La Crosse County Business To Close
130 people will be out of work by August after a company near Brice Prairie closes. ATK Ammunition of Minnesota says most of its operations at Brice Prairie will shut down by the end of May. The nearly 50 year old plant makes gun cleaning products, targets, scope mounts, and replacement gun stocks. The closing comes less than a year after ATK added employees at Brice Prairie, when it brought back a product line from overseas.
ATK is based in Anoka, near Minnesota’s Twin Cities. It also plans to reduce operations at a plant in Fenton, Missouri.
Western Takes Advantage Of Wisconsin Program
Last week, the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation began accepting
Western President, Lee Raasch, says the program will support the expansion and implementation of degree, diploma and certificate programs that increase the number of program graduates who achieve job placement in occupations at Wisconsin businesses in need of employees with specific skills.
Mixed News on Wisconsin Unemployment
Wisconsin is adding jobs but many areas of the state are still showing increases in unemployment. That's the latest mixed news from the state in a jobs report. Several of the state's metro areas added hundreds of jobs in February. But all 12 of the metros had higher unemployment rates compared to January. Metro La Crosse unemployment increased from 6.2 percent to 6.4 percent, even while adding three hundred jobs. La Crosse county continues to have very low unemployment, second lowest in the state at six percent.
La Crosse Chamber of Commerce Endorses City Administrator Plan
A La Crosse business group says it supports the idea of hiring a city administrator. The Chamber of Commerce hopes voters consider agreeing to adding a top administrator to city hall. In a statement on Wednesday, the chamber says the value in having a professional city administrator is a higher level of efficiency. The chamber also notes that the city has operated under the same form of government since the 1800's and things have become sufficiently complex to consider changing to a governmental form that includes a professional administrator.
Governor Reacts To Bridge Plan
The U.S. House of Representatives, 2 weeks ago, on approved legislation on building a new St. Croix River bridge to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin. The House voted 339 to 80 in favor of legislation that exempts the proposed $700 million bridge at Stillwater, Minnesota from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Governor Scott Walker talked about the future of Minnesota/Wisconsin partnerships.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the new bridge, will begin soil testing for the span's foundation this summer. Construction is expected to start in 2014 and take three years.