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The state Justice Department announced this afternoon that Deputy Trisha Stratman is accused of one count of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle. Six months ago yesterday, Stratman's squad car collided with a second car, driven by teenager Brandon Jennings of Holmen. Jennings died after pulling onto Highway 35, and into the path of the squad car. Stratman was headed to Holmen to help break up a bar fight. The deputy will make her first court appearance on charge in Judge Dale Pasell's courtroom on February 4th.
Last fall, the Town of Onalaska Board named a committee to deal with loud train whistles...
That committee is now getting started with its study of noise laws and community needs. Committee member Marc Schultz says many of the old-timers in Brice Prairie have no complaints about trains passing through at night. But newer residents seem to be bothered more easily. Schultz says there's no timetable for proposing solutions to the train-whistle problem. Some parts of La Crosse have been declared 'quiet zones' to keep the trains from blowing those whistles at certain times.
Colleges often ask alumni to remember their old school in their wills...and one graduate of U-W-La Crosse has done that, generously.
A donation of almost one-point-seven million dollars is being called the largest gift ever made from an estate to U-W-L. The money comes from the estate of 1935 La Crosse graduate Lillian Clark George and her husband, Theodore George. Theodore passed away last year, and Lillian died in 2003. The gift from the Georges will permit U-W-L to give out about 65-thousand dollars in new scholarships every year. Part of the George estate also went to Theodore's old college, the Catholic University of America.
They sold out in a minute yesterday......so now people will scour the internet for Packers/Bears game tickets. Craigslist and Ebay are two websites that people go to for those hard to find tickets......and that makes it tougher for you if you get scammed.
4 programs have been suspended for a year and another has been done away with at Western Technical College. It's all part of a cost savings measure and looking at where WTC can save money.
WTC President, Lee Rasch, says the suspended programs include dental hygienist....instructional assistant....interior design and mechanical design technology.
The WTC Board also voted yesterday to close the child center by the fall.......with the hopes a non for profit organization would manage the facility to avoid closure.