Taste of Home Cooking School
South Hall at the La Crosse Center
November 4th, 2014
General Admission $16.90
Doors open at 4:45
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It's 25 years in prison for a Watertown man who confessed to robbing two banks in La Crosse. Jeffrey Haydock was sentenced today for the robberies of Citizens State Bank in June and Firefighters Credit Union in May. Haydock was arrested at his home in Watertown shortly after the second robbery and apparenlty confessed a short time later to both heists. Along with the 25 years behind bars, the 53 year-old will have 10 years of extended supervision and will have to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.
How big of a deal is the La Crosse police department's efforts to combat excessive boozing in the city? Big enough to land a nice award for the efforts. The department is getting recognized chiefly for its fight against underage drinking. The Office of Junvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is giving the department the 2010 Enforcement Agency of the Year Award. Chief Ed Kondracki says this is not just a flash in the pan kind of award but one that's been years in the making through the efforts of officers like Al Iverson and Bob Wieczorek as well as former community services captain, Rob Abraham. Kondracki also recognizes the contributions of community groups that have gotten together to tackle alcohol issues in the community.
Will Wisconsin take another shot at federal Race to the Top funding? One La Crosse school board member fully believes the state will make a third attempt to win education dollars under the fed program. But Neil Duresky says he won't say yes to the application when asked. Duresky sticks to the basic premise that the federal education is supposed to leave education to the states and that the Race to the Top program treats states unfairly because it forces them to compete for education dollars. Duresky says the application process for Race to the Top is hopelessly flawed.
Just what impact are jobs left unfillled having in the city of La Crosse? A question that a city council committee will begin trying to answer at a meeting tonight. The process spurred by the vacancies in the city's fire department. Vacancies that are leading to lots more overtime. But also requiring a change in mission of the department, says chief Greg Cleveland. He says the department is cutting back in areas like public education, assisting businesses in emergency planning and focusing on core functions of the department. Cleveland says it costs more to staff positions with overtime and it could lead to dangerous missteps for those firefighters who are now expected to work longer hours.