State News Roundup: Lorie Line facing foreclosure in MinnesotaWisconsin News
-- A piano performer who’s a holiday fixture in Wisconsin has a house that’s in foreclosure near Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
A piano performer who’s a holiday fixture in Wisconsin has a house that’s in foreclosure near Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal said Lorie Line has been trying to sell her 85-hundred square foot home since last month on Lake Minnetonka in Orono. And a foreclosure case was filed because Line and her husband Tim still owe just over two-million-dollars on a mortgage with a bank in New York. A sheriff’s auction is scheduled for December 12th. Lorie Line has recorded over 40 albums since 1989, and has had Christmas tours in Wisconsin for years. Tim Line said the couple is looking for a smaller house because their kids have grown and moved out. The original asking price was four-million-dollars. The Business Journal said the three-point-six acre spread is assessed at two-point-nine million. Tim Line said the couple expects to satisfy the bank’s requirement with profits from Lorie Line’s 39-day tour which starts tomorrow in Indianapolis. There are 34 cities on the tour – including Eau Claire, Wisconsin Rapids, and Appleton.
Most of Wisconsin’s major road construction is done for the year – and state officials say it won’t be a problem for deer hunters and Thanksgiving travelers. Don Greuel of the state D-O-T said an early spring and a dry summer allowed most projects to be wrapped up by now. He says there are no longer any detours from major highways – but some projects still have lane restrictions, and drivers are still urged to slow down when they see the orange barrels. The heaviest travel is expected on Friday, when deer drivers drive to their camps for the opening of the nine-day gun season on Saturday. Other heavy traffic days are expected on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after – when both holiday travelers and hunters will be heading home. The D-O-T says motorists can get the latest on road conditions by calling 5-1-1, or going online to 511WI-Dot-Gov. Five people were killed in Thanksgiving weekend crashes on Wisconsin roads a year ago.
U-W La Crosse is getting some help as it tries to help incoming students who need to be better at math. The Bill-and-Melinda Gates Foundation has given the school a 50-thousand-dollar grant to develop an online math course. The goal is to get prospective students up-to-speed before they arrive on campus to take other classes. The remedial math course is for high school students to help them get ready for college – and for non-traditional students who need a refresher course. The U-W System says one-of-every-five incoming freshmen need remedial math training – and the rate is doubled for minority students. La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow says the new program will help students take advanced classes sooner than they otherwise would – and it could help them graduate faster.