Doyle BIll To Be Heard Today
A proposal initiated by La Crosse economic development professionals will be heard at a public hearing of the Colleges and Universities Committee today. Assembly Bill 431 introduced by Representative Steve Doyle of Onalaska would expand the use of grants to technical college district boards under the Workforce Advancement Training Grant Program.
The bill was one of the proposals formulated at an economic development roundtable in La Crosse County consisting of representatives from Western Technical College, Workforce Connections, La Crosse County Chamber of Commerce and several others.
3 County Commuter Bus Gets Green Light
A three county commuter bus project, with three weekly routes to the cities of Viroqua, Prairie du Chien, La Crosse and the surrounding communities, was killed dead in it's tracks last year. Funding from the DOT was frozen. But now those funds have thawed...and the bus plan is back on. So how would it work?
Peter Fletcher of the Mississippi Valley Regional Planning Commission says Prairie du Chien has approved $20 thousand to the plan, while the smaller communities of Coon Valley, Genoa, Soldiers Grove and Gays Mills all contributed around $1000. La Crosse County is looking at contributing $7-$8,000. The DOT will pick up the other 61% of the cost. After a bid for busses goes out next month, the busses should be rolling in early May.
Dam Work On The Horizon
Some dams in the area may be getting facelifts or torn down completely. Fifteen publicly owned dams throughout Wisconsin could get a total of three and a half million dollars to fix, replace, or remove them. The DNR says the dams have the biggest need for outside grants because of the risk they pose, and the communities' lack of ability to do the needed work.
The local governments that own the dams must now submit details to the D-N-R on what they plan to do.
The local dams are located in Juneau, Crawford and Trempealeau Counties.
Monroe County Fire Damages Building
A fire at a Monroe County business last night, caused severe damage to one of several buildings on the property. Firefighters were called out to Rockland Flooring just before 7 Wednesday night.
The fire looks to have started in an attic section of a building that houses tools. No injuries were reported.
The building where the fire occured has severe smoke and structural damage. It's the second fire at the semi trailer flooring company in under a year.
Suspicious Activity May Be Linked to Burglary in Onalaska
Just before 1, today an Onalaska resident getting his mail noticed three suspicious people walking along the tree line near his home in the Oak Park addition. When the resident asked the three men what they were doing they ran toward a vehicle. The vehicle, a 1996 maroon Dodge Intrepid, had Kansas license plates 409 ECC.
The three men, two white and one black, may be linked to a forced entry burglary that occurred on Birch Street earlier today.
The Onalaska Police Department is telling residents to not approach these men and is asking that anyone seeing the vehicle to contact Dispatch. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in their neighborhood is advised to contact the Onalaska Police Department immediately.