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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Van plowing into pedestrians killed at least 13, injured over 100 

Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

Friday, 18 August 2017
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La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

This year, jail has seen 13 fights, almost 100 suicide threats 

The threats talk about slitting his throat, drinking his blood, putting his head on a spike in Madison.  State senator Dan Kapanke has received those threats and more since his vote on Wednesday for a bill that would strip most collective bargaining rights from most public employees in the state.  Kapanke says he's bothered by the threats and very worried about his family but refuses to allow the threats to keep him from reaching out to all the people in his district regardless of their views on how he voted on that bill or any other.  Kapanke also says he has been cautioned by police but appears to have no additional security at this point.  The republican is one of many senators to get death threats. 

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Thursday - March 10, 2011 3:47 pm

Contemptible Huebsch, Say Unions

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Mike Huebsch in contempt? A Wisconsin union has filed a motion in Dane County court to have Department of Administration secretary Huebsch found in contempt for locking down the capitol on Wednesday night prior to a Senate vote on portions of the controversial budget repair bill. The motion was filed before the same judge who, last week, ordered Huebsch to provide better access to the capitol and also laid the groundwork for getting protesters removed from the building in a peaceful way.

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Wednesday - March 9, 2011 1:52 pm

22 Years In Prison For W Salem Man Shot In Standoff

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Keith Marchbanks hopes that his family will forgive him someday...for apparently trying to kill them a year ago.

Marchbanks is headed to prison for 22 years, and may not get to contact his ex-wife and children again, sating his "final goodbye" to them in court.

The West Salem man set his wife's house on fire last March, and was shot as he threatened a policeman with a butcher knife. Judge Elliott Levine challenges the claim of Marchbanks's brother that Keith never got angry until the night of the fire.

One of Marchbanks's daughters wanted him locked up for a long time, so she could raise a family without fear of him getting out of prison.

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Wednesday - March 9, 2011 11:38 am

Mrs. Oktoberfest 2011

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Oktoberfest, USA announces the Mrs. Oktoberfest Selection Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Mrs. Oktoberfest!

Joyce Lindseth, the first Mrs. Oktoberfest, was chosen Thursday, October 2, 1968 from 80 contestants at what was then called the “Mrs. Oktoberfest Fashion-Fair Style Show.”  For the first six years, Mrs. Oktoberfest was selected via pageantry process and was chosen by a panel of our past Festmasters.  Contestants were judged on homemaking; church participation; school/civic affairs; poise and personality; cooking; and special talents and creative hobbies. 

Times have changed and so has the selection process!  Since 1974, the community continues to play a larger part in choosing who will represent the Oktoberfest Family as Mrs. Oktoberfest.  In this the 51st celebration, the selection committee, comprised of past Mrs. Oktoberfests, will determine who will be the 44th “Mrs. O.”  Requirements were recently updated for 2011 nominations and are available on their website at: www.oktoberfestusa.com.  For your convenience, you may also download a nomination form on the website.

Completed nomination forms and a recent photo of the candidate may be dropped off at the Oktoberfest office located on the Southside Festgrounds at the corner of 2nd and La Crosse streets from Monday-Thursday during the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Entries may also be mailed via standard mail to: Oktoberfest USA, ATTN: Mrs. Oktoberfest Nomination, PO Box 1716, La Crosse, WI 54602-1716.  Please also remember, as a courtesy, to inform the woman being nominated.

The 2011 Mrs. Oktoberfest will be announced at the Mrs. Oktoberfest Reception held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Valhalla Hall of UW-La Crosse.

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Wednesday - March 9, 2011 9:40 am

Onalaska Contracts Extended

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In the wake of Onalaska’s referendum approval, the school district has renewed its pledge to the community to maintain the current level of educational programs and services. In order to do this, the School District of Onalaska and the Onalaska Education Association have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that extends their current teacher contract through June 30, 2012.

School Board President Mark Cassellius said the teacher contract extension has been fashioned to reflect the intent of both Governor Walker’s proposals – the budget repair bill and the biennial budget – but goes significantly beyond the Governor’s proposals.

The teacher’s have agreed to a $1 million decrease in compensation to absorb their share of the revenue loss. Teachers’ salaries represent 72 percent of all district salaries and the net savings from the MOU achieve that goal and amount to a reduction of teacher compensation next year of $1,056,085 less than this year’s compensation.


