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Fran's the man. Or, at least, the new superintendent for the Onalaska school district. Current director of instruction and curriculum for the district, Fran Finco, gets the nod from the school board to lead Onalaska as of July first. The board will make it official with a vote on Monday. Finco takes over from long time superintendent John Burnett.
The Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Red Cross held a disaster relief drive all day Thursday outside the La Crosse Center and at Valley View Mall for the victims of the tornado's that tore through the south 2 weeks ago.
Cheryl Hancock tells us that say they raised close to $12 thousand for storm victims.
You can call the Red Cross at 788-1000 to make a donation or text the word "Red Cross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Also, visit redcross.org.
If the goal of a photo ID bill in Madison is to keep college students from voting, it should be pretty successful, according to a local college democrat. Jesse Campo is co-chair of UWL college democrats. He says, forcing students to have an official photo ID from the DMV when voting just adds hurdles to the whole voting process. He says, with the only area DMV in Onalaska, it will be a major challenge to get many students to get IDs ahead of an election.
A bill in Madison right now would mandate a photo ID to vote. An amendment to the bill would allow a student ID as long as there's an address on it.
For guys looking to pull in some big dollars on overtime on the La Crosse fire department, this week turned sour fast. After burning through almost an entire year's overtime budget already, mayor Matt Harter directed the department to start sending firefighters home. Harter says, there's nothing to fear by the move. He says, with a little collaboration among firefighters, Tri-state ambulance, the police department and emergency dispatch, people in the city of La Crosse should not be in danger. Eventually, Harter wants to change staffing minimums for the fire department so there won't be so much overtime used. A La Crosse city council committee meeting last night drew over a hundred firefighters, police and teachers who were expressed outrage over the overtime slight and the potential threats to residents of La Crosse.
Little wonder that state senators targeted for recall campaigns are attracting giants wads of cash. Under normal campaign finance rules, individuals are limited to thousand dollar donations. Not for recall campaigns. Not until the recall is made official. A new report from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign suggests that may be why Republican senator Roberta Darling has managed to amass $420 thousand dollars in donations since the beginning of the year. She's the top contribution recipient in the state among the recall targets. La Crosse republican Dan Kapanke is number two. His campaign contributions have totaled over $180 thousand since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, democrat Jennifer Shilling, Kapanke's opponent in the recall race, hasn't filed a campaign finance report since January.