Gundersen Lutheran Joins 8 Other HMO's In Minnesota Now
A new health maintenance organization has been authorized to operate in Minnesota for the first time in 14 years. Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan of Onalaska plans to operate in four southeastern Minnesota counties Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona. Gundersen will be the ninth HMO operating in Minnesota, which only allows nonprofit or governmental HMOs. Gundersen's HMO started in 1995 as a way for the company to finance its employees' health care. It was expanded to provide benefit plans for other area businesses and now has more than 90,000 members. It also does business in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Bike Signs to be Thinned Out
Up to three quarters of the new Share the Road with Bicycle signs could be taken down from a couple of streets in La Crosse. City traffic engineer Matt Gallagher blames a lack of communication on the apparent extreme level of signage along Main street and 16th street in the city. Several days ago, big safety yellow signs were installed on both side of those streets, one per block. The signs show the silhouette of a bicycle and the words, "Share the Road." Some of the signs will be left in place and others are set to be added to La Crosse, seventh, Pine and Badger streets. Others will be placed up Bliss road to the top of Grandad Bluff.
Police Get Face Time on Facebook
Who are the police officers in your city? La Crosse will attempt an answer to that. The city police department is starting something new on the department's Facebook page. "Get to Know Your Officers." In an announcement about the new program, the department cites retirements and turnover in the department as reason to highlight members of the department on Facebook. First up: Chief Ed Kondracki. His picture, a brief bio, and the chief's favorite motto, "Focus on the Positive."
City Hauler Says Automated Garbage Will Cost More
In part, the idea with new recommendations on garbage collection for the cities of La Crosse and Onalaska is to make the process more efficient and cost effective. To that end, the idea about doing automated collection with big 96 gallon carts might not be the best way to go about things, says Gary Harter, who has the collection contracts for both cities. He says automated pick-up isn't the cheapest process
With the lowest current garbage collection costs in the state, Harter figures any changes in garbage collection in La Crosse and Onalaska will only be more expensive.
Lull in Supreme Court Justice Does Not Mean Investigation is Over
An attempt by the legislature to remove a Wisconsin state supreme court justice has ended. But justice Michael Gableman still could face some punishment for ethical lapses. From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Mike McCabe says the judicial commission is considering how Gableman failed to divulge free legal help he got from a law firm but still ruled on cases in which the firm was a part. Probably shouldn't have done that, says McCabe
Gableman got the free legal help to deal with a previous accusation of judicial misconduct.