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Just before Christmas, over $50 thousand was doled out to teachers in the Lacrosse School District for classroom projects. Money that did not come from the district. It's money that comes from the community.
The executive director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation Geva Thole says the need for financial assistance has grown across the district.
The foundation has been around for 22 years now and helps support Essentials
for Student Learning and Achievement.....Classroom Innovation
and Teacher Excellence.
Last year, UW-Lacrosse hosted the NCAA Division 3 National Wrestling Championships. That has opened the door for the university to also play host to the Track and Field Championships in 2013. So when does planning start for that event?
Athletic Director, Josh Whitman, says they are excited to host the wrestling championships again in March and thinks there may be some gymnastics championships coming in the future.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin is pushing for more interlock. MADD wants lawmakers to support a bill in Madison that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install breath interlock devices on their cars.
John Vose is with MADD Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin mandates breath interlocks for drunk drivers stopped with a BAC of .15 or higher.
There's going to be some eagle slicing and dicing if a big wind energy project goes up just south of Red Wing. That's the claim from a coalition opposed to the wind project planned by T. Boone Pickens' American Wind Alliance. Mary Hartman says the 48 planned wind turbines will cause major problems in the bald eagle nesting area
Today, reps from Xcel energy are scheduled to visit the site of the wind development. Xcel is set to renew an energy purchase agreement with Pickens' company. Hartman hopes Xcel backs out once it sees the potential disruption for wildlife.
A local woman will ride out the end of the year with a bang. Onalaska's Sue Lynch is being honored with a Proclamation from the governor that declares December 31st, "Sue Lynch Day." Sue Lynch was recently elected President of the National Federation of Republican Women. She also served as president of the Wisconsin chapter of the group two times, worked for three different members of congress and served in the Reagan administration.