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Matt Harter tells reporters that in the future, he will avoid taking part in meetings affecting his family's waste disposal business.
Harter's comments come after a law firm concluded that he violated city ethics by meeting with the county solid waste director, and bringing his father to the meeting. He says the ethics board, the district attorney, and the state justice department to review the situation and give advice on how to avoid problems again.
You've probably already seen the back to school displays in stores. Some won't take advantage of any of that. Not without your help. The Salvation Army in La Crosse has cranked up its Steppin' Back to School program. And they're looking for sponsors, says Julie Nelson with the Salvation Army in La Crosse. She's hoping for new pants, shirt and shoes for each of the 290 kids registered in the Steppin' Back To School program.
Wisconsin can kiss that $250 million goodbye. A quarter billion dollars was how much the state was seeking under the federal Race to the Top program in round two applications. One of 35 states to apply for grant money in the competitive program. Finalists announced today by the feds and Wisconsin is not on the list. La Crosse schools would have been among the states biggest winners had the application gone through, potentially collecting over a million dollars in grants.
You might not see the high wires and the towers for another eight years...
But plans for a high-voltage line through western Wisconsin are moving ahead. A company from Pewaukee wants to place a 345-kilovolt line between La Crosse and Madison...saying it will be a more efficient way of providing energy than existing electric lines. Public hearings will be conducted, to help the A-T-C company decide a precise route for the power line. Opponents of the Cap-X power line project through Minnesota have warned that the eventual goal of the Cap-X planners is to bring their high-voltage wires through the La Crosse area. A-T-C says its La Crosse to Madison line is independent of the Cap-X project.
Two months after being seriously injured in a boating accident, Onalaska businessman Jason Baldner has improved a little...
But Baldner also has been placed in hospice care, as complications have developed in recent weeks. Baldner has been hospitalized at Gundersen Lutheran since late May. He received severe brain trauma while on a visit to Florida, when the boat he was riding in crashed into the shore. His family posts on the 'Caring Bridge' website that Jason is able to open his eyes and listens to family members who visit his hospital room. A fund for the Baldner family has been set up at Wells Fargo in La Crosse.