Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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New credit card rules in play as of today. Some consumer protection with the new rules, says Ken King, from Consumer Credit Counseling Services in Wisconsin. But there could be a host of new fees along with new protections on quick interest rate hike.  

Among the changes to credit card rules; one that forces companies to show the number of years it will take to pay a balance off if just the minimum is paid. 

On the balance, King says the credit changes should make things better for consumers.  

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Friday - February 19, 2010 7:12 pm

Police Chief Responds to Latest Theories

"There is no serial killer!" La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki repeats that evaluation of the drunken drowning death of Craig Meyers in the city in a tersely worded statement today. Kondracki calls theories about smiley face gangs, rogue cops, long range hypnotists, or a possible seductive female leading unknowing men to the water's edge, "wild accusations" and "demeaning to all." He says all of the deaths have been examined thoroughly by state and federal investigators along with local law enforcement. All have come to the same conclusion. Young men like 21 year-old WTC student Craig Meyers have drowned in the Mississippi river after becoming severely intoxicated.

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Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:56 am

Overtime Boosts Pay of Former Drug Investigator

Six digit wage earners working for the city of La Crosse?
According to our examination of pay records from city hall, there was only four who earned a wage of over a hundred thousand dollars in 2009. City attorney Stephen Matty is at the top of the heap, earning a little over 103 thousand dollars last year. Police Chief Ed Kondracki is second, then Public Works director, Dale Hexom. Then fire chief Gregg Cleveland. Just missing the hundred K cut-off; now-retired drug investigator, Cary Joholski who made just under 100 thousand which includes slightly over 11 thousand dollars in overtime.

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Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:54 am

La Crosse Healthiest (In One Category)

At least La Crosse county is number one in something. And medical care is it. At least according to a county-by-county national look at health in the US. La Crosse is at the top of Wisconsin counties when it comes to delivery of health care. The county is also right up there when it comes to the physical environment which includes measurables like leads poisoned children and liquor store density. In those categories, La crosse county is third best in the state. Overall, the county ranks 22nd healthiest in Wisconsin.

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Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:52 am

Parking Talks Start Up Again

How close is a new parking ramp to coming to downtown La Crosse? So far, no one's saying much about when a deal might be done between the city and developer Don Weber on a possible ramp. But a special city council meets again this week to talk it over with Weber's people. That's twice in one week. Prior to that, the committee had not met in two months. We've heard that a deal is not necessarily close but Weber has said that a potential third Riverside Center building could be off the table unless the city helps him build a ramp on a lot near the La Crosse center. The original development agreement for a third building called for Weber to include parking levels in the building itself.

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Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:50 am

Meyers Investigation Continues

It may be some time before we have the whole story of the last hours of Craig Meyers' life. the 21 year-old WTC student was pulled from the Mississippi Tuesday afternoon after disappearing early Sunday morning. An autopsy will be done on the body but police say that procedure will take longer since water temperature where Meyers was found was around 28 degrees. After the autopsy, police say they'll likely release results of any toxicology report but a full report on the death of Meyers might not be complete for weeks.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 6:36 pm

Golf Course Work Starting Before Snow Thaws

It may not seem like the weather for it, but golf training is this week at Forest Hills in La Crosse. It's actually training for those who work at the city-owned course. Getting ready for a season start that's still months away. But course manager Keith Stoll, with Kemper Sports managemnet, is ready to get going.  He says going into spring involves a bunch of unknowns.   Stoll recognizes that last year's Spring at the course was a bit of a struggle and he's planning on making big improvements at this course this Spring.     The city council this month has approved extending Kemper's management contract at the course for another year.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 6:33 pm

Shilling Says 'Yes' to Fed Money for Rail

La Crosse's rep on a powerful legislative committee has agreed to the big rail money-grab.

 

Democrat Jennifer Shilling is on the state's joint finance committee. The committee has approved receiving 822 million dollars from the feds for high speed rail funding in the state. Shilling says the money's essential to invest in the future of rail in the state. The vast majority of the money will go to fund the Milwaukee to Madison corridor. Less than a tenth of one percent of the total cash will go towards studying the future of high speed rail that might go through La Crosse someday.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 12:43 pm

Supporters Have High Hopes for Veto Override

A veto override is a distinct possibility now. The assembly will vote next week to override governor Doyle's veto of a bill that would have restored DNR secretary appointment power to the state's natural resources board. Wisconsin Wildlife Federation's George Meyer hopes the override succeeds. He says the current system of governor appointees has led to a series of DNR secretaries with very little wildlife managment experience.
The legislature hasn't had a successful veto override since 1981.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 12:41 pm

Vigil for Missing Student Tonight

A vigil tonight for a missing college student in La Crosse. WTC an UWL will hold a vigil tonight for 21 year-old Craig Meyers who disappeared over the week-end. The vigil begins at 6:30 tonight on the TC campus at the Lunda center at seventh street on the downtown campus. TC says the vigil is open to anyone who wants to support the family and friends of Meyers. Meyers, also a former high school wrestling state champion from West Salem, is a student in TC's criminal justice program.

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