Monday - March 1, 2010 1:19 pm

Chemicals Found At Site Of House Fire

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The La Crosse man who died in a house fire overnight apparently had hazardous chemicals in his basement.  A bomb squad was brought to the 1000 block of Redfield Street after the fire which killed James Oestreich.  Police have ruled out the possibility that Oestreich had a meth lab in the house.

 

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Monday - March 1, 2010 10:26 am

Ramp Negotiations With Sense of Urgency

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It's March. Spring is nearly upon us. The time for breaking ground for big construction projects is close at hand.

 

Projects like the third Riverside Center building in La Crosse. Developer Don Weber says he'd like to break ground within weeks on the third building south of Riverside Park. But he's also said he'd like a deal with the city on a new parking ramp before that happens. This could be his day. The city council committee charged with hammering out that ramp deal meets again this evening with Weber representatives. Even if a deal is reached tonight in that committee, the full city council would have to vote to approve.

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Monday - March 1, 2010 7:52 am

One Killed in La Crosse Apartment Fire

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ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER AN APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE ON REDFIELD STREET IN LA CROSSE...

THE PERSON WHO DIED WAS FOUND IN THE BASEMENT OF THE BUILDING IN THE ONE-THOUSAND BLOCK OF REDFIELD. FLAMES WERE CONFINED TO THE BASEMENT. THE CAUSE ISN'T KNOWN YET. THAT FIRE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

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Sunday - February 28, 2010 10:13 pm

RIVER SAFETY CEREMONY

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THERE'S STILL SNOW ON THE GROUND AND ICE ON THE RIVER, AS THERE WAS TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN A LA CROSSE COLLEGE STUDENT DROWNED IN THE MISSISSIPPI.

BUT FAIRLY MILD WEATHER ON SUNDAY BROUGHT OUT DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN RIVERSIDE PARK, TO REMEMBER YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE DROWNED IN RECENT YEARS, AND TO OFFER NEW IDEAS FOR RIVERFRONT SAFETY.

 

THE CEREMONY WAS ORGANIZED BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE INCLUDING PAULA HOMP, WHOSE BROTHER DROWNED IN THE RIVER IN 1986.

 

PAULA IS ALSO PUTTING TOGETHER A COMMITTEE OF COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, TO COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR REDUCING BINGE DRINKING AND MAKING DOWNTOWN SAFER.

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Sunday - February 28, 2010 10:08 pm

CLARE BACK ON CAMPUS

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IT MAY BE A WHILE BEFORE SHE CAN GET BACK TO REGULAR EXERCISE...OR TO SINGING WITH A JAZZ GROUP AT U-W-LA CROSSE.

BUT CLARE MALINOWSKI IS HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM AFTER GOING THROUGH CARDIAC ARREST IN AN EXERCISE ROOM IN LATE JANUARY. CLARE AND HER PARENTS CELEBRATED HER RETURN AT A CAMPUS RECEPTION ON FRIDAY. AFTERWARD, THE 20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT TOLD REPORTERS ABOUT ADJUSTMENTS SHE HAS TO MAKE, FOR THE COMING WEEKS.  SHE HAS TO TAKE IT EASY WHILE EXERCISING, AND SHE'S NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE A CAR FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

 

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Friday - February 26, 2010 12:47 pm

Indian Logo Bill To State Senate

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WISCONSIN STATE SENATORS WILL GET THE NEXT CRACK AT A BILL TO STOP SCHOOL DISTRICTS FROM USING INDIAN LOGOS.  THAT BILL PASSED THE ASSEMBLY BY A NINE-VOTE MARGIN YESTERDAY. IT WOULD ALLOW THE STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TO IMPOSE FINES ON ANY DISTRICT WHICH REFUSES TO DROP A NICKNAME OR MASCOT RULED TO BE OFFENSIVE TO A CERTAIN RACE. SENATOR KATHLEEN VINEHOUT OF ALMA SUPPORTS THE BILL, SAYING THE STATE NEEDS TO 'BURY VESTIGES' OF RACISM IN SCHOOL NICKNAMES. THE OSSEO-FAIRCHILD AND G-E-T SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN VINEHOUT'S DISTRICT HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED FOR MAINTAINING INDIAN NICKNAMES.

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Friday - February 26, 2010 12:45 pm

NEW JAIL, NO BASEMENT

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IT WILL BE CHEAPER TO REPLACE SOME BAD SOIL THAN TO BUILD A BASEMENT IN ITS PLACE.

THAT'S ONE REASON WHY HOUSTON COUNTY HAS DECIDED NOT TO ADD A BASEMENT TO ITS PLANS FOR A NEW COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. SOIL AT THE COURTHOUSE SITE IN CALEDONIA WAS FOUND TO BE UNSTABLE, AND IT WILL BE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A MORE STABLE FOUNDATION.  HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN LARRY CONNERY SAYS INCLUDING A BASEMENT COULD HAVE ADDED CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE BUILDING COST. ALSO, THAT CHANGE DIDN'T FIT INTO A LAND DEAL WITH THE CITY OF CALEDONIA. CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW JAIL COULD START AS SOON AS THIS MAY.

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Thursday - February 25, 2010 9:41 pm

CHANGES FOR RIVERWATCH?

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MORE WATCHERS, MORE TERRITORY, LONGER HOURS?

ARE THERE WAYS THAT THE RIVERWATCH PROGRAM IN DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE COULD BE IMPROVED? THE QUESTIONS ARE COMING UP, AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST RIVER DROWNING THAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE RIVERWATCH WAS ESTABLISHED BY LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS. ERIC KAHL AT U-W-LA CROSSE SAYS THE GROUP'S BOARD IS PUTTING TOGETHER AN AGENDA FOR ITS NEXT MEETING.

ONE CHANGE WHICH ERIC THINKS COULD HAPPEN SOON IS AN ADJUSTMENT IN PATROL HOURS. HE SAYS RIVER WATCHERS MIGHT START AT 11:30 P-M INSTEAD OF 11, BECAUSE THEY DON'T SEE MANY PEOPLE IN THE PARK AREA UNTIL AROUND MIDNIGHT.

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Some were quick to celebrate new legislation regulating the payday lending industry in Wisconsin.   From Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Ken King wasn't one of them.   He says, for one thing, regulations passed this month by the assembly in Madison basically just put more limits on borrowers.   But, he also crticizes universal payday lending internet database of lenders provision which, he says, will open up consumers to identity theft

The state senate apparently will start from scratch to come up with its own legislation to regulate the payday lenders.  

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Thursday - February 25, 2010 6:22 pm

Change in Command in Order for Naval Cadets

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Once a navy man, always a navy man.   

La Crosse city council member Tom Sweeney just can't get away from his past.   On Sunday, Sweeney officially takes command of the US Naval sea cadet corps that moved to La Crosse last fall.   The cadets will mark the occasion with a ceremony and open house on Sunday

The sea cadet shebang starts at three on Sunday at the La Crosse center.   That's fifteen hundred hours on the nose, Navy time, says Sweeney; so be prompt.

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