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The pads are starting to go on at high school football fields everywhere. In La Crosse, Logan high school Rangers start their practices today. Along with tackling techniques, sprints, and formations, coaches will keep a keen eye out for concussions. One of the best ways the team prevents concussions, says athletic director Steve Hole, is to outfit guys with state of the art helmets. Which is what the school does, replacing about 20 helmets every year. Hole says every football player also is given a cognitive test before the season. Take a lick to the head, he takes it again. Can't get back on the field until he gets the same score he got before a concussion. Simplest way to avoid concussions, though; Hole says; just wear a mouthpiece.
Yes, the state of Wisconsin faces a massive budget deficit. But that's not preventing the UW system and the tech college system in the state from asking for more money for financial aid. La Crosse democratic state rep, Jennifer Shilling is on the state's powerful joint finance committee. She says the higher education requests amount to items on a wishlist. In an ideal world, she says, those wish lists would be fulfilled and Shilling agrees that higher education should be a priority in the state. But those needs have to be consider with all the other areas of state spending. Especially in light of Wisconsin's looming $2.7 billion deficit.
They're dirty, smelly, noisy. That's the rap on chickens in the city. That's the perception that backyard chicken supporters in La Crosse have to overcome. None of it true, says Natalie Rose Kemp, who's behind the backyard chicken movement. Moreover, says Kemp, chickens come with benefits. She says they eat ticks and mosquitoes, which means they can reduce the level of vector-borne illnesses. The La Crosse city council is scheduled to vote on the chicken proposal at a meeting tonight.
Some people get drunk and get into fights. Some get all liquored up and fall down, or just fall asleep. But a woman in La Crosse went a different route for her Sunday evening drunken fun, they say. Fifty year-old woman on the northside called 911 to report a house on fire with a three year-old child trapped inside. Fire department and cops apparently wasted no time getting there. Just to find out the call was a hoax. Stinking drunk, cops describe the woman; blew a .31. They also gave her a disorderly conduct ticket for the false alarm.