MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Tourism officials in Wisconsin and Michigan are trying to parlay their recent dust-up over mittens into a donation drive.
The two states' tourism departments got into a good-natured battle last week over whose state has the better claim to looking like a mitten. Now the states are trying to capitalize on the publicity with the Great Lakes Mitten Campaign, an effort to collect mittens for charities.
Wisconsin officials are urging people to drop off mittens at state travel centers around the state and participating chambers of commerce through Jan. 15. The mittens then will be donated to local charities.
Michigan officials, meanwhile, are asking people to donate mittens directly to their favorite charities.
Dave Clements, executive director of the La Crosse Convention and Visitor's Bureau, tells News 8 mittens can be dropped off at their offices at Riverside Park (410 Veterans Memorial Drive) or at the French Island rest area along I-90.
Clements says the mittens collected will likely be divided between the Salvation Army and New Horizons Sheler and Women's Center.