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Pete Peterson is the Co-Chair of the Tomah Veterans Memorial campaign, one that reached its extended goal of $150 thousand. The original goal of $125 thousand was increased in November because the cost of granite went up. He said then the checks came flying in....including a $7500 gift from the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Peterson said residents will start seeing a lot of changes in Butts Park when the snow melts. That’s when the ground will be re-leveled and the concrete will be set for the project. One problem Peterson says they are having is trying to find enough space now as they have already outgrown the memorial's original plans. And it's not even built yet. A great problem to have, says Peterson.
The Franciscan Skemp owned building that housed the West Salem Boys and Girls Club will be demolished after it was learned the building took to much damage when snow collapsed the roof on the structure last month.
Mike Desmond, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, says they need to find another location soon......as the numbers of kids served has dropped.
Every day, West Salem club members have been taken by bus to the Terry Erickson Boys & Girls Club site in La Crosse.
The board will meet tonight at 6pm to discuss a potential site in West Salem that could serve as their new home
How about this for a solution to looming medicaid funding shortages in Wisconsin? Rationing health care to medicaid patients. Although he wouldn't call it that exactly, Tim Bartholow, from the Wisconsin Medical Society, thinks something that could maintain medicaid coverage for the greatest number of people resembles rationing: Cutting back on the types of procedures that medicaid covers. Or some plan that's similar. Bartholow says he's not sure what would be the best plan for the state to deal with Medicaid shortages. But his group believes that removing some services for everyone on Medicaid is preferable to simply dropping patients from Medicaid coverage altogether. The Medical Society has offered to help the new Republican administration in Madison deal with Medicaid shortages.
A residency requirement idea may have taken an unexpected turn in the La Crosse city council. Mayor Matt Harter wanted to have new non-union employees living within the city permanently. Didn't go over well with guys like city council member Bob Seaquist, who says forcing employees to live in the city permanently is regressive and hateful and will make it difficult for the city to hire well-qualified employees. Seaquist's counter-proposal: come up with a plan to entice employees to live in the city, rather than force them. Maybe, he says, low interest loans to buy a home in the city or to live in a blighted area.
In some ways, city government in La Crosse isn't exactly representative of the population of La Crosse. At least not when it comes to racial minorities. La Crosse is mostly white. Over ninety percent. But the African American population is around three percent and growing. The Asian American population is about five percent. And there's other minority populations as well. However, we've found very little diversity among full-time city employees. Of about five hundred forty that work for the city, 17 can be classified as racial minorities. 13 of those are Asian Americans. None are African American. Human Resources director, Wendy Oestreich tells us she'd love to hire some more minorities. But they just don't apply for jobs at city hall.