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Next week-end, you can make your lunch plans ahead of time for Historic Downtown La Crosse Days. At least on Saturday. That's when the State Bank Financial Chili cook-off will be held. 20th year for the fundraising event, says State Bank's Jodie Ehrenberger. And it's grown over the years from less than ten chili cooks to an expected forty-plus this year.
The chili cook-off, held in the parking lot of State Bank, benefits local Dare and Great programs as well as Habitat for Humanity.
This year, the cook-off is selling 20 year commemorative buttons to the event. The buttons come with admission for four and a prize entry.
No action yet by UW La Crosse regarding students who may have been involved in the large group disturbance around the campus last week-end.
Paula Knudson is the Dean of Students at UWL. She says if they identify students who are involved, they'll consider the level of involvement and "take appropriate action." She says campus police would have to bring her office information about illegal activities about students before she would be able to take any action. Knudson also indicates that some recommendations are likely to come from the campus cops.
A little more anonymity in campaign donations is getting pursued by one state senator. Republican from West Bend, Glenn Grothman says he wants to end the requirement that political donors giving over a hundred dollars list their employers. Grothman says his proposal would keep the--in his words--"narrow-minded and mean-spirited members of Wisconsin’s Totalitarian Left" from targeting employers for the donations made by their workers.
The ten million dollar check has yet to be written. It's close. La Crosse public works director Dale Hexom says within thirty days, the city will hand over around ten million dollars to Riverside Center LLC to officially purchase the new 2nd street parking ramp downtown, which is now all but finished. The four floor parking ramp is already being used by the public.
The passenger killed in a car-truck collision in La Crosse yesterday is identified as a 73-year-old woman.
Dorothy Hess of Coon Valley died when a semi crashed into the passenger side of the car she was in on Highway 14. Her husband, Paul Hess, was driving. He apparently tried to avoid hitting another car that pulled onto the highway, and veered into the path of the semi. Paul Hess and a second passenger, 79-year-old Donald Justin of La Crosse, are still in critical condition at a La Crosse hospital. The other car was driven by a 16-year-old from La Crosse, who was not hurt. The State Patrol is reconstructing the crash. No citations have been issued yet.