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After the government drawback of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan was announced a few months ago, 2 mobilization bases were notified that their training would be scaled back. So what does that mean for Fort McCoy?
Fournier says NO they are not closing........but yes 200 contracted jobs will be lost.....as well as many extra military personnel that were housed in the area for the training of the troops. A financial impact could be felt but she says it's way to early to tell. After September the base will go back to a typical day to day operation........ 3 thousand people working and 4 thousand soldiers training at the base.
In the end, not many property tax bills in the city of La Crosse are going to stagnate this year. But there is that one line that reads, zero percent increase. That's the city's portion of tax bills. And that zero hike in property taxes has been a priority for mayor Matt Harter since he took office. Make it two years in a row that the mayor's delivered. More than anything, he says, the lack of a levy increase sends a message that city hall is on the same side with the taxpayers in La Crosse. He also says the zero percent property tax levy hike is not an accomplishment of his, necessarily, but one of the city council for working towards a zero increase.
Week-ends are for letting down your hair a little. Having a good time. Knocking back a few. Driving drunk. Or, at least that appears to be the case in Wisconsin. A national report recently found the state to have the highest percentage of people who reported driving drunk. No shocker for La Crosse county sheriff's captain Mike Horstman. He says the study shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone in the state. And, he says, until the public decides they need to make better decisions drinking and celebrating, there's going to be little improvement in the drunk driving rate. Horstman says it's no longer unusual to arrest someone with a sixth, seventh or eighth OWI on their record. And typically, he says, blood alcohol level is way above the legal limit.
The UW-Lacrosse holds its 46th annual Mid-year Commencement Sunday. A total of 626 students are expected to graduate, including 470 receiving undergraduate degrees and 156 receiving graduate degrees. Three ceremonies are planned for Mitchell Hall Gymnasium.
The ceremonies include:
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Things got a little hot yesterday when somebody was working on metal in the art department at U-W-La Crosse.
Some metal started on fire inside a kiln on the first floor of the Center for the Arts. The fire did not spread outside the kiln, but firefighters evacuated the building just in case. The building's ventilation system dispersed most of the smoke. The arts building had to be evacuated for almost two hours.