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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Attorney circulates petition for smaller school referendum

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A petition being circulated in West Salem by attorney, Harry Griswold would ask the school board to hold a referendum to authorize around $5 million in repairs and improvements in the district. He says the district buildings are mostly in excellent shape so the district doesn't need another $31 million referendum like the one that was voted down earlier this year. 

 

At this week's school board meeting, a representative of School Perceptions will be on hand to help the district with a new district survey to gauge public perception on facilities issues. Griswold says at a cost of around $10 thousand, it's help that's just not necessary. 

Griswold has been criticized for circulating supposedly inaccurate information right before the failed referendum this spring.  Those critics say Griswold's efforts may have led to the measure getting turned down by voters. 

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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Police take to streets on scooters

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The Segway officers are on the streets.  La Crosse police this week begin their training on two new Segway scooters, recently purchased by the department.  The Segways are the heavy duty kind and outfit for law enforcement, with reflective shields, blue and red police lights, larger all-terrain tires, cargo frames, comfort mats, and some extra lights.  Police will use the Segways to patrol neighborhoods, parks and during festivals, among other situations.  

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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Streets closed for paving beginning today

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Nothing says "just about ready to reopen the street" like putting down some pavement.  Which is exactly what will happen today in downtown La Crosse.  A little bit of paving, anyway.  Second to Front street on State Street will be closed for paving.  As will Front Street for a stretch north of State Street.  The two pieces are next to the new Charmont hotel on the corner of State and Front street, which is nearing completion.  No word on when Second street might start getting paved.  

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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Police dog/handler leave department as team

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You don't usually hear about law enforcement agencies bargaining over K-9 units but there's one in Vernon County. Vernon County K-9 Handler Brian James has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. But James has accepted a position with the Sparta Police Department.

 

Since the dog was purchased through public donations, a decision had to be made to either keep K-9 Larz for his remaining years of service, and try to train another officer to be Larz’s Handler or, sell the dog to Sparta Police and let K-9 Larz go with Deputy James. After a long thought out discussion between several parties involved, it was decided to sell K-9 Larz to Sparta Police and let James continue to be Larz’s Handler.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit still has one other dog and handler. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will be seeking another K-9 and handler.

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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Jail education program touts huge success rate

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A teaching program with a 700 per cent improvement rate sounds too good to be true. But La Crosse County reports that a jail education program is preparing many more prisoners for tech school and the workplace than the number who accomplished that before the program started. Jane Klekamp heads the county justice sanctions office, and she says the 'Project Proven' campaign also teaches inmates skills just for getting along in the workplace. Klekamp tells a county committee that out of 300 former prisoners served by Project Proven, more than half of them have found work, and a third were able to get into Western Tech.

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Wednesday - August 12, 2015 12:00 am

Nat. Geo. to quiz locals on sights to see

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When you show visitors around the La Crosse area, what do you take them to see? National Geographic wants to know. Staffers from the Geographic Society will be in Onalaska on Friday to ask area residents about landmarks and activities that make the region unique. Amy Gabay from the Onalaska Tourism office says some people have made plans to attend the listening session. The meeting happens Friday morning at 10, at Onalaska City Hall. National Geographic will use the suggestions as they plan a website about the Mississippi River.

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Holmen murder trial will wait until next year

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A Holmen man accused of killing his girlfriend in March of this year probably won't go to trial until early next year. Thirty-year-old Bryce Anderson is suspected of cutting Kristen Johnson's neck, and hitting her with a hammer. Anderson fled to Iowa, where he gave himself up to police. Judge Elliott Levine plans to have a trial for Anderson, who remains in the La Crosse County jail under $500 thousand bond.

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A massive waste water spill in Colorado that has turned a river orange has local river experts worrying whether that could happen to the Mississippi, or other waters around La Crosse. UW La Crosse biology professor Roger Haro has big concerns about how that spill happened, as the government was inspecting a gold mine. Haro is preparing to host river specialists from around the world at a symposium in La Crosse later this month. The conference at the La Crosse Center follows similar international meetings in China in 2013, and in Berlin four years ago.

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Another big donation to fix school vandalism

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First it was a retired Army soldier donating money for a reward. Now we have learned that Kujak Orthodontics in Onalaska has donated quite a bit of money to Northern Hills Elementary after the school was vandalized a few weeks ago. The $4500 will help cover the cost of the damage to the second floor of the school's new addition.
 
Superintendent Fran Finco says that donation coupled with other donations will be allow staff to clean up the damage before school starts in a few weeks.
 

 

A $500 reward is still available to who ever turns in the perp or perps that spray painted walls, floors and windows in the school. Contact the Onalaska Police department if you have any information.

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A couple of non-public school students will play football this fall at La Crosse Logan. Results of a new state law that says home-schooled students can now take part in activities and athletics in public schools . Logan Athletic Director, Steve Hole says he had to first insure that the students were attending a home school that was registered with the state and then a letter from the parents of the students, assuring the district that the kids were, "academically up to speed."  
 
 But school boards do not have the right to find out if what the parents said about their students is true or not says Dave Anderson, who heads the WIAA, which regulates athletic competition among school districts in the state.  That is also part of state law.  He says, eventually some sort of monitoring will likely be put into place to insure students are achieving what parents say they are. 

 

Anderson says Wisconsin isn't re-inventing the wheel with the new rule; nearly half the states have something similar in place.  

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