Oktoberfest Might Skip Parades This Year
Citing new fees required by La Crosse city hall, the Oktoberfest board of directors says it has suspended plans for its three parades in the city for the fall of 2012. As part of a fee structure passed by the city council in the fall, parades, fun runs and other similar events have new fees and permits to pay to the city in order to offset things like police service. The bill for Oktoberfest for this year: $18,000. The board says its losses last year exceeded $40,000 without the fees and the organization isn't certain how it will be able to hold the parades with the new expense. Mayor Matt Harter, meanwhile, says he has yet to meet with anyone from Oktoberfest but believes some arrangement will be reached in order to keep the parades rolling this year.
Governor Announces Tech College And Employer Program
Today Governor Scott Walker, while in La Crosse, announced a three-year, $4 million pilot program to boost skills training for jobs that are available now.
The program, Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant is designed to foster partnerships between the Wisconsin Technical College System and businesses with advanced manufacturing employment needs. The Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant, created by the non-profit Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, seeks to strengthen the ties between technical colleges, employers and job seekers.
Vinehout Hits The Campaign Trail
One democratic candidate for governor is starting to make her statewide rounds on the campaign trail. Senator Kathleen Vinehout made appearances in Winnebago County last weekend. Vienhout talked with WIZM news about her campaign travels so far.
Vinehout will open her campaign office in Madison on March 12th.
Deer Hunter Forum In Westby Tonight
The deer hunting seasons might still be months away, but the Department of Natural Resources is already gearing up with a series of deer hunter forums this month. Anyone interested in the opportunity to discuss local deer management issues, hunting seasons, and any other deer topic is encouraged to attend.
A local meeting will be held today from 4-8pm for Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe
and Vernon counties at the Bekkum Memorial Library, in Westby.
Billings Is Listening To The Candidates
State Represenative, Jill Billings, says she is watching the gubernatorial campaign trail of Kathleen Vinehout and Kathleen Falk real closely. But the one thing that bothers the La Crosse Democrat, is the talk of fake candidates being used in primaries like we saw last year in recall elections.
Billings, during her interview with WIZM News, did not say which candidate she would support...saying she's listening like everyone else is....to the issues each one has.