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The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce held 144th Annual Recognition
Dinner last night. During the program, the Chamber presented 5 area people with
Don Weber, Chairman and CEO of Logistics Health Incorporated, was awarded the Chair’s Community Service Award. He was honored for his commitment to many causes in La Crosse including area Veterans, United Way and UW-L. Dave Skogen, Chairman of Festival Foods was awarded the Chamber’s Regional Progress Award. Festival Foods acquired several Quillin’s grocery store locations in 2011 and built a new Festival Foods store at the Village location on the south side of La Crosse, causing Festival Foods to be the leading grocery store company in the greater La Crosse area.
Rick Artman, President of Viterbo University was awarded the Chamber’s Leadership Award. Artman served the Chamber in key roles through a revised planning process to chart the course for the five year plan the Chamber undertook. And Shirley Krause, formerly of M&I, was presented with the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Krause retired from M&I, A Part of BMO Financial Group in 2011, but continued to serve in her role as chair of the Chamber’s Ambassadors.
Also, Chuck Thoftne of Kwik Trip was presented with the Past Chair Award for 2011 by this year’s Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Dyanne Brudos.
Some tough decisions face the La Crosse School District soon....the biggie....how to cover between a $1.3 and $2.4 million gap in the 2012-13 budget. And not only will the school board feel it...local taxpayers will as well as the amount you will pay could reach 58% this year. But it didn't used to be this way.
Business Manager, Janet Rossiter, says even though budget talks are in the early stages, she would like some decisions the school board will make done sooner....then later.
For the second straight year, the La Crosse Center will be the host site for the NCAA Division 3 National Wrestling championships this weekend. Kim Blum, tournament director, talks about hosting the huge event.
170 wrestlers from 62 colleges will hit the mats Friday and Saturday, searching for all american and national champ status. UW-L will watch as Bebeto Yewah( BAH-BAY-TO YOU-WAH) goes for his third straight national championship. He will be joined by 4 other Eagle wrestlers. The event saw visitors spend over half a million dollars in the area last year.
Glenn Grothman says he's trying to right a wrong. Grothman's a republican state senator from West Bend who has introduced a bill in Madison to force the state's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize single parenting as a risk factor for child abuse and neglect. Statistics prove it, says Grothman, but liberals ignore it
Grothman say democrats have basically enabled child abuse by allowing for excessive welfare benefits which, in turn, leads to the breakdown of the traditional family.
Originally the city of La Crosse was hoping to collect with a new stormwater utility at the beginning of this year. But a problem setting up a billing process likely will delay collection for months. Water utility manager Mark Johnson says billing for stormwater is not as easy as billing for water and sewer because there's no meter involved
Eventually, a typical household in La Crosse will pay an extra fifty bucks a year in a stormwater charge.