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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Friday, 18 August 2017
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
Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

The new plans for enlarging the La Crosse Center are getting good reviews from members of the city p...

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 

It wasn't a plum committee assignment in the first place. But that's not why La Crosse city council member Marilyn Wigdahl recently resigned from her spot on the city's chicken ordinance committee. Wigdahl says she was frustrated that other members were backing off their resistance to allowing backyard chickens in the city.   Wigdahl has remained steadfastly opposed to chickens and says that most of her constituents appear to agree to that resistance.   Wigdahl says the chickens will be vectors for disease, will cause vermin problems and will likely negatively affect home values in the city.

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Minnesota's two year deficit problems are mountainous. Over six billion dollars in the red. A shortfall, one study found, that could be eliminated by simply getting rid of the state's various sales tax exemptions. But is there support for that?   Maybe.   First term Republican state senator Jeremy Miller from Winona says he may consider measures that would remove some targeted sales tax exemptions from certain services.   But he would probably not agree to removing those sales tax exemptions for food or even clothing. 

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 1:33 pm

Holmen Prez Speaks About Administrator Firing

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For the second time in two years, the administrator's seat is empty at the Holmen Village Hall.

Administrator Mary Willett was fired last night after only about a year on the job. She didn't show up at the village board meeting to defend herself. Other village leaders were unhappy about Willett's job performance, and about the apparent padding of her resume to show more administrative experience than she really had. Village president Nancy Proctor says it's sad that the situation came to this, because staffers at the village hall liked Willett.  Proctor says no decision has been made yet on finding a new administrator...or on using the same employee search firm that recommended Willett for the Holmen job.

 

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 1:17 pm

Kapanke Named In Recall Story

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A Wisconsin newspaper has pasted a bullseye on Lacrosse Republican Senator Dan Kapanke's back.

 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has stated that Kapanke along with Senators Alberta Darling and Randy Hopper– and Democrats Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch could all be the focus of recall attempts. Kapanke says he will face it if it comes but...he was elected and is paid to the job of the people and he will continue to do so. He says not every vote he has cast will be in favor of the public but he feels he votes what he thinks is right. Kapanke says he will vote for Governor Scott Walkers proposal to severely limit collective bargaining rights of state workers.

 

On Tuesday, A Utah-based group started the process to recall eight Wisconsin Democratic state senators from office. American Recall Coalition filed the paperwork with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 11:34 am

Sparta Woman Faces 16 Felony Counts

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An office manager at the Sparta Veterinary Clinic has been busted for stealing drugs and forgery. 36-year-old Kathryn Watters was arrested last Friday and now faces 16 felony counts.

Watters is accused of ordering a drug combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen, which the vet clinic does not use, over the course of several months. Watters is also accused of forging $4,500 in business checks for about 5,800 pill of the pills to support a drug habit.

Watters was released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond and will be back in court again next week.

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 11:14 am

When Will Lacrosse Teaches Make up "Sick Day"?

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The teachers in Lacrosse that used a sick day last Thursday, that led to the district shutting down, knew they would have to make that day up eventually. But what about the students who staged walk out's at several schools.

 

Superintendent Jerry Kember says the students knew before hand that there would be consequences and time to be made up if they did walk out.  He says he attended one walk out......and was proud of the effort put forth by the students.

As for the teacher make up day, Kember says a special meeting will be held Thursday night at 5:30 to decide whether or not to accept March 17th as the non paid school day for teachers. The Lacrosse Public Education Association served up that date last night at the regular school board meeting.

Union president Ed Ludwig said teachers had to act quickly to express their opposition to something that was happening outside the city.

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 9:45 am

County Approves Union Contracts

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Over 500 union workers in Lacrosse County are feeling a little more confident today after the County Board adopted contracts last night.

Since they were approved at the same time Governor Scott Walker is trying to quash collective bargaining rights, we asked County Administrator Steve O'Malley about the timeliness of the votes. He said they have worked closely with the unions for the past 5 months, so a vote now is pure coincidence.

 

O'Malley said they approved one-year collective bargaining agreements with zero percent wage increases for clerical, professional, health, highway and sheriff’s department employees.

O'Malley thanked not only union employees throughout the county but also the head's of the unions that came together and peacefully came to the table to approve the contracts.

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La Crosse mayor Matt Harter knows where he's going to look when anticipated state budget cuts comes his way. The mayor says he's taking aim at the city's $20 million police and fire budgets.   He's certain a current study of the city's public safety services will point the way towards more savings in both police and fire departments.  Because of the size of the city's police and fire budgets, the mayor says they have the most possibility for greatest savings.

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Paying more to fish and hunt in Minnesota could be the future. The state's DNR wants to add a few dollars to license fees to help balance its budget. Winona state senator Jeremy Miller is on the senate's natural resources committee. He's a little undecided about the fee hikes; worried that they'll keep some people out of the field, but understanding of the DNR's need to keep workers out in the field for service and safety. The DNR's proposal would take the Minnesota fishing license from $17 to $24. And the resident deer license from $26 to $30, among other fee changes.  

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Monday - February 21, 2011 12:10 pm

Delay In Billboard Condemnation Suit

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A big billboard battle in La Crosse won't be settled today, or even this week...

County Judge Elliott Levine apologized to attorneys for Collins Outdoor Advertising and the city of La Crosse for delaying a final ruling in a condemnation trial that happened in November. Levine wants another month to consider documents in the case. City Hall tried to condemn a hotel billboard on the Causeway, so a competing hotel could be built on the spot. Collins accused the city of coming up with a phony reason to get rid of the sign, which is still in place.

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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

Friday, 18 August 2017

In 1964, local radio stations broadcast lots of high school sports. WKTY in La Crosse was broadcasting the WIAA basketball playoffs at all four levels, from regional to state. In...

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