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YMCA event raises $20,805 for cancer survivor program

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
YMCA event raises $20,805 for cancer survivor program

Second annual Riders for Survivors even bigger than first.

If Senate is forced to vote this week, Ron Johnson is out on GOP new health care bill

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
If Senate is forced to vote this week, Ron Johnson is out on GOP new health care bill

 Wisconsin Sen. goes from undecided Sunday to out by Monday evening.

New parking rules could mean more tickets in downtown La Crosse

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
New parking rules could mean more tickets in downtown La Crosse

Police more strictly clarifying the two-hour parking limit.

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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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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Onalaska mayor floats idea of city administrator

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Onalaska will be voting again for a mayor next year and the current mayor thinks it's time for the city to ponder whether an administrator would be better.  Joe Chilsen admits that maybe he's thinking himself out of a job.  But he feels the idea should be examined by the Onalaska city council.  Chilsen says having a city administrator has positives and negatives and the council should at least have the opportunity to discuss the idea.

Part of Chilsen's reasoning is that electing a mayor opens the risk of changing the city's CEO every four to eight years...instead of having a more permanent administrator.  Chilsen says he hasn't decided yet whether to seek a second term as mayor.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Mayor could veto raise if it passes

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How strongly La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat feels about his opposition to a pay hike for his job could determine whether he uses his veto pen for the first time.  Kabat says he's still trying to figure out whether he'll veto council action if a pay raise for the office is approved.  He says the compensation is in line with other cities and the job is far more than just a paycheck, anyway. 

"You're going into that position for a lot more than the pay," says Kabat. "You sign up for that job for the much more intrinsic values that the position offers." 

 

The full council votes on the mayor pay raise on Thursday.  A ten percent raise to $85 thousand would go into effect after the next mayoral election.    

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In Madison today, a hearing on legislation that has suddenly become much more likely to pass.  It's a bill that would ban experiments using post-abortion fetal tissue.  Lead sponsor of the legislation, republican state rep Andre Jacque, acknowledges his efforts stand better chances now on the heels of several sting videos of the Planned Parenthood organization.  Jacques says the images are more compelling than simply the words in a piece of legislation. 

 

Jacque calls Wisconsin the wild west when it comes to fetal remains because no state laws currently determine what can or can't be done with fetal tissue.   

Meanwhile, researchers warn that medical breakthroughs for diseases like Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's may be hampered if the bill passes.  

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Want to make the north entrance into La Crosse a little nicer?  Landlord Rick Hamilton says forget funding a study to improve the DOT's plans for Rose Street.  Fix the northside's floodplain issues instead. 
 
Don't even need a new study to accomplish that, says Hamilton.  He tells us there's already one that's been on the shelf since 1988 when it was completed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Take it off the shelf, he says, dust it off, do some updates and get to work getting homes out of the floodplain.  
 
 Hamilton is highly critical of the city proposal to fund a redesign plan for Rose street that will cost $250 thousand, but the DOT could reject anyway.  The full city council votes on that proposal Thursday night.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Crossings to close for BNSF track work

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Burlington Northern track work will shut down a couple of rail crossings in La Crosse this week, starting with one today.  City hall says The Cass Street crossing will shut down today while crews install a second set of tracks.  The city says the work should be done by tomorrow night.   Burlington Northern moves on to the Main Street crossing on Thursday.  That should be done by Friday.  The company apparently is ahead of schedule in stretching a second set of tracks to its northside yard.  

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Time to crack down on more than just texting while driving

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We have complained about it for years, but now Wisconsin legislators may finally be willing to do something about it. Cracking down on cell phone use while driving. The state...

A convention delegate heads to TV stardom, 53 years ago

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