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Dispute over sewer system at Maple Grove goes back to court

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A former country club in the area wins a legal round in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but the fight, apparently, isn’t over yet. 

The high court ruled in favor of the owners who ran the Maple Grove Country Club, near West Salem, in a long-standing dispute with the sanitary district, which handled the club’s wastewater. 

Maple Grove took the sanitary district to court when that body didn’t pay sufficient rent to the country club owners. 

The suit was dismissed by both a La Crosse County judge and a court of appeals, but the Supreme Court said a defense tactic used by the district was improper. 

The case is expected to be sent back to a La Crosse judge to help figure out the values of property involved in the dispute.

The Maple Grove property is now the site of the annual Country Boom music festival, held in July.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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