Report: Badger Care Plus Basic in Good Shape
You've probably heard at one point or another that government run healthcare is a train wreck. But that doesn't appear to be the case with a relatively new state health program in Wisconsin. The Badger Care Plus Basic plan starting enrolling people in the summer. The plan covers about 35 hundred in the state now. It's a very basic health plan that costs about $130 a month and offers a set number of doctor visits, hospital stays and generic drug coverage. A new report from the Department of Health Services today says the plan is not only solvent but has taken in twice as much in premiums than it has paid out. The health department says the plan is self-funded and doesn't use taxpayer dollars.
Knife Attack at Card Fight Injures Attacker
A fight over cards has landed an Onalaska man in some hot water. La Crosse cops say they arrested Angelo Ervin at a northside bar this week-end after he got into a tussle with a guy he was playing cards with. They say the 41 year-old Ervin wrestled another man to the floor of the bar over an argument about money in the poker pot. And then Ervin apparently pulled out his pocketknife and tried to slash the guy's throat. Not successful at that but he did manage to cut himself pretty good. Ervin faces a few charges including a couple for the crack and pot he tried to swallow when police busted him at the bar.
More Information Sought on Ice Cream Burglar
La Crosse police won't have much problem linking a 26 year-old guy to a burglary of a downtown ice cream shop this week. They caught Nathan HOlmes pretty much red-handed on the roof of the Pearl after, they say, he nailed the store's cash box for hundreds of dollars. They think he's the guy that hit the same ice cream store last week for several hundred bucks. He's also a suspect in three other burglaries. Now, police are putting out feelers among business owners downtown to see what else Holmes may have been up to; they're looking for info on his activities over the last three weeks.
Can't Taze This
A guy police busted this week in La Crosse might not be unbreakable. But he appears to be Taser-proof. Cops had to chase down 26 year-old Bruce Finch after he threatened to shoot a northside bar owner and then did a drive-by at the bar while cops were posted outside. They say he was Tased by two different cops and given some drive stuns to the leg. All to no effect. Finch faces a list of charges, including one for fighting the cops and one for head-butting the bar owner.
Organic Valley Out in Force at Farm-Aid
Farms in the area will be well represented at the Farm Aid event in Milwaukee this week-end. Arcadia-based Organic Valley is sending busloads of farmers to the 25th anniversary Farm Aid benefit concert. The 120 farmers won't be hard to identify; they're all wearing T-shirts that say either "who's your farmer?" or, "I'm your farmer." The concert will be held on Saturday at Miller Park.