Sunday, July 20, 2008

An urgent battle

345 kV power linesUPDATE from Bill: Thursday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, La Crescent (on the highway-freeway going north to I 90): MN State Rep. Ken Tschumper will host a community forum to inform area residents about the risk and implications associated with the proposed high voltage transmissions line from the Twin Cities to Wisconsin. The proposed line would cut through La Crescent Township and La Crescent City, and then across French Island and into La Crosse County. All citizens of affected counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin are invited to attend to find out more about this proposal and what they can do to voice their own personal concerns.


Without so much as a "whisper" of explanation or opportunity to appear at a public hearing, the construction of a 345Kv transmission line maybe coming to La Crosse very soon. It is imperative that we ACT NOW! The dealine for any comments is in August 22nd!

What do we want? A public hearing in La Crosse.

The CapX2020 line has already notified people in south La Crescent that the line will cut through their neighborhoods (Skunk Hollow area where Jeremy Chipps and Joe Francois lives). The lines will then cross the Mississippi and head north on the RIVER to FRENCH ISLAND, going north and head East to a substation between Onalaska and Holmen. This is actually on the maps of CapX2020--the homeowners in MN were notified, people in French Island were NOT!

Here is the worst news. The only public hearing in this area on THIS ROUTE was held in Winona several weeks ago AND, the decision makers in MN can cross the RIVER w/o any Federal Hearings! We need lawmakers and businesses to write the Judge and demand a public hearing in La Crosse. At the time of the hearing the bridge was also out between Winona and impacted parties from WI.

PLEASE attend a VERY IMPORTANT EVENT this Thursday in La Crescent. AND, MOST IMPORTANT, PLEASE Write to Judge Heydinger (and send a copy of your letter to Citizens Energy Task Force). Letters can be sent until *August 22, 2008* to Administrative Law Judge Beverly J. Heydinger at

Or, send your letter to the following U.S. Mail address:
The Honorable Beverly J. Heydinger
Office of Administrative Hearings
600 North Robert Street
P.O. Box 64620
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0620

Read more background and details at the Citizens Energy Task Force web site. Read the CapX2020 "environmental information" Twin Cities-La Crosse 345kV project from the CapX2020 group.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friday, July 18 - Iraq Moratorium

Be there: 3rd and Cass, 5 to 6 p.m. Bring your sign.

You can sign the pledge, too, if you wish.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two Local Activists Need Your Help!

From Marilyn Levin

I have an announcement and a request.

First the announcement.

I'm happy to report that the date for my surgery to donate my kidney to Thomas Harris has been set for August 6th at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Due to the surgery and recovery time I am only available to add one presentation to my schedule prior to August 2nd, if scheduled soon.

I'll resume my travel and presentation schedule starting September 1st.

Now for the request.

Without a doubt the decision to donate my kidney has been one of the biggest decision of my life, so far. Now that the transplant date is set, Thomas and I are tasked with raising thousands of dollars to pay for expenses not covered by insurance.

This is why I'm requesting your help in making this kidney transplant happen. With your help we can breath a deep sign of relief knowing that the funds will be there when we need them.

Go to this website to find out more:

With deep gratitude,

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Catholic Charities Fundraiser for Flood Relief--7/8

Catholic Charities is hosting a FLOOD RELIEF FOOD/FUND RAISER CHICKEN-Q on Tue, July 8, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Quillins Foodfest Parking lot located at 3954 Mormon Coulee Rd.  Dinners will be $7 and include ½ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and dinner roll and are prepared by Premier Catering.  However, bring a bag of groceries and we will take $2 off your meal!  

Quillins will also be selling "grocery bags of food" to be donated to these pantries for $10.  For each bag sold, Quillins will then donate an additional $2 in food to restock the shelves.  100% of all funds raised will go to help area flood victims and all food will be used to restock area flood food pantries.

[Thanks to June K for this announcement]