Associated Bank To Close La Crosse Branch
Green Bay based Associated Banc Corporation announced that it plans to close down 20 Associated Bank branches in its three-state region of operation.....Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Among those slated to cease operations is the bank location at 2402 Rose Street in La Crosse. 16 branches in Wisconsin, three in Illinois and one in Rochester, Minnesota will also close. The bank holding company said that the branches will close by the beginning of the second quarter of 2012.
The company said that it decided to close the 20 locations after it evaluated its footprint and found that the most of the branches are located within two miles of other Associated Bank locations. The closings also were necessitated by the changing regulatory and competitive environment.
Senator Johnson Comments On Survey
U.S Senator Ron Johnson is commenting on a recent survey that showed, by a two thirds majority, public discontent with Congress is at record levels. He takes issue with the fact that congress has passed bills this year...the senate has not acted on them. And congress passed a budget this year....the senate hasn't. Johnson summed up the survey, which said we have a congress with a do nothing record, this way.
Two thirds of those surveyed said current members of Congress should be voted out of office next year.
No Claims for Unusual Lost Object in Stoddard
Lost and found area of the Vernon county sheriff's department probably will be holding on to one of its most recent acquisitions for awhile. Cops say a business on Main street in Stoddard found a bag of pot on the floor on Sunday. Turned the bag over to police. Apparently nobody has called to claim the bag.
Councilman Continues Critique of Mayoral Veto
More criticism for La Crosse mayor Matt Harter today.. It comes after the mayor's veto this week of unanimous council approval for a temporary firefighter hiring. Council member Bob Seaquist says the mayor maybe should have mentioned something about his opposition to the hiring during city vacancy review committee meetings
The temporary hiring would have replaced a firefighter who's currently on military leave.
Lost Focus Money Could Come in Real Handy Right About Now
It's not like the cost of energy will go down any time in the near future. In fact Xcel energy is waiting on final approval from Wisconsin state regulators for electricity and natural gas rate increases of a little over two percent. Which makes it particularly galling, says Citizens Utility Board chief, Charlie Higley, that lawmakers in Madison killed increases for the state's Focus on Energy program. A program, says Higley, that saves way more than it costs energy consumers
A recent report from the legislature's own audit bureau found that for every dollar spent on Focus on Energy, consumers saved over two dollars in energy costs.