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Parking really isn't free in La Crosse. It just seems that way. Downtown business owners pay a tax so that there's no meters on the streets and no fees in the ramps. Something that could change. And Downtown Mainstreet boss, Tim Kabat's okay with the change. He says, sometime in the future, there will have to be an investment in parking in order to appropriately maintain the downtown parking ramps.
A recently formed parking board has talked about charging for parking in downtown ramps.
Maybe snow days won't have to be an all day kind of thing.
The La Crosse school district is considering allowing late starts to school days instead of calling the whole day off because of wintery weather. A new survey of parents in the district spurred looking at the change.
La Crosse superintendent Jerry Kember says if the district moves to late starts to deal with weather, that could keep the school year from dragging on into summer because of missed days during winter.
He was the main decision-maker for the first few years of Oktoberfest
Former La Crosse Chamber of Commerce boss D-J Petruccelli was 81 when he died in Florida last week. Petruccelli had just begun working at the La Crosse Chamber in 1960 when brewery workers came to him with the idea for a fall festival. Duane Moore worked in local radio and TV at the time, and he remembers Don Petruccelli getting really big names to appear at Oktoberfest, including Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo. Petruccelli also brought speakers such as Ann Landers and Ronald Reagan to the Chamber's annual dinner. Moore remembers the Chamber boss as a guy who liked 'extravaganzas.'
You get the feeling that bicyclists are starting to get some traction in the coulee region? Tim Keneipp does. The president of the Driftless Region Bicycle coalition thinks getting around by bike is becoming more like normal.
Keneipp says more trails and bike lanes could get even more people traveling on two wheels. Keneipp's group is behind a week-long bike to work week in the area. The week kicks off with a Bike to Work Festival in La Crosse's Riverside Park on Saturday afternoon.