WTC Student Wins Oktoberfest Button Design Contest
Now that the differences over parade fees for Oktoberfest have been settled, organizers of La Crosse's fall festival are moving ahead on schedule toward this year's event.
April is now the time of year when the Oktoberfest button design is revealed...and the 2012 button features music and a horn, a German hat, and colorful leaves. Western Tech student Michael Wolff is this year's winning designer...following the example of other recent artists at W-T-C. About 70 designs were submitted for this year's button contest. Michael is eager to enter the contest again in the future.
La Crosse Rates High In Saying No To Junk Mail
Are you good at saying 'no' to junk-mail offers?
La Crosse ranks high on a list of U-S cities where people take steps to keep catalogs and other unwanted mail from stuffing up their mailboxes. A company called 'Catalog Choice' helps consumers stop junk-mail delivery, similar to how a no-call list is supposed to halt phone calls from telemarketers. The company put La Crosse on its first-ever monthly list of cities that are 'mail-efficient'...including San Francisco and Seattle.
Pay Up Or Get Out
(AP) Minnesota's debt-plagued Republican Party has been served with an eviction notice for its party headquarters after failing to pay its rent payments since August. The party's landlord filed the notice last week in Ramsey County court and it is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday. Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge told party members in a memo Thursday that officials are trying to renegotiate the lease to get one that better fits space and cost needs. The GOP has 21 months remaining on a lease with Hub Properties Trust for space a block from the state Capitol. Shortridge revealed that the rent hadn't been paid in eight months. The Minnesota GOP owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to various vendors. The eviction notice was first reported by Politics in Minnesota.
Sidewalk Argument A Sign of Billboard Dispute In Onalaska
The fight over lighted signs resumes for another round in Onalaska this week...
Opponents of electronic billboards called a news conference in an Onalaska neighborhood today, with staffers from the Olympus sign company standing by and watching. At one point, an Olympus employee disagreed with a citizen's claim that 'everybody' in the neighborhood is against the billboards, and began arguing with the local activist who organized the event.
The Onalaska Plan Commission has a public hearing tomorrow night on rules to regulate electric signs. A similar hearing last December at the Omni Center drew about 200 people.
Here Come The Candidates
(AP) The four major Democratic candidates running to face Gov. Scott Walker in the spring recall election will be in Racine Monday evening. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette, and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout are expected at the town hall at the George Bray Community Center. Todd Stoner, an organizer with Wisconsin Jobs Now, says people attending will have a chance to ask questions and then each candidate will have a minute to answer. Former Democratic state Sen. John Lehman, of Racine, is also scheduled to attend. He is running against Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard, of Racine, in the upcoming recall election. Lehman is facing protest candidate Tamra Varebrook in the primary.