New Riverboat Scheduled For First Lax Visit This Week
Riverboat lovers in La Crosse will get their first look this week at the newest paddlewheeler to cruise the upper Mississippi.
The 'Queen of the Mississippi' is on its first trip from St. Louis to St. Paul, and will arrive at La Crosse's Riverside Park early Thursday morning. The 150-passenger boat will be docked in La Crosse for about 10 hours before continuing upriver, and it will make three more visits to La Crosse this fall. Also, the American Queen will return to the city on September 19th, for the first time in four years. The old 'Mississippi Queen' was dismantled last year, and the Delta Queen is permanently docked in Tennessee.
Tens of Thousands in Fire Fees Collected
There was plenty of grousing when a vast list of new fees went into effect for the city of La Crosse at the beginning of the year. But those fees have meant a surge in revenue for some departments. The fire department, which began collecting new fees for everything from fire pits to false alarms on January first, has padded the city's coffers with tens of thousands of dollars. The recreational fire pit permit alone has generated 23 thousand dollars. A fire inspection fee for businesses has brought in 67 thousand dollars so far this year. Those fees can range from about a hundred dollars for the smallest businesses to several hundred dollars.
Politicians in Parades......Party's At The Polls
As politicians make their way through Labor Day parades today, their poltical parties are gearing up to watch polls in a few months. Nothing new to La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Denkmeyer.
She says laws protect the polls...voters and poll workers and if something goes wrong with a huge election coming, she says everyone knows their position and what to do....just in case.
La Crosse Labor Day Parade Details
This year’s Labor Day celebration in La Crosse starts with a ten block family friendly parade starting at the corner of Gillette & Kane at 10 a.m.
Regents Mean The World To UW-L
UW-La Crosse now as two strong allies in the area. UW-System Regents, Brent Smith of La Crosse and Gary Roberts of Onalaksa. How imporatant is that to the local university?
Chancellor, Joe Gow, says both have visited the campus a few times and when a budget was approved a few weeks ago, what they saw in some instances, was included in the budget....primarily on the construction side.