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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 

Tuesday - February 1, 2011 9:43 pm

Committee Recommendation: No Punishment for Mayor

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When La Crosse's ethics board cast judgment on the city's mayor, they did so with mercy. Although the board agreed that Matt Harter had crossed ethical lines in meetings with the county solid waste director last year, board members said the mayor should not receive punishment. Instead the recommendation to Harter: Reflect. Repent. Go to ethics classes.  During a city council committee meeting last night, council member Bob Seaquist agreed with those changes and urged his colleagues to go forward with that, saying, "it's time to move on."  Sure enough,  his council committee has recommended to the full council no punishment should be levied against the mayor. Final decision on that should come next week.

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Tuesday - February 1, 2011 12:42 pm

Get Out Of Jail Free Card? NOT!

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Part of being jailed is to rehabilitate and get back into society. Someone forgot to tell that to 56 year old Christopher Lehner of Winona. The Winona County Jail inmate is now wanted after he failed to return to the jail after a brief furlough.

Seems as though jail staff let Lehner go to a class at the Winona County Workforce Center a couple of weeks ago....problem is he never returned and now no one knows where he is. That brought about a charge of escape.

He was doing a year in jail for bouncing checks and forgery..........he'll do a lot more when he goes back home........to jail. 5 years for felony escape.

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Tuesday - February 1, 2011 12:25 pm

Big Snowfall To Miss La Crosse...For Now

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Don't be too worried about the forecast of the 'monster' snow and ice storm sweeping through the middle of the U-S this week.

Meteorologist Todd Shea at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse says the storm is still more likely to affect southeastern Wisconsin than this area.

Shea predicts the storm system could bring La Crosse a little more light snow, on top of the three inches recorded on Monday. The city had 11 inches of snow for January...an inch-and-a-half below normal for the month.

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Tuesday - February 1, 2011 10:47 am

United Way Nails Goal

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The Great Rivers United Way made a little local history with their latest campaign drive that ended Monday. Jen Dobrunz says that the campaign drive went over the $2 million for the first time ever.

The grand total? $2,015,560.30

 

The campaign committee will now sit down and go over dispersing the monies to 28 partner agencies in the area that provide 70 programs to the community.

She says on behalf of the partner agencies and the business community.......THANK YOU!

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:59 pm

Per Diem Reports Have Local Lawmakers on the Low End

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State legislators in Wisconsin get paid the same salary no matter how many days they show up for work. Just over $47 thousand. But when they do claim work days in Madison, they get a little extra per diem bump. It's $88 per day for most legislators and 44 bucks for those who live in the Dane county area. Some make the most of it, like Republican state senator Scott Fitzgerald, who added over 16 thousand dollars to his salary last year. Others apparently just didn't put the time in. La Crosse democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling had one of the fewest per diem amounts last year among her colleagues: 58 days for about five thousand dollars. Not as low as Republican state senator Dan Kapanke who claimed 32 days of work in the capitol last year for 28 hundred dollars in per diem pay.

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:57 pm

Perplexed Strangler Expresses Frustration to Police

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A La Crosse guy says he can't understand why the police are called everytime he and his girlfriend get into a fight. Cops say Micheal McLaurin claims there's really nothing to get into a huff over with the latest go-round between the two this week-end. Even though he apparently came at his girlfriend with a big pickle jar, hit her with a book and strangled her to the point where she could barely speak. The victim says he only let go of her throat long enough to tell his kids to go back to bed. The victim was treated at the hospital. McLaurin faces several charges in the assault.

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:56 pm

Energy Assessments Available for Cut Rate

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Hard to know for sure if you're wasting energy at home.   Or where, exactly, you might be losing that extra few kilowatts here and there.   Xcel energy says it wants to help.   The power company is making energy assessments available for customers in Trempealeau, Buffalo and La Crosse counties for a reduced rate.   Forty five bucks will buy you a visit from an energy consultant from Focus on Energy to check out where you might be able to make energy efficiency improvements in your home.   As part of the program, Xcel and Focus on Energy will provide incentives to some customers to make efficiency improvements.

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:36 pm

No More Order Forms for Girl Scouts

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Do you ever order Girl Scout cookies and hate the wait for them to arrive? Well in some areas that wait is no more.

The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and the Wisconsin River Valleys are no longer using order forms – and the girls will have their cookies on hand instead.

 

Barbara Boelk says the Minnesota and western Wisconsin Girl Scouts hope to sell five-million boxes of cookies this season, and become the world’s largest cookie program. The Minnesota-Wisconsin chapter has around 63 thousand girls, parents and supporters making it the 8th largest chapter in the country.

Sales begin Saturday for Winona and Houston Counties.

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:30 pm

Iowa Gun Laws Not Liked By Some

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Gun bans for Iowa's courthouses, city halls and other civic buildings are being debated across the state.

The new state law that eases the way for Iowa residents to carry guns has led to the discussion by city councils and county boards.

Alamakee County supervisors already have passed a proposal to ban guns from county-owned buildings. Waterloo passed a city ban last week.

Iowa's new gun law took effect January 1st. It limits the discretion local sheriffs previously had in denying permits without explanation. Now, sheriffs may deny applications for specific reasons only.

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Monday - January 31, 2011 1:29 pm

Homeless Veterans.......a big problem.

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Area veteran service representatives met last week during a summit at the Tomah VA to collaborate ideas — just a year into a 5 year plan to curb veteran homelessness.

The VA’s five-year plan is a six-area guide to prevention: outreach/education, treatment services, prevention services, housing/supportive services, income/employment/benefits, and community partnerships. The VA’s five-year plan faces obstacles, just like many of its veterans. Some of those obstacles include lack of emergency housing, transportation for veterans to access services and a coordinator to lead the new initiatives.

There’s a lot to get done in the four remaining years to end veteran homelessness, but Cathy Routh, chief of social work services at the VA, is optimistic. There are around 300 homeless veterans on a nightly basis in western Wisconsin.

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

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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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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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