Last Of The "Redmen"?
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau superintendent Troy Gunderson thinks a vote on the future of the "Redmen" nickname could go either way. Governor Doyle signed a bill last week giving the state more power to force schools to drop Indian mascots. Gunderson says there's pressure from G-E-T taxpayers to settle the matter, now that the bill has been signed. Last year, the G-E-T board came within one vote of abolishing the nickname.
What's Up, Dock? Skipperliner In Court Today
The Skipperliner situation turns up in court today...
A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in La Crosse on Skipperliner's decision to shut down and seek bankruptcy protection. And the Campbell Town Board appears content to let the courts handle the matter, for now. Town administrator Travis Parish says the board took no action on Tuesday night to seek money from the boat company...even after town residents asked the board to try to get a 600-thousand dollar loan back from Skipperliner. Parish says the board will keep an eye on what the courts decide about the company's responsibility to creditors.
Safe Ride Able to Collect More From DOT Funds
A little more help for the La Crosse County Safe Ride Program. A bill just signed by the governor will allow a state DOT fund to send more money to safe ride programs all over the state. But that mostly means La Crosse, says local Tavern League President Mike Brown. He says about one out of five of the Safe Rides in the entire state are in La Crosse county. The new law allows eighty percent matching funds as opposed to the former fifty percent.Brown says the money from the DOT comes not from taxpayers but from a surcharge on OWI tickets.
Spence Looking for Volunteers to Build Playground
Feel like doing some building? A La Crosse school could sure use your help. The parent teacher organization at Spence elementary in La Crosse has been raising funds for playground equipment for the last four years. Saturday, the group's getting together to install the new equipment at the school. Spence is looking for volunteers to help put all the new stuff together. Build time is from seven in the morning until two in the afternoon. Call the school if you're interested in helping.
Holmen Couple Start Big Fundraising for Breast Cancer Battle
Some give a little to fight disease. Dave and Jessica Pehl go all out. the Holmen couple is launching their effort to raise five thousand dollars for the Susan G Komen breast cancer 3 day walk in August. Dave's motivation for the fundraising is pretty personal.
His grandmother died from breast cancer, as did an aunt. His mom has battled it for decades.
Dave and Jessica begin their fundraising campaign today with a beer-tasting event at Java Vino in La Crosse.