Late For Work Permission Slip
Frustrated with all the road construction in La Crosse? Is your boss angry because the congestion is making you late for work? Then print off this handy permission slip and hand it your boss, compliments of WIZM!
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The idea of putting more park land on Isle La Plume in La Crosse is running into objections. The city park department wants to expand athletic facilities around Carroll Field, and otherwise convert part of the municipal boat harbor into park property. Mayor Tim Kabat says it makes sense to him. Kabat says other marinas in La Crosse already are run by the park board, so switching the Isle La Plume harbor to that department would be efficient.
Wisconsin's governor has been in the national spotlight frequently since taking office four-and-a-half years ago...and next week, Scott Walker is expected to launch his official presidential campaign. The man who preceded Walker as governor has been content to keep a low profile since leaving office, but Jim Doyle did turn up in La Crosse last week when President Obama spoke at U-W-L. Doyle tells us he loved 'every single minute' of being governor for the eight years he had the job...but he also loves being an ex-governor. Doyle does admit there are times when he would like to comment publicly on things Walker has done as his successor.
If you attend a La Crosse County Board meeting now, in the basement of the former courthouse, you might notice long blank walls down the hallway. When the county board moves its meetings to Associated Bank in the next year or two, things will look much different. Designers of the new offices plan to keep the glassed-in atrium now featured above the main bank lobby, and a special arts committee is recommending artworks that could be displayed in the main hallway of the new administrative center. The committee proposes a 10-thousand dollar yearly budget to hire an art coordinator who would arrange the art inside the building...possibly featuring mobiles and 3-D works.
Air quality warnings have spread across British Columbia south to Colorado and east to Minnesota as smoke from Canadian wildfires has drifted across North America. And yes, western Wisconsin got a good dose of that smoke last night. But not bad enough yet to have any health warnings issued for our area. Various levels of air quality alerts attributed specifically to the Canadian fires covered the entire state of Minnesota; large parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri; northeastern Colorado; and much of western and central Washington. The National Weather Service smoke from Canada had been recorded all the way to the U.S. Atlantic Coast. While it hasn't been heavy enough that far out to cause health concerns yet, it has blessed residents with some fiery red sunrises and sunsets.
Sheriff's officers in Jackson County are still trying to identify a truck driver who swerved into the path of another driver on I-94, causing a weekend accident. When the truck in the left lane swerved toward the right lane, a driver in that lane tried to miss the truck, but lost control. That car rolled several times in the median. The female driver and a 5-year-old child were seriously hurt in Sunday's crash near Hixton. The swerving truck did not stop at the scene of the crash.