Sunday, April 23, 2023

April 27 - First Nations event

The School District of Onalaska is hosting a Wisconsin First Nations Acknowledgement and community event on Thursday, April 27. We are excited to bring three-time Grammy Award Winner Bill Miller for a keynote and concert starting at 6 p.m.

This is FREE and open to all community members!  

We will also have a variety of vendors and organizations from 4 to 6 p.m. (leading up to the show) at the high school to connect with each other and our community.  There will be many wonderful events happening throughout the day, including special appearances by Kristin White Eagle, Tracy Littlejohn, Casey Brown, Eli & Mandy Youngthunder, Paul Rykken, Tony Boerger, MVAC, and more! 

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. 

"We will destroy almost everything we've built up over the last 2,000 years."

"Everybody on the planet now needs to be galvanized to tackling climate change because it is, by far, the most important and biggest emergency that mankind has ever faced "

Monday, April 17, 2023

Pedestrian Dignity Tuesday morning

From La Crosse Area Transit Advocates:

On Tuesday, April 18, AARP will host Jonathon Stalls (@pedestriandignity on Instagram and TikTok) for Pedestrian Dignity Experiences throughout Wisconsin in April. Pedestrian Dignity events center the lived experience of all who walk, use a wheelchair and take transit as their primary form of transportation. We will move with the many gaps and opportunities facing all who walk, roll and use the bus in car-dominated built environments. Participants will be invited to connect to one another around pedestrian behavior related to practical trips (origins/destinations) and co-create solutions and next steps around what can be done to protect, honor and care for today's pedestrian. All who are involved in policy or planning that affect the daily lives of people that walk or roll are invited to attend.

The 90-minute Pedestrian Dignity Experience in La Crosse will begin at 10 a.m. at The Eagle Watch Area on Rose Street just north of W. Gregory Street. A second start point has been added at the Bridgeview Plaza bus stop (#6 bus)!

LATA encourages everyone who is able to attend this event. A limited number of free bus passes will be available for those who start at the Transit Center at about 9 a.m.

Please join us on the #6 bus leaving the Grand River Station Transit Center at 9:12 to participate in this important event!

Sunday, April 16, 2023



  • La Crosse School District will receive the Wegner Leaf for Excellence in Holocaust Education Award, in recognition of the district’s contributions to Holocaust education.
  • Jeanne Halderson, educator at Longfellow Middle School, will highlight the district’s refinement of Holocaust education with the short Oscar-winning film, “Toyland.”
  • La Crosse Community Theatre will present a scene from their recent successful production of the play, Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Violist Busya Lugovier and pianist Elizabeth B. Fox will perform moving musical pieces evoking the Holocaust and remembrance.
  • A special candle lighting ceremony will honor loved ones who were murdered in the Holocaust
Sponsored by
Congregation Sons of Abraham
1820 Main St. La Crosse, WI 54601 and        
  A fund of the La Crosse Community Foundation
    This interfaith, educational event is FREE. The public is warmly invited.
Or join us on Zoom

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Eco-Poetry & more at the Library

While Missouri Republicans vote to defund state library's La Crosse's precious gem of a public institution continues to shine! 


Not to mention

Friday, April 07, 2023

Public Input on Important Things

The state's budgeting process has started. After hearing from the state's departments, the governor has released his 2023-2025 budget and now, the bipartisan Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is accepting in-person and online public comments. Later this year, if past process holds, the gerrymandered Republican-controlled state legislature will throw everything out and create their own right-wing budget.

No members of the JFC are La Crosse area representatives, but on Monday, April 10, La Crosse Representative Jill Billings will hold a budget listening session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the La Crosse Public Library. If you can't make this session or attend the public input sessions, anyone may submit comments online.

Monday is also the first day of three to complete an online Wisconsin Conservation Congress questionnaire which asks about everything from hunting to clean water. 

While a similar overthrow of democracy has occurred among the hunting/trapping-heavy WCC leadership, there are still opportunities for people to voice their opinions and preferences. The Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club has a WCC voter guide to give background on the issues and guidance on the questions.

Take advantage of these opportunities while we still have them.

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

Taking Power

Congratulations to Justice-Elect Janet Protasiewicz and to everyone who canvassed, called, wrote letters and postcards, donated, and voted. This can make a big difference. Michigan is our beacon. Minnesota is our model.

Now, we have to hope the results of the special election for the 8th Senate District don't give the power to impeach a foothold.

But, this post is about another kind of power--the power that fuels our vehicles, homes, businesses, manufacturing, and lives--and the power of people to change how we do things.

Last week, the Coulee Region Sierra Club (CRSC) hosted Al Buss, president of the Vernon County Energy District (VCED) board, in a talk about that group and its great work. It was a wonderful program that showed how, as Margaret Mead is supposed to have said, "a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."

Modeled after dustbowl-era Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Energy Districts, which started about a dozen years ago in Iowa, bring people together to change their own energy futures. VCED's county-wide goal is to electrify everything and produce all needed electricity locally from renewable sources.

It sounds like a huge, unobtainable goal, but here's where people-power shines, because when it's neighbors talking to neighbors, and it's broken down by household, by business, by farm, by village, it starts to look do-able. When the cost of not switching is understood--Vernon County sends about $10,000 per family per year in energy costs out of the county--it becomes a mandate. Local renewable energy efficiency and production saves money, supports local economies, reduces pollution and carbon emissions, and grows good jobs.

One of the most inspiring aspects of the energy districts is their grassroots organization. In Vernon County, a few residents learned about, and got support and advice from, the original energy district in Winneshiek County, Iowa. They formed a nonprofit and received an Energy Innovation planning grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. And, they started talking with people about envisioning a clean energy future.

Now, the powerful group consists of a volunteer board, a paid Executive Director, one staff person to help guide research, messaging, and planning, and three teams of volunteers.

As La Crosse begins working to complete the 250+ steps in its new climate action plan, we cannot just leave it up to city departments and grants. This has to be a community-wide effort and it can be a strong grassroots effort. There are dozens of strong, committed climate activists in our community who have been working toward and educating about changing our habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades.

For example, we don't need a new city ordinance to start taking the bus, walking, and biking whenever we can to reduce transportation-related emissions, or to encourage our school or workplace to make clean transportation a priority by, say, rewarding green commuters or participating in the MTU works program.

But, we WILL need the city council to change budget priorities to discourage single-occupant drivers, by, for example,  charging more for parking, replacing unlimited free car storage on our streets with safe places to bike and walk, and funding and mandating more and better transit and bike/ped infrastructure. Grassroots action, individual and political, can make a difference.

Watch the Energy District program, visit the VCED sites (web, Facebook, YouTube), and consider what we could do to emulate their activism and success. Then, commit to take action to ensure our climate action plan makes a difference.

For more information email couleeprogressive (just one) at hotmail.


Tuesday, April 04, 2023


Find your polling place at and take everyone you know with you. Spring turnout is notoriously low. We need it to be notoriously HIGH. 

Monday, April 03, 2023

Honoring Dakota Project

From the Red Wing Republican Eagle:

The Honoring Dakota Project has been progressing over the past several months. In January, the organizers held events during their winter carnival and invited the community to experience traditions in Prairie Island like ice fishing, storytelling and harvest hikes. 

April is another big month for the project; many events are scheduled. The project is hosting various “cultural and traditional teachings of our buffalo relatives.”

Sunday, April 02, 2023

Vote April 4

 ACLU "How to vote" guide (click to find all four steps):

Find your polling place at

The MTU will be FREE on April 4 Election Day.