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Thursday - June 25, 2015 12:00 am

Onalaska Celebration Born Out of Disappointment

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For many years, Onalaska has gotten a jump on the 4th of July, by having some festivities a few days before the holiday.  This weekend, the pre-4th activities have been expanded into a full-blown three-day event called 'Celebrate Onalaska.'  One organizer of the festival, Erik Sjolander, says Celebrate Onalaska was inspired partly by last year's bad weather which cancelled the Festival Foods fireworks two nights in a row.  An unfortunate circumstance that turned into "Celebrate Onalaska" through a bunch of meetings and brainstorming.  

The celebration is based at Van Riper Park.  It begins on Friday with a fish fry and concerts.  The fireworks on Saturday night will follow shows by Pat McCurdy and Last Call. 

 

 

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Thursday - June 25, 2015 12:00 am

Get Paid for Health Survey

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Several hundred La Crosse county households will be invited to
participate in the University of Wisconsin's Survey of the Health of
Wisconsin. And as Sarah Spah, Director of the La Crosse County Health Department tells us, there's a bonus. You get reimbursed for the survey.   They're looking for over 200 respondents just in La Crosse county. 

 

Spah says the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin is a rich resource for health researchers around the world. The data and biological samples that SHOW has collected have been utilized to explore varied inquiries from hundreds of research teams throughout Wisconsin, nationally and internationally.

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Does City Hall care about what businesses think?  One downtown La Crosse business representative wants the city parking board to ask ramp users for their opinions before making major policy changes.  Mark Hyde from US Bank is concerned that the board is not talking with the companies that lease portions of the ramp to find out what they want.  Hyde told board members about one company which said that having spaces reserved by name in the Main Street ramp was so important, they would not have put offices downtown if they couldn't get those spaces. 

 

 

 

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Thursday - June 25, 2015 12:00 am

Three Face Robbery Charges

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Three Sparta residents will be in court Thursday for bail hearings after being charged with robbing the Wayside Tavern there a few weeks ago.

Sparta police say a man ran off with money he stole from the Tavern on June 11th. Cops responded to a report of the robbery just before 11 p.m.  as they were told a man showed a handgun and demanded money. Nobody inside was hurt.

 

Arrested were 23 year old Courtney Stalsburg, 27 year old David Walton and 27 year old Cody Nelson. Most of the money that was stolen and a gun used in the crime have been recovered.

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

New City Planner Like Lebron James

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How good is the pick of Jason Gilman to head La Crosse's planning office? At Tuesday's special city council meetings to confirm Gilman, mayor Tim Kabat talked about an email he got about the former longtime Onalaska city planner.  The email made reference to a well-known NBA star, saying the hire was like Lebron James coming home to Cleveland. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The city council confirmed Gilman unanimously. He'll be the first permanent planner in city hall since Larry Kirch left for another job last August.

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

Hunt for Cash for Holmen Center

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Some monies have already been donated to the building of the Holmen Area Community Center. Approved earlier this year on Town of Holland purchased property, fund raising is now in full swing for construction of the building.
 
Lori Kessler is on the building committee and tells us that to help promote the new building, a website has been developed to answer all of your questions.
 
 
 
The site is HolmenCC.org.......and you can find fund raising events....a thank you page for donors, of which there are two large ones already and information on the future location of the building which is going to be near the Holmen High School.

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

Economic Boom Means Rush on Downtown Storefronts

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They're down to seven per cent. That's how many storefronts in downtown La Crosse have been empty this month. Robin Moses from the Downtown Mainstreet organization says buildings in the central city have been filling up within the last couple of years.  Where two years ago there were 30 empty storefronts in the downtown, there's about half that number now.

 

Moses has been showing empty buildings to potential tenants in recent weeks. She says there are a couple of vacancies available on Pearl Street, while 5th Avenue has no more unoccupied stores.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

Illegal Hmong Group Firing Could Mean Big Check for Vue

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Could a leadership change made five years ago by a community group in La Crosse be reversed by the state of Wisconsin? It's possible, now that the Department of Workforce Development has ruled that Thai Vue may have been the target of age and sex discrimination , when he was fired as head of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.  Vue's attorney, Jim Birnbaum, says the former association director could get his job back or maybe have all of his back pay and benefits restored after the apparent illegal firing. 

 

Vue had been director of H-M-A-A for nearly 25 years when he was replaced by a much younger woman. Birnbaum says no date has been set for a 'merits hearing' in Vue's case.

 

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Wednesday - June 24, 2015 12:00 am

Top Secret Road Meeting Today

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La Crosse's business community has a meeting today to talk about transportation needs. The city Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast meeting, where business leaders will discuss what transportation changes would benefit them. The meeting has led to controversy, because it's closed to the general public...and to the media. Chamber director Vicki Markussen says some of the business representatives expected to attend would be uncomfortable speaking openly at the meeting, if reporters were in the room.

 

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Tuesday - June 23, 2015 12:00 am

Logan Champions Take the Mound at Miller Park

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La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park and Explore La Crosse congratulates State Championship Logan High School Girls Softball Team. The team will receive special recognition during pre-game festivities on the field at Miller Park on Thursday as part of the 18th Annual La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park.

 


Logan High School Activities Director Steve Hole says the team is very excited. He says not only are they outstanding student athletes and one of the best teams he's ever worked with but they are amazing ambassadors for La Crosse and the state of Wisconsin.

It's the first time a City of La Crosse high school softball team has won the state title and the first WIAA championship for any Logan Rangers girls sport. La Crosse Area Day continues to be the largest community event held at Miller Park each year. Tickets for the trip are still available at the Visitor and Convention Bureau.

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