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UW La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow doesn't have a job offer. But he is a finalist in the search for president at the State University of New York, New Paltz campus. One of four. Gow says he'll have to see once he visits the campus whether he'd be a good fit for the job. But, Gow says, it would have to be a very good offer to drag him away from the UW-La Crosse campus. Money, apparently, not an issue in the job decision if it comes to that. The chancellor tells us both the system president and the head of the board of regents have offered to bump his salary and Gow, although appreciative, told them, it's not about the money. Gow's been chancellor at UWL since 2007.
Festival Foods will serve as a lead sponsor when the UW-L hosts the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 championships, to be held at the La Crosse Center March 11th-12th, is expected to bring more than 60 collegiate wrestling teams, 180 wrestlers, and thousands of visitors to the La Crosse area.
As part of Festival Foods’ support, the competition venue at the La Crosse Center will be renamed Festival Foods Arena. Also, Festival Foods will be featured prominently in the marketing campaign produced by UW-L to promote the championships.
The UW-La Crosse wrestling team, with the only roster in the country featuring three former NCAA champions, is currently ranked second in the nation in Division III.
3 reports coming from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the federal government that deal with a proposed electric transmission line from Minnesota to Lacrosse, are all being delayed. The project is called Cap-X-2020, and it includes up to 145 miles of major transmission lines and a sub-station in Onalaska.
Tom Hillstrom of CAP-X 2020 says delays have their good and bad points though. He says he is glad they are taking their time and going through the reports with a fine toothed comb. It makes it easier for some groundbreaking possibly in 2012.
The Minnesota report will spell out options for locating lines under the proposed 450-million-dollar transmission project. The study will consider possible options for crossing the Mississippi River.The Minnesota report is due out in late March while the reports from Wisconsin and the Federal Government are due out in May.
Take heart, you winter weary Wisconsinites. Because Jimmy the Groundhog says so, according to Ann Manning with the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy's the much less famous Wisconsin groundhog cousin to Punxsatawny Phil. Phil also did not see his shadow, so both groundhogs are predicting an early spring. The difference, says Manning in Sun Prairie, is that Jimmy usually gets it right.
Critics of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's first State of the State of the address last night largely seem to share a common complaint: No specifics. The governor mentioned sacrifice but not necessarily where cuts in government will be made. But, while in La Crosse yesterday, the governor did seem to hint that cuts in Medicaid spending are inevitable. Although, Walker says, there's a place for programs like Badgercare among "the neediest of the needy" and those who need a safety net of healthcare.But, as Walker has repeated since his campaign for governor, he doesn't think state-provided health care should be a permanent state entitlement and recipients need to be transitioned into privately-provided health insurance eventually.