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The first phase of construction on additional space for several of Gundersen Lutheran’s major patient service areas will begin early this year, according to Jerry Arndt.
The Senior VP of Business Services says the new hospital will be built in phases over the next four to eight years. Some closures of entrances has already occurred since October and there will not be an actual groundbreaking for the project.
The West Salem Boys and Girls Club will rise again...probably at a different location, though.
Area Club director Mike Desmond says the New Year's Eve roof collapse at the Leonard Street Club speeds up the plans to buy land for a larger facility. Desmond does not expect the club to return to the damaged building, which is owned by Franciscan Skemp. Desmond says about 75 kids a day take part in the club programs at West Salem. They'll be offered bus rides to clubs in La Crosse, at least for this week.
Gundersen Lutheran finished out 2010 as by far the biggest private property owner in La Crosse. Poised to get even bigger this year with a new critical care hospital beginning construction. But will that new facility be property tax exempt? Maybe, says city assessor Mark Schlafer. He says Gundersen will have to apply for an exemption under state law. And the new facility will have to be used solely for hospital purposes.
Schlafer says Gundersen still has to provide details about the new facility to his office.
Nothing says end of the Christmas season like trees getting dumped in the trash. Christmas tree pick-up begins today in La Crosse. City crews will be collecting trees curbside from today through January fourteenth. The city wants the trees naked: no ornaments, tinsel or tree bags and they should be out on the curb by seven in the morning. Trees can also get dropped off at the Isle La Plume brush site Monday through Friday.
A bar, just closing up after a very successful New Year's Eve Celebration, half burned to the ground early this morning. Fire erupted around 4:45 at Crocker's bar on the outskirts of Sparta, just after the owners had closed up.
Firefighters were on scene most of the afternoon and the State Fire Marshal was on scene around 3pm to investigate the blaze. It took firefighters about an hour in single digit temperatures to knock down the blaze that could be seen from the I-90/94 overpass about a half mile from the bar.
No one was in the bar at the time the blaze broke out and there were no reported injuries. Two houses on the property close to the bar were not damaged. No word yet on what caused the blaze.