Deliberations by the La Crosse city council starting this week on whether to add hundreds of thousands of dollars in new fines and fees. A wide-ranging list of fees to be considered by city council committees starting tomorrow include a higher parade fee, one for escort services, and a launch fee at the city boat ramps. Dozens of possible new fees and higher fines could add up to $700 thousand in revenue to the city budget next year.
Failing to make adequately yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Education Act no longer puts you in an exclusive club. Not in Minnesota, anyway. The state's education department today is out with its list of schools who have or have not managed to make adequate yearly progress as prescribed by the much maligned federal law. Nearly half of the school districts in the state don't make it. Among the many area districts considered lacking are La Crescent-Hokah, Caledonia, Houston, Winona, Austin, Spring Grove, and Lewiston-Altura. A new federal waiver program could mean this is the last year the list will be released.
Next week-end, you can make your lunch plans ahead of time for Historic Downtown La Crosse Days. At least on Saturday. That's when the State Bank Financial Chili cook-off will be held. 20th year for the fundraising event, says State Bank's Jodie Ehrenberger. And it's grown over the years from less than ten chili cooks to an expected forty-plus this year.
The chili cook-off, held in the parking lot of State Bank, benefits local Dare and Great programs as well as Habitat for Humanity.
This year, the cook-off is selling 20 year commemorative buttons to the event. The buttons come with admission for four and a prize entry.
No action yet by UW La Crosse regarding students who may have been involved in the large group disturbance around the campus last week-end.
Paula Knudson is the Dean of Students at UWL. She says if they identify students who are involved, they'll consider the level of involvement and "take appropriate action." She says campus police would have to bring her office information about illegal activities about students before she would be able to take any action. Knudson also indicates that some recommendations are likely to come from the campus cops.
A little more anonymity in campaign donations is getting pursued by one state senator. Republican from West Bend, Glenn Grothman says he wants to end the requirement that political donors giving over a hundred dollars list their employers. Grothman says his proposal would keep the--in his words--"narrow-minded and mean-spirited members of Wisconsin’s Totalitarian Left" from targeting employers for the donations made by their workers.