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Western Wisconsin State News Briefs: Bond set at one million for Kwik Trip murder

LA CROSSE - A one-million-dollar bond has been ordered for a La Crosse man accused of killing another man at a Kwik Trip convenience store last weekend.

25-year-old Mitrel Anderson made his initial court appearance yesterday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Also, Anderson's girlfriend - 23-year-old Brittany Jones of La Crosse - appeared on a charge of aiding a felon. She was accused of helping Anderson leave La Crosse on Monday. Both were picked up later that day, when police caught them leaving a Madison apartment building. A $50,000 bond was ordered in her case. Both are due back in court next Wednesday, when a judge will decide if there's enough to put both defendants on trial. Authorities said Anderson stabbed 24-year-old Demario Lee of Rockford, Illinois early Sunday, as Lee was in La Crosse to visit family members. Friends of both Lee and Anderson reportedly went on Facebook to urge their supporters to appear in court. WXOW-TV said officials were ready for tensions, but there were none. The station said police escorted Lee's family in and out of the courtroom - and officers made sure those people safely got into their cars and drove away after the hearing.


Same-sex couples can start getting married August first in neighboring Minnesota. And while gay marriage remains illegal in Wisconsin, at least one group in the Gopher State is trying to get gay Wisconsinites to at least pay a visit. During this weekend's Milwaukee Pride-Fest, the group "Visit Saint Paul" plans to have its mobile visitor center on hand. Karolyn Kirchgesler, the group's CEO, says it's a chance to tell lots of people why Saint Paul is quote, "the perfect destination for a wedding, a long weekend, or a full-fledged vacation." Minnesota approved gay marriages earlier this year. The Wisconsin Constitution prohibits both gay marriages and civil unions in the Badger State. And anyone married elsewhere cannot have their vows legally recognized in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, gender-neutral marriage license applications are being made available starting today in Minnesota's larger counties. In Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, the words "bride" and "groom" are replaced on the application with the word "applicant" for both members of a couple.


A three-year-old Eau Claire boy is getting better, after he was rescued from a submerged van in the Chippewa River. His family says Logan Buchli is no longer in intensive care, and he's been moved to a regular room at a hospital in Rochester Minnesota near the Mayo Clinic. A fishing boat was in the process of being attached to the van last weekend, when currents pulled the vehicle into the river. It was about 75-feet from the shore when three men swam to the van, broke out a window, and pulled out the youngster - who spent up to eight minutes in the sunken vehicle. Logan was placed into a medically-induced coma, and he spent a few days on a ventilator. His father, Trevor Buchli, tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram he's pretty fussy but he's quote, "hanging in there pretty good."