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Recently Grand River Station developers had requested a rent break from the city because of the lack of interested renters for the business space. The building opened officially last August.
One area Republican broke ranks with his party when the Assembly passed Governor Walker's budget plan today.
Lee Nerison of Vernon County was among a handful of Republicans voting 'no' on the bill, which has been widely criticized for taking away some collective bargaining rights of state workers. Nerison cast one of 17 'no' votes, while 28 other lawmakers did not vote...including La Crosse Democrat Jennifer Shilling. The bill moves to the Senate, but no vote can be taken until 14 Democratic Senators return from Illinois.
March 17th on the Lacrosse school calendar was an off day for students and teachers. Not anymore.
The board voted last night to allow that day as the replacement day from 2 weeks ago when teachers called in mass to use a sick day.....which then shut the district down. The sick day was used so some teachers could head to Madison to protest Governor Scott Walkers budget repair bill that would squeeze collecting bargaining rights.
Superintendent Jerry Kember says they will be open for business.......though it is a non paid day for staff.
The vote passed 6-3
The Coulee Region Humane Society is using the flooding from 3 years ago as an example as to why they have been searching for funds to get an emergency plan in place.
Director Heath Schmid says better communcation and what do when the power goes out at the humane society are two critical areas of their emergency plan.........which will now be funded by a $3800 grant given to them by the Lacrosse Community Foundation this week.
Seven other agencies also received grants from the La Crosse Community Foundation.
The thousands of pounds of chlorine that goes into La Crosse's water supply every year isn't to decontaminate what comes out of the ground. That stuff's safe, says city water utility manager Mark Johnson. Contamination can occur once water gets out of the ground. And does in cities and towns without disinfected water. Could be a bunch more of those as a bill in Madison would overturn the state's mandate for disinfected water supplies. Johnson says he'd rather not go back to that point. He says not disinfecting could save money but puts the public at risk. For him, a pretty easy decision to make.
The vast majority of Wisconsin municipalities currently disinfect their water supplies