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Wisconsin Sen. Johnson calls for immigration reform, addresses Foxconn hurdles

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Wisconsin Sen. Johnson calls for immigration reform, addresses Foxconn hurdles

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La Crosse man charged for stealing 2 bikes worth $14,000 during Hixon's Epic race

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
La Crosse man charged for stealing 2 bikes worth $14,000 during Hixon's Epic race

Said another guy threw stolen bike into river 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Special Olympics Torch Relay Stop in La Crosse

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It was just two weeks ago when the annual Torch Run for the Wisconsin Special Olympics went through the La Crosse area.  Tonight, an even bigger torch relay in honor of Special Olympics will be celebrated at Copeland Park.  The Unified Relay Across America began just after Memorial Day, and is taking three separate routes through the U-S, according to local Special Olympics volunteer Kerry Gloede, all starting at various points to the east.

The Flame of Hope arrives at Logger Field for a ceremony at 6 p-m.  The three relays will end at Los Angeles in early July for the start of the Special Olympics World Games.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Wisconsin Planning for Expected Return of Bird Flu

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In Wisconsin, the state ag department is taking a pretty easy going approach to the summer season in dealing with this year's avian flu outbreak.  But winter's coming.  And so, they expect, will the flu.  Back to possibly take another shot at poultry farms and factories.  Wasn't bad in Wisconsin this spring, says state vet, Paul McGraw; just 10 farms affected out of a possible 19 thousand.  McGraw acknowledges that, while Minnesota had most of the nation's flu oubreak cases during the spring's northward wild bird migration, it could be Wisconsin's turn when migratory birds start to head south in the fall.  

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New Rule Restricts City Hunting Bans

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Part of a budget bill for the Wisconsin DNR would also keep cities from banning bow hunting within city limits. 

 

 

The measure is buried in between one that gets rid of class B bear licenses and another that creates a funding source for a marsh education center.  it prohibits city ordinances that ban hunting with a bow or a crossbow.  While many cities will be affected, La Crosse is not.  Hunting is allowed on the hundreds of acres of lands annexed into the city that were originally acquired by the MVC.  Limited bow hunting is also allowed within the La Crosse River marsh.  

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Dive Unit Gets OK for Isle la Plume Building

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A breakthrough for the La Crosse County Dive Unit with the city of La Crosse. After several weeks of inaction, the city's board of public works today has agreed to lease a space on Isle la Plume to the volunteer group. The space will allow construction of a big building from which the unit can stage. Currently, the group has gear in storage in various donated spaces around the county. The new building will include space from city fire department water response gear, as well.

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Riverfest Eyes Construction Warily

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Not only will the next few months of construction on Second street in La Crosse frustrate workers in that area, but an upcoming festival could be impacted as well.
 
Nick Bjerke with Riverfest says he's well updated on what's going on with the construction that began last week.  He says fortunately there's still a couple of options open for visitors to get to the park during the fest but the road work, he says, is very concerning. 
 
 

 

Riverfest begins on Wednesday July 1st and goes through Saturday July 4th at Riverside Park. 

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Murder Cases in Jackson County Today

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A couple of homicide cases are set to come before a Jackson County judge today.  Dreama Harvey is scheduled first in Jackson County court this morning.  Harvey was arrested this month, for allegedly supplying the heroin that killed Dustin Bahr on Valentine's Day.  Bahr was found dead at an apartment in Black River Falls.  John Cook also has a hearing today.  Cook is charged with stabbing a woman to death during an argument at a Black River Falls dog park.  

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Man Killed on Highway by Falling Tree

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A freak accident over the weekend killed a man from West Salem. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 50 year old Wayne Burkhardt was killed when a tree fell from a bluff and hit the windshield of his pickup.
 Burkhardt's 51 year old wife Carla and 16 year old daughter, Carlie, were also hurt and taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.
The family was southbound on Highway 26, near the intersection with Neumann Road when the tree fell. 

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

More Artist Venues Will Inspire More Art

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Fans of the performing arts had plenty of chances this weekend to sample local talent during the Artspire festival downtown.  There could be more performances to bring audiences to the central city in the future, if plans for a new downtown arts venue come to pass. Downtown Mainstreet director Robin Moses says people in the city will quickly realize that adding more to the art presence will make for a more thriving downtown.  She's been involved with talks about developing new performance space for UWL, or an extra stage for the La Crosse Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inmates at Work on GED

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School is on in the summer, for inmates at the La Crosse County jail.  Through a program involving Western Technical College, prisoners in the jail can work on their high school equivalency.  The jail educator at Western, Willa MacKenzie, tells a county committee that about a dozen inmates are taking classes now three days per week though she doesn't believe any of those yet have taken their GED. MacKenzie says education in jail helps many inmates learn skills they might be having trouble with outside jail, such as vocabulary.

 

 

 

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Hearing Scheduled for New CP Line in La Crosse

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A public hearing in La Crosse city hall this week for another proposed rail expansion in the city.  Thursday afternoon's hearing will focus on the petition by Canadian Pacific to add less than a mile of tracks around the Amtrak station on the northside.  The company calls the new tracks a re-installation, essentially replacing tracks that used to be in place just south of the two sets currently in place through the stretch that includes the Liberty/St Cloud and Avon/Hagar crossings.  Canadian Pacific says the new tracks will add to its overall network capacity and plans to reimburse the city for work to maintain safety at the two crossing affected.  

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Politicians changing the rules to benefit themselves

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There are a number of quirky rules in our political system. Like the system of selecting judges. Under an arcane rule known as the “blue slip” members of the United...

Dueling sewer plans affecting the Valley View Mall project, 40 years ago

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