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That's because two of the Polish government leaders who died in the disaster had studied at the La Crosse campus in the 1990's. One was the head of national security in Poland, and the other was the president of the National Bank. They attended classes at UWL as part of an Eastern European scholarship program. Jay Lokken, head of international studies at U-W-L, says the university could send a representative to funerals in Poland, or they could decide on another way to remember those students.
LaCrosse's indoor football team gets closer to their first victory. Yesterday , the LaCrosse Spartans got as close as three points before dropping a division match up to the Green Bay Blizzard by a score of 43-30. Running back Mark Bonds chipped in with two t.d. runs and linebacker Blake Freese had a safety and an interception return for a touchdown. The Spartans drop to 0-5. Their next game is Sunday against Sioux City at the LaCrosse Center.
Two motorcycle crashes this weekend in Trempealeau county. On Friday night Randy Domnie lost control of his bike on county road T. The cycle overturned and ejected both the 37 year old driver and passenger 42 year old Michelle Hinzman. Booze is considered a factor in the crash. Both Hinzman and Domnie are in stable condition. Neither driver or passenger were wearing a helmet. The other accident happened on Saturday afternoon when Danny Secor slid off county road G and went into the ditch. He suffered non life threatening injuries.
He claimed he was framed by co-workers who didn't like his management style...
But a jury convicted Loren Mundt of stealing thousands of dollars while working for Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, and now he's being sent to prison for two years. Mundt worked less than a year at Gundersen as a facilities and equipment manager. At his sentencing today, Mundt spoke of how effective he was in saving the hospital money. But he thinks his success made others mad at him. Judge Elliott Levine says people at Gundersen were afraid that Mundt could 'demolish their careers.' Mundt also is accused of trying to intimidate higher-ups at the hospital, including CEO Jeff Thompson.
Best advice for the disturbance-minded individual who doesn't want the party to end at bar time in downtown La Crosse and who, in fits of alcohol-fueled aggressiveness, seeks to put into headlocks various individuals of likewise drunken composure: Don't run from police. Matthew Ewing would have done well to heed that advice early Friday morning. But he ran instead. And, after hot-footing through the downtown, and jumping off a rooftop, twenty feet below, was targeted by a taser-wielding officer intent on order. Those probes missed. But the cop didn't miss twice and the 23 year-old Ewing was stopped, arrested and locked up for his headlocks and his outstanding warrants.