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Jen Dobrenz of the Great Rivers United Way says Friday ends the yearly campaign drive and the goal is $2 million.
She says she feels confident that the goal will be reached as people use this time of the year to make tax deductible donations in preparation of the coming tax year. And the fact that 60 programs will use the funds collected........they all have employees as well that donate and know first hand where the money goes.
The office in Onalaska will be open all day Friday.
Over 400 law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will have extra officers looking for drunken drivers this weekend. And in the Lacrosse area..........the "cherries and berries" will be out looking for you if you choose to drunk and drive.
Lt. Bob Berendt says over the last couple years, the statewide number of alcohol-related traffic deaths during New Year's weekend has been a little lower than average. He says it's likely because people are doing what law enforcement wants them to do -- planning ahead and having a designated driver or taking a cab.
Berendt says one challenge police will face this weekend is that New Year's Day falls on a Saturday and bars will be open 24 hours.....making some police shifts very long.
Earlier this month, Everbrite of Lacrosse announced they would be closing their Lacrosse plant....leaving about 40 workers without a job. Now, those workers are eligible to apply for additional re-employment and training services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
The workers produced commercial signs, and they were displaced as Everbrite sales declined in competition with imported products.
The certification applies to workers displaced as of December 13th, 2009, through December 23rd, 2012, and includes on-site leased workers from Olsten Staffing Services. Affected workers will be notified of meetings to discuss program benefits.
Police in Sparta are still investigating a crash that killed a passenger in a mini-van.
Authorities said the vehicle was crossing Highway 27 when it was hit by a semi-truck going north on the highway. A woman in the van died. She was 75-year-old Bernice Hough.The trucker, 44-year-old Delbert Singer of Indiana, was not hurt.
The van driver, 72-year-old Raymond Hough, was taken to a Sparta hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A 15 month old child is dead after apparently drowning in the family bath tub.
Rescue squads were called to 3005 Lakeshore Drive in the Town of Campbell yesterday around 5pm and found the child unresponsive.
After taking the child to Gunderson Lutheran....the child was pronounced dead.
The case is still under investigation.