Commission oversees lobbying, campaign finance laws
Report shows state could be short 2,000 nurses
The La Crosse public library is once again at a crossroads. It was three years ago that the city considered closing one or more of the library branches in order...
Two semis have spun out at the westbound on-ramp of I-90 at Exit 3.
Crews from the county are trying to clear the ramp. Meanwhile, drivers who want to get onto the interstate going into Minnesota are urged to find a route other than exit 3.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the first time in two months, Minnesota officials will appraise the state job picture.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development was releasing two months of unemployment data Thursday. The report also will detail job gains or losses for September and October.
Figures are typically released on a monthly basis, but the data collection and analysis were disrupted by the federal government's 16-day shutdown in October.
At last check, Minnesota had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, which was substantially better than the nation as a whole. Minnesota had also regained all of the jobs shed during the last recession. But more than 150,000 people seeking jobs in the state still lacked them as of August.
Governor Scott Walker and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp have posted a new video about how excited they are for next week's gun deer season.
The nine-day season is set to open on Saturday. Walker and Stepp have posted a short video on the DNR's website that features the two of them joking about how Stepp never stops talking about the first buck she killed last year.
Walker, dressed in a blaze orange vest and cap with a rifle slung on his back, says deer hunting is part of Wisconsin's heritage and is a key economic driver. He also thanked hunters who took new hunters out last year.
Unfinished business brings a Vernon County man back to a La Crosse County courtroom for sentencing on Thursday...
Michael Eales of La Farge will be sentenced for a car theft charge from 2009 that had been dropped as part of a diversion deal. The punishment for this charge may be short, compared to the 30-year prison term Eales recently received for making child pornography. The 23-year-old Eales was sentenced last month in federal court for having sexual contact with a one-year-old boy while producing child porn. Vernon County also is waiting to prosecute Eales on sexual assault charges, apparently connected to the pornography case.
Shelley Shirel, Principal of Spence Elementary School was named the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council Administrator of the Year this week. “This is an award that reflects the hard work of many people around me,” Shirel shared. “I have a dedicated staff that is highly committed to literacy and an outstanding partnership with Viterbo University allows our classroom teachers to work with pre-services teachers and design lessons and strategies that ensure success for all our students.” Shirel came to the School District of La Crosse in 2010 to lead Spence Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Cameron University, in Oklahoma, a Masters of Education - Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and an Administrative License and a Director of Instruction License from Viterbo University. “This is a great honor for our school district,” shares Superintendent of Schools Randy Nelson. “Shelley is a great example of an administrative leader that goes above and beyond to do what is needed for student success.”