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Recently retired La Crosse School Superintendent Jerry Kember has something to keep him busy for the next year...
Kember is the new Festmaster for Oktoberfest in 2011, succeeding Ed Przytarski. Kember is a former music teacher and band director who retired as school superintendent a few months ago, after eight years in that post.
The body found in Onalaska today has been identified as 29 year old Tomah resident Malcolm Forbes. Forbes was initially identified as missing by Green Bay Police and then on September 3rd the Tomah Police Department asked surrounding jurisdictions to be on the lookout for Forbes.
Onalaska Investigator Pete Jakowksi was following up at an apartment on Well Street which was the last location where Forbes was allegedly seen. When no one answered the door, Jakowski began checking the surrounding area. That’s when he located the body hanging in a wooded area next to the apartment complex. Forbes had been identified as missing endangered because of reports that he was despondent and possibly suicidal.
His body was transported by the Medical Examiner to Hastings Minnesota, where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.
The new Mrs. Oktoberfest for this year has a little experience with La Crosse's fall festival...
Florence Aliesch has been involved with the fest for 13 years, including a term as president. But she wasn't expecting the news this June that she would be part of the Oktoberfest royalty. Aliesch, who works in communications at UW-L, was announced as the new Mrs. Oktoberfest Wednesday night at Cartwright Center. As Mrs. Oktoberfest, Aliesch will get to take part in activities that many fest volunteers do not...such as visits to schools and nursing homes.
Unemployment numbers, locally, dropped across the board from last month.
The city of La Crosse's unemployment rate was 7.4%, down from 7.6% in July, and La Crosse County's rate was 6%, down from 6.2%.
The La Crosse metro area's unemployment rate in August was 6%, down from 6.2% in July.
Kids might not walk to school for exercise. Maybe not to relieve traffic congestion. But maybe they will for a free breakfast. At least that's the carrot behind one school's plan for a safe routes to school walk Wednesday morning. La Crosse's Lincoln Middle School is organizing a group walk starting at Weigent Park. The first of several Wednesday morning group walks scheduled for the fall. Kids who make the trek will get a free breakfast once they get to school.