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LISTEN: La Crosse County DA Gruenke on new sheriff, Minnesota legalizing weed, OWI punishment, election fraud

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Hit on a lot of topics Monday with La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM.


La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:07 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.


One of those topics included Democrats taking control of state government in Minnesota and the almost certainty that recreational marijuana will be legalized, as Wisconsin barely even discusses it on a medical level.

What kind of issues does that pose for law enforcement, with people traveling just a few miles to get a drug illegal in Wisconsin?

Also hit on election fraud and the kind of cases La Crosse County has seen.

Talked about an OWI case in Winona where the driver hit and killed a Winona State student and how that four-year prison sentence came to be and what it might have been in Wisconsin.

Lastly, asked if we may take up, again, racial disparities in arrests in La Crosse County, four years after a previous study. Gruenke is part of the county’s Criminal Justice Management Council that meets monthly and it sounds like that may be discussed this week.

La Crosse County will also have a new sheriff, after the midterm election results are certified and a potential recount is finished. Gruenke talked about what a new sheriff and the DA may have to discuss as far as potential priorities and needs.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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