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Dr. Jeff Thompson from Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center was invited to the White House today. Thompson got to speak about Gundersen's green initiatives during a presidential conference on 'healthier hospitals.' His remarks included a story about persuading planners of a new Gundersen expansion to find ways to reduce the energy units used in the new building, when they didn't think they could reach the energy-saving goal that Thompson wanted. Thompson also promoted Gundersen's policies for reducing waste and encouraging recycling.
A bar owner, a framing business owner and an assistant district attorney are vying for a spot on the La Crosse city council.
There's been calls for a special session for Wisconsin legislators. The hope is that special session would focus on job creation in the state. But Holmen state assembly candidate, Bruce Evers doesn't think a special legislative session would come to much. Unless it was focused on business de-regulation
Evers hopes to face democrat state rep, Steve Doyle in the fall. He has to get past an August primary against West SAlem's Kevin Hintz first.
Not long now, there will be wide swath of land in downtown Holmen where several buildings used to be. The village has bought up the properties near Halfway Creek Park for a likely library. And the process of demolition is moving along, says village president Nancy Proctor
Although the plan for a village building definitely includes a library, there might be other uses for it as well. Those decisions, says Proctor, will be made by next spring.
The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year and the state leads the nation in production. But La Crossse County has not figured into the boom. The county has recieved no applications for frac sand mining at all. Why?
Nathan Sampson is the county planning and zoning director and he says another reason this county has had no applications could be zoning regulations. He says the county is not saying no to frac sand mining it's just that they want to make sure safe guards in place.