More Vets Going To College In Minnesota
The numbers of returning veterans going to college in Minnesota under a newly revamped GI bill is growing. Steve Frantz is with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Frantz says although the new GI Bill might not result in the sort of sweeping social change that was ushered in more than half a century ago by the sheer numbers of returning vets, it has the potential to transform lives of young service members and their families.
No Frac Sand Damage Here
A frac sand mine in Monroe County has almost eliminated any concerns about trucks carrying away sand and damaging roads. Highway Commissioner Jack Dittmar talks about the site on Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah.
And that's been a main concern to some counties that have placed moratoriums on the mining. That and effects on land and groundwater and health impacts on nearby residents.
Fountains Getting New Valves, Will Not Run Continuously
Yes, the drinking fountains in La Crosse will soon be running again for the season.
No, they won't be running all the time. The city this week will put valves on 45 historical fountains that have traditionally run continuously. That's a bunch of water every year; 4 to 5 million gallons, says
city water utility manager Mark Johnson. Each new fountain valve will cost about 75 dollars. Until now, the city has paid the utility over a hundred dollars a year each to let the fountains run continuously.
Miller To Be Remembered With Golf Outing
Community Activist and Supporter of Education, Dr. Charles Miller, will be remembered this September as a golf outing will held in his memory. Geva Thole, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation talks about the event.
The inaugural outing will be Saturday, September 22nd at Forest Hills Country
Club. All proceeds from the event will go to the La Crosse Public Education
Foundation, of which Dr. Miller was a founding member. The event is sponsored by
Gundersen Lutheran Health System and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.
Mathy Construction will serve as a Valedictorian level sponsor. Miller, a
retired Gundersen Lutheran surgeon as well as community leader,
Police Bust Rip Snorter of a 420 Pot Party
Getting baked meant doing some actual baking for an accused drug dealer in La Crosse on Friday. Friday was 4-20, known in marijuana circles as a kind of holiday. Police say it was a 4-20 party that they busted at about three o'clock Friday morning. Through a thick, marijuana haze in the apartment, cops noted several bongs and pipes still smoking, along with pot cupcakes, two kinds of pot cookies, and loaves of bread with pot baked inside. Six pounds of baked goods in all. In a bedroom safe, they found about a half pound of pot and about 4400 hundred dollars in cash. Several people got tickets, three guys arrested including 21 year-old Kyle Murphy who faces serious charges for drug dealing/