The city of La Crosse has been on the hunt for an artistic community for some time. This week, one such community has been dropped into the city's lap. THe national Veterans Creative Arts Festival is in town this week. The last stop in a national competition for vets through VA hospitals. And it's a really big deal, especially for vets, says local Vietnam Veteran, Dan Krehbiel. He says it's terrific to work with talented veterans from across the nation. Krehbeil will be among those performing at Viterbo University to the festival on Sunday. A performance that will be broadcast on Veterans day on PBS stations.
Are the savings enough to justify cutting bus service?
Onalaska's mayor doesn't think so. Mike Giese says the city council voted last night to reduce funding for the M-T-U another eight-thousand dollars beyond what he's willing to cut. And he says that doesn't amount to much on the average property tax bill...just over a dollar. To sacrifice bus service for such small savings, he believes, would be "foolish."
Giese tells us the current version of the Onalaska budget for 2011 would shorten M-T-U service in his city by six hours a day. The budget gets another hearing on November 8th.
He's dead, and his truck is missing...
Mystery still surrounds the death of a North Bend man, but investigators in Jackson County plan to discuss new information in the case this afternoon. The man was found dead Wednesday morning inside his home. The cause of death hasn't been revealed yet, but the case appears to be related to some recent burglaries in the county.
A big promotion for a former La Crosse bishop. Raymond Burke has been named a Cardinal, an announcement made this morning by Pope Benedict. Burke previously served as Bishop of the La Crosse Diocese, and later as Archbishop of the St. Louis Diocese. He currently serves in Rome where he heads the Vatican Supreme Court. As Cardinal, Burke will be among those charged with selecting the next Pope.
At this point, no clear sign of when La Crosse's ethics board will meet again. The group has met just once to consider a complaint against mayor Matt Harter regarding possible ethical missteps. June Kjome is at the head of the group who has filed a complaint against the mayor. She's a little frustrated by the snail's pace at which the ethics process is moving. But, Kjome says, that's just how government works sometimes.