Every four years the Viroqua Cross Country team travels to Hawaii to participate in a cross country meet hosted by James Rubasch, a coach who grew up in Vernon County in southwest Wisconsin. Each athlete works hard to pay his or her own way. This year the Viroqua cross country student athletes are building a new fundraiser of a different sort, the Aloha Bike Tour to be held on Saturday, August 18th. Enter Jenny Leum. ( LEE-UM)
Leum says the bike ride will do many things for the runners: involve them in the community, raise funds for the planned trip, encourage team spirit and unity, and promote their active lifestyle. You can sign up by going to aloha bike tour dot com.
The UW-L Foundation awarded 400 scholarships totaling about $325 thousand during the Student Scholarship and Awards program last night. And Foundation President, Al Trapp, says their was a reason the number of applicants went up this year. And it may have saved some trees in the process.
The UW-L Foundation also awards an additional $150 thousand in scholarships at other times throughout the year.
Will Wisconsin workers be safer with a different governor?
AFSCME union director Marty Beil has no doubt that they will. In La Crosse this weekend, Beil told the audience at a ceremony for workers killed on the job that Governor Scott Walker's actions against unions are increasing the risk of injury for many corporate employees. Beil claims that Walker is leaving many employees in Wisconsin with 'no voice in the workplace.' He also says actions decreasing government openness have 'cast us into darkness.'
Among the drunk drivers nabbed this week-end by La Crosse police, was the woman who parked her car on top of a roadside sign on the northside. Cops say the 47 year-old woman earned her first OWI for plowing into a "No Stopping or Standing During School Hours" sign near Franklin elementary on Friday afternoon just after school let out. Her 12 year-old child was a passenger but not hurt in the crash. The woman said she'd just had a glass of wine but blew a .23 on the breathalyzer at jail. She faces extra penalties because a child under 16 was in the car.
You had better think twice about texting or facebooking someone in Viroqua mean and nasty things. It's all a part of a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on the growing problem says Police Chief, Darren Jefson.
And in return, if your found guility of course, you will be handed a fine of $298.