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Officially, La Crosse etched a record into the books by getting nearly five inches of rain on Saturday. But that was just for rainfall at the airport. A record of four and a half inches. Rain totals varied dramatically, however, across the city and region, according to the National Weather Service. The La Crosse weather station above the city measured just about an inch. The Onalaska-Holmen area had about three and half inches. Most of the city of La Crosse got about two inches. The National Weather Service says one measuring station in the city only got a half inch of rain.
Gov. Mark Dayton says a Republican offer to drop $200 million in tax cuts they wanted and spend it on his priorities is a ``non-proposal'' that gets the two sides no closer to a budget deal that would avert a government shutdown in two weeks.
Opponents of school vouchers fear Gov. Scott Walker could use his expansive veto powers to expand the program statewide under language added to the state budget early on Thursday morning by Assembly Republicans.
Two protesters at the state Capitol have been arrested after they used rigid bike locks to chain themselves to railings in the Senate chamber.
A replica of one of the sculptures at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will be unveiled at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A smaller version of “Three Soldiers” will stand on a black pedestal in front of a wall mural of an Associated Press Vietnam combat photo in the Hall of Honor at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The bronze replica, poured and cast in a New York foundry, will be unveiled at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 18th, in the Hall of Honor during Freedom Fest. The dedication is open to those attending the Freedom Fest concert. The sculpture was funded by the Don and Roxanne Weber Family through the UW-La Crosse Foundation. The Webers have been key supporters of the stadium and the Hall of Honor.
Frederick Elliott Hart created the sculpture. In 1980, the American master sculptor submitted a proposal to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but came in third among 1,421 entries. After completion of the wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund commissioned Hart to create a sculpture in 1982. The life-like bronze sculpture located in a grove of trees depicts three servicemen, a Caucasian, Mexican-American and African-American, in Vietnam era uniforms carrying infantry weapons.
Dedicated by President Reagan in 1984, Three Soldiers is part of one of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. Hart received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for Three Soldiers in 1988.