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A quarter of a million dollar grant to help clean up part of an industrial property in La Crosse is a start. But that money isn't even close to the amount that could be needed to cover total cleanup costs for a site of future possible development. The city has landed 250 thousand in a DNR brownfields grant to help cleanup contaminated soil at the former Patros Steel Property. That's about half what would be needed for that 12-acre property between the Black River and Copeland avenue. But it's also a small portion of the millions that are estimated to be needed to deal with all of the contamination at what is commonly known as the Mobil Oil property. The city has been negotiating with Exxon Mobil for years to pay a portion of the clean-up at the site.
A shooting suspect from Madison has been rounded up in La Crosse. 29 year-old Robert Williams is considered the primary suspect of a shooting on the northside of Madison on May 2nd that left a man severely injured. Williams was nabbed by La Crosse cops during a traffic stop over the last week-end. He's been returned to Madison, but police say there are still looking for two others that may be involved in the same shooting. Police have not said why Williams may have been in La Crosse after the shooting.
Negotiations between Kwik Trip and the city of La Crosse over a planned expansion have yet to begin, but the convenience store giant is already making a push for a deal to get done. What's good for Kwik Trip, says spokesman Hans Zietlow, is good for the city
Kwik Trip is hoping to secure financing through a TIF district to help offset costs of a planned dairy production facility at the company's headquarters.
A dispute over who shot Sara Hougom...
Two men arrested this month for the March murder of Hougom appeared together in La Crosse County court today. One suspect, Kong Vue, told police that he shot the young woman in her apartment...but the other, Pao Vue, reportedly told people in the county jail that he was the shooter. A judge heard testimony today from La Crosse police, and from a man recently released from jail. That man, Lucas Brickl, says Pao Vue would watch TV stories in jail about Hougom's death and claim that he shot or killed her. The two defendants will be back in court on May 21st to enter 'not guilty' pleas.
Last year, the La Crosse School District saw 83 employees either retire or resign. So far this year...that number is at 63....with 32 added to that list Monday night. With impending budget cuts and possible layoffs coming, we asked District Human Resources Director, Steve Salerno, if these positions will be filled.
Salerno says he just came back from a recruitment fair in Madison and the line of applicants at their table was longer then any other school there. How many total positions that will be filled.....unknown at this time.