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Wisconsin graduated more high school students in 2009 than it did in 2002 and is just shy of a 90% statewide graduation rate, according to a new national education report released this week. The La Crosse School District's Troy Harcey talked with WIZM news about the report.
The district's graduation rate is at 94%. Wisconsin's graduation rate was 89.6% in 2008, an slight increase from 84.8% in 2002.
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress in conjunction with Dr. James Kroll, announced they will hold six town hall meetings around Wisconsin from April 16th-21st. The purpose is to gather ideas and solutions from people, sportsmen and sportswomen to help forge a new age for Wisconsin’s deer management practices. Kroll is Wisconsin’s white tailed deer trustee who has been contracted by the State of Wisconsin to conduct an independent, objective and scientifically based review of Wisconsin’s deer management practices.
Locally, a hearing will be held in Black River Falls on Thursday, April 19th.
Monroe County is serious this time. They want to move forward with a new jail and courthouse and public hearings begin tonight on the matter. They begin at the Little Falls Town Hall tonight and will be held in towns like Cashton, Sparta, Tomah and Wilton until the end of the month. All in an effort to answer questions regarding the Monroe County Justice Center referendum that appears April 3rd.
When a joint-city garbage committee in La Crosse county finally makes their recommendations, at least they won't be accused of a lack of thoroughness. The Onalaska-La Crosse group meets today for yet another presentation on ideas for changing garbage service. This presentation coming from local waste haulers. La Crosse City councilman Doug Happel, on the committee, says the group's looking for best ideas from everywhere. That way, he says, all the interested parties can present their best information and the group can synthesize that mixture into best recommendations for city councils in both cities.
Still up in the air for Happel; whether to go to an automated garbage pick-up system and whether to make it a fee-based trash service.
In the future, new multi-family rentals would be allowed in La Crosse's Washburn nieghborhood. But only with special permission. That's the essence of a new proposal that could be considered by the city council next month. Just trying to turn a corner in the predominately rental area, says Washburn neighborhood association president, Randy Magno, and encourage more single family homes like the homes that are getting built by the city currently in the neighborhood.
The idea to add single family restrictions in the neighborhood apparently was spurred by plans to turn the historic Nelson Allen house on 10th and King into a college rental.