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Decision today whether 19th century La Crosse building becomes parking lot

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Decision today whether 19th century La Crosse building becomes parking lot

Commission to decide on whether to grant historic designation 

La Crosse County has most hwy. deaths in six years

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
La Crosse County has most hwy. deaths in six years

Five of the 10 have come since July 1 

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

Interior secretary will tour refuge today

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A government fund to preserve America's natural resources will get special attention today, when an Obama cabinet member comes to La Crosse.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is expected to observe the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind says the fund, generally financed through revenue from oil and natural gas sales, has done much good over the years.  He says it's money that's been reinvested in natural resources just like the upper Mississippi.

Kind and Jewell will spend about two hours touring parts of the Mississippi Valley wildlife refuge by boat.

 

 

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

Jane Doe information expected to be released today

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We're expecting more information from Vernon County today, about possible new leads in a 'Jane Doe' murder investigation from the 1980's.  An unidentified woman was murdered in May of 1984, and her body was discovered along a road in Vernon County.  Her hands had been cut off, presumably to prevent police from identifying her through fingerprints.  This week, the woman's body was removed from a cemetery, so the state crime lab could use DNA testing to help determine her identity.

 

 

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

Gow thrilled for new building

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Getting final state approval to build the UW-L’s new Science Labs Building was simply huge. That's according to Chancellor Joe Gow.

He says science programs are popular on campus now. In fact, he says, some of the most popular programs at the school are biology and physics, the latter of which has more undergraduate degree recipients than any other in the nation.  Gow says the new building will lead to a much larger door opening for students when the building is complete.

 

The $82 million four-story science labs building will include 35 new instructional and research laboratories for biology, chemistry, geography and earth science, physics, microbiology, river studies, and the radiation center. It will also include a shared administrative and building support spaces. Construction will begin next year.

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

No vote on redesign for Rose St.

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A resolution on a conflict between the city of La Crosse and the DOT will only last so long.  On Thursday, the city council votes against funding a redesign study for the DOT's plans for the Rose Street entrance into the city.   Though council member Bob Seaquist says it's dumb to allow the DOT to move ahead how they want on the project.  He says the agency doesn't care about economic viability of La Crosse or the health of its neighborhoods, only about moving cars in and out of the city as quickly as possible.   

 

The city may make a stronger statement on the issue next month when the council is asked to vote on rejecting the Rose Street plan from the DOT altogether.  

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

Council agrees to mayor's pay hike

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The mayor will get a raise in La Crosse.  Depending on a decision by the current mayor.  The city council on Thursday voted to approve a ten percent hike in the mayor's salary to $85 thousand a year.  
 
But you're getting plenty for that, says chief proponent of the raise, council member Jai Johnson, including someone who manages a $72 million operational budget, $7 million of capital improvement projects, 17 department heads and hundreds of employees.  She says the job is the most important.  More important, she says, than the county administrator or the La Crosse school superintendent, both of which make way more money than the mayor of the city of La Crosse.  
 
Mayor Tim Kabat has suggested he may veto the raise.  It would be the first veto since he took office.   

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Texas murder victims to be buried in La Crosse

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Valerie Jackson and her six children will be buried in La Crosse soon. Those seven people, along with Valerie's husband, were shot and killed at their Houston, Texas home last week allegedly, by Valerie's former partner. Funerals for the murder victims are planned for Monday at a church in Texas. The Jackson family wants to bring the bodies back to La Crosse, by way of Minnesota. Valerie Jackson and the shooting suspect, David Conley, used to live in La Crosse. Valerie went to court in La Crosse a few years ago to get a restraining order against Conley.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Soldier dies at Fort McCoy

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A Soldier was found unresponsive Wednesday morning at one
of the training sites at Fort McCoy and transported to the Sparta Hospital by Fort McCoy Emergency personnel. The Soldier was later pronounced deceased.

The Soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

The incident is under investigation.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Mom gets probation for leaving child in car to buy heroin

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Probation for a Galesville woman who left her toddler in a hot car, while she went into a La Crosse house to buy heroin. Katie Kaiser has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child neglect charge. The 3-year-old boy was in a car seat inside the car that was parked outside a house on Hagar Street last April. Police said the child was sweating. They found drug activity going on in the house, and Kaiser had admitted to buying drugs there. Two other women were arrested on heroin charges in that incident.

 

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Man cited for dog park threats

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La Crosse police are releasing information about a guy who was apparently threatening to shoot dogs in a dog park a week ago. David Schurhammer is the guy. They say a woman claims he brandished his gun, threatened to shoot her pit bulls and called her names while at the Houska park dog park. Schurhammer admits to threatening the dogs. But only if they attacked his dogs. Still worth a misdemeanor, according to police, for the threats against the dogs and name calling towards the woman who made the complaint in the first place. Police say they recommended to Schurhammer that he maybe find another dog park if he doesn't like pit bulls.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

State panel approves new science building for UWL

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The State Building Commission has approved the design and construction of UWL’s new Science Labs Building and the renovation of the Center for the Arts main entrance with the addition of an ADA elevator. This is the final approval needed for both projects to move forward.

A new science facility will address a lack of space and severely deteriorating infrastructure in Cowley Hall. When the facility was built in 1963, and added on to in 1968, fewer science programs were offered at UW-L. The approximately 188 thousand square foot building will be constructed on the parking lot north of the existing Cowley Hall, commuter lot 3. Construction on the $82 million project, funded by state tax dollars, is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 and be completed in winter 2018.

The $1.4 million renovation project at the entrance of Center for the Arts will resolve safety hazards, accessibility issues and a failing retaining wall. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2015 and be completed in early 2016.

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