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The La Crosse Loggers turn 10 years old this year and may be getting a one year lease extension from the city as a birthday present. The Common Council will vote on that next month. And General Manager, Chris Goodell, says he likes the position the Loggers have been with the city.
The current 10 year lease was set to expire after this season and Goodell says they hope to get another long term lease when the city and the organziation meet again.
The U.S. House of Representatives, 2 weeks ago, on approved legislation on building a new St. Croix River bridge to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin. The House voted 339 to 80 in favor of legislation that exempts the proposed $700 million bridge at Stillwater, Minnesota from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Governor Scott Walker talked about the future of Minnesota/Wisconsin partnerships.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the lead agency on the new bridge, will begin soil testing for the span's foundation this summer. Construction is expected to start in 2014 and take three years.
Wisconsin is adding jobs but many areas of the state are still showing increases in unemployment. That's the latest mixed news from the state in a jobs report. Several of the state's metro areas added hundreds of jobs in February. But all 12 of the metros had higher unemployment rates compared to January. Metro La Crosse unemployment increased from 6.2 percent to 6.4 percent, even while adding three hundred jobs. La Crosse county continues to have very low unemployment, second lowest in the state at six percent.
A La Crosse business group says it supports the idea of hiring a city administrator. The Chamber of Commerce hopes voters consider agreeing to adding a top administrator to city hall. In a statement on Wednesday, the chamber says the value in having a professional city administrator is a higher level of efficiency. The chamber also notes that the city has operated under the same form of government since the 1800's and things have become sufficiently complex to consider changing to a governmental form that includes a professional administrator.
American Transmission Co. is continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project with the third in a series of public open houses presenting preliminary routes for the proposed 150- to 170-mile, 345-kilovolt line from north of the La Crosse area to northern Dane County. Approximately 9,000 potentially affected landowners, public officials and other stakeholders will receive invitations in the mail this week. ATC is hosting six informational open houses throughout the project study area to present a map of preliminary routes and provide more information about the project. There will be no formal presentation.
Open houses at all locations run from 1 to 7 p.m.