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For a while now, an office at Wettstein's has resembled a pantry...with boxes and cans of food stacked up against the wall.
The 28-hundred pounds of food donated to the store during May are being divided up between the Salvation Army and the WAFER food shelf. Store owner Dan Wettstein says the month-long promotion brought in many more visitors than the regular customers...for example, a man who brought in 10 pounds of food without shopping for anything from Wettstein's. The 3rd Street store offered bargains on appliance sales and services in exchange for the food items donated.
Why go to the usual places for lunch in La Crosse, when you can sit in Riverside Park and listen to good music?
The park department and the Valley View Rotary are working together to provide lunch-hour concerts called 'Noon Tunes' on Thursdays at the Riverside bandshell. City park director Steve Carlyon is hoping for a large turnout for the noon entertainment. The concerts will be free, and people attending will be encouraged to bring their own lunch from home or from downtown restaurants. Area musician Bill Miller will lead off the Noon Tunes programs on June 14th. With a few exceptions, the weekly concerts will continue every Thursday through Oktoberfest.
A new study shows that Wisconsin has the nation's eighth highest rate of wrongful criminal convictions but La Crosse County D.A., Tim Gruenke, has some issues with that report.
The Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University counted 21 Wisconsinites who were exonerated since 1989. The report said Wisconsin's wrongful convictions were 30 percent higher than the national average. Illinois had the most, with 101.
The Onalaska Plan Commission doesn't like it and neither does mayor Joe Chilsen. They are talking about the Badger Coulee transmission line that could go directly through the city. Chilsen says the main reason is easy.
The American Transmission Company has proposed several routes for the Badger Coulee line that would connect to the CapX2020 line substation near Briggs Road south of Holmen and cross the city of Onalaska heading east toward West Salem and the Interstate 90 corridor. The Commission recently approved a resolution to make their feelings public.
Even if people haven't used it in decades, lead paint can still pose a health hazard...
A La Crosse area construction company recently power-washed a church, removing lead paint from the steeple. But Krause Konstruction didn't follow the proper state rules for disposing of the paint...letting it fall to the street, and the grass around the church. The Coon Valley company had to remove the sod where the paint chips had fallen. Krause will pay a 10-thousand dollar fine to the state, and will have to educate its workers on the proper way to dispose of asbestos and lead.