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100 years ago it was called the La Crosse Continuation and Adult Schools. Now 100 years, it's called Western Technical College. And with plenty of celebrations going on this month, retired dean of industrial technologies, Bill Welch Sr, explains that the tech college set the stage for familiar programs nationwide.
The college started in 1912 as a continuation school for adults, high school dropouts and trade training. From two rooms in the Longfellow school building, Western has expanded to a 15 building campus in La Crosse, with regional locations in Black River Falls, Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua, and a public safety training center in Sparta.
Quite the showing Friday in Sparta.......as 8 local policing agencies served search warrants on two Sparta homes on Wolcott Street. Even the La Crosse County Bear cat showed up. Seems as though two perps arrested on drug, weapons and stolen property charges had security cameras set up on the outside of their homes to see who was there....making for a dangerous sitation. Sparta Police Mike Kass explained to WIZM news that even the U.S. Army showed up.....a rarity .
Kass says they arrested 33 year old Charles Poirer and 39 yeqar old Darren Phillips on various counts. As the investigation continues, Kass feels more arrests will be made.
In the space of two hours on Saturday, you could have seen both Wisconsin's governor and one of his main Democratic challengers campaigning in La Crosse, ahead of Tuesday's recall primary.
Democrat Kathleen Falk was first in town, speaking at the Cowley Science Hall on the U-W-L campus. About an hour later, Governor Scott Walker greeted volunteers at the Republican party office on the Causeway. Falk believes a coalition of many groups will give her an edge in the Democratic voting on Tuesday. Falk says the state would be better off if Walker were to spend less time traveling outside Wisconsin, raising money to offset the massive fund-raising he says Democrats are doing against him.
Walker says he's picking up support from voters in both parties, for standing up for what he believes.
Democrats criticize Walker for traveling out-of-state to raise millions of dollars. Walker says he has to go to other states, to balance the money he says is being raised out-of-state to defeat him.
(AP) Outdoor retailer Cabela's will open on a store on property owned by the Green Bay Packers. Packers CEO Mark Murphy said Friday Cabela's will build a store near the intersection of Highway 41 and Lombardi Ave. in Ashwaubenon. The Packers organization has been trying to develop the property for a couple of years. But, part of the property is a wetland. The Legislature last year changed the law allowing the site to be developed. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and Cabela's plans to open the store in the summer of 2013. It's Cabela's third store in Wisconsin. It also has stores in Prairie du Chien and Richfield. The company also operates a distribution center in Prairie du Chien. Cabela's is headquartered in Sidney, Neb.
(AP) The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest. The DEA's St. Louis office said Friday that the six states covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for disposal. The St. Louis DEA says it collected 21,232 pounds of drugs in Missouri, 8,753 pounds in Kansas, 5,422 pounds in Nebraska, 5,365 pounds in Iowa, 1,490 pounds in South Dakota and 4,424 pounds in southern Illinois. Another DEA office is responsible for the rest of Illinois.