Green Bay based Associated Banc Corporation announced that it plans to close down 20 Associated Bank branches in its three-state region of operation.....Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Among those slated to cease operations is the bank location at 2402 Rose Street in La Crosse. 16 branches in Wisconsin, three in Illinois and one in Rochester, Minnesota will also close. The bank holding company said that the branches will close by the beginning of the second quarter of 2012.
The company said that it decided to close the 20 locations after it evaluated its footprint and found that the most of the branches are located within two miles of other Associated Bank locations. The closings also were necessitated by the changing regulatory and competitive environment.
Still no arrests in the arsons that struck Winona the past couple of weeks. But the public is being invited to a special meeting tonight to get updated on a series of fires that have occurred in Winona over the past six weeks. The West End Neighborhood Watch Group is being reactivated in an effort give police some help in finding the person responsible for the three most recent fires in the central part of the city.
Both the police chief and fire chief will be on hand to discuss the ongoing problem.
The meeting will be held tonight at the Winona Veterans Center on East Sarnia Street starting at 6.
Central High School in Lacrosse wants to change the way the east side entrance looks and maybe asking for your help in making it happen. A presentation was shown to the school board Monday night, which would turn the commons area into a more desireable space for students, staff and visitors.
The $180 thousand project would include a new student store and a small branch of Altra Federal Credit Union. The financial breakdown would be $60 thousand spread into 3 entities. They include Central High School fund raising........Central Booster Club fund raising and the capitol improvement budget.
Also included would be community partnerships, community/family donations and wall tile sales. Fundraising will go until March with a tentative ground breaking set for the summer.
Bill Feehan's got a pretty dim view of the whole petition drive to recall governor Scott Walker. First, says the chair of La Crosse county Republicans, it's clear there's people who are signing petitions multiple times, calling the new claim that organizers have reached the half million mark in petitions a pretty dubious one......
Feehan is referencing election regulators' admission that, although they would flag unusual names on petitions, it would be up to challengers to prove their lack of validity. But Feehan also believes that, even if recall organizers aren't quite there yet, they will be able to collect the required signatures to force a recall election sometime next year. Partially why the party is planning a re-opening of its La Crosse headquarter for early next month.
Thieves ripping off thousands of dollars in booze have left a trail for police to follow in La Crosse. Cops are investigating the theft of cases of beer, wine and liquor from the Pettibone Resort this week-end. They say the crooks pried open a door and stole the booze and left shoeprints and tire tracks in the snow. They also left what could turn out to be the lynchpin in the investigation. A frozen puddle of urine. Cops have collected the urine to test for DNA.