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The tax deadline is coming up on April 15th. If you haven't filed you might want to get some online help says Kerri Resch with the IRS. She suggests going to irs.gov and checking out a number of free programs available to everyone. Last year in Wisconsin 3 out of every 4 tax forms were filed electronically. You get your return quicker this way and it saves the IRS $2.50 for every form that comes in by computer.
It's the Mayor's way of taking the bull by the horns, as he sees it. La Crosse mayor Matt Harter is asking the city's ethics board to give him guidance regarding meetings he's had with the county solid waste director regarding a coming solid waste study as well as how to proceed with the study and its outcomes in the future. Harter has taken heat for more than a week for bringing his father, owner of the city's garbage contractor, to meetings with the county's garbage boss. Questions have been raised about whether Harter's trying to influence the county study to help his family's business. City council member Dick Swantz has asked for a legal opinion on the matter. So far, no ethics complaint has been filed against the mayor.
Millions in federal stimulus money is on the way to La Crosse county. Not to build anything, necessarily. This is more deconstructive money. It's grant money that's coming to help reduce obesity, promote healthy eating habits and increase physical activity among children. La Crosse will use some of the cash its collecting to, among other things, expand existing Safe Routes to School programs. La Crosse is one of two counties in the state to collect the federal fat-fighting cash.
It doesn't happen often in Holmen. Hardly ever, in fact, has there been occasion for the Holmen school district to expel a student. Happened this week. The district won't divulge many details, but the school board agreed to expulsion of an eighth grade student at a special meeting this week. Superintendent Dale Carlson will only say that the student was endangering the health and safety of others.
They came from both sides of the Mississippi River, to talk about increasing passenger rail throughout the Midwest.
Visitors from over 20 communities met with the heads of both the Wisconsin and Minnesota DOT in La Crosse on Thursday. The "High Speed Rail Summit" could lead to more meetings on the future of rail in the area, according to Jim Hill with the Empire Builder Coalition in La Crosse.
Hill would like to see railroad backers from La Crosse take the train to Red Wing for one of those meetings. Biggest drawback...there's only one westbound train through La Crosse every day, and it reaches Red Wing around 9 o'clock at night.