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2012 will bring a new challenge to some soldiers in the National Guard. Some will put down their weapons and pick up seeds and water buckets. Colonel Darrel Feucht (FOYT), says the skillls of a soldier and civilian will come into play now.
The mission is to help Afghan farmers become agriculturally self-sufficient and develop their agricultural marketplace. The practices that are being trained are not new concepts to the Afghan farmer, but tweaking existing practices. A group of Wisconsin and Minnesota soliders will take off for Afghanistan next month.....to become farmers...and soldiers.
Winona police have arrested 2 out of the 3 people that stole several
thousands of dollars worth of merchandide from the Winona Fleet Farm store back
in November. 26 year old Kyle Olson and 25 year old Matthew Symitizek,
were arrested in La Crosse. Police are still looking for 26 year old
Kyle Davidson. The three men face possible felony theft charges in connection
with the thefts.
Just before Christmas, over $50 thousand was doled out to teachers in the Lacrosse School District for classroom projects. Money that did not come from the district. It's money that comes from the community.
The executive director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation Geva Thole says the need for financial assistance has grown across the district.
The foundation has been around for 22 years now and helps support Essentials
for Student Learning and Achievement.....Classroom Innovation
Last year, UW-Lacrosse hosted the NCAA Division 3 National Wrestling Championships. That has opened the door for the university to also play host to the Track and Field Championships in 2013. So when does planning start for that event?
Athletic Director, Josh Whitman, says they are excited to host the wrestling championships again in March and thinks there may be some gymnastics championships coming in the future.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin is pushing for more interlock. MADD wants lawmakers to support a bill in Madison that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install breath interlock devices on their cars.
John Vose is with MADD Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin mandates breath interlocks for drunk drivers stopped with a BAC of .15 or higher.