The School District of Onalaska is facing a projected $1.5 million operational deficit for the 2011-12 budget. The deficit is a result of the pending 2011-13 Biennial Budget. The voluntary settlement with the OEA addresses all but an estimated one-third of the $1.5 million deficit.

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Tuesday - March 8, 2011 10:04 pm

Narrow Approval For Bliss Road Money

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It doesn't get much closer than this...

The La Crosse City Council approves funding for prep work on Bliss Road repairs...by a margin of just one vote. Seven to six. The cost to come up with designs for repair work would be about 40-thousand dollars. Council member Bob Seaquist says the road up Grandad Bluff would not have to be fixed this year...but the design work needs to be completed soon.

Seaquist also argues that going ahead with designs will give the city more leverage to negotiate with Shelby and Medary on who will pay the costs for repairs.

 

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U-Haul Baby

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When Draper Lewis decided to move his family from Minneapolis to Chicago for a new job, he didn't know about a little pit stop he would have to make in Black River Falls.

Lewis was traveling south on I-94 with his pregnant wife Angel and their 3-year- old daughter. Angel, who was not due until March 17th and needed to be induced for her other pregnancies, said she was having contractions and felt like pushing. Mr. Lewis did not have a signal on his cell phone, but was able to call 911.

At 12:01 am today, Amaya Christine made her grand entrance in a U-Haul. The dispatcher asked Mr. Lewis to pull the truck over and guided him though cleaning the baby and tying the umbilical cord with his shoe string.

Black River Falls EMS responded to the call as well and delivered mother and baby to Black River Memorial Hospital. Staff took over where the paramedics left off, and reacted immediately to care for little Amaya and her brave mom. "This is a good hospital, we are very thankful for all they have done for us," said a grateful Mr. Lewis. While others were caring for the family, the hospital's environmental services department cleaned out the cab of the moving truck and the housekeeping staff washed clothes for the family so they could continue their move to Chicago.

When Mr. Lewis was later asked how he was doing, he said he was still in shock and couldn't believe he has a "U-haul Baby".

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Tuesday - March 8, 2011 1:34 pm

More Cuts To Lacrosse County??

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The most unfair part of the governor’s budget, according to Lori Graff, Manager of Lacrosse County Human Services, is the proposed changes in the Income Maintenance Program, which helps ensure that those eligible for food stamps, Medicaid or BadgerCare actually receive those services. Currently, the state and county contribute money to run the programs. Under Walker’s proposal, the state would run and privatize the program.

Graff opposes privatization. She says right now, people literally get services immediately. If the changes are made by the Governor, people would have to wait for the services.......some may get cut off......and some may not be able to sign up at all for them.

Privatization would also mean around 22 county layoffs, and a cut in child support aid would require more.

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Tuesday - March 8, 2011 1:03 pm

Wind Power in Wisconsin? Not Looking Pretty

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For Renew Wisconsin, new, uniform rules for wind farms in the state were a huge deal. The group lobbied for the new rules hard. So, Renew's Micheal Vickerman is especially pessimistic about the outlook for wind energy in the state now that those rules have been suspended.   He says the short term outlook is "bleak."   Longer term, it's more "fraught with uncertainty." 

 

Vickerman says the Wisconsin Realtors Association is behind the suspension of the wind farm rules. He says the Realtors oppose wind farms because they allow farmers to hold on to their land and not sell it for development.  Although realtors opposed the wind siting rules, so did the Wisconsin Towns Association as well as a special interest anti-wind power group run by former state senator Bob Welch, among others.   

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Tuesday - March 8, 2011 1:02 pm

Wind Power in Wisconsin? Not Looking Pretty

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For Renew Wisconsin, new, uniform rules for wind farms in the state were a huge deal. The group lobbied for the new rules hard. So, Renew's Micheal Vickerman is especially pessimistic about the outlook for wind energy in the state now that those rules have been suspended.   He says the short term outlook is "bleak."   Longer term, it's more "fraught with uncertainty." 

 

Vickerman says the Wisconsin Realtors Association is behind the suspension of the wind farm rules. He says the Realtors oppose wind farms because they allow farmers to hold on to their land and not sell it for development.  Although realtors opposed the wind siting rules, so did the Wisconsin Towns Association as well as a special interest anti-wind power group run by former state senator Bob Welch, among others.   

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

18 August 2017

The states of Wisconsin and Illinois may be neighbors, but not always friendly neighbors. Soon after taking office, Governor Walker ratcheted up the rhetoric when he posted a sign along...

Radio, movies, music that were popular 53 years ago

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