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Mark Schneider Senior will be this year's Riverfest Commodore in La Crosse. His family runs Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning. Mark says he was in Florida last February, when he learned about the honor through a phone call. Mark and his wife Peg will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary during Riverfest...which begins June 30th and ends July 4th. The new commodore says you might see him a lot around the food court and the beer tent.
Last spring, the "Redmen" nickname almost became history at the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau schools...
By a single vote, the school board decided to keep the Indian nickname and logo. But a year later, school officials may feel they now have the votes to retire that symbol. A proposal to drop the Redmen nickname and mascot comes before the G-E-T board again tomorrow night. And the meeting agenda also includes discussion of a timeline for choosing a new nickname. The plans for a change come just a week after Governor Doyle signed a law putting more pressure on schools to give up racial nicknames.
Volunteers watching for people falling into the drink in La Crosse? Nothing new about that. Volunteers keeping an eye on the water's edge from the Mississippi? Brand new. The local Coast Guard Auxiliary is taking up the challenge. They'll be floating the river, from ten at night until about three in the morning. Not every night.
Marion Byerson, retired La Crosse police detective says the auxiliary will be out Thursday through Saturday nights. It was his idea to help watch for people falling in with coast guard auxiliary volunteers.
Franciscan Skemp is getting a green light on green.
The La Crosse city council has given prelminary approval to a plan that would have the medical center tearing down six buildings in order to make way for green space, community gardens and a parking lot. That one of the houses is vaguely historic is not a situation that threatens to derail the plans. Nor is the idea of taking 19 thousand dollars of property tax money out of city coffers. Franciscan argues that it's more than making up for that lost tax revenue by turning the property where Chileda once stood into taxable land.
The head of La Crosse's Red Cross chapter is heading south. Scenic bluffs executive director Cheryl Hancock has been called to Tennessee to help flood victims with recovery there. She'll be mostly reaching out to those who need help but don't know where to get it. Hancock's heading for an area near Nashville. She says there's still hundreds in the area who are still living in shelters.