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La Crosse's fire chief will remain La Crosse's fire chief. At least for now. Chief Gregg Cleveland was one of five finalists for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa fire chief position. The city announced earlier this morning that it was going with one of two internal candidates among those finalists. Meanwhile, Cleveland remains under a microscope with a special committee assigned to review process, procedure and performance of the La Crosse fire department.
Don't look for storm water utility charges in your next water bill. Or the one after that. Or, maybe, the one after that. The newly approved utility won't start billing until the first quarter of 2012. Between now and then, says city public works director Dale Hexom, plenty of work on adding the storm water charges to current water and sewer charges. Once billing begins, each household will pay a little over fifty bucks per year. Businesses will pay more. In some cases, thousands more.
The WAFER food pantry in La Crosse has plenty of people to serve. And then it picked up 80 more families in May. Caused a bit of a shortage on the shelves at WAFER. With eyes on a restock, WAFER will have truck at Riverside center in downtown La Crosse on Front street until three this afternoon. Their goals: ten thousand pounds of food. A solid thousand dollars in cash.
A Greenfield man, who graduated in May from Viterbo University in La Crosse, is dead after drowning in the family swimming pool.
The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office says that 22-year-old Jeffrey Wielichowiski was having a party with his friends last week when he jumped in the pool. He had energy drinks and vodka and his friends urged him not to swim, because he was stumbling and his speech was slurred.
The medical examiner said two friends pulled him from the bottom of the pool. Paramedics tried but failed to save him.
The Board of Education for the School District of La Crosse approved the hiring of Dr. Troy Harcey as the Associate Superintendent of Instruction at its meeting Monday night. Harcey will assume the position immediately, replacing Randy Nelson who was promoted to Superintendent of Schools on July 1st.
Harcey has been with the School District of La Crosse since 2000, serving as a teacher, associate principal and principal at Logan Middle School. In addition, Harcey has been the district’s supervisor of health and physical education since 2009.
The district will look to fill Harcey’s current position in the coming weeks.