Over 500,000 kids in Wisconsin rely on school lunches
Median sales price of $163,000 passes state average
It irks many politicians when there are things they want to control, but can't. In Wisconsin, that is education. The politicians have tried their best to take control of how...
Important business often moves at a snail's pace in La Crosse City Hall...unless there's some urgency to the issue, such as whether to close a branch of the city library.
When a proposed shut down of the South Branch was avoided this fall, Mayor Tim Kabat announced that he would appoint a task force to look at ways of keeping the building open in future years. Library board president Tom Sleik worries that the mayor is taking too long to put together such a task force, and city council approval of appointments normally takes a month or two. Sleik believes the library committee would not be able to begin work until March, and the library has promised to start public hearings on the 2015 budget next June.
A Sparta man who was given prison time in La Crosse County for firing a .22
A case of a cop caught stealing drugs ranks high on our newsroom's list of top local stories from 2013.
The investigation of former police lieutenant Brian Thomson is number six on the year-end list. Thomson's case came to light suddenly in August, when La Crosse police announced his resignation on the same day he was brought to court. The department suspected Thomson of tampering with drug evidence being stored at City Hall, and got proof when he reportedly took fake pills from a package that specifically was planted to catch him. Earlier this month, Thomson pled guilty to attempting to possess narcotics. He's scheduled to be sentenced in late January.
French Island Family to Get Christmas Surprise
A French Island family is going to get a major Christmas surprise Friday afternoon thanks to the creativity and generosity of several local individuals and organizations. Matthew Henderson, of Henderson Motorsports and La Crosse Speedway announcer Dan Deicher wanted to spread some holiday cheer, so they found a French Island family of racing enthusiasts who could use some extra support this holiday season. The duo worked in partnership with the School District of La Crosse to obtain the children’s Christmas wish list and added some extra items to the list as well.
On Friday December 20th at 3:30 p.m. Henderson will roll into the family’s driveway at 1918 Lakeshore Drive in his La Crosse Speedway Nascar late model to surprise the family with their Christmas wish list. His caravan of goodness will include Santa Claus and Speedway announcer Dan Deicher.
“I have children and know how fortunate they have been during this time of the year,” shares Deicher, also a radio personality for Midwest Family Broadcasting. “Being in the media, it breaks my heart doing stories of children and families that have to deal with financial hardships and that they cannot give their children what they want to for Christmas.”
When the Henderson racing team approached Deicher with the idea of giving back this holiday season, Deicher wasn’t surprised.
“Matt Henderson, his wife Brittany and his entire family racing crew have entertained racing fans in the area for quite some time. They wanted to give back, and along with Altra Federal Credit Union, Midwest Family Broadcasting, and other donations we are able to do just that.”
In addition, the children will each receive a new winter coat as part of Operation Stay Warm sponsored by the La Crosse Firefighters IAFF Local 127.
Henderson and the caravan will leave Summit Elementary School’s parking lot at 3:30 p.m. and drive to 1918 Lakeshore Drive to surprise the family and their four children.
La Crosse County is looking toward more populated areas of the state, for advice on handling a heroin epidemic...
Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor has briefed the La Crosse Heroin Task Force on anti-drug policies being tried in the Fox River Valley. Molitor says employers should pay attention to workers who may have drug problems, and consider ways to help them break the habit.
Chief Molitor says local officials should look for ways to 'break the cycle' of heroin addiction, which can lead people to break the law so they can get money for drugs.