electronics helped the city save big bucks last year according to assistant city planner and Green Team leader Deena Murphy. The city saved over 20 thousand dollars with the green initiative. Murphy says the city all recycled more paper and printed on both sides to save money. Next year they would like to get some federal grant money to install energy efficient bulbs in city streetlights.