Loggers Stadium Hit By Fire
The third base dugout and part of the bleachers at the Loggers stadium in Copeland Park have been damaged by an early-morning fire on Sunday. No cause has been determined yet. One firefighter had a minor injury. Loggers owner Dan Kapanke spent part of the day on Sunday examining the damage to the stadium.
Feds Send Money to State Who Brace For Future Flooding
Invest money now, save more money later. That's the thinking behind big fed grants getting announced today for a baker's dozen states. It's Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund Money going to states for investments into projects that prevent large scale disasters in future flooding. Wisconsin is one of the big winners, collecting $15 million from the feds. But Iowa makes the big haul. Iowa has landed grants totalling $84 million for disaster preparedness and prevention.
Local Unemployment: Ain't Great, But Not Bad, Either
The La Crosse area's unemployment decreases were barely noticeable in the last month. Not compared with some metro areas in the state which saw declines in jobless rates by as much as a half a percent. But, at 6.2%, the area's seasonally unadjusted rate for July is still the second lowest in the state, only behind Madison and just ahead of Eau Claire. Meanwhile, La Crosse county as a whole saw no change in unemployment from the month before, still hovering at 6.2%, although that is about six tenths lower than the same time last year.
Police Explain Evidence In Koula Double Murder
Where was Eric Koula at the time his parents were shot to death last May?
Investigators are testifying in court today about what Koula was doing in the days before and after his mother and father died at their Barre Mills home. He's accused of shooting both Dennis and Merna Koula on the afternoon of May 21st, with his father's 22-caliber rifle. Police say Koula told them he was helping a friend do some tile work and then went shopping for flowers during the time when it's believed that the murders occurred. The coroner who performed the autopsies on the Koula's says she can't establish a specific time for when they died. But a La Crosse policeman says Merna Koula was shot while working on a computer...at about 5:41 p-m that Friday afternoon. Eric Koula could enter a 'not guilty' plea this afternoon.
Grand River Station Tenants Likely to Draw Businesses
The prevailing theory for growth in downtown La Crosse goes something like: Bring the people first, business will follow. La Crosse Downtown Mainstreet director, Tim Kabat says, that has been a part of plans and visions that city and business leaders have had for downtown for some time. To that end, the new Grand River Station transit center and its 90-plus apartments should do wonders to attract new business downtown, Kabat says.