Western Technical College Is 100
100 years ago it was called the La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools. Now 100 years, it's called Western Technical College. And with plenty of celebrations going on this month, retired dean of industrial technologies, Bill Welch Sr, explains that the tech college set the stage for familiar programs nationwide.
The college started in 1912 as a continuation school for adults, high school dropouts and trade training. From two rooms in the Longfellow school building, Western has expanded to a 15 building campus in La Crosse, with regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua, and a public safety training center in Sparta.
Vinehout Wants To Capture Union Votes
Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters will choose one democratic primary candidate, to face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election. And one of those candidates says the union vote could hurt her opponent. Senator, kathleen Vinehout talked with WIZM news about Kathleen Falk getting quite a few union nominations.
Those two, along with Doug La Follette and Tom Barrett, will have the chance to move on to the first ever Wisconsin governor recall next month.
Dispatcher Recognizes Caller on 911 Hang Up
You know you've had a little too much contact police when an emergency dispatcher recognizes your voice during a 911 hang-up call. That's Timothy Clinch, apparently. The dispatcher says the 44 year-old called La Crosse 911 from a convenience store phone on Saturday night, made some disparaging comments about the mayor's sexuality and then hung up. Video surveillance confirmed the guy's identity. Police tracked Clinch to his apartment but he didn't go quietly. Police say Clinch threw an alarm clock at the arresting officer, burned him with a cigarette and had to be physically convinced to walk to the squad car. They say Clinch also spit on the cop on the way to jail.
Storm Cleanup Continues
Heavy weekend rains have caused several rivers and creeks to rise in southern Wisconsin. Jackson, LaCrosse, Trempealeau, Waushara, Winnebago and Green Lake Counties are all under a flood warning. On Sunday, several areas received more than two inches of rain.
This week, there is a chance for two additional systems to move across Wisconsin. The first system will cause afternoon showers on Tuesday. However, the storms are expected to bring less than an inch of rain.
In Trempealeau County, clean up continued throughout the weekend in the community of Blair following last week's storm. Classes resumed today at the Blair-Taylor Elementary and High Schools after being closed for two days due to roof damage caused by the storm. School officials are concerned that rain leaking through the roof may also caused damage to the gym floor. And in Juneau County, a communications tower was struck by lightning on Sunday.
Wanted Illinois Man Smokes Last Bit of Crack Before Jail
When you know you're going to jail, what's the last piece of business you take care of? A 33 year-old guy that La Crosse cops picked up this week-end has his priorities straight. Police say they stopped the car that David Wims was in after it rolled through a red light on Saturday. While they were looking up his information and determining that he was wanted in Illinois, Wims lit up his crack pipe while sitting in the car. Told cops since he was going to jail, he was darn well going to smoke his crack, or words to that effect. An officer had to take the crack pipe away. After removing an infant from the back seat to search the car for more drugs, they cuffed Wims and hauled him to jail.