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Representative Jennifer Shilling says it's a tragic time for the state and Governor Elect School Walker just cost this state thousands of new jobs.
The monies will now be reallocated to several states including California, Florida, Washington, Illinois, New York, and Iowa.
Teachers and students at Summit Elementary School recieved special surprises this morning. Members of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation Board of Directors handed out classroom innovation grant checks to winning teachers.
Three teachers at Summit received grants along with 21 other teachers from throughout the district.
This year the foundation awarded $42 thousand to teachers in the School District of La Crosse.
First, it was vacant positions in the La Crosse fire department that were desperately needed to get filled. Then it was the police department. But should those vacancies remain.....vacant? That's what city council president, Audrey Kader and mayor Matt Harter are hoping to determine with the help of a consultant. Kader and Harter, almost never on the same side of any issue, are pushing a proposal for a consultant to study both fire and police needs in the city. Although the mayor has made it clear he thinks both departments can do more with less, he's also advocated for an evaluation of both. Meanwhile, Kader says she's simply unsure what the ideal staffing requirements for either department are. The council will vote on the consultant proposal next month.
It's a little unclear now if a La Crosse council district will have any representation before April. The council whiffed on appointing a temporary member this week because the top two candidates were unable to secure a majority vote. Richard Staff managed to get eight votes, former council member Jim Bloedorn collected seven. And, with one council member abstaining, the meeting was adjourned with the seventh district in the same position it was when Mike Larsen resigned; without a representative voice. With candidates already taking out papers for spring elections, it seems a little unlikely that the council will take another stab at a temporary appointment.
Many people who attended mass Thursday at the cathedral in La Crosse have become used to seeing Raymond Burke at the altar, conducting the service.
Burke was back at St. Joseph the Workman...but now wearing the hat of a cardinal:
This was a special mass of thanksgiving for the former Bishop of the La Crosse Diocese who became a cardinal last month. The ceremony had been arranged partly at the suggestion of the current Bishop of La Crosse, William Callahan.
Dozens of priests from throughout the region participated in the special mass honoring Burke.