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No need for a committee to fight poverty in La Crosse?
The city council votes on that one tonight. The mayor's recommended dumping the county's Task Force on Poverty. Ironically, poverty's increasing, says Kadie Brueggen from the low-income assistance group, Coulee Cap. And not just in La Crosse county, but in every county they serve, says Brueggen.
Brueggen says, as long as other groups will tackle the issues of poverty, dumping the task force isn't so bad. But she agrees doing so sends an odd message from city hall about priorities.
For Dave Skogen of Festival Foods........seeing the Packers in the Super Bowl was a first. But with what happened to him, his son and 2-13 year old grandsons AT the Super Bowl.........it was an experience they will never forget.
Seems as though Skogen was amongst the 1500 fans that had tickets and no seats. A very trying time. But he says every bad opportunity has it 's bright spots. And that opportunity turned out to be 4 tickets....20 rows from the field for the 4. Courtesy of the NFL. Skogen says all in all his family had a great time.....taking in the NFL experience....meeting and taking pictures with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, all that after being stuck in a hotel for 2 days because of snow and ice that fell earlier in the week.
As for the 400 that never watched the game inside Texas Stadium.........the NFL has offered 3 times the face value for their tickets....and free Super Bowl tickets for next year's game at Indianapolis. Let's hope their team makes the big game.
The new coach is eager to get to know his team...
On the day of the Super Bowl, Joel Dettwiler got to meet the football players he'll be coaching next fall at U-W-La Crosse. While talking to them, and to reporters today, Coach Dettwiler tells his new players that they have to be committed to doing their best on and off the field. Dettwiler comes to La Crosse from Wartburg College in Iowa, where he's been an assistant coach. He played ball against La Crosse's national championship teams while attending U-W-Platteville in the 1990's.
Money you spend on fees isn’t meant for balancing the budget. While some folks can’t afford the multiplying fees in our state, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says most fees are designed with a particular purpose in mind. But one particular fee has been raided over and over.
Huebsch says the entire time Governor Doyle was in office....he raided over $1.3 billion from the transportation fund. Something Huebsch calls a double tax.
Huebsch says the revenue collected from those fees should not be transferred to the general fund to plug the budget hole, currently around $3 billion
At six this morning, when the doors of JC Penney in La Crosse's Valley View Mall opened four hours early, shoppers started filing in. Packer fans looking for Super Bowl gear. Sales manager Toni Holter says she wasn't surprised. Not after the rush they had after the NFC championship game. She says it was really the same kind of devoted Packers fans; excited that their team got to the Super Bowl, and way more excited after last night's victory.
Holter says they've sold hundreds of Packers Super Bowl tee-shirts so far today with hundreds more on the way, along with over two thousand of the much-coveted locker room caps.