Chamber Of Commerce Award Winners Announced
The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce held 144th Annual Recognition
Dinner last night. During the program, the Chamber presented 5 area people with
Don Weber, Chairman and CEO of Logistics Health Incorporated, was awarded the Chair’s Community Service Award. He was honored for his commitment to many causes in La Crosse including area Veterans, United Way and UW-L. Dave Skogen, Chairman of Festival Foods was awarded the Chamber’s Regional Progress Award. Festival Foods acquired several Quillin’s grocery store locations in 2011 and built a new Festival Foods store at the Village location on the south side of La Crosse, causing Festival Foods to be the leading grocery store company in the greater La Crosse area.
Rick Artman, President of Viterbo University was awarded the Chamber’s Leadership Award. Artman served the Chamber in key roles through a revised planning process to chart the course for the five year plan the Chamber undertook. And Shirley Krause, formerly of M&I, was presented with the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Krause retired from M&I, A Part of BMO Financial Group in 2011, but continued to serve in her role as chair of the Chamber’s Ambassadors.
Also, Chuck Thoftne of Kwik Trip was presented with the Past Chair Award for 2011 by this year’s Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Dyanne Brudos.
K9 Proves Vital For La Crosse PD
Over the last couple weeks the La Crosse Police Department’s Investigative Bureau has executed several search warrants and made multiple, high profile drug arrests. These large cases can overshadow the excellent work being done by the front line officers. The front line uniformed police officers are the “back bone” of our police department. We would like to highlight a recent night of activity from Officer LeQue and his new K-9 partner Ralph. Officer LeQue is assigned to second shift patrol and recently took over the handling of K-9 Ralph from Officer Fitzgerald who was promoted to an Investigator.
On March 2nd the newly formed K-9/Handler relationship took a big step forward with a highly productive night. Officer LeQue deployed K9 Ralph on 4 separate traffic stops resulting in the arrest of 6 people, the recovery of over 36 grams of marijuana, and 3 drug smoking pipes. One of these deployments led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for a heroin related charge; a drug that has repeatedly proven to be dangerous to our community. Assistant Chief Abraham stated: “Our K-9 units have proven to be a tremendous asset to the Department and the community. The message to drug dealers is clear, keep out of La Crosse” The La Crosse Police would like to thank the community for their continued support of men, women and K-9’s that work extremely hard to keep our community safe and drug free.
Feehan To Run For 32nd Senate District
Bill Feehan officially announced his candidacy for the 32nd state Senate district at an announcement event on Monday. The County board supervisor and chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party said his experience as a business owner and elected official give him a unique perspective on how to grow the economy and create jobs. “People in Western Wisconsin are hurting. Many people are unemployed and have given up looking for work. Others have accepted lower paying jobs," Feehan said. “We must grow our economy and create jobs," he added, citing a proposal in northwestern Wisconsin an opportunity to create thousands of high quality new jobs and generate new tax revenue. "We will see if our elected officials vote to grow our economy and create jobs or pander to environmental interests.” Feehan said we need to move beyond the current political climate. “Recalls are bad government, he said. "It’s time to set aside the bitterness and to start working together to create a better future for Wisconsin.” Feehan owns three local businesses with his wife, Sue Kolve-Feehan, who also spoke at Monday’s event. Feehan has also worked at Unilever Food Solutions for 16 years, where most recently he's been responsible for managing business with regional food service chains.
Two Repeat Drunk Drivers Charged In La Crosse
A couple of repeat drunk driving suspects appeared before a La Crosse judge on Monday...
Whitney Zemple is facing his fourth drunk driving arrest. Zemple's blood alcohol was measured at .17. He's also accused of trying to escape and fight with a cop.
Another driver, Sean Iverson of La Crosse, could be convicted of O-W-I for the sixth time. Iverson had beers in his car when an officer stopped him for a broken light. While his .14 was lower than the level for Zemple, Iverson is not supposed to have blood alcohol above .02 because of his past arrests.
Shilling Responds To First Senate Challenger
Senator Jennifer Shilling has released a statement in response to the news that a Republican challenger has announced his candidacy for the 32nd Senate District. She says “There will be ample time to debate political differences, but with less than two weeks left in the current legislative session, I remain focused on working with my colleagues in the Senate to address the serious economic challenges that are impacting families in our state. Shilling says she continues to hear from residents who are frustrated with the direction that our state is headed under the current Republican policies, and she looks forward to the ongoing discussions about how to move our state forward.