If you own a dog or a cat in LaCrosse county you have until the end of the month to get them registered. Heather Schmid with the Coulee Region Humane Society reminds us all dogs have to licensed and most municipalities in the county require cats to be licensed as well. Heather says you can register with your local treasurer or at the Humane Society. If you wait until after the deadline you will have to pay a late fee. If you get caught with an unregistered pet it could run you a couple of hundred bucks in fines.
The man who has been running Franciscan Skemp in LaCrosse will be moving to Rochester to head up all of Mayo Health System. Dr. Robert Nesse will start his new job in June. He has been serving as the president and CEO of the LaCrosse care provider since 2004. He took his first job with Mayo in 1980. He starts his new job in June.
Onalaska police and the local Dairy Queen partner up on a contest for kids. On the departments facebook page Onalaska middle school and high school kids can answer brain teaser questions and might win an ice cream treat from Dairy Queen. Administrative assistant Pam Sharp says Police chief Jeff Trotnic is all about connecting with kids. He feels this contest is a way to increase trust between youngsters and the department and makes it a fun way to increase interraction. Winners will be drawn every month thru the end of May.
The LaCrosse county board might have the votes to build a new assisted living facility at Hillview. But, board member Ray Ebert is one of the few who continues to believe the project is a bad idea. Ebert feels adding another county facility would only take away business from privately owned care. The board will take a final vote on the construction project next month after they get the final financial details.
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.
When will crews in LaCrosse county start road construction projects? Within a few weeks the highway department can start addressing some minor repair work. But, it takes warmer weather to hit the area before the heavy lifting can begin says highway commissioner Dennis Osgood. Could be late April or early May before the major work gets going. Osgood and his crews are getting ready. This week they began submitting bids to purchase the materials for this spring and summer's road construction projects. LaCrosse county has road projects planned for a stretch of highway near Bangor and another one near Mindoro.
LaCrosse's indoor football team will be without their starting quarterback for awhile. The LaCrosse Spartans have confirmed QB Jimmy Sangster will miss three to four games with a sprained knee ligament. Fortunately, the team has two bye weeks in a row to minimize the amount of games the Spartans will have to get by without their leader. Sangster was injured in the first half of the team's opening game loss to Wichita. The coaching staff will start trying out quarterbacks today and hopes to have a replacement named by Monday.
The Wisconsin legislature considers a bill that would double fines for people caught littering. Increasing the fine from 500 to one thousand bucks doesn't bother LaCrosse county sustainability coordinator Nick Nichols. But, he feels the deterrent only works up to a point. He isn't sure the laws have changed behavior. Instead, Nick believes most of the public has adopted the ethic that littering is wrong and that people need to take responsibility for their own actions. The assembly has already passed the litter fine increase. The senate is scheduled to vote on the bill today.
No need to be paranoid about sending in your census form. LaCrosse county zoning director Jeff Bluske is heading up the local effort to make sure everyone is counted. He says the survey is completely confidential. Census workers don't share this information with any department. Bluske says fill out the ten question form or someone with the feds could show up at your door to make sure they get the information from you. For the first time ever you could also face a fine if you knowingly ignore the once a decade count. The census determines how much money will be coming into a community for various programs. With population determining how much each region will receive. Census forms should start showing up in local mailboxes during the next couple of weeks.
A judge says the town of Onalaska has to pay their former administrator. Now both sides are trying to work out how much compensation is owed to Paul Kitzmann. The town claimed they had to let Kitzmann go in July due to budget problems. A judge ruled that wasn't a good enough reason to fire their administrator. Kitzmann's three year contract wasn't set to expire until January of 2012. His salary was 50 grand a year. The towns attorney hopes to have something worked out before the next court date which is scheduled for May. The town cannot appeal the judge's original decision until compensation is determined.