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Two well-known classic rock bands will headline the 5th annual Freedom Fest
in La Crosse to benefit veterans. Freedom Fest will be held Saturday, June 16th,
at the UW-La Crosse
Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex and will feature performances by 451st Army Band out of Fort McCoy, Remainders, Foreigner and the Steve Miller Band. Tickets go on sale today and LHI's Caitlin Lyga says you better snap them up while you can.
Freedom Fest will also include a motorcycle ride through the Coulee Region and cermonies to honor veterans. Over five years, Freedom Fest has raised more than $295 thousand for veterans' causes, and $60 thousand in scholarships for veterans to attend unversities in the UW System.
2 checkout aisles at the WalMart on Mormon Coulee Road no longer offer candy and gum.....instead you'll see fruit, granola snacks and chalk and bubbles. Why?
Tiffany Adrians with the county health department says an addition to the healthy checkout aisles, Wal-Mart displays a Foot Steps to Health board in their produce department featuring quick and delicious recipes along with coloring sheets for children. They say they're not taking away options, simply encouraging the healthier ones. It's all a part of a Community Putting Prevention to Work Grant.
An area school district could be first in the state to get a four day school week. Thousands of surveys went in the mail this week to residents of the Blair-Taylor School District. The district wants their opinion on switching to a four-day school week. Several public meetings on the issue were held earlier this year and one speaker at a meetin was Dr. Don Kordosky, superintendent of Oakridge Schools in Oregon State. He said since his district went to the four day schedule, he’s been spreading the word across the country on its pros and cons. One big pro he says is that making the switch can save the district about five to seven percent of its budget. Blair-Taylor Superintendent Dennis Dervetski says it’s all about improving the learning environment by allowed 45 extra minutes of instructional time. And he's all for it. If approved, the 4 day week would be in effect this fall.
At this point, it would seem republicans in Wisconsin could watch with satisfaction while democrats grapple over who to back for governor. But La Crosse county republican party chair Julian Bradley says they've got more important stuff to do than focus on democratic infighting
Bradley insists, from a strategy standpoint, it won't matter to republicans who democrats select for a nominee in next month's recall primary election.
New garbage regulations are on hold for another two months in La Crosse. The delay comes as landlords complain to the city council that the new rules are still too restrictive and could leave them on the hook for junk their tenants leave curbside. Work on the new rules began last May in response to complaints about the piles of trash left after the spring exodus of college students in certain neighborhoods. The plan now, apparently, to refine the garbage rules in order to provoke fewer complaints from rental property owners.