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If you are used to finding Lichtfield, Minnesota based Sparboe Farms eggs at Woodman's in Onalaska........you won't after tonight. That's because the company, based in Janesville, has followed many other companies like McDonald's and Target who have dropped the nation’s largest egg supplier after a video was released showing multiple instances of animal cruelty at the supplier's facilities in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota. Clint Woodman says it's all about their customers.
The group Mercy for Animals posted the video, which includes graphic footage of a person swinging a chicken around, someone searing off chicks beaks and another person suffocating chicks with their bare hands. Sparboe President, Beth Sparboe Schnell, says the employees on the tape are now gone.
Sparboe produces 300 million eggs a year, in regular, liquid, frozen and dried form, and ships them to restaurants and stores across the country.
A settlement could be coming soon from a lawsuit filed a year ago by the Sierra Club against the Dairyland Power Cooperative and two coal fired plants in Alma. They were accused of not installing the required pollution controls when it made various upgrades at its plants at Alma and Genoa from 1993 to 2009.
Dairyland is now spending around 400 million dollars on pollution controls at its plants. But the action was the result of the Sierra Club's lawsuit and not because of government enforcement of air pollution laws over the years. according to The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
They say the federal and state governments have had inconstent enforcement records.
The La Crosse Tribune reported Sunday, that Governor Walkers BudgetRepair Bill cost La Crosse County $300 thousand. Board member, Bill Feehan says.......wrong. It actually saved the county money.....and it all comes down to easy math. Feehan, says if you take the Gross Budget Savings from employees contributions Wisconsin Retirement System at $2.9 million and subtract $1.4 million from the Major 2012 Budget Challenges.....you come up with a net gain of $1.5 million for La Crosse County. And not only that.........................
Feehan says to say the governors budget bill was not good for Lacrosse County....is just not accurate.
The La Crosse Common Council has overturned Mayor Harter's veto of the 2012 city budget, by a 12-2 vote. Only Jim Bloedorn and Doug Farmer voted to uphold the veto. Several council members spoke during a brief session Saturday afternoon, claiming that Harter did not publicly object to imposing new fees without corresponding tax cuts during meetings about the budget. After the meeting, the mayor insisted that he has often spoken against fees that are not balanced by tax cuts. Harter says he'll now have to wait until the 2013 budget process to make the changes he would like.