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Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

Friday, 21 July 2017
Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

McConnell promised Senate will finally vote to open debate on a health care bill. 

Woodland and marsh trails closed in La Crosse

Friday, 21 July 2017
Woodland and marsh trails closed in La Crosse

City parks and rec. dept. working with volunteers to clear areas. 

Holmen police warn of man selling books door-to-door

Friday, 21 July 2017
Holmen police warn of man selling books door-to-door

He told one young girl he was there to tutor her. 

Last month, La Crosse firemen rescued a man who had climbed to the top of the Cass Street bridge.  A city fire captain says investigators learned that the man probably was doing drugs.  Captain Jeff Schott says he's seen lots of people do odd or dangerous things under the influence of drugs...but the general public often doesn't care about those addiction problems, they just care about getting to work and don't have sympathy for those with addiction issues.

Schott spoke about a local increase in meth production and possession to the La Crosse County heroin task force on Thursday.  He says area emergency responders have been using NARCAN to save people from overdoses, including one just this week.

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Late Morning the Best for Catching Air Show Planes

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The 47th-annual Houston Country fly-in happens this Sunday. People from across the state fly their planes into the airport just south of Caledonia to put on display.   Arnie Beneke , part of the Red Baron Flyers, says between about 9 and 10 is the best time to catch some really good plane action . His group will be providing airplane rides for 25 dollars. The event goes from 7 to noon at the Houston County Airport. But if you want to get in the air, get in line before 11:30.

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Billings Elated After Obamacare Ruling

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A Supreme Court ruling supporting the Affordable Care Act hasn't changed much of anything.  Democrats still like the plan, and Republicans still want to get rid of it.  Among the elected Democrats who's pleased by the court's decision is La Crosse lawmaker Jill Billings who believes the decision gives a sense of surety to those who get their insurance through federal exchanges and benefit from subsidies.

Billings believes that about 16-hundred people in her Assembly district are signed up for Obamacare.  She accuses Governor Scott Walker of continuing to oppose the health care plan as part of his campaign to run for president.

 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Court Employee Fingered in Rip-Off

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Crime committed inside the courthouse.  That charge comes in Vernon County, where the senior administrative assistant to the clerk of courts is accused of theft, following reports of money being missing from the office.  Nathena Nelson of Viroqua has been charged with embezzling between 25-hundred and five thousand dollars.  A special prosecutor will be brought in from Richland County.

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Officer Mistake Excused by Appeals Court

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It was a case of mistaken identity...but an officer still had a good reason to stop a western Wisconsin driver for a possible traffic violation.  That ruling comes from a Wisconsin appeals court, denying the appeal by Nathan Teasdale of Grant County.  Teasdale was convicted of driving after his license was revoked.  The arresting officer stopped Teasdale's car because he didn't think the license plate was on the right vehicle.  The cop made a mistake, and Teasdale said evidence in the case should be suppressed because of the error.  But the appeals judges ruled that the officer had a reasonable suspicion that the car might be stolen, even if he was later proved wrong.

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

More Secret Chamber of Commerce Meetings Likely

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More than a hundred business people gathered in La Crosse yesterday to talk about roads and traffic.  The La Crosse Chamber of Commerce sponsored that discussion, to give the business reps a chance to talk frankly about what changes they might want in local transportation.  Chamber director Vicki Markussen says some people from the business community do not feel comfortable giving their opinions where their customers, or the media, would notice.

Markussen says the Chamber could have similar meetings in the future...setting up rules where speakers can offer ideas about community needs while avoiding arguments.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Minnesota Lawmaker Expects MNSure Failure Soon

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Apparently, they can't read.  That's the only reason Minnesota state rep Greg Davids can see for six US Supreme court justices voting to uphold the subsidies in Obamacare for those states that haven't set up their own exchanges.  He doesn't understand how a reasonable person can look at the law, read subsidies for only state exchanges, and figure lawmakers didn't mean it.

 

Despite the ruling, Davids says the state-run exchange in Minnesota, MNSure, is still on the rocks and he expects failure of that to come soon.  

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Retiring Gar: Ash Slash the Right Approach

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Some historical perspective on the fight against the current tree disease in the city of La Crosse.  Retiring city superintendent of parks, Gar Amunson, says the city's current no quarter approach toward the emerald ash borer is the right one to take because there's no way to beat a disease or infestation with the strength of the ash borer.  The city's fight against Dutch Elm disease proved that.

 

Amunson is retiring from the city just a few days shy of forty years on the job.  

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Family Court Judge Coming

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La Crosse County could choose its new Family Court Commissioner yet this week.  The county personnel office tells us that seven finalists were interviewed on Tuesday, and judges will choose a commissioner in the next few days.  The winning candidate will succeed Gloria Doyle, who has been elected circuit judge.  We're told that the new commissioner could start work the first week of August.

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Jumping Worms Getting Full Attention of DNR

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The DNR is getting serious about tackling the great jumping worm invasion in the state.  Officially here for just the last couple of years, they've probably been around much longer than that, says DNR forest health specialist Bernie Williams.  And, yes, jumping worms really do jump and thrash and make all kinds of not-so-worm-like movements.   Williams says it's too early to determine exactly what impact the jumping worms will have in the state but the worms do destroy surrounding vegetation.  

 

 

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

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The state of Wisconsin doesn't have an unlimited amount of money to spend. We see that with the billion dollar hole in the state's transportation budget our lawmakers can't fire...

The word on the street was "Wait!"...9 years ago

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Nine years ago, in the fall of 2008, a new traffic signal was installed at the intersection of West Avenue and Pine Street. The signal had an electronic voice telling...

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