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LaCrosse county will use stimulus money to fund three green projects. Last night the LaCrosse county board passed a resolution to bring in over 219 thousand dollars in grant money to help pay for a solar water heater in the jail and at Lakeview Care Center. That will take up two hundred grand of the grant. The remainder will be used to help rotary lights chance to energy efficient L.E.D. bulbs. Even though the measure passed board members who opposed funding for the rotary lights project cited reasons such as the lights aren't american made, the light display doesn't cover all religions and a few others don't like the idea of the county picking and choosing which charities get money.
Tammy Cole will need a lot of money to leave the Monroe County jail, following her arrest for the murder of a Tomah man...one million dollars.
District Attorney Dan Cary asked for that million-dollar bond ar Cole's first court hearing today in Sparta. Cole is accused of killing Vance Evans, while visiting his home in late April. The Illinois woman claims the shooting was an accident. Cole will be back in court on June 29th.
No, you haven't seen the fastest federal response during the gulf oil spill. But La Crosse congressman Ron Kind sees that changing. Although he cautions against feeling too much optimism about immediate results. He says, with a disaster of this magnitude, if resources are tossed at it indiscriminately, there's bound to be shortcomings in results. Kind says, although the clean-up is finally beginning to show progress, it's demoralizing to those involved when they know that ever more oil is spilling daily into the gulf.
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.