Hunger Garden Really Grows
The Hunger Task Force now serves 57 food programs in the area. This past August, they had already surpassed the total distributed pounds from the year before. Krause says this past summer they even got a helping hand from Drew Johnson, who set out to travel to the forty-eight contiguous United States in forty-eight weeks doing a variety of volunteer/service work in each state
Big Changes Coming To Fort McCoy
"They are going to still do what they do".......the words of Fort McCoy spokesperson Linda Fournier after WIZM news found out that they will no longer be a mobilization station next year.
After the government drawback of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan was announced a few months ago, 2 mobilization bases were notified that their training would be scaled back. So what does that mean for Fort McCoy?
Fournier says NO they are not closing........but yes 200 contracted jobs will be lost.....as well as many extra military personnel that were housed in the area for the training of the troops. A financial impact could be felt but she says it's way to early to tell. After September the base will go back to a typical day to day operation........ 3 thousand people working and 4 thousand soldiers training at the base.
Sheriff's Captain Not Surprised by Level of State Drinking
Week-ends are for letting down your hair a little. Having a good time. Knocking back a few. Driving drunk. Or, at least that appears to be the case in Wisconsin. A national report recently found the state to have the highest percentage of people who reported driving drunk. No shocker for La Crosse county sheriff's captain Mike Horstman. He says the study shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in the state. And, he says, until the public decides they need to make better decisions drinking and celebrating, there's going to be little improvement in the drunk driving rate. Horstman says it's no longer unusual to arrest someone with a sixth, seventh or eighth OWI on their record. And typically, he says, blood alcohol level is way above the legal limit.
Mayor Says Zero Tax Hike Sends Important Message
In the end, not many property tax bills in the city of La Crosse are going to stagnate this year. But there is that one line that reads, zero percent increase. That's the city's portion of tax bills. And that zero hike in property taxes has been a priority for mayor Matt Harter since he took office. Make it two years in a row that the mayor's delivered. More than anything, he says, the lack of a levy increase sends a message that city hall is on the same side with the taxpayers in La Crosse. He also says the zero percent property tax levy hike is not an accomplishment of his, necessarily, but one of the city council for working towards a zero increase.
UW-L Graduation Sunday
The UW-Lacrosse holds its 46th annual Mid-year Commencement Sunday. A total of 626 students are expected to graduate, including 470 receiving undergraduate degrees and 156 receiving graduate degrees. Three ceremonies are planned for Mitchell Hall Gymnasium.
The ceremonies include:
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