News Release

Published on Monday, May 05, 2008

Western Technical College today presented the Milt and Lydi Lunda family of Black River Falls with the distinguished Legacy Award in recognition of a 20-year history of support for the college. Lydi, son, Larry, and his wife, Ann, accepted the award from Western President Lee Rasch during the Black River Falls Rotary and Lions Club meeting at the Arrowhead Lodge in Black River Falls.

Western’s Legacy Award was created to honor an individual or organization that has made an extraordinary, long-term, and lasting contribution to the development of the college and its students. The award is rarely given and recognizes many years of sustained friendship so significant that Western Technical College has been markedly changed as result.

In the 96-year history of the college, the Legacy Award has only been conferred two other times: the first to Ms. L. Hope Kumm in 1997, and the second to Charles G. Richardson in 1998. The Lundas were chosen to receive the award for their support of numerous projects, most recently their donation to a new community and corporate training center, named The Lunda Center, to be located on the La Crosse campus. Other highlights of their support include:

• The expansion of the Associate Nursing Program in Black River Falls
• Fresh Start Child Care Scholarships
• Jackson County Scholarship Program
• The Rural Leadership Development Program
• Support for the Health Science Center – A collaborative project between Western Technical college and four community partners
• Laptops for Black River Falls Campus
• EMAX – The campaign to expand the distance learning network throughout the Western Technical College District.

“Milt and Lydi have been instrumental in furthering the mission of Western Technical College,” said Rasch. “We are happy to have the opportunity to present them with this symbol of our appreciation, and we are honored to have their name on our new training facility.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for The Lunda Center is planned for Tuesday, May 6, with a target completion date of fall 2009.

For details on the Lunda Center call the Western Technical College Foundation at 608.785.9487 or visit the web site For information on Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit