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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) From serving the hungry to building homes, volunteers in Minnesota got active in the community on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The InterCorps Council of Minnesota organized 16 service projects across the state on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More than 230 people signed up to volunteer. Members of AmeriCorps and others in the community have signed up to help out at Habitat for Humanity in Woodbury and Brooklyn Park, work with Second Harvest Heartland, or help out at Arc's Value Village Thrift Store in St. Paul. AmeriCorps is a national volunteer program with about 1,400 participants in Minnesota.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Protesters hissed and chanted ``shame'' at Gov. Scott Walker after he read a proclamation at the state's official Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday ceremony in the Capitol rotunda.
A bill, one of the proposals formulated at an economic development roundtable in La Crosse County proposed by Representative Steve Doyle, will probably pick up some steam this week as the Wisconsin session gets back to work tomorrow.
The bill focuses on expanding grants tech colleges use. The roundtable consists of of representatives from Western Technical College, Workforce Connections, La Crosse County Chamber of Commerce and several others.
Overall, Wisconsin property taxpayers are breathing a little easier this year. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds one of the smallest property tax increases across the state in years; less than one percent. The average over the last decade has been closer to five percent. School property tax rates show an overall decline for the current year. Some counties and municipalities are seeing a similar decline. La Crosse county is collecting the same taxes this year as last. So is Vernon county. Trempealeau county property collections have actually gone down. Meanwhile, the biggest county property tax increase percentage-wise in the state is in Crawford county; up over six percent this year.
The Aquinas Catholic Schools and School Foundation have received their largest single gift ever. The entire estate of former graduate, Jim Kiffe. After serving in the Battle of the Bulge, Kiffe worked at Northern Engraving. He then invested in some stock. As School President, Kurt Nelson put it...the rest is history.
A total of $7.5 million. 80% of his estate...or 6 million dollars...will go into the Aquinas Scholarship fund. The other 20%...or $1.5 million.....will go towards the School Foundation.