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The military is still investigating what happened to Private Aaron Clawson of Waterloo, Wisconsin, who was attending monthly training as a member of a company out of Madison. The fort had not given Clawson's name until today, and military sources say Clawson did not in a training accident.
It never really was much of a race for Ron Johnson. The Republican candidate for senate cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's primary, receiving 85% of the vote and earning the chance to face Russ Feingold on November's ballot. Scott Walker got the voters' nod over closest challenger and former congressman Mark Neumann. Walker got 59% to Neumann's 39%. Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett will see each other on the fall ballot. State senator Dan Kapanke had no problem eclipsing the vote totals of Bruce Evers; by a nearly four to one margin, Kapanke won his party's right to battle democrat Ron Kind this fall. And, in a much closer race, Republican Nick Charles edged out Julian Bradley in the primary. It will be Charles who has an opportunity to unseat La Crosse's incumbent state representative, Jennifer Shilling.
Who did La Crosse County voters like on Tuesday's primary ballot?
In the governor's race, they preferred Mark Neumann over Scott Walker on the Republican side. For lieutenant governor, Brett Davis was the clear choice among five Republican hopefuls...with Tom Nelson prevailing on the Democratic side. Nick Charles edged out Julian Bradley in the GOP race to find a challenger to State Rep Jennifer Shilling. And Dan Kapanke got 80 per cent of the Republican vote in his home county, in the primary for Congress in the 3rd District.
A couple of long-time Oktoberfest volunteers get more royal treatment for this year's fest...
Bill Bush and Ardie Schock have been grenadiers, but they'll be parade marshals this fall. Bush will lead the Torchlight Parade the night of September 30th.
And Schock, who worked for 40 years at the Heileman and City Breweries, is marshal for the Maple Leaf Parade a week from Saturday.
You can blame the brewery for that offensive odor of effluvia in and around downtown La Crosse during the last several days. City water utility manager Mark Johnson tells us some sort of malfunction at City Brewery's pre-treatment plant overwhelmed that plant and then did the same to the city's nearby sewage treatment facility. The result: a really, really bad smell in the air over the week-end and one that continues in some respect today. Johnson says both his facility and the Brewery are working on the problem and making some progress.