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It's a busy week of campaigning in western Wisconsin for one of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates. The first stop for Mark Neumann's campaign was in La Crosse this morning. One of his main goals is to scale back on what he calls an unconstitutional level of federal rules and regulations, but his focus today was balancing the federal budget. Neumann said he is a both a fiscal and social conservative who would vote to repeal Obamacare. His five-year plan to balance the federal budget includes eliminating or cutting back on 150 government programs.
Neumann is part of a large crowd in the fight for Herb Kohl's seat. Other candidates are former governor Tommy Thompson, Representative Jeff Fitzgerald, businessman Eric Hovde, and chiropractor Kip Smith. The democrats have produced one candidate, congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Neumann served Wisconsin's first district in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Neumann ran against Governor Walker in the 2010 election, and in 1998, lost out to Russ Feingold, the incumbent senator.
Every four years the Viroqua Cross Country team travels to Hawaii to participate in a cross country meet hosted by James Rubasch, a coach who grew up in Vernon County in southwest Wisconsin. Each athlete works hard to pay his or her own way. This year the Viroqua cross country student athletes are building a new fundraiser of a different sort, the Aloha Bike Tour to be held on Saturday, August 18th. Enter Jenny Leum. ( LEE-UM)
Leum says the bike ride will do many things for the runners: involve them in the community, raise funds for the planned trip, encourage team spirit and unity, and promote their active lifestyle. You can sign up by going to aloha bike tour dot com.
The UW-L Foundation awarded 400 scholarships totaling about $325 thousand during the Student Scholarship and Awards program last night. And Foundation President, Al Trapp, says their was a reason the number of applicants went up this year. And it may have saved some trees in the process.
The UW-L Foundation also awards an additional $150 thousand in scholarships at other times throughout the year.
Will Wisconsin workers be safer with a different governor?
AFSCME union director Marty Beil has no doubt that they will. In La Crosse this weekend, Beil told the audience at a ceremony for workers killed on the job that Governor Scott Walker's actions against unions are increasing the risk of injury for many corporate employees. Beil claims that Walker is leaving many employees in Wisconsin with 'no voice in the workplace.' He also says actions decreasing government openness have 'cast us into darkness.'
Among the drunk drivers nabbed this week-end by La Crosse police, was the woman who parked her car on top of a roadside sign on the northside. Cops say the 47 year-old woman earned her first OWI for plowing into a "No Stopping or Standing During School Hours" sign near Franklin elementary on Friday afternoon just after school let out. Her 12 year-old child was a passenger but not hurt in the crash. The woman said she'd just had a glass of wine but blew a .23 on the breathalyzer at jail. She faces extra penalties because a child under 16 was in the car.