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Suddenly, La Crosse's little brewery doesn't seem so small. Joe Katchever's Pearl Street Brewery has entered the Fox Valley market. His beers in seven stores from Green Bay to Fond Du Lac. Big growth from small vats of kegged brew in the basement of a bar downtown 12 years ago. Katchever says his brewery can expand more, but ramping up production takes time. Also, distribution's a key, says Katchever; he wants to continue to be his own distributor. That way he knows his beer is being handled correctly when it hits store shelves.
There's been plenty that's changed about La Crosse's downtown business parking assessment over the years. Originally, the assessment was put into place to take the place of revenue that was lost from parking meters removed to help downtown complete with the mall. Now, the money goes to offset parking utility costs in ramps. It also raises a bit more cash as property grows in value, says Tony Hutchens, in the city's public works department. In 2001, the parking assessment raised about 75 thousand dollars. About a hundred thousand this year. But, as business owners in downtown La Crosse have recently learned, the parking assessment this year will stay at about two bucks per thousand, the same it's been since the mid eighties when the assessment was put into place.
It may take several days for state troopers to figure out exactly what happened in Sunday's fatal crash between a La Crosse County squad car and a second car on Highway 35.
Patrol Lieutenant James Lind says the first report is usually due within 10 days of an accident. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Jennings, a Holmen High School student, died in the collision. Lind says it hasn't been determined yet if Brandon had a green light as he entered 35, just as the squad car was driving north with flashing lights and a siren on.
Meanwhile, the Holmen High School library is open until 2 this afternoon, so students can talk to counselors about the crash.
A TEENAGE DRIVER IS DEAD IN A COLLISION BETWEEN A SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SQUAD CAR AND ANOTHER CAR ON HIGHWAY 35.
THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 1 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING, AT THE INTERSECTION OF 35 AND HIGHWAY O-T, NORTH OF ONALASKA. THE SHERIFF'S SQUAD WAS CALLED TO HOLMEN TO PROVIDE BACKUP, WHEN VILLAGE POLICE WENT TO BREAK UP A BAR FIGHT. THE SECOND CAR PULLED ONTO 35 FROM O-T, EVEN THOUGH THE PATROL CAR HAD ITS LIGHTS AND SIREN GOING. THE SECOND DRIVER, 16-YEAR-OLD BRANDON JENNINGS, WAS THROWN FROM THE CAR, AND DIED AT GUNDERSEN LUTHERAN. JENNINGS WAS A STUDENT AT HOLMEN HIGH SCHOOL. STATE TROOPERS ARE TRYING TO RECONSTRUCT THE ACCIDENT.