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Judge Dale Pasell is directing a receiver for Skipperliner to arrange for boats to be returned to their owners as soon as possible, maybe by this weekend. The sudden shutdown of the boat-maker two weeks ago literally left those owners high and dry...not knowing if they could get access to their dry-docked boats before the start of summer. The judge's order also affects people who own boats kept at Skipperliner property in Arizona.
A portion of highway 16 outside Sparta is temporarily shutdown. A semi was apparently plowing through the city without stopping for traffic lights. Cops have the truck pulled over. Again, a portion of highway 16 near Sparta is closed until cops have control of the situation.
One area school board could vote tonight to get rid of its long-time Indian nickname...or maybe not.
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau superintendent Troy Gunderson thinks a vote on the future of the "Redmen" nickname could go either way. Governor Doyle signed a bill last week giving the state more power to force schools to drop Indian mascots. Gunderson says there's pressure from G-E-T taxpayers to settle the matter, now that the bill has been signed. Last year, the G-E-T board came within one vote of abolishing the nickname.
The Skipperliner situation turns up in court today...
A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in La Crosse on Skipperliner's decision to shut down and seek bankruptcy protection. And the Campbell Town Board appears content to let the courts handle the matter, for now. Town administrator Travis Parish says the board took no action on Tuesday night to seek money from the boat company...even after town residents asked the board to try to get a 600-thousand dollar loan back from Skipperliner. Parish says the board will keep an eye on what the courts decide about the company's responsibility to creditors.
Feel like doing some building? A La Crosse school could sure use your help. The parent teacher organization at Spence elementary in La Crosse has been raising funds for playground equipment for the last four years. Saturday, the group's getting together to install the new equipment at the school. Spence is looking for volunteers to help put all the new stuff together. Build time is from seven in the morning until two in the afternoon. Call the school if you're interested in helping.