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Thursday - May 28, 2015 12:00 am

Brewers Great Speaks in La Crosse

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Former Milwaukee Brewer great, Stormin' Gorman Thomas threw out the first pitch at Thursday night's La Crosse Logger opener at Copeland Park. The former AL home run champ, American League All-Star and member of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, works for the Brewers in a capacity he tells us, he would never give up.

 

Thomas, who lives near Milwaukee, said it was honor for the Loggers to call him up to speak to a lunch time crowd and throw out the first pitch. As for Copeland Park, home of the Loggers, Thomas says it's one of the nicest facilities in the state.

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Holmen Police Department Opens Saturday

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Holmen's police department is 40 years old...and until now, the cops have never had a building just to themselves. That changes this weekend, with a Saturday ribbon cutting at the new police headquarters near Halfway Creek. The 10-thousand square foot police station is four times bigger than the area police occupy now at the Holmen village hall. The larger quarters will include more garage space for squad cars, plus larger training and evidence areas, and a lobby open 24-7. No jail cells, though. People arrested in Holmen will still be sent to the La Crosse County jail.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Drawing Leads to District Lockdown

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A drawing found outside the home of a teacher led to extra precautions in the Tomah school district today. The drawing shows the outline of a large building that police and the school district is similar to the Tomah high school. Multiple exits of the building are marked and the word, 'sniper' is written on the drawing. All the schools in the district went into closed campus mode as a precaution after the drawing was turned into the police department. They're thinking the drawing might be in response to high school students learning about new armed intruder protocols last week. The district plans to return to normal tomorrow.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

First Microgrant Awarded at La Crosse Soup

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They made some soup this week in La Crosse. La Crosse Soup. An event at the Root Note cafe in downtown La Crosse. People show up, pay five bucks, eat free soup and bread and weigh in on a few ideas about how to make the city better. The winning idea receives whatever gets collected at the door. Last night, organizer Andrew Londre tells us, exactly a hundred people showed up. So a five hundred dollar microgrant goes to Dan Christen, a guy who's installing a 'bike fixit station' in La Crosse. Londre hopes to continue the La Crosse Soup mini crowdfunding event every month.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

WIAA Questions Plan for Home-Schooled Athletes

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Language added to the state budget last week by the legislature s Joint Finance Committee would require public schools to allow many private, virtual, charter and homeschooled students who live in their district to participate in their sports teams and other extracurricular activities.
 
WIAA Executive Director, Dave Anderson tells us he was shocked to learn this was brought up in the first place.
 
 
 
If it remains in the budget, Anderson says it could impact districts across the state, while also likely requiring the WIAA to change its rules for participation. Anderson also says it could also cause complications for some many rural districts, where the chance to compete in sports is the main attraction for staying at a high school, rather than exploring a virtual school curriculum.

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Starting June 8th, a dozen volunteers a day will make 300 sack lunches for income children in La Crosse. Julie Nelson with the Salvation Army explains that these lunches are needed for area kids.
 
 
 
Volunteers are needed to help pack lunches on Wednesdays and to help deliver meals throughout the summer. Last year, The Salvation Army delivered approximately 14,300 lunches. The last day of the program this year will be August 21st.

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Wisconsin's Democratic Senator says lawmakers are working on ways to avoid a repeat of the prescription drug scandal seen at the Tomah VA Medical Center. Tammy Baldwin says bills being discussed in Washington should help prevent abuses throughout the veterans' health care system:

 

Baldwin is still working to hold people at Tomah accountable for the overuse of opioid medicines among vets at the hospital. She has been criticized for failing to investigate fast enough after hearing accusations of abuse at the local facility.

 

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

La Crosse Unemployment Way Down

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There's certainly places in the state where you're less likely to have a job.

 

 

La Crosse has hit one of the lowest levels of unemployment the city has seen in about two decades. The state's labor department says La Crosse metro area's jobless rate for April hit 3.4%. Second lowest among the state's largest metro areas, just behind Madison's 3.1%.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Fundraiser Abruptly Cancelled Following Questions

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A big dollar political fundraiser scheduled for tonight in Madison, suddenly cancelled after serious ethical questions raised.

 

Jay Heck, from Wisconsin Common Cause, says the planned political fundraiser for republican state senator Roberta Darling was well beyond what should be considered acceptable from lawmakers. Darling co-chairs the very powerful Joint Finance Committee, which is in the last stages of putting the state's two year budget together. The fundraiser, cancelled just yesterday after word got out about lobbyists paying $500 a head to attend. Makes sense to Heck, who labeled the fundraiser "a special interest lobbyist shakedown." Heck says just scheduling the fundraiser shows politicians believe the lobbyist piggy bank is always open, no matter the ethical shortcomings of an event.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Kader: Development Not Possible Without TIF

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37 million dollars of property that may not have been there without a special financing plan from the city of La Crosse. La Crosse city council finance committee chair Audrey Kader says it's a certainty that the development of the airport and next door industrial park would not have happened if a tax incremental financing district--commonly reffered to as a TIF--wouldn't have been put in place there nearly 30 years ago. That TIF will be retired by the city this summer. Meaning the 37 million that the industrial park is now worth will go on the tax rolls for the city, county and school district. And, the best part, says Kader; is that will mean a little bit of tax relief for all of those property taxpayers beginning next year.

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