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Burning down a convenience store in Sparta has bought a Sparta man some federal prison time. 38 year old Bradford White was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge in Madison.
It was a year ago next week, when a man's body was found on a hillside near a La Crosse park...a short time after he died while smoking drugs.
A woman who admitted to using the drugs with Tony Du Charme will be sentenced on Wednesday for contributing to his death. Christina Lorenz has pled guilty to being a party to reckless homicide. Another charge of hiding Du Charme's body was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea. Lorenz might get up to three years in prison.
The La Crosse area already has a variety of programs designed to get people to become more healthy...
Now, some of those programs are getting a healthy dose of money from a statewide group. Jennie Melde from the La Crosse YMCA says the 'Transform Wisconsin' funding will help the 'Y' staff lead kids to healthier habits, and allow collaborative efforts with the Boys and Girls Clubs to continue. The La Crosse County health department and the Healthy Living Collaboration will get close to half-a-million dollars in money from the Transform Wisconsin project. That group is providing money to about 30 communities around the state.
VIP treatment in D-C for a La Crosse CEO...
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.