Even if people haven't used it in decades, lead paint can still pose a health hazard...
A La Crosse area construction company recently power-washed a church, removing lead paint from the steeple. But Krause Konstruction didn't follow the proper state rules for disposing of the paint...letting it fall to the street, and the grass around the church. The Coon Valley company had to remove the sod where the paint chips had fallen. Krause will pay a 10-thousand dollar fine to the state, and will have to educate its workers on the proper way to dispose of asbestos and lead.
Those 'you are here' signs that can guide you around a theme park or a shopping mall can now be found in downtown La Crosse.
City Hall and Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated have joined with others to post 'wayfinding' signs at six busy locations. A ribbon-cutting took place today on 4th Street, outside the Doerflinger building. The idea of wayfinding signs for La Crosse actually dates back to a City Vision 2000 study, conducted in the early 1990's.
Government cash grabs by business? La Crosse mayor Matt Harter says he's seen enough of it. So, while talks continue this week between the city and convenience store giant Kwik Trip on an expansion deal, Harter says he's not budging from his conviction against grants as incentives
Harter's stance might not be the one eventually taken by the city committee negotiating with Kwik Trip. Four city council members are also part of that committee.
In the last weeks of the recall campaign for governor, job creation has become a pivotal issue. Governor Walker says the state added 24 thousand last year. Fed estimates says the state lost tens of thousands of jobs. But Laura Dresser, with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy says, assuming Walker's numbers are true, that's still not great job growth
Keep your criticism of Walker at a minimum, though. Dresser says the larger world economy has more to do with recovery and job growth in the state than the governor's policies.
(AP) A coalition plans to announce a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is being joined by the League of Women Voters Minnesota, Jewish Community Action and Common Cause Minnesota. The groups began threatening to sue as the Legislature debated whether to put the amendment before voters in November. The groups plan to announce details of the lawsuit at a news conference Wednesday. During the legislative debate, the groups said the language of the amendment is confusing and that it leaves unclear several questions, including what types of photo IDs would be permissible at the polls. Amendment supporters countered that the Legislature would ultimately work out details that aren't in the amendment.