State News Roundup: Funeral services for Lamers Bus Lines founderWisconsin News
-- Funeral services will be held in De Pere today for the founder of Lamers Bus Lines.
Funeral services will be held in De Pere today for the founder of Lamers Bus Lines. 97-year-old Lyle Lamers died from natural causes last weekend at his home in De Pere. If you’ve driven in Wisconsin for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly seen one of those white Lamers buses with the large red lettering – or perhaps a yellow Lamers school bus. The company began in 1944 when Lyle’s brother-in-law sold him a school bus. Lyle was a dairy farmer at the time – and he and his wife continue to farm until the early 1970’s while growing their business. Lamers is now Wisconsin’s largest locally-owned bus line. It has 29 branches in the Badger State and one in Florida. They provide trips to casinos and Packer games, shuttle rides to airports, trolley rides, and medical transportation. Lyle’s son Allen Lamers is now the company president, and many Lamers family members still work for the firm.
A Verona native was killed in Austin Texas, and a man who was reportedly dating her has been arrested. Austin Police said 26-year-old Cassandra Clark suffered quote, “obvious trauma to her body” last Sunday. Officials said the suspect, 27-year-old Ryan Clarke, slit his wrists at a park a few hours later – and when he was at the hospital, he had a social worker call 9-1-1 to check the woman’s apartment. That’s when officers found her dead. Ryan Clarke was arrested on a possible murder charge. He’s in jail under a 100-thousand dollar bond. Cassandra Clark graduated from Verona High School in 2004, and from Madison Edgewood College in 2008 with degrees in Spanish and clinical psychology. She was working as a financial aid officer with the University of Texas business school at the time of her death.
Saint Norbert College has come to the aid of a Green Bay homeless shelter that was recently cited for having too many people than what the city allowed. The Saint John-the-Evangelist shelter was allowed to have up to 64 people each night – but with a recent bout of cold weather, more than 80 people were staying on some nights. And the city issued a citation to the shelter in late December. The nearby Saint Norbert College in De Pere has been on a winter break – so the school offered to temporarily house the excess from what Saint John’s is allowed to serve. Officials inspected the site yesterday. The Green Bay Catholic Diocese has shuttled over 15 people from the downtown shelter to the campus since December 21st. The solution is only temporary, though. The school will end its assistance once the students return on January 21st. Meanwhile, the city and the diocese are still meeting to discuss a solution to the overflows.
The home of the Milwaukee Bucks continues to get a face-lift. Officials at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center unveiled about three-million-dollars in upgrades yesterday. They include a renovation of the 44 luxury suites between the upper-and-lower seating levels – 16 new theater boxes with private dining tables – a new hospitality area that goes with the highest-priced seats – and a new food-and-beverage area for all fans on the main lower level concourse. There’s been talk of a new arena to replace the 25-year-old Bradley Center. But that’s expected to be some time off – and arena officials have been working to spruce up the current facility. The center’s board received 18-million dollars in corporate sponsorships, including the B-M-O Harris naming rights – plus a five-million dollar restoration grant from the state. Besides the Bucks, the arena houses the Marquette men’s basketball team and the Milwaukee Admirals hockey team.
The mayors of Green Bay and Minneapolis have made a food wager on tomorrow night’s Packer-Viking playoff game. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is putting up Bel-Giooso Cheese, Beernsten’s Candies, and Sno-Cap Root Beer from Green Bay’s Titletown Brewery. Minneapolis Mayor R-T Rybak is putting up home-made sausage Butcher-and-Boar – which was recently named the Restaurant-of-the-Year in Minnesota’s largest city.