Shilling Bats For Farm To School
The Farm to School program, which was enhanced in the La Crosse area Tuesday with a new grant, is one that has seen the chopping blocks in state government the past couple of years. State lawmaker, Jennifer Shilling, talks more about a program she has gone to bat for many times.
Farm to School in Wisconsin has been gaining momentum since 2002, with local food served in more than 100 school districts across the state, including several in western Wisconsin.
Lorenz Facing Sentencing For Drug Death
It was a year ago next week, when a man's body was found on a hillside near a La Crosse park...a short time after he died while smoking drugs.
A woman who admitted to using the drugs with Tony Du Charme will be sentenced on Wednesday for contributing to his death. Christina Lorenz has pled guilty to being a party to reckless homicide. Another charge of hiding Du Charme's body was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea. Lorenz might get up to three years in prison.
Gundersen CEO Touts Green Hospital Policies at White House
VIP treatment in D-C for a La Crosse CEO...
Dr. Jeff Thompson from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center was invited to the White House today. Thompson got to speak about Gundersen's green initiatives during a presidential conference on 'healthier hospitals.' His remarks included a story about persuading planners of a new Gundersen expansion to find ways to reduce the energy units used in the new building, when they didn't think they could reach the energy-saving goal that Thompson wanted. Thompson also promoted Gundersen's policies for reducing waste and encouraging recycling.
Counties Get Money For Healthy Community Programs
The La Crosse area already has a variety of programs designed to get people to become more healthy...
Now, some of those programs are getting a healthy dose of money from a statewide group. Jennie Melde from the La Crosse YMCA says the 'Transform Wisconsin' funding will help the 'Y' staff lead kids to healthier habits, and allow collaborative efforts with the Boys and Girls Clubs to continue. The La Crosse County health department and the Healthy Living Collaboration will get close to half-a-million dollars in money from the Transform Wisconsin project. That group is providing money to about 30 communities around the state.
No Frac For You
The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year and the state leads the nation in production. But La Crossse County has not figured into the boom. The county has recieved no applications for frac sand mining at all. Why?
Nathan Sampson is the county planning and zoning director and he says another reason this county has had no applications could be zoning regulations. He says the county is not saying no to frac sand mining it's just that they want to make sure safe guards in place.