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The Aquinas Catholic Schools and School Foundation have received their largest single gift ever. The entire estate of former graduate, Jim Kiffe. After serving in the Battle of the Bulge, Kiffe worked at Northern Engraving. He then invested in some stock. As School President, Kurt Nelson put it...the rest is history.
A total of $7.5 million. 80% of his estate...or 6 million dollars...will go into the Aquinas Scholarship fund. The other 20%...or $1.5 million.....will go towards the School Foundation.
La Crosse city council has been tagged anti-business before. This time, the label's getting affixed by Atlanta-based Olympus Media. The outdoor sign company is frustrated that the council has agreed to send two advisory referendums on billboards to the spring ballot
Olympus VP, Mary Niemeyer. One referendum question would ask whether electronic billboards should be prohibited. The other question would ask if billboards in general should be reduced in number.
A 23-year-old beauty queen from Kenosha has won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone. Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte placed third. Kaeppeler wins a $50 thousand scholarship and gets the title for one year.
A wanted Trempealeau County man who was on the lam for 3 days is finally in police custody.
On Tuesday, Jackson County Deputies were responding to a domestic
disturbance in Taylor. After investigating the complaint, Deputies attempted to
take 24 year old Robert Schaffer into custody. Schaffer was able to resist
arrest and escape Deputies which started a 3 day long search.
On Wednesday, Schaffer was seen in the City of Blair by Officers and
residents. Jackson County Deputies and K-9s assisted Blair Officers and
Trempealeau County Deputies in searching the Blair area for Schaffer. Schaffer
was not found and was able to elude being captured and arrested.
In April, Monroe County voters will be faced with a choice at the polls: remodel and add on to the downtown Sparta Justice Center location, or build a new courthouse and jail near the dog pound on the East side of the city. After 20 years, the county finally looks poised to make something happen. And some plans are already in place.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin says the hope is that giving voters options as to where the center will go will help prevent the outrage caused by the last plan. Four years ago the discussions caused so much controversy, it launched a recall of multiple county board supervisors.