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Another chance to add to the trophy case at LaCrosse Aquinas. Tomorrow the Blugolds baseball team will play for the WIAA division 3 championship after winning a semi-final game 6 to 2 today against Winnebago Lutheran. In the title game Aquinas will play the winner of the Elk Mound vs. Marathon game. You can catch the action on our sister station WKTY. Join Mike Kearns for the pregame at 11:50.
Suddenly, drinking outdoors is all the rage in La Crosse. Beer garden permit requests are coming fast and furiously in the city. To be expected, says county Tavern League president Mike Brown. Although he doesn't think the rush of requests for beer gardens will last. Brown says there's only so many taverns that have enough outdoor space to have a beer garden. A surge in beer garden requests in the city are coinciding with an indoor workplace smoking ban that's coming statewide on July 5th.
Another five years before the 608 area code runs out of numbers. But it's coming up fast for those in the 715. Because of the lack of phone numbers a new area code is getting added to the 715. And, by July 17th, everyone in that area will have to dial even local calls with ten digits in order for calls to go through.
Two different ways to deal with small time pot possession. A few years back the LaCrosse county board changed an ordinance giving cops and prosecutors the option to ticket someone a hundred bucks for a first time bust. Instead, LaCrosse D.A. Tim Gruenke continues to charge possession as a crime with offenders getting their records clear if they go through an assessment. County board chair Steve Doyle doesn't have a huge problem with the way the district attorney handles the situation. But, Doyle says the D.A.'s plan has one weakness. If they charge minor possession as a crime any money from fines goes to the state. Charging it as an ordinance violation keeps the money here in LaCrosse county.
It's big. it's new. It's got a big, two-story tunnel going through it's middle. But the transit center in downtown La Crosse isn't quite finished yet. That's why MTU chief Keith Carlson says he wants to wait on changing bus routes to include the new center. He especially wants to avoid having busses drive around the cranes that will be installing a green roof on top of the seven story building. So switching busses to the center won't happen this month as hoped. Carlson is thinking a grand opening for the bus depot and upper living spaces will happen at the same time sometime in August.