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Wisconsin lawmakers have honored the man who used cheese to create one of the state's most beloved cultural symbols. The state Senate voted unanimously on a joint resolution to honor entrepreneur Ralph Bruno and his hat-making employees at Foamation Inc. in St. Francis.
Bruno created the famous cheesehead hat in 1987 using stuffing from his couch. The hat has become a popular state symbol, frequently worn by fans at Packers games and other sporting events. The resolution also cleared in the Assembly Tuesday after some lawmakers donned the bright yellow foam cheesehead hats in Bruno's honor. Cheesehead hats are sold today in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries.
The deer hunting seasons might still be months away, but the Department of Natural Resources is already gearing up with a series of deer hunter forums this month. Anyone interested in the opportunity to discuss local deer management issues, hunting seasons, and any other deer topic is encouraged to attend.
A local meeting will be held today from 4-8pm for Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe
and Vernon counties at the Bekkum Memorial Library, in Westby.
Today Governor Scott Walker, while in La Crosse, announced a three-year, $4 million pilot program to boost skills training for jobs that are available now.
The program, Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant is designed to foster partnerships between the Wisconsin Technical College System and businesses with advanced manufacturing employment needs. The Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant, created by the non-profit Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, seeks to strengthen the ties between technical colleges, employers and job seekers.
Police are treating the death of a 35-year-old woman as a homicide.
Chief Ed Kondracki says an autopsy has been performed on the body of Kristen Rodgers, who was found dead in a Caledonia St. parking lot early Tuesday. The cause of her death has not been released, but Kondracki says it was not accidental, and is "possibly drug-related." The chief says the murder is thought to be an isolated incident, not related to other recent drug deaths in the area. Any clues can be called into 784-TIPS