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It's going to get loud on the southside of La Crosse if something doesn't change. The city has until June of next year to improve intersections along the Burlington Northern rail spur that runs to City Brewery. Otherwise train horns will start blowing.
City councilman Fran Formanek's district is one of those through which the rail spur runs. He says the city will likely close several intersections that cross the spur to limit the cost of the needed improvements.
A little later than originally planned, but La Crosse's Grandad Bluff Park apparently will open almost as soon as spring arrives. A reopening plan for the park will be presented to the city's parks board this week. Good to have the park among the city's attractions again, says Mayor Matt Harter
Grandad Bluff park closed last May for a big renovation. The $1.7 million project was to be completed last fall but some delays with materials delayed the reopening until spring.
Democrats and union supporters will submit an estimated one and a half million recall signatures today. The state Government Accountability Board will then start reviewing the signatures, to see if there are enough to order recall elections against Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four G-O-P state senators. La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan, said at a recent gathering that it's time for Republicans to step it up.
Meanwhile, Democrats say they're against the GAB's effort to hold all recall votes on the same day. State law requires those elections to be held six weeks after petitions are verified and petitions for the smaller Senate recalls are expected to be reviewed a lot quicker than the statewide petitions for governor.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A startup aircraft manufacturer says it will be locating its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Superior. Governor Scott Walker announced Monday that Kestrel Aircraft Corp. is expected to create 600 jobs. Kestrel's website says its headquarters and manufacturing is currently located in Brunswick, Maine. It also has engineering and design offices in Duluth, Minnesota. Walker's announcement of the project did not say how those existing locations and employees would be affected. Kestrel's website says it makes 6- and 8-person turboprop planes. The company is headed by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) From serving the hungry to building homes, volunteers in Minnesota got active in the community on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The InterCorps Council of Minnesota organized 16 service projects across the state on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More than 230 people signed up to volunteer. Members of AmeriCorps and others in the community have signed up to help out at Habitat for Humanity in Woodbury and Brooklyn Park, work with Second Harvest Heartland, or help out at Arc's Value Village Thrift Store in St. Paul. AmeriCorps is a national volunteer program with about 1,400 participants in Minnesota.