Legislation would put process in nonpartisan hands
When it comes to parking in La Crosse's municipal ramps, what's old is new again. Just months after removing the often malfunctioning and vandalized parking gates in favor of free...
They've been waiting almost two years for this report...
Holmen village officials could hear next week about what level of fluoride in tap water is officially preferred by the Wisconsin health department. Public works director Dean Olson says the unofficial word is that fluoride levels will be lowered...so a temporary fluoridation shutdown ordered in Holmen could be reversed.
In April of last year, newly-elected board members in Holmen voted to suspend fluoridation, just days after it was started as the result of a 2008 referendum. That vote followed a federal EPA report calling for reduced fluoride in water systems.
For much of this year, a long-time funding arrangement for the Holmen Fire District has been argued about, among the three communities sharing costs for fire service.
As a new year starts, the same three-way funding divide is in place, although there are still efforts aimed at getting Holmen to pay more and the town of Onalaska to pay less. Meanwhile, village president Nancy Proctor in Holmen says a new pumper will be added soon. Before the pumper is ready, though, the village and the town of Onalaska may try to reach a final settlement of a funding formula for the three communities in the fire district.
The 100-thousand dollar question is, how can hunger be eliminated in La Crosse?
The Franke Foundation will present a grant of 100-thousand dollars to the best idea for making wholesome food affordable in the community. The project is partly designed to get many groups in the area to work together on solving a major problem. And foundation director Mel Hoffman thinks chronic hunger can be solved in the La Crosse area.
One project chosen from all the ideas submitted to the Franke Foundation will be announced in March of 2014. Hoffman says other similar awards may be offered in the future, to inspire ways of addressing other community problems.