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La Crosse F.D. pushing for sprinkler systems, despite state mandate confusion

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse F.D. pushing for sprinkler systems, despite state mandate confusion

Mandates are stricter than state law, therefore unenforceable 

Billings, others express doubt about Foxconn deal, as it passes Assembly

Friday, 18 August 2017
Billings, others express doubt about Foxconn deal, as it passes Assembly

Two Republicans voted against, while three Dems near the plant's proposed site, voted for

Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

First inflation adjustment to state minimum.

La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

Thursday, 17 August 2017
La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

54-year-old La Crosse man was shot and killed by two officers 

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The La Crosse metro area joined just about every other large population area in the state with a rising unemployment rate for June. Numbers from Madison show the La Crosse area's June unemployment rate at 4.2%, up three tenths from the month before and just slightly lower than June of last year. Though the state also shows La Crosse with a few hundred fewer people employed than last year. The Madison and Appleton areas were the only ones to not show an increase in unemployment for June.

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There's maybe a reason the roads are bad around here. Just look to the southeast corner of the state. Wisconsin's beleaguered roads and massive building projects are the subject of study just published this week in Politico magazine. The study says vast highway expansion projects are undertaken especially around Milwaukee at expense of basic maintenance in the state. the study says that, between 2009 and 2011, Wisconsin spent only 39 percent of its highway dollars on maintenance versus 61 percent on new highway capacity. The biggest one completed: the Marquette interchange. At the time, the most expensive project in the state. The zoo interchange in Milwaukee is expected to cost twice as much.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

New rest area planned for French Island

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It's less than 40 years old, but for a publicly-used building, that's old age. The DOT welcome center on French Island will be taken down soon, to be replaced by a new and larger center. 

 

Ben Wolf, with the Short Elliott Hendrickson architects of La Crosse, says the existing building is in need of maintenance and repair because of its age.   He and the Wisconsin DOT showed off designs for a new welcome center and Mile 1 rest area at a public meeting last night. Construction of a newer rest stop should begin next May, and take about five months to complete.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Court says Houston sand mine may reopen

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A court ruling this week in Minnesota will permit a silica sand mine in Houston County to reopen, if the owners choose to operate it again. The court of appeals overruled the DNR, which had blocked mining at the Erickson mine in Houston.

 

Rick Frank, environmental service director for Houston County, says the mine is considered small, because it would only produce up to 10-thousand cubic yards a year. The court ruling has no effect on other projects in Houston County, where the county board rejected a sand mining ban in March and allowed a moratorium to expire.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah mayor upset with Roadsnacks ranking

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The Website Roadsnacks recently did a study of best and worst Wisconsin city's to live and some of the areas listed are somewhat shocking. Especially Tomah Mayor Shannon Hough who's city is listed 22nd on the Worst places to live in Wisconsin list.

Criteria for the ranking included highest unemployment rates, education levels and crime rates. Hough backs up that criteria....and says it's all basically wrong.

 

Hough also has a tough time dealing with the fact that Milwaukee, who's population is not even comparable to Tomah's, was also ranked with her city. A little higher up the list though as Wisconsin's largest city was ranked the 13th worst to live in.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Sanders to make virtual stops

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is coming soon to a house party near you, albeit digitally. On July 29th, the Sanders campaign will host coordinated house parties and organizing rallies around the world. And while Sanders would love to be at all of them, he is bound to his Senate duties in Washington. So he ll beam himself in via a live stream link.

Sanders says the idea that he can simultaneously be speaking to people located in 1,000 different places is pretty, pretty exciting. The party planning for the event will also be almost entirely digital. Hosts will set up events on the campaign website, and super volunteers, or builders as Sanders calls them, will help.

A local La Crosse event has been scheduled and moved to a larger arena already. Once scheduled at the Old Crow in downtown La Crosse, now has been moved to the Southside Neighborhood Center from 5:30- 8:30 PM Wednesday. The live stream with Sanders will start at 6:30.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Trio charged for selling drugs at Tomah VA

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3 Monroe County residents are in jail after their arrests for selling illegal narcotics at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

On Monday, an investigation led to the arrest of 60 year old Bernard Jackson of Tomah, a Tomah VA Medical Center employee, for selling illegal narcotics on VA Medical Center property. While conducting the investigation it was found that the narcotics purchased from Jackson had been provided to him by 49 year old Alisa Hamley of Sparta. Hamley was also arrested.

On Tuesday. the investigation led to the arrest of 61 year old Elijah Pates after it was learned that Pates attempted to sell medications to a Veteran at the Tomah VA. All three were arrested and taken to the Monroe County jail where they await court hearings.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Mayo plans new Arcadia clinic

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A $4.25 million primary care clinic will built later this fall in Arcadia. The new Mayo Clinic Health System facility will built on land along Highway 93 that was acquired earlier this spring.

Tanner Holst, Administrator for Primary Care tells us at this point there are no plans for divesting the former hospital clinic campus, they're just moving primary care services to a new location.

 

Services provided at the clinic will include Family Medicine, Lab, Radiology including Ultrasound and Behavioral Health. Completion is expected in the summer of 2016.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Campbell gets half million dollar road loan

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The Town of Campbell gets a helping hand from Madison, for keeping its roads and streets in good condition. The State Trust Fund has approved a loan of 550-thousand dollars for Campbell street projects. Campbell town clerk Chad Hawkins says this loan will help the town board do maintenance work, while keeping taxes down.

 

Hawkins says the town just paid off its previous loan from the state which helped finance repairs at the intersection of Clinton and Bainbridge Streets.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

More money from ramps than expected

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Drivers parking in the downtown La Crosse ramps are giving much more money to the city than expected. The revenue collected through the pay stations in the ramps is already two-thirds of the way to this year's goal, only halfway through 2015. Through the end of June, 72-thousand dollars was collected in parking fees at the ramp gates. That's compared to the 108-thousand dollars predicted in the city budget. Over a million dollars has been generated this year through parking fees and tickets...also well ahead of expectations.

 

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WEDC to watch our tax dollars in Foxconn deal, but who is watching WEDC?

17 August 2017

It is potentially the biggest deal in the state of Wisconsin's history. Lawmakers are trying to formalize a $3 billion incentive package to lure Foxconn, and its promise of 10,000...

Mr. Burke became a Father, 42 years ago

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Raymond Burke returned home to La Crosse in the summer of 1975, just after being ordained as a priest in Rome by Pope Paul VI. Father Burke was 27 years...

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