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The Department of Military Affairs, last week, abandoned a proposal that would have made significant changes to how the state funds and managed Hazardous Materials response teams. In La Crosse County, that news was huge not only locally......but on a statewide basis as well.
Chief Greg Cleveland says the changes would have meant huge funding cuts for teams in La Crosse, Racine and Superior, while forcing those communities to maintain much of the same responsibilities they have now.
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.