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Borrowing for homes? Pretty good market for that. Borrowing for cars? Boats? Any other big purchase? Not so hot, says Wayne Oliver at State Bank Financial in La Crosse. He sees a very conservative public not much willing to take chances on big ticket items after a frightening recession that ended three years ago. Doesn't mean they're worried about the current economy.....
Oliver says conservative spending is probably healthier for the individual, but makes for sluggish economic growth.
Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts to the U.S. defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school lunch funding and other social programs. Congressman Ron Kind talked with WIZM news about the defense portion of the budget.
Kind says the government is spending 2 billion dollars a week when they were supposed to be sending more troops home. A budget item he says he just doesn't get.
The Commons Renovation Project at Central High School got the green flag this week from the school board and construction on the $201 thousand project will start as soon as school is out. Principal, Jeff Fleig ( FLAG ) says he couldn't be happier.
Three walls will be removed to increase the square footage and provide an open concept atmosphere. The walls, floor, and columns will be upgraded. Next, a permanent concession stand and ticket booth will be built. Finally, the School Store and Altra Credit Union will share a space which will make both more accessible to students and visitors. All with about $146 thousand in donations.
Earlier this week we told you that Onalaska High School had received a gold medal rating as a top ten school from U.S. News and World Report. Now, La Crosse’s Central High School has learned that their school had received a bronze medal ranking from the same magazine.
Being number four at something can be a pretty good achievement...and so it is for the La Crosse area Boy Scouts.
The national Scouting organization ranks the Gateway Area Council as the fourth-best council in the U-S, based on a set of several criteria. Local director Sean Henneman says he knew the La Crosse scouting program was good...but didn't realize it was rated so close to the top.
The Gateway Council has a high retention record...meaning about 70 per cent of the local boys who enter Scouting stay in the program for many years.