2 Local Food Co-op's To Merge
The Boards of Directors of the People's Food Co-op and the Rochester Good Food Co-op are announcing their intention to recommend merger of their co-ops to their memberships. The merger of these two member-owned grocery stores will allow the Rochester facility to expand its operations and enter a lease agreement to serve as an anchor tenant in a new downtown Rochester mixed-use development.
Under the proposal, the co-ops would pool their members, and PFC would then assume management responsibilities for the Rochester facility. Members of both co-ops will have opportunities to discuss details of the potential merger this summer with their respective Boards of Directors and General Managers.The co-op would serve as the anchor tenant of the mixed-use development which will also feature 40 housing units on the development's upper floors.
People's Food Cooperative was incorporated in 1978 and currently has 4300 member households. The co-op is a member-owned downtown grocery store that features local and organic products, many come directly from the producer. People's Food Co-op is located at 315 Fifth Avenue S., in La Crosse, WI.
Rochester's Good Food Store Co-op was founded in 1975 and currently has over 1400 ember households. The co-op is a member-owned grocery store featuring local and organic products that is located one block off of Civic Center Drive at 1001 6th Street NW in Rochester, MN.
Marjorie Reinhart Remembered as Extraordinary Benefactor
The passing of an icon in La Crosse. The great benefactor Marjorie Reinhart died on Monday at 79. Hard to imagine what Viterbo University would look like, says president Rick Artman, without Reinhart's support. He says Marjorie's generosity blessed the university.
Reinhart and her husband, D.B., gave millions to Viterbo and to the hospitals as well. Peter Grabow, at Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, says you can look in any direction on the medical center's campus or in just about any of their programs and see an impact from Marjorie and the rest of the Reinhart family.
Victims Of Mindoro Crash Were At Bar Before Police Chase
Drinking and speeding apparently combined to cause a crash that killed three men, following a police chase near Mindoro last month...
A La Crosse County Sheriff's Department report says Thomas Storandt and Joel Kirchner were dead at the accident scene, while Joshua Koss still showed some signs of life when emergency workers arrived. All three had been thrown from a pickup that may have crashed at a speed close to 100 miles an hour. A sheriff's deputy says the truck sped away when he tried to stop it, after the driver burned rubber in an alley. The deputy believes the men tossed cans and cups of beer out of the truck during the chase. The three had spent much of the afternoon at a Mindoro bar before the chase and accident.
A Delay Possible for Proposed Utility
A storm water utility could go back on the burner for another six months in La Crosse. A city council committee wants to study the issue longer before making a call on what would amount to a fifty dollar annual fee for each residence in the city. City council member Andrea Richmond thinks the utility as proposed treats homeowners unfairly. She wants the utility charge to be based on actual area of impervious spaces on a property rather than every homeowner getting the same bill. Richmond also wants homeowners to be able to earn credits against the water that runs off their properties.
Money raised by the proposed utility would pay to treat storm water and increase capacity in the city's storm water system.
Bye Bye Bath Salts?
We told you a couple of weeks ago about people who believed werewolves were attacking them..... one kneeled down, raised his hands above his head and recited Bible passages to the emergency room staff at Winona Health and another saw his heart beating outside of his chest. All cases stemming from the use of plant food or bath salts........legal drugs that are hitting Winona hard. Until now.
A bill signed into law last week by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will ban the sale or possession of plant food effective July 1st. The bill was authored by state Senator Jeremy Miller, of Winona, who has called plant food a very serious and dangerous issue in Winona.
Plant food is a powdery chemical with effects similar to cocaine, amphetamine and Ecstasy. The synthetic drug can be smoked, ingested or injected. The active ingredient, mephedrone, produces euphoria as well as intense hallucinations, heart palpitations, and other adverse effects that in the worst cases lead to death.