Minneapolis Looks Back A Year
(AP) It's been one year to the day since a tornado hit north Minneapolis. It killed two people and caused an estimated $80 million in damage. And the damage along its three-mile-wide swath is still visible: tattered tarps on patchy roofs, and all the space from the homes, businesses and trees that are no longer there. Kelly Coborn says she still feels like she's entering a strange neighborhood when she drives home.
City officials say repairs have been made to the vast majority of homes in the area. And the state says 90 percent of insurance claims have been resolved. But Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says many people found out the hard way that insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial disaster.
Feingold On Recall Warpath
(AP) Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold plans to lead an effort to get people to vote early in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election. Feingold planned to meet with voters Tuesday afternoon in Middleton to increase awareness about absentee voting options, voter registration and other information. Feingold planned to lead the group to the Middleton clerk's office to vote. A similar event was planned in Eau Claire led by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Pat Kreitlow, a former state senator who is running for Congress in the 7h district. In-person absentee voting began Monday and runs through June 1. Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall election. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four other Republican lawmakers also face recall votes.
Onalaska Thanksgiving Dinner To Get A Boost
The Onalaksa Rotary wanted to partner with the Onalaska Community Thanksgiving committee to assure that event becomes a tradition. Well after the commitee accepts a $4000 check tonight...looks as though it will be around for awhile. The monies came from a recent run/walk event that Rotary President, Anthony Schmitt, says could become an annual event.
This run promises to be a major source of funds for the Community
Thanksgiving and the Community Thanksgiving
Absentee Voting Starts Today
Absentee voting begins today for the June fifth recall elections. Ballots were sent out last Friday to those requesting them by mail and today is when folks can start voting at municipal clerks’ offices.
Reid Magney of the state Government Accountability Board expects an increase in absentee voting this time, especially because many people will be on vacation.
Hilltoppers Tops In State
Onalaska High School Principal, Jared Schaffner, says it was a shock to find out that the school was recently ranked 10th best in the state, according to the U.S. News and World report magazine. They were given gold medal status. And it took the entire school to win the award.
Eau Claire Memorial was ranked third in the state followed by Lancaster, Green Bay Preble, Medford, the Milwaukee School of Languages, Appleton West and Saint Croix Falls.