Menard's Pays Price For Onalaska Dumping
Suppose you work for a big hardware store, and discover one winter day that some packages of chemicals broke open in the cold weather.
You can't sell the chemicals, but you're not sure how to get rid of those big herbicide popsicles. Until you notice that huge pile of snow left over from plowing the store parking lot. If you put the icy chemicals on the pile, they'll melt along with the snow, and then run off. Problem solved...until the D-N-R finds out what happened. The Menard's store in Onalaska got caught dumping frozen chemicals that way four years ago. Now, the state has ordered Menard's to pay a 30-thousand dollar fine for illegal disposal of hazardous wastes. The company also has to tell all of its store managers the proper way to get rid of herbicides and pesticides...which requires putting the chemicals in leak-proof containers. No more using the parking lot snow pile as a dump.
Drunk Driver Hits Two Women in Crosswalk
Two women in La Crosse are probably lucky to be alive after getting hit in a crosswalk over the week-end. Police say the women were walking across the street at the corner of Pearl and third streets downtown when they got hit by a guy in an out of control pick-up. The driver: Paul Vick, 27 year-old from Watertown. Police say he drunkenly hit a couple of parked cars as he was quickly trying to drive away from a bar. Apparently caused some trouble there. The bar's bouncer hauled Vick out of his pick-up after he sent the two women in the crosswalk flying. The bar's owner held Vick down until cops got there. Vick faces a number of charges.
Senate Hearing In Lacrosse Weds.
Strengthening the ability of community banks to lend to Wisconsin’s agriculture community is a topic to be addressed at a public hearing held by the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues. Individuals who are concerned about the over-reaching effects of federal regulations on small community banks are welcome to attend and listen to invited speakers from the financial industry. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Lunda Center on the campus of Western Technical College.
As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a member of the Financial Institutions and Rural Issues Committee, State Senator Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) is concerned about the growing problem of community banks being able to lend to local farmers and agriculture businesses. An example is Citizens First Bank in Viola where Vice President Eric Nottestad indicated that the current banking regulations paint the mega banks with the same brush as the small town community bank and bankers.Senator Kapanke looks forward to a vigorous discussion on this issue – “Getting people back to work begins by opening up the lending process for small businesses and farmers in Wisconsin.”
Pre-K Going Strong In Lacrosse
The Pre-K program within the Lacrosse School District is one that you don't have to attend. It's voluntary. But Superintendent Jerry Kember says for those that choose the program........they see results. So he doesn't know why Senator Glen Grothman would want the program dumped.
The Lacrosse School District was one of the first in the state to offer pre-k schooling. So when a state senator says he wants to scrap the program, Kember says look elsewhere.
Senator Grothman said the state shouldn't encourage new 4K programs because taxpayers can't afford them. Kember counters that pre-k is in 85 percent of the state's school districts and with three times as many students as a decade ago.
West Salem Administrator Not Among Fans of Voter ID
A solution in search of a problem? That's not exactly how West Salem administrator and clerk Theresa Schnitzler would describe a proposal in Madison to mandate voters have a picture ID at the polls. To her, it's more like a problematic idea that would create even bigger problems at the polls. Besides a possibility of disenfranchising those voters who don't have a state issued ID, Schnitzler also worries about the extra paperwork with provisional ballots, and how the process for absentee ballots will change if a picture ID is needed to vote that way.