Winona Red Cross Continues Consolidation
While the Red Cross chapters in Winona, Goodhue and Wabasha County
continue their consolidation process, finding more and more
volunteers to help cover the area is the number one task of Marie
Barrientos, the executive director for the new chapter.
The Red Cross originally planned to just consolidate Goodhue and Winona counties when it announced the move a couple of months ago. Last month, the decision to add Wabasha was was made. Barrientos says volunteers will play a large role in maintaining the level of services in both Wabasha and Goodhue counties.
Onalaska Woman Gets Her Own Official Day
A local woman will ride out the end of the year with a bang. Onalaska's Sue Lynch is being honored with a Proclamation from the governor that declares December 31st, "Sue Lynch Day." Sue Lynch was recently elected President of the National Federation of Republican Women. She also served as president of the Wisconsin chapter of the group two times, worked for three different members of congress and served in the Reagan administration.
MADD Pushing for More Interlocks
Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin is pushing for more interlock. MADD wants lawmakers to support a bill in Madison that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install breath interlock devices on their cars.
John Vose is with MADD Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin mandates breath interlocks for drunk drivers stopped with a BAC of .15 or higher.
Goodhue County Wind Fight Pits Pickens Against Eagles
There's going to be some eagle slicing and dicing if a big wind energy project goes up just south of Red Wing. That's the claim from a coalition opposed to the wind project planned by T. Boone Pickens' American Wind Alliance. Mary Hartman says the 48 planned wind turbines will cause major problems in the bald eagle nesting area
Today, reps from Xcel energy are scheduled to visit the site of the wind development. Xcel is set to renew an energy purchase agreement with Pickens' company. Hartman hopes Xcel backs out once it sees the potential disruption for wildlife.
Number 6 on Newsroom Top Ten Stories for 2011
There's been a whole lot of construction going on this year at La Crosse's most prominent feature. In fact, the restoration of Bliss Road and a construction project at Grandad Bluff Park was our newsroom's number six local news story on the list of top ten for the year. The Bliss road project was marked by financial cooperation among the city of La Crosse, the county and two towns
Mayor Matt Harter. Bliss reopened in the fall after being closed for more than a year due to a washout. Meanwhile, a one million dollar construction project at Grandad Bluff Park was supposed to be complete by mid-November but that has been delayed until spring.