Winona Plants Japanese Cherry Trees
An international celebration in Winona on Sunday, with the city welcoming visitors from Japan to help plant cherry trees donated to Winona by the Japanese government.
The main purpose of the celebration was to plant the trees in Lake Park. Kwetsu Sasaki is mayor of Misato, Winona's sister city in Japan. He says the gift to Winona has been in the works a long time, but was delayed.
Three dozen American cities are receiving the trees from Japan this year, marking the 100th anniversary of when cherry trees were donated to Washington, D-C.
Taggers Face Stiffer Penalties With New Proposals
The last year has seen a big surge in graffiti in La Crosse. In an apparent response to the tagging, the city council is expected next week to pass new rules that aim to crack down on graffiti vandals as well as defining the timelines within which property owners have to clean up the graffiti. The proposed rule changes say that the city can do the clean-up after 24 hours and bill the property owner. Fines also will balloon: a thousand dollars for the first tagging. Two thousand dollars for each subsequent violation.
Smith Up For Regent President
For La Crosse Lawyer, Brent Smith, serving on the UW Board of Regents is a big thing. Becoming President of the Board...a bigger thing. But Smith does admit...sometimes it's just a title.
Smith finds out later today if he will become President of the board after regents elections are held at their meeting on the campus of UW-MIlwaukee.
Take A Kid Fishing
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Boots on the Ground conservation program has teamed up with the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to host Take Kids Fishing Day, a free community fishing event. One of four events being held nationwide, Take Kids Fishing Day will take place on National Get Outdoors Day, which coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week this year. Registration is tomorrow morning from 8:30 – 9 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m at the Pettibone Lagoon. It's open to the public but limited to the first 150 kids. The even is sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.
Copeland Park Named As Possible Army Training Site
Although small scale, up to 2,500 people, domestic operations exercises are held at Volk Field and Fort McCoy. But could they be coming to La Crosse in 2014? Volk Field and Fort McCoy have been selected as one of ten sites in the nation to do large scale domestic operations exercises. 5 to 8 thousand troops. Brendan Smith with Volk Field says it will allow local first responders to have hands on, real life mass casualty training, which in itself is a tremendous benefit to any community.
Other area venues being considered for exercises include the Juneau County Fairgrounds and Copeland Park in La Crosse. Smith says they are in the very beginning stages of talks with communities that could be involved.