On Wednesday and Thursday, Gundersen Lutheran will participate in the 35th Annual Great American Smoke Out. Gundersen Lutheran staff will be on hand offering education for those who would like to quit smoking or those who would like to help someone they know to quit.
Today they will be in the Education Center on the lower level of the Gundersen Lutheran – Onalaska Clinic, and on Thursday in the cafeteria of the Gundersen Lutheran La Crosse Campus.
Tables will be set up providing useful information on quitting smoking and resources on where to receive help. There will also be free carbon monoxide screenings available.
The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Quality Tool and Machine of Sparta and the company’s president, Jerry Freimuth, for allegedly failing to forward over $9 thousand in employee contributions to the company’s SIMPLE IRA plan, in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The lawsuit alleges Freimuth and the company failed to forward the voluntary employee contributions to the company’s SIMPLE IRA plan from 2003 to 2008.
The suit seeks a court order to require repayment of losses with interest to the plan and to permanently bar Freimuth from serving as a service provider to any ERISA-covered employee benefit plan in the future.
Wisconsin producers have until November 20, 2010 to sign up for 2011 Non-insured Assistance Program coverage for perennial crops. This deadline applies to perennial crops such as apples, wild rice, huckleberries, peaches, plums, asparagus, currants, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, cherries, honey, and maple sap, which are not covered under Federal crop insurance.
Crops must be covered by crop insurance or NAP to be eligible for the 2008 Farm Bill Disaster Programs such as the Supplemental Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.
The November 20 deadline also applies to persons who have a 2010 policy and need to renew their coverage for 2011.
La Crosse cops got themselves a bit of a two-fer this week-end. Police say just after bar-time on Saturday, they pulled over a guy who'd knocked over a traffic signal in the median at Rose and Clinton street on the northside. 42 year-old La Crosse guy. He blew a .17 and picked up his first OWI. Not 20 minutes later, while a squad was parked near the downed light pole with emergency lights on, car drives over it and keeps on going. Another cop pulls that guy over. He's also drunk, and has half of a bottle of whiskey in the back seat. 20 year-old from Fountain City. Pretty solidly drunk but seemed pretty honest, too; told the officer that he was simply too drunk to do the field tests. Clearly the case; he vomited in the squad on the way to jail.
Officially, the city of Red Wing has no problem with the nuclear power plant that sits next door. Red Wing mayor John Howe tells us, even though the city sued to keep Xcel from making upgrades at the plant, he doesn't want to send the message that the Prairie Island nuclear facility has been anything but a great city partner. No, Howe's real problem is with nuclear waste at the plant that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. He says the plant is becoming a "de facto" waste storage site because of the fed decision to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. A Minnesota appeals court this week says it won't block Xcel from making upgrades at the Prairie Island or from storing additional nuclear waste there.