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Western Technical College will be able to give extra guidance todislocated workers transitioning into healthcare programs, thanks to money from arecent federal grant. The three-year $12.69 million grant was awarded to aconsortium of seven colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, including Westernand two other Wisconsin Technical Colleges. Sandra Schultz says the money will be put to good use immediately.
Western's $2.1 million share of the Bridges2Healthcare grant will be used to create pathways and bridges for student success as they enter the healthcare field. The college hopes that redesigned student services and developmental education made possible by the funds will lead to better retention and achievement rates.
Graeme Zielinski of the State Democratic Party figures the move by Republicans to use a little know state law that deals with submitting lists of poll workers, has something to do with the new voter I-D law. And he feels the Republicans are pulling out all the stops for elections in 2012. Bill Feehan, Lacrosse County Republican Chair, disagrees though.
Democrats say they will keep letting communities choose their own workers. Republicans, in 2012, are submitting their own lists to city clerks...who by state law, have to use the names on the list. Parties have until Wednesday to submit their lists for next year.
An accident, just before 7 tonight, has forced a closure of Lacrosse Street at Losey Boulevard. The semi versus car wreck also involved a lightpole. Details on the how the accident happened are sketchy at this hour. Lacrosse Police say delays on are to be expected for quite some time tonight as a state patrol reconstruction team is expected on scene. Traffic delays have been reported already. One person was transported to Gundersen Lutheran about 7:30pm.
All 29 seats on the Lacrosse County Board are up for re-election next year and don't expect to see Bill Feehan for 3rd district signs next year. Just shy of sitting on the county board for 2 years...Feehan says he's filed the paperwork not to run again. It all started with the downsizing of the county board.
Back in May, the board voted 19-10 to shrink from 35 districts to 29. Feehan says he hopes people that have thought about running in the past.....finally do.
Had some rough travels around La Crosse?
No surprise when you think about the age of some of the concrete streets in the city
City public works director Dale Hexom says concrete streets are much harder to keep in good repair than asphalt streets even though they last a lot longer. Some bumpy concrete areas, like Lang drive and South avenue, are state highways and repairs on those aren't scheduled for at least the next five years.