Packed House For CAPX2020 Presentation
For many of the 150 people that showed up to a CAPX2020 presentation last, a high-voltage power line
stretching across their farms is in no way appealing. Let alone the numerous amount of 174 foot poles put in the ground. Concerned residents gathered at the Holmen High School last night to get more information and ask questions about the proposed powerline project. Representatives from Xcel Energy, The DOT and The Citizens Energy Task force gave presentations and answered questions. The proposed line would extend about 150 miles from Hampton, Minnesota to the La Crosse area, crossing the Mississippi River at Alma and ending at a new substation near Holmen. Construction would begin in 2013, with the line in service by 2015.
Tim Carlsgaard, a spokesman for CapX2020 said he believes that this line will meet the customer needs of this area for years to come. And Tom Hillstrom, a permitting leader with Xcel Energy, said it's not a popular project, but it's important that people see the process. Most attendees who spoke opposed the project and raised concerns about human health values and the impact the line could have on area aesthetics.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has announced two public meetings will held March 13th and 14th in Alma and Centerville.
Blair Taylor Looking To Become The First
The Blair Taylor School District is looking at going to a 4-day school week....and they have the approval from the Department of Public Instruction. But before kids start thinking it's a 3-day weekend coming...Superintendent, Dennis Pervetski says think again.
He says students would likely have either Monday or Friday off and classes
would start at about 8 a.m. and end no later than 4 p.m. A firm structure will
come after public meetings are held. If it's approved, they would become the
first district in the state to have 4 day school weeks.
Capx 2020 Meeting In Holmen Tonight
Representative Steve Doyle will be hosting a community meeting at the Holmen High School Commons tonight from6 – 7:30 pm on the proposed CapX2020 electric transmission project. The public is invited to learn more about the project and to ask questions.
$9 million Project In Sparta Complete
On Sunday, the public saw the completion of the new Emergency, Radiology and Registration Departments at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta. A $1.9 million project that brought in $1.6 million from staff, community and business donations. Dr. Tim Johnson is the CEO of Fransiscan Healthcare and talked about having a new digital mammography area in the e.r.
Two other new areas include digital x-ray and radiology scanner which gives off less radiation. In all...the two phase project cost around $9 million.
Elections Heating Up
If you thought last year was the height of the political spectrum in Wisconsin......one political professor says you have seen nothing yet.
UW-L Professor Joe Heim says yes alot of people got election fatigue last year.......he says be prepared because that fatigue may set in alot earlier then it did last year.