In 1997, La Crosse police searched the home of local probation agent David Burkhart. He was accused of breaking into several homes and stealing expensive belongings. Burkhart had targeted well-known families, with some of the stolen items taken from the homes of one circuit court judge and a future UW-L football coach.
The La Crosse area was not going to get a Home Depot. That word came from the developer of the new Market Place shopping center in Onalaska, near Highway 16. Just two months earlier, Home Depot had announced plans for a 112,000 square foot store. Eventually, Home Depot did build at Market Place, along with Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.
The comic strip “Rubes” made a joke about Wisconsin in 1997, in a gag about Moses. A bearded man tells Moses that they were supposed to go to the land of milk and honey, but only got milk. The characters were standing near a sign saying “Welcome to Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland.” Fun in the funnies, yesterday in La Crosse.