Mitchell Will Face Kleefisch
(AP) Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell has defeated two opponents to win the Democratic primary for Wisconsin lieutenant governor. With the win Tuesday, the leader of the statewide firefighters' union will now challenge Republican incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch next month. According to unofficial results, Mitchell defeated Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins and fake Democrat Isaac Weix. Kleefisch didn't have a primary opponent. The lieutenant governor's job carries no official duties. However, the lieutenant governor would take over if the governor dies, leaves office early or is incapacitated. Kleefisch and Republican Gov. Scott Walker are facing recall elections sparked by Walker's law that eliminated collective-bargaining rights for most public employees. The general election will be June 5.
AARP Makes La Crosse Man State President
You might be able to determine the immediate future of advocacy for Wisconsin AARP by the leadership that has been selected for the organization. Retired Gundersen Lutheran executive and current UWL instructor, Pat Killeen has been picked as the organization's next state president. Killeen served as Executive Director of Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan, Administrator of the La Crosse County
Care Management Program, and taught health care management at Globe University in La Crosse. AARP has recently begun a national awareness campaign about the future of Medicare and was a major player in getting federal health reforms passed.
Western Technical College Is 100
100 years ago it was called the La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools. Now 100 years, it's called Western Technical College. And with plenty of celebrations going on this month, retired dean of industrial technologies, Bill Welch Sr, explains that the tech college set the stage for familiar programs nationwide.
The college started in 1912 as a continuation school for adults, high school dropouts and trade training. From two rooms in the Longfellow school building, Western has expanded to a 15 building campus in La Crosse, with regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua, and a public safety training center in Sparta.
Feds And Army Involved In Sparta Search Warrants
Quite the showing Friday in Sparta.......as 8 local policing agencies served search warrants on two Sparta homes on Wolcott Street. Even the La Crosse County Bear cat showed up. Seems as though two perps arrested on drug, weapons and stolen property charges had security cameras set up on the outside of their homes to see who was there....making for a dangerous sitation. Sparta Police Mike Kass explained to WIZM news that even the U.S. Army showed up.....a rarity .
Kass says they arrested 33 year old Charles Poirer and 39 yeqar old Darren Phillips on various counts. As the investigation continues, Kass feels more arrests will be made.
Vinehout Wants To Capture Union Votes
Tomorrow, Wisconsin voters will choose one democratic primary candidate, to face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election. And one of those candidates says the union vote could hurt her opponent. Senator, kathleen Vinehout talked with WIZM news about Kathleen Falk getting quite a few union nominations.
Those two, along with Doug La Follette and Tom Barrett, will have the chance to move on to the first ever Wisconsin governor recall next month.