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Tuesday - March 9, 2010 5:19 pm


A student athlete at UW-LaCrosse is going to help earthquake survivors. Senior Conner Lonning says with all the great opportunities in his life he would like to help out.  Lonning is leaving Saturday for Haiti and plans on spending about ten days helping people there.  He's bringing his money and funds collected from his track and cross country teams and his friends at work at the Eagle's Nest Bar.


Thursday - March 4, 2010 5:42 pm

Road Work Update

When will crews in LaCrosse county start road construction projects?  Within a few weeks the highway department can start addressing some minor repair work.  But, it takes warmer weather to hit the area before the heavy lifting can begin says highway commissioner Dennis Osgood.  Could be late April or early May before the major work gets going.  Osgood and his crews are getting ready.  This week they began submitting bids to purchase the materials for this spring and summer's road construction projects.  LaCrosse county has road projects planned for a stretch of highway near Bangor and another one near Mindoro.


Thursday - March 4, 2010 5:22 pm

Sangster Update

LaCrosse's indoor football team will be without their starting quarterback for awhile.  The LaCrosse Spartans have confirmed QB Jimmy Sangster will miss three to four games with a sprained knee ligament.  Fortunately, the team has two bye weeks in a row to minimize the amount of games the Spartans will have to get by without their leader.  Sangster was injured in the first half of the team's opening game loss to Wichita.  The coaching staff will start trying out quarterbacks today and hopes to have a replacement named by Monday.


Thursday - March 4, 2010 11:47 am

Increased Fines for Litterbugs

The Wisconsin legislature considers a bill that would double fines for people caught littering.  Increasing the fine from 500 to one thousand bucks doesn't bother LaCrosse county sustainability coordinator Nick Nichols.  But, he feels the deterrent only works up to a point.   He isn't sure the laws have changed behavior.  Instead, Nick believes most of the public has adopted the ethic that littering is wrong and that people need to take responsibility for their own actions. The assembly has already passed the litter fine increase.  The senate is scheduled to vote on the bill today.


Wednesday - March 3, 2010 7:35 pm

Census Update

No need to be paranoid about sending in your census form.  LaCrosse county zoning director Jeff Bluske is heading up the local effort to make sure everyone is counted.   He says the survey is completely confidential.  Census workers don't share this information with any department. Bluske says fill out the ten question form or someone with the feds could show up at your door to make sure they get the information from you.  For the first time ever you could also face a fine if you knowingly ignore the once a decade count.  The census determines how much money will be coming into a community for various programs.  With population determining how much each region will receive.  Census forms should start showing up in local mailboxes during the next couple of weeks.


Wednesday - March 3, 2010 11:13 am

Kitzmann Versus Town Update

A judge says the town of Onalaska has to pay their former administrator.  Now both sides are trying to work out how much compensation is owed to Paul Kitzmann.  The town claimed they had to let Kitzmann go in July due to budget problems.  A judge ruled that wasn't a good enough reason to fire their administrator.  Kitzmann's three year contract wasn't set to expire until January of 2012.  His salary was 50 grand a year.  The towns attorney hopes to have something worked out before the next court date which is scheduled for May.  The town cannot appeal the judge's original decision until compensation is determined.


Tuesday - March 2, 2010 5:24 pm

Lakeview Care Update

A partnership that is paying off for LaCrosse county.  During the past couple of years the county has been working to get neighboring counties with residents at the Lakeview Care Center to pay their fare share.  Has meant a big savings for taxpayers who have to make up for budget shortfalls at the West Salem facility says county administrator Steve O'Malley.  He points out that the eleven county consortium brings in about 800 thousand dollars a year.  Today Mississippi Valley Health Services will consider letting Outagamie and Winnebago counties join the consortium.  O'Malley says the county had to get innovative because it would cost even more to find other places for these special needs clients.


Tuesday - March 2, 2010 4:38 pm

Green Onalaska

City hall in Onalaska went green in 2009.  Simple things like turning off computers, lights and other electronics helped the city save big bucks last year according to assistant city planner and Green Team leader Deena Murphy.  The city saved over 20 thousand dollars with the green initiative. Murphy says the city all recycled more paper and printed on both sides to save money.  Next year they would like to get some federal grant money to install energy efficient bulbs in city streetlights.


Monday - March 1, 2010 5:54 pm

Deer Numbers Research

Wisconsin's DNR wants your help getting an accurate gauge on deer numbers in the state.  DNR spokesman Bob Manwell says hunters will have access to an online hunter reporting web page.   After a day in the woods they can report on weather conditions, deer sightings and anything that could impact the population. Over the next several years the DNR will be studying deer population.  An effort to deal with complaints from a number of hunters who feel the DNR is way off on the current population.


Wednesday - February 24, 2010 6:01 pm

ATV Snow Plow Bill

If you own an ATV you could do some of your own snow removal. The Wisconsin assembly is considering a bill that would allow all terrain vehicles to plow snow on roads and sidewalks.  Bad idea says LaCrosse county highway boss Dennis Osgood.  These rigs could damage roads and don't have the capability to salt and sand which could leave some roads even more treacherous than if you just left the snow on the road.  Osgood says allowing ATV's to plow snow would also be a safety hazard since they are difficult to see in a snowstorm.