Crouton Factory Getting New Owner?
The deal between Sara Lee and Grupo Bimbo, worth nearly a billion dollars, was announced yesterday. Sara Lee is the latest owner of the bakery that has operated on Cass Street for decades. Tim Kabat of Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated is happy to have the factory in the central city, although its location next to Cameron Park may not please everyone.
Grupo Bimbo is based in Mexico, and already makes familiar American products such as Thomas's English Muffins. Bimbo reportedly is interested in expanding its U-S operations.
Gas From Garbage Heading to Medical Clinic
Right about this time next year, garbage gas will be keeping it warm at a local medical clinic. Approvals are in place for a three million dollar gas pipeline from the La Crosse county landfill. La Crosse county sustainability coordinator, Nick Nichols says the methane gas will get pumped underground to the Gundersen Lutheran clinic in Onalaska. The clinic will use the gas for electricity and heating. Marks the first time the methane that the landfill produces has been used for anything productive. It's two miles of six-inch gas pipeline, buried five feet down.
Rx Collection Brings in Hundreds
That's a whole lotta drugs potentially off the streets in La Crosse. This week-end's prescription drug collections organized by Onalaska and La Crosse police totalled over six hundred pounds. Much of that, old narcotics. Stuff that people clearly don't want hanging around the medicine cabinet, says La Crosse officer Jon Wenger. He says hundreds came during a three hour period at three different locations on Saturday to drop off their old meds. He's hoping to have similar events in the future. Potentially, drop boxes at area police stations for old meds as well. All the medications collected go to an incinerator in Green Bay.
Special City Committee Would Bring All Heavy Hitters to Table
As city council committees go, this one is about as hard hitting as they get. It's the one that could be approved by the full La Crosse council tonight. A committee to nail down with surrounding towns some solutions for fixing Bliss Road, the damaged city road that winds up to Grandad Bluff. The city wants some help paying for the road because it's largely people living outside of the city who use it. Shelby town board chair Lynnetta Kopp says she's heard about the city's desires but only through the media and has not been approached recently about the town putting in for repairs. The committee would be made up of the mayor, the city council president, the chairs of all three major sitting council committees, and the council member whose district includes Bliss Road.
Driver Collects Fifth OWI, Loses Direction
It's a fifth drunk driving arrest for a guy police busted early Sunday morning. La Crosse Police say 43 year-old Philip Cholka was passed out behind the wheel of his running car at a convenience store on Rose Street on the city's northside. A cop struggled to wake Cholka. Finally did after turning off the ignition and grabbing the keys through an open window. They say Cholka was very drunk and clearly disoriented. He thought he was in Sparta.