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A student athlete at UW-LaCrosse is going to help earthquake survivors. Senior Conner Lonning says with all the great opportunities in his life he would like to help out. Lonning is leaving Saturday for Haiti and plans on spending about ten days helping people there. He's bringing his money and funds collected from his track and cross country teams and his friends at work at the Eagle's Nest Bar.
Tonight, a full vote expected from the La Crosse city council on a big land deal. A deal to buy the eleven acre Patros property north of Riverside Park. A deal that took a while to get worked out. City planner Larry Kirch thinks talks between the Patros family and the city began as long as 30 years ago.
If the council agrees, the city will spend close to 2 million dollars on the eleven acres, only three of which is said to be usable for development. The purchase will complete a 65 acre development area between the Black River and Copeland Ave.
A soldier with a Sparta-based guard company has won big honors. Sergeant Cody Brueggen from Oconowoc is with the 107th maintenance company in Sparta. After a week-end competition, he's been named the state's non-commissioned officer of the year for the guard. Competition for the honor is three days of physical tests, marksmanship, navigation and much more at Fort McCoy. Winners go on to a regional competition also held at the fort and then, possibly, the national competition. Private first class Randy Fendryk from Waukesha won soldier of the year honors in the same competion at Fort McCoy.
A NEW ASSIGNMENT AWAITS THE NUN IN CHARGE OF THE GUADALUPE SHRINE OUTSIDE LA CROSSE.
THE FRANCISCAN ORDER HAS NAMED SISTER CHRISTA MARIE TO BECOME THE PRESIDENT OF ST. JAMES ACADEMY, A NEW HIGH SCHOOL NEAR KANSAS CITY. SHRINE SPOKESMAN JACK SOCHA SAYS THE FRANCISCANS CHOSE SISTER CHRISTA MARIE TO HEAD THE ACADEMY BECAUSE OF HER ADMINISTRATIVE ABILITY. THE SISTER HAS HEADED THE SHRINE FOR SEVEN YEARS. SOCHA EXPECTS A NEW DIRECTOR TO BE CHOSEN AND ON THE JOB BY THIS SUMMER.
Air quality still an issue in much of Wisconsin today. The DNR has issued a watch and advisory as fine particulate matters build up. Not unusual for this time of year, says DNR meteorologist, Joe Hoch. He says you'll see more of those PM's as the snow melts and the chemicals that are stuck in the snow pack get released into the atmosphere.
Hoch says expected rain tonight should clear the air a little bit but some windy days would be the biggest help.