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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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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Parking Agreement is Key to New Development

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A major student housing development in La Crosse hinges on parking. The city council will have to approve an exemption for the development from rules regarding the number of mandated parking spots for multi-family housing. But the five story Aguilera complex planned for 13th and Badger streets is likely worth that exemption, says interim city planner Amy Peterson who says the concept is good for the city and will draw students into quality housing around UWL

Peterson has recommended recommended issuing demolition permits for the project. The city council is likely to consider final approval of the project next month with the goal of having it finished by September of next year.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Questions Remain on Fate of Prevailing Wage

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Repeal it. Reform it. Hard to say exactly what will happen with Wisconsin's prevailing wage laws now in Madison. Republican lawmakers seem to be divided on the future of the law that mandates pay minimums for labor on public works projects. Leave it alone would be the preference of James Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. He's testified against changes to prevailing wage, warning of the dangers of repeal and warns of shoddy workmanship on public construction projects if prevailing wage is repealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An assembly committee last week voted to repeal prevailing wage, but republican leaders in Madison say they only have votes to attempt some reforms to the suddenly contentious law.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Advocacy Group Focuses on Fixed Charge

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A Wisconsin advocacy group will certainly intervene in the latest rate hike request made by Xcel energy. But the higher rates for electricity and natural gas will be less of a concern for the state's Citizens Utility Board than Xcel's request for a higher fixed charge for customers. If approved, electricity customers would pay 18 dollars before ever switching on a light
 
 
 
 
 
Kira Loehr heads the Citizens Utility Board she says that flat charge gives low income customers less control over their energy bills. Xcel says it wants to raise the fixed charge from the current eight dollars to help pay for infrastructure to bring electricity to your home.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

City to Consider Turning Park Into Home Lots

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La Crosse has dozens of parks. What's one less? The city's public works board will consider that question today. The board will weigh a proposal to decommission tiny Springbrook park on the city's far southside and turn it into lots for single family homes. Springbrook is one of about thirty so-called neighborhood parks that typically lack in amenities but mostly provide public green space for the surrounding neighbors.

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As the Salvation Army gears up for some serious sandwich maing for area kids this summer, they will do it under some watchful eyes.
 
La Crosse Police Officer, Lisa Barrix, who's on a Salvation Army Committee, says she sees the youngsters that are in need of a meal during the summer.  She says most people don't realize that, while many kids get breakfast and lunch at school during the academic year, they're pretty much on their own in the summer. 
 
She says the advisory board that she sits on works hand in hand with the Army.....and it's been a great working partnership says Barrix. 14 thousand lunches will be assembled and doled out this year.

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

College Piles of Detritus Smaller in La Crosse

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Still a mess left behind by college students moving out in La Crosse in the last few weeks.

 

But not nearly as bad as it was before the city adopted new garbage rules a little more than a year ago. That's according to Gary Harter, owner of the city's garbage service. He says the loose garbage left behind in college neighborhoods has decreased significantly. Refuse and recycling manager in city hall, Brandon Shea agrees. He says the piles of junk are half what they were just two years ago. Both also agree that there's still a bunch of illegally dumped couches, beds and end tables on the curb. Shea tells us he's been nagging landlords to get that stuff cleaned away as quickly as possible. He says he'd prefer that approach than writing a $187 ticket for leaving a garbage mess.

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Educator: Drug Messages in Music for Kids

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Exposure to DARE officers in school isn't going to be enough to dissuade many young people from trying drugs. More classroom instruction on drug hazards might be needed, according to a La Crosse school district educator. Jon Baudek tells the heroin task force of La Crosse County that he'd like to see more information in school about the dangers of heroin and meth. Not so helpful...parents attempting to scare kids about marijuana.  He says overemphasizing the dangers of marijuana rings hollows to kids who know better.

 

Baudek believes parents should pay more attention to the kind of music their children listen to, because so much of it includes references to drug use.

 

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Kabat Considering Multiple Parking Options

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Mayor Tim Kabat's not playing around with parking in La Crosse. The mayor has frequently expressed frustration with complications associated with operation of the city's parking ramps. A change in leadership on the city's parking utilty board appears to have stemmed from that frustration. As has the mayor's latest plan to hire someone to manage the city's entire parking system. And more might be coming.  Kabat says, at some point, he might consider privatizing management of the city's parking ramps.
 
 
 
Kabat says, pending on the condition of the city's operating budget, a new parking utility manager for the city could be coming next year.

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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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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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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...

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In August of 1977, Medary was proceeding with a bond sale that would allow the town to operate its own sewage treatment system, just as Dayton-Hudson was getting ready to...

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