Gunderson Lutheran Blanket Drive
The Gundersen Lutheran nursing family recently kicked off its fifth annual blanket drive titled, “Wrapping the Community in Warmth.” The nursing sponsored blanket drive, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Western Campus for Nursing and Gundersen Lutheran Partners, runs from now until Jan. 14, to help many local organizations during the winter season including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, New Horizons, Birth Right, St. Clare Health Mission, Community Liaison, Gerard Hall, Houston County Women’s Resource Center and Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation.
Part of Renewable Portfolio for Xcel Shelved
Renewable energy is all the rage for Xcel energy in Wisconsin. Or, it was, anyway. The energy company has pulled the plug on a renewable energy production project in north Wisconsin. Xcel had originally intended to build a biomass gasification plant in one of three units at the company's Bay Front Power Plant. But higher costs and uncertainty about future regulations were among the variables that led to the project getting shelved. Xcel will still burn biomass in a more conventional process at the plant's remaining two units.
Minnesota Recount Done In Some Counties
For several Minnesota counties, the great recount of 2010 is finished.
Houston and Winona Counties are among those which recounted all their ballots in the governor's race on the first day of the statewide canvass. The Winona County Auditor, Sue Rivers, says that other than having to retrieve ballots from one machine, her staff's recount proceeded with almost nothing changing. One contested vote went to Democrat Mark Dayton.
Statewide, the Democrat's lead over rival Tom Emmer has gone up 24 votes after one day of recounts. But more than 300 ballots have been challenged so far.
Hearing Coming on Ethics
Yes, to a quasi-judicial hearing. No, to a long one. Essentially the decision from La Crosse's Ethics Board regarding alleged ethics missteps by mayor Matt Harter. The board has agreed to allow a short, possibly one day hearing for new evidence to be presented by those who have filed an ethics complaint against the mayor. Among other limits, the board has stipulated that any new evidence must directly pertain to issues outlined in a report by an outside law firm that was released in the summer. That hearing should be held soon.
United Way Close To Goal
The prizes included Badger Hockey Tickets, a one year membership to the YMCA, a new wardrobe to Macy's sponsored by Macy's, 14K White Gold Diamond Earrings and shopping spree sponsored by Quillins. All incentives to help the Great Rivers United Way make their goal of $ 2 million dollars.
So Dan Hanson.....are you close? 76% there.
He says those monies and hopefully more, will be split up among 28 different non profit organizations throughout the Coulee Region.
You have about a month to help the United Way hit the 100% mark.