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Organizers of the day-long celebration announced today that a rock concert by R-E-O Speedwagon and Three Dog Night will be a highlight of events at the La Crosse Airport. The Freedom Fest also features a motorcycle rally through the area, and another Freedom Honor Flight to take older veterans on a day trip to the nation's capital. This year, all the Freedom Fest activities will be on just one day...Saturday, June 19th.
DON'T EXPECT LA CROSSE BUS DRIVERS TO HAVE CHANGE READY FOR YOU, IF YOU PLAN TO RIDE AN M-T-U BUS IN THE FUTURE...
THE CITY TRANSIT SYSTEM IS PREPARING TO PHASE IN AN 'EXACT FARE' POLICY LATER THIS YEAR. M-T-U DIRECTOR KEITH CARLSON SAYS MOST CITIES HAVE STOPPED MAKING CHANGE FOR BUS PASSENGERS. THE STANDARD FARE THIS YEAR IS A-DOLLAR-25. CARLSON TELLS US NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE M-T-U RIDERS CARRY BUS PASSES ANYWAY, SO THEY WON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT CASH TO GET A RIDE.
A car with red and blue flashing lights isn't always a police car. Like the SUV that belongs to 47 year-old Kevin Shirel, a la Crosse guy who's been arrested for impersonating a police officer. Cops say they've been on the trail of Shirel since January when he apparently stopped some kids while driving his Dodge and asked for their ID's. They say he's been flashing a gun and a Fugitive Recovery Agent badge, saying he's contracting for La Crosse county. In a letter to the FBI Shirel apologizes for his acts, says he remembers very little about what he's accused of doing.
THE FEDS COULD BE WATCHING A VIROQUA FARMER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, TO MAKE SURE HE DOESN'T HANDLE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AGAIN.
RICHARD WILLIAMS IS 64, AND HE'S BEEN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SENDING PORN ON-LINE TO SOMEONE IN NEW YORK STATE. THE PERSON GETTING THE PORN WAS AN UNDERCOVER DETECTIVE FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK. WILLIAMS COULD HAVE GONE TO PRISON FOR UP TO 20 YEARS...BUT INSTEAD, HE'LL BE ON SUPERVISED RELEASE FOR 20 YEARS AFTER HE GETS OUT OF PRISON.
A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY COULD BE ON THE WAY TO THE LA CROSSE CENTER AND THE CITY VISITOR BUREAU IN A COUPLE OF YEARS...
THE C-V-B IS ASKING THE CITY COUNCIL TO KEEP A SPECIAL ONE PER CENT HOTEL ROOM TAX GOING BEYOND ITS PLANNED SUNSET DATE NEXT YEAR. THAT TAX RAISES 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HELP PAY OFF CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW STADIUM AT U-W-L. UNDER THE NEW PLAN, IT WOULD GO TO THE C-V-B AND LA CROSSE CENTER, LIKE MOST OF THE ROOM TAX MONEY. CENTER BOSS ART FAHEY HAS NO PLANS FOR MONEY HE DOESN'T HAVE YET.
THE CENTER'S ANNUAL SHARE OF THAT ONE PER CENT TAX WOULD BE ABOUT 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS.