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An international celebration in Winona on Sunday, with the city welcoming visitors from Japan to help plant cherry trees donated to Winona by the Japanese government.
The main purpose of the celebration was to plant the trees in Lake Park. Kwetsu Sasaki is mayor of Misato, Winona's sister city in Japan. He says the gift to Winona has been in the works a long time, but was delayed.
Three dozen American cities are receiving the trees from Japan this year, marking the 100th anniversary of when cherry trees were donated to Washington, D-C.
The UW Board of Regents acted yesterday on a proposed 5.5-percent tuition increase for this fall. The result? It passed by a 17-1 vote. So what does that mean for students attending UW-La Crosse?
UW-L Chancellor, Joe Gow. The 5.5 percent tuition increase last year and this yea will result in a total of $110 million in new tuition revenue of the two year period.
Although small scale, up to 2,500 people, domestic operations exercises are held at Volk Field and Fort McCoy. But could they be coming to La Crosse in 2014? Volk Field and Fort McCoy have been selected as one of ten sites in the nation to do large scale domestic operations exercises. 5 to 8 thousand troops. Brendan Smith with Volk Field says it will allow local first responders to have hands on, real life mass casualty training, which in itself is a tremendous benefit to any community.
Other area venues being considered for exercises include the Juneau County Fairgrounds and Copeland Park in La Crosse. Smith says they are in the very beginning stages of talks with communities that could be involved.
For La Crosse Lawyer, Brent Smith, serving on the UW Board of Regents is a big thing. Becoming President of the Board...a bigger thing. But Smith does admit...sometimes it's just a title.
Smith finds out later today if he will become President of the board after regents elections are held at their meeting on the campus of UW-MIlwaukee.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Boots on the Ground conservation program has teamed up with the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to host Take Kids Fishing Day, a free community fishing event. One of four events being held nationwide, Take Kids Fishing Day will take place on National Get Outdoors Day, which coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week this year. Registration is tomorrow morning from 8:30 – 9 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m at the Pettibone Lagoon. It's open to the public but limited to the first 150 kids. The even is sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.