Salvation Army Program Aims to Help Kids Back to School
Wisconsin Again Not Among Race Finishers
Wisconsin can kiss that $250 million goodbye. A quarter billion dollars was how much the state was seeking under the federal Race to the Top program in round two applications. One of 35 states to apply for grant money in the competitive program. Finalists announced today by the feds and Wisconsin is not on the list. La Crosse schools would have been among the states biggest winners had the application gone through, potentially collecting over a million dollars in grants.
Jason Baldner Improved A Little Since Boat Accident
Two months after being seriously injured in a boating accident, Onalaska businessman Jason Baldner has improved a little...
But Baldner also has been placed in hospice care, as complications have developed in recent weeks. Baldner has been hospitalized at Gundersen Lutheran since late May. He received severe brain trauma while on a visit to Florida, when the boat he was riding in crashed into the shore. His family posts on the 'Caring Bridge' website that Jason is able to open his eyes and listens to family members who visit his hospital room. A fund for the Baldner family has been set up at Wells Fargo in La Crosse.
Power Line Plans For La Crosse
You might not see the high wires and the towers for another eight years...
But plans for a high-voltage line through western Wisconsin are moving ahead. A company from Pewaukee wants to place a 345-kilovolt line between La Crosse and Madison...saying it will be a more efficient way of providing energy than existing electric lines. Public hearings will be conducted, to help the A-T-C company decide a precise route for the power line. Opponents of the Cap-X power line project through Minnesota have warned that the eventual goal of the Cap-X planners is to bring their high-voltage wires through the La Crosse area. A-T-C says its La Crosse to Madison line is independent of the Cap-X project.
Dam Failure Means Some Locks Close on Mississippi
The emptying of the Lake Delhi dam In Iowa has caused repercussions downstream. Locks on the Mississippi south of where the Maquoketa river empties in are closing because of the sudden release of water that happened after a failure of the dam on Saturday. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed and people were evacuated after Lake Delhi let loose its waters. The dam failure has been blamed on the torrential amount of rain that northeast Iowa has received in the last week or so. Meanwhile, the Army Corps tells us locks on the Mississippi above Guttenberg, Iowa will operate normally.