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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.
Looking to recall Wisconsin governor Scott Walker? You're in the minority in the state. That's the findings of a new poll conducted for a free market group in New York. According to the poll for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 44% of Wisconsinites are in favor of recalling governor Walker but a solid 50% say no to that process. Meanwhile, the same poll finds that Wisconsinites are almost perfectly evenly split on the job Walker's doing. While slightly more than half are opposed to Walker's signature legislation in Madison, the law that added restrictions to collective bargaining for most public employees
La Crosse police have nabbed a couple perps for a several car break-ins. Cops say 25 year-old Shane Lancour and 27 year-old Eric Close are responsible for breaking into numerous cars in the city recently and for a burglary at a hobby shop on the city's northside. They're still looking for 33 year-old Jeffrey Michel for being involved with several other car break-ins.