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Yes, the drinking fountains in La Crosse will soon be running again for the season.
No, they won't be running all the time. The city this week will put valves on 45 historical fountains that have traditionally run continuously. That's a bunch of water every year; 4 to 5 million gallons, says
city water utility manager Mark Johnson. Each new fountain valve will cost about 75 dollars. Until now, the city has paid the utility over a hundred dollars a year each to let the fountains run continuously.
Community Activist and Supporter of Education, Dr. Charles Miller, will be remembered this September as a golf outing will held in his memory. Geva Thole, Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation talks about the event.
The inaugural outing will be Saturday, September 22nd at Forest Hills Country
Club. All proceeds from the event will go to the La Crosse Public Education
Foundation, of which Dr. Miller was a founding member. The event is sponsored by
Gundersen Lutheran Health System and the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation.
Mathy Construction will serve as a Valedictorian level sponsor. Miller, a
retired Gundersen Lutheran surgeon as well as community leader,
A frac sand mine in Monroe County has almost eliminated any concerns about trucks carrying away sand and damaging roads. Highway Commissioner Jack Dittmar talks about the site on Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah.
And that's been a main concern to some counties that have placed moratoriums on the mining. That and effects on land and groundwater and health impacts on nearby residents.
The numbers of returning veterans going to college in Minnesota under a newly revamped GI bill is growing. Steve Frantz is with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Frantz says although the new GI Bill might not result in the sort of sweeping social change that was ushered in more than half a century ago by the sheer numbers of returning vets, it has the potential to transform lives of young service members and their families.
Now that the differences over parade fees for Oktoberfest have been settled, organizers of La Crosse's fall festival are moving ahead on schedule toward this year's event.
April is now the time of year when the Oktoberfest button design is revealed...and the 2012 button features music and a horn, a German hat, and colorful leaves. Western Tech student Michael Wolff is this year's winning designer...following the example of other recent artists at W-T-C. About 70 designs were submitted for this year's button contest. Michael is eager to enter the contest again in the future